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Old 03-20-2012, 04:29 PM
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Airbag Compatibility Concern

I am getting ready to remove the stock steering wheel and airbag from my 2006 Chevy Silverado 1500. I plan to replace it with steering wheel and airbag from 1994 Corvette. Anyone know if the airbag electronics (resistance, firing voltage, etc.) are compatible.
Any advice in safe removal/installation is appreciated.
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Old 03-20-2012, 05:59 PM
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I would think that the firing circuit resistance would be the same. If it is not it will throw a code and shouldnt inflate.
I dont think it would be a good outcome in a crash as the bag is likely shaped with a different profile for the truck vs. the car which will affect its performance. It could actually be unsafe.
Other differences can be with types of systems. Newer Gen 3 systems have occupancy sensors and seat posistion sensors to regulate the rate/amount of deployment of the bag according to impact speed (accelerometer) height of occupant (seat posistion sensor) and weight of occupant (occupancy sensor in seat bun)
the old camaro likey has a generation 1 bag. Could prove to be unsafe if it deploys when needed.
Improper deployment has resulted in broken necks and death in some cases.
You could run the wheel , my recommendation is to disable the system so it doesnt deploy.
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There's wisdom in Latech's Advice

While I'm itching to have that Vette wheel in my paws, latech's advice is sound and I guess the stock wheel will have to do. I'm a firm believer in airbags so a nice wheel wrap should provide a bit of girth to the stock-skinny wheel.
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i looked it up and found the air bag coils in the vette have a different resistance than the truck. also as said before the next gen bag do inflate much slower. i wouldn't do it unless you left the air bag disconnected.
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Old 03-28-2012, 10:42 AM
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RX191: Many thanks to you too for looking up the details and providing additional logic. Guess the Vette wheel option is definitely history--maybe I'll put it on my Rat-Rod
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