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Catman

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Im looking for info on disarming the air bags in a 97 ranger I dont want to loose stock wheel it can't be permenent as truck is driven on the street .The truck has three fuses marked for air bags?
 

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by puling the fuses it wont deploy the air if your worried about that, each fuse is for the 3 sensor that detect when your truck is hit I had a chevy at it only had 2 I pulled them both and the airbag light came on and that disarms the air bag. Thats what the dealer told me to do. I would do the same on your anti-lock brakes cuz they can really get you in trouble in the dirt when trying to stop fast.
 

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I was thinking of putting in a switch on the dash and a relay (or a few) to shut off the airbags and ABS when in the dirt. It is a PITA to stop fast with the ABS in the dirt. The pedal just bounces and you keep going.
 

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Keep us posted as to how you do this. I would be interested in doing the same to my truck.

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Catman, I would look into getting one of the switches from the later model trucks that you use a portion of the ignition key to turn the passenger side air bags on or off. You could then mount it in the dash somewhere for a clean looking install. The only problem would be you need to get it through a dealer (usually a little more $$$).

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And be careful when you start messing with the ABS system. I was going to run a switch to my ABS on my Dakota until I learned the transmission gets some of its lockup and shift signals via the ABS system and main brain. If I disable the ABS by pulling the fuses I've been assured by both the dealer and a bunch of other Dakota owners I'll fry the transmission in no time. My advice is to make sure it won't screw anything else up before you start pulling fuses.

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the truck is a 97 it has the keyed switch for the air bag ;I will have to get into the colume to ID wire that deploys bag. I am more worried about the accidental discharge than having it not work at all .I sure hope my abs is not tied into my auto trans , I was told the 8.8 diff wasnt all that great I dont want to spend the money on gears/locker if housing is going to spead I dont want to become an expert on 8.8 bearing/axel overhalls thanks for info,will post info on air bags only if Im sure it works
 

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The 8.8 is great unless you plan on doing a 4-link or racing it. We have never had a problem with ours and it has 10k prerunning miles on it. Good gears, posi, and Ford SVO girdle and it's good to go. If it was a bad rear end it would not have replaced the 9" for production trucks.

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I have the key controlled passenger side airbag as well. I'm not familiar with airbag wiring, but would it be possible to wire it so that the key mechanism controls both?

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I have heard a few rally guys talk about putting ABS switches in there cars, Might want to ask on the rally board for tips? just a thought.
 
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