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Steering Wheel & Airbag advise

I would like to put an aftermarket Grant (3 hole style) steering wheel on my 1997 Ranger.
Does anyone know the part number of the Grant adapter that I will need? Does anyone have pictures of their Grant wheel installed? I have read many posts and can't find a definate answer on what adapter will work. Also I need to no how to disconnect my airbag correctly so that I will not have the idiot light on the dash on all the time. From what I understand if you pull the bulb, you will get 5 chimes going off everytime you start your truck and I do not want that. Also pulling the fuse will not work, because it controlls other functions as well, such as windshield wipers. AND PLEASE - no discussion about the safety issue of disconnecting your airbag.

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saw you live in PA...you WILL fail state inspection if you remove the airbag...
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saw you live in PA...you WILL fail state inspection if you remove the airbag...
PLEASE, I do not want to turn this thread into a safety or inspection issue. I am just looking for info on how to make this steering wheel work.

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That’s a good question, “How do you disconnect the Driver’s Air Bag, leave it disconnected, and not get a system revolt” ?

I was looking at a LeCarra Wheel and wondering the same thing ?
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The system will not function if ANY part of it is disconnected.
If you disconnect the airbag, you will always have an airbag light. In the event of an accident, you will have zero deployment.

The drivers airbag is connected with ribbon wire IIRC, so there is no way to simply jump it either.
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Here's a thought. I am not an expert in electronics, maybe somebody out there is and can shine a little light on this. What if you take out the bulb and solder in it's place a resistor that uses the same amount of voltage? or resistance? or ohms? as the light bulb. You may be able to trick the system into thinking that the light is installed and lit? Any electronics wizards out there that can help us with this?
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The light has ZERO to do with the system. Its all in the Airbag module. the light is only an indication that the system will not work.
The Airbag module has like a 20 pin plug that connects the whole system.
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the RCM is what decides whether to turn the light on or not
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I'm OK with the system not working, I am going to remove the airbag. I just want there to be no light on and no chiming, reminding me that the system is not working.
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just curious why you are ok with taking the airbag out....they are life savers
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just curious why you are ok with taking the airbag out....they are life savers
If you read my original post, I really don't want this post to turn into a safety or a legal issue. They always seem to and the original questions get lost and never answered.

This truck is very rarely driven, mostly a show truck and I want a certain look, can we PLEASE leave it at that.
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dude its still so unsafe and illegal...
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I can look past the safety issue, if your willing to risk it, so be it.

However, I can tell you that you will have to pull the dash out and take the light bulb out for the light to not be on anymore. but you will NEVER be able to take the chime off.
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I can look past the safety issue, if your willing to risk it, so be it.

However, I can tell you that you will have to pull the dash out and take the light bulb out for the light to not be on anymore. but you will NEVER be able to take the chime off.
What about my "resistor idea" soldered in the light socket instead of the bulb?
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dude its still so unsafe and illegal...
I knew this would happen. Last time I will respond to these types of posts. Some people just don't listen. If I had a 94 Ranger with no airbag would that be UNSAFE?
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thats different...they came with no airbag...but you are talking about removing one that is already in your truck...they are put in there for a reason so leave it in there
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thats different...they came with no airbag...but you are talking about removing one that is already in your truck...they are put in there for a reason so leave it in there
94 & 97 same exact truck
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dude your not getting what im saying...ford starting putting the airbags in the rangers because people were suffering preventable injuries in frontal collisions...leave it there unless you really want a facefull of steering wheel...my dad worked in the tramua ICU at one of the local hospitals he saw first hand what happens when people hit the steering wheel...its called blunt force tramua and it can be FATAL...airbags were put in vehicles to prevent that from happening...but if you want to risk it be my guest
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dude your not getting what im saying...ford starting putting the airbags in the rangers because people were suffering preventable injuries in frontal collisions...leave it there unless you really want a facefull of steering wheel...my dad worked in the tramua ICU at one of the local hospitals he saw first hand what happens when people hit the steering wheel...its called blunt force tramua and it can be FATAL...airbags were put in vehicles to prevent that from happening...but if you want to risk it be my guest
I SAID PLEASE!
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What about my "resistor idea" soldered in the light socket instead of the bulb?
as i stated before.
the light socket has NOTHING to do with the Airbag system. the light is just an indicator, with zero functionality.

I'm beginning to think you should not attempt to do this. If you cannot understand how the airbag system works, you shouldn't be messing with it. ask anyone in the industry, the Airbag system isn't something you mess around with.
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no sir it is not...any direct current straight to the system and POP goes the bag(s) and they are nothing to mess around with
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I just got used to the airbag light being on.
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I just got used to the airbag light being on.
Why is yours on? I mean, i figured the SAS has something to do with it.
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Why is yours on? I mean, i figured the SAS has something to do with it.

My RCM was ditched quite a while ago. I did it to make the bezel for the twin sticks look better, and since the truck is used mostly for offroad I didn't feel like I needed the bags anymore.

My ABS light is constantly on as well, but that is related directly to the SAS.
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Right, yea, if you pulled the dash ever, you could just pop the bulb out.
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