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Does anyone take out their airbag sensors before going wheeling?

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-Does anyone take out their airbag sensors before going wheeling?

"notsob2012"'s airbag thread got me thinking...

Link- https://www.ranger-forums.com/general-ford-ranger-discussion-15/airbags-deployed-some-pain-132294/

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Funny story...
I know a guy with a brand new 4runner. He was driving about 20 kmph in a gravel parking lot and the vehicle rocked back and forth a few times in pot holes and blew all his air bags. Messed him up pretty bad. Toyota said that it must have simulated a rollover and triggered the bags. Toyota did fix his truck for free tho.
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I can't explain a new car like that.
But i do know how the Airbags go off in a 2000 ranger. i've seen that before.
You had to be moving at a decent pace, then stopped like Right NOW in order for that to happen
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We rented an H2 back in 09' in Vegas. We decided to umm drive it spiritedly threw part of the desert. Side airbags went off due to the same reason. Opps.

......So...Does anyone of you guys do this?

P.S. Joey and Alex, If you want me to take your quotes out let me know and I'll edit the post....Or Alex I guess you can just do it yourself. lol
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I usually unplug mine. I rather take the extra 2 minutes to remove my cup holder and pull the plug than end up dropping around a grand or more after they deploy haha
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Unplugging your Airbag module isn't ideal. But it is the easiest way to stop your Airbag's from going off anytime.

A bit of background info for those that do not know. Anytime an Airbag light is displayed on the dash (could be from a code being thrown, or you unplugging your module) your WHOLE airbag system will not activate in the event of a shock or crash. this also holds true to any make or model car and trucks.

FWIW. Airbags were never installed on my truck.

However, I feel like i should make a disclaimer

This forum does not endorse, nor will it ever, the disabling of any safety system in any car or truck. We endorse safe wheeling practices and use of all standard safety options on your car or truck.
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The RCM went missing from my truck about 4 years ago.
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im glad justin showed me how. i bet i would of blown my bags at the dunes accidently getting a little air at the peak of a hill
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Rangers don't have Front crash sensors. The module works like a Pinball table. You tilt it a bit too much, or it gets a good shock it sends the signal. some modules, I don't know what years, but i want to say anything like 03 and down will have a reset-able crash module. meaning, if you get in an accident, or the bags deploy. you can clear the codes from the computer and be on your merry way.
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Rangers don't have Front crash sensors. The module works like a Pinball table. You tilt it a bit too much, or it gets a good shock it sends the signal. some modules, I don't know what years, but i want to say anything like 03 and down will have a reset-able crash module. meaning, if you get in an accident, or the bags deploy. you can clear the codes from the computer and be on your merry way.
nice. i know Ace set his bag off wheeling with beard but idk what he did for the computer.
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If you find one in the JY, it'll work. they're all the same. its not really tied to the truck.
its just the process you have to follow to install airbags that can be touchy. I had one go off on me when i worked at the dealer. I was putting a drivers seat in a Fusion and i forgot those have side airbags in the seat. well the airbag connects into the B pillar, right at the floor. I thought it was for heated seats or something, so i didn't have the battery unplugged or anything.
I can't really remember what set it off, but i know it was because i was being ignorant or something, but all i know is that one second i'm holding the drill in-between the seat and B-pillar and the next moment my arm hurts and my drill is skidding across the shop floor and my left is is ringing.
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haha i would have to sat POWED
i hate learning **** the hard way lol
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It took you 7 minutes to find that? I figured you would have that saved somewhere.
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i don't refresh a page every second sorry
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I'm bored. you can only drink so much on a weeknight.
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Is there a way to add a switch to the circuit ?

Maybe a flashing indicator light ?
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i believe someone has done it but i can't remember if it was on TRS
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It seems simple enough. Just wire it so that the switch breaks the ground on the module. throwing an Airbag code.
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All the wheeling I've done with the truck and with the Jeeps I've never set one off.

I would never disable it in either one, I'd rather live through it hitting me in the face when it shouldn't have and have to replace it than have an accidental rollover with it disconnected and me wishing it would have gone off...
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I was warned first SL trip. "my airbag just went off.." was what I was told. I take that one and ABS.
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Rangers don't have Front crash sensors. The module works like a Pinball table. You tilt it a bit too much, or it gets a good shock it sends the signal. some modules, I don't know what years, but i want to say anything like 03 and down will have a reset-able crash module. meaning, if you get in an accident, or the bags deploy. you can clear the codes from the computer and be on your merry way.
95-7 have front sensors. located on the core support. one left, one right.
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95-7 have front sensors. located on the core support. one left, one right.
98 does too. i had no idea wtf they were so i asked toreador4x4 because my 99 didn't have them.
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All the wheeling I've done with the truck and with the Jeeps I've never set one off.

I would never disable it in either one, I'd rather live through it hitting me in the face when it shouldn't have and have to replace it than have an accidental rollover with it disconnected and me wishing it would have gone off...
Yup yup.. I've had some pretty gnarly hits off-roading and ive never set mine off.
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I've got no experience with the Gen - 3's and airbags, but i've fixed a few that are 01+ and i'm pretty sure those don't have front sensors.
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