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just out of curiousity......

does anyone know if it would be possible to put steering wheel mounted airbags on a CJ? of course i'd have an on/off switch so they dont go off when i am off road.,.......anyone do this or know if its possible?


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Re: just out of curiousity......

i'll take a stab at this...
As long as you swap EVERYTHING (steering column, computer system, sensors, etc....) it should be possible.
Could be wrong though, thought i was wrong once... must have been mistaken.


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Re: just out of curiousity......

don't do it, the air bag system will cost you about $1000 in a junkyard to start, and they are designed very specifically. If you don't put them at the exact angle/distance they were designed for, you could easily injure or kill yourself and/or passengers. build a roll cage..one you can trust

it's sort of still a cj thingy....see it at http://www.jeepgod.net
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Re: just out of curiousity......

They are also designed for a specific voltage and a specific impact is required to set them off. If you install it wrong, you could set it off putting it in or even worse, set it off driving down a bumpy road. The only time you'd really want one was during a head on collision, even then the jeep (including older ones) is very capable (see attached pic) and will hold it's own with the best of them. We have wheeled with the TJ a lot, and despite the bumps (one 12" culvert at 30 mph, ouch), lots of impacts from rocks, and numerous trails, it never went off (thank you!). When it does, I'm sure we'll need it. It has a specific purpose, and like everything engineered right, I'm sure its time will come, but until then I want it to stay exactly where it is.

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[img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/tongue.gif[/img]I agree with elusive.....the air bag system is just about the most research-intensive, complex system on a modern auto. If you feel the need for more security, get a better seat, and a racing harness to hold you in it. At nearly 4000 pounds, and with a "true" front axle, the Jeep CJ is a pretty good contender when stacked up against the majority of the little econoboxes that people drive all day. As long as I had a good restraint, I wouldn't be afraid to head-on most of this modern stuff with our SNOJEEP. The CJ is by no means a "deformable shape" engineered vehicle, but most of the modern junk is, so you will have the benefit of their car gradually disintegrating as it slows your CJ. Of course you'll have to watch as the winch enters the passenger spaces and kills the occupants in the other car, but maybe their air bags will block your view, at least partially, of the ghastly scene.[img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/crazy.gif[/img] Probably the worst thing that you will have to endure is listening to the Klintunoid Liberals cry and bitch about how unfair it was that you survived when the carload of Sierra Club members; who were on their way back from pouring sugar in the fuel tanks of ten pieces of valuable logging machinery; crossed the center line and were all killed because YOU weren't driving an Iron Curtain Caddillac (Yugo) like they were.[img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/frown.gif[/img]

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