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Old Yesterday, 01:22 PM   #1
vicious_fishes
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Default adding side impact airbags (and getting them working) to an earlier model?

So i've just put some sti spec R seats into my GD. they come with side impact airbags and my GD didn't. I'm basically wondering if it's possible to "add" the side airbags to the system and if so, how i might go about it? I assume just splicing the wires into the steering wheel/passenger airbag wires isn't going to do it
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Old Yesterday, 02:38 PM   #2
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It might be possible but it would be very expensive to find someone capable of retrofitting airbags.

DO NOT ATTEMPT THIS YOURSELF
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Old Yesterday, 04:03 PM   #3
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[quote=sc00by4life;43326314]It might be possible but it would be very expensive to find someone capable of retrofitting airbags.

DO NOT ATTEMPT THIS YOURSELF[/quote]

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Old Yesterday, 07:27 PM   #4
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There is no way that you will be able to use your stock SRS control module with those seat bags.you would need to swap over all SRS related wiring from a car wired for seat bags. While you could tie the wiring into the drivers and passenger dash bags, you would wind up blowing the seat bags in a front end collision. Honestly coming from a person who installs airbags for a living, i don't ever see a real plus to activating the side airbags during a seat swap. If you have never seen a deployed seat understand that when a seat bag goes off it will destroy your seat cover and setback foam. I've even seen them bend seat frames in some instances rendering your fancy seats utterly useless even if you were able to source a cover and a cushion.
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Old Yesterday, 07:37 PM   #5
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Short answer is yes, but it would cost you more than buying a new car. Nowhere near worth the trouble.
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Old Yesterday, 11:33 PM   #6
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Even if you installed all the correct parts to make them work, how would you know if it was all working correctly and safely?

Unless you found out the hard way. Even then, you wouldn't know if it really worked correctly or if you just got lucky and didn't end up making things worse on yourself.
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