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.
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.
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 $$$).
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.
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
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.