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    There are dummy load resistors that will make the car's airbag computer think they're okay but as to what resistance and all that I have no clue. Also, for the dumb capacitive airbag occupancy sensor... That's a whole different story. As for parts being removed, usually that shuts down the system and disables it. It won't cause it to go off but I think working safety equipment is pretty important in a car designed to have it.


    -Karl B. 2015 Mirage DE 5 speed and 2015 Mirage ES CVT. Plenty of other cars as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eggman View Post
    Keep in mind your passenger seat includes not only an occupancy sensor but an explosive squib for its airbag - both must be accounted for to the airbag controller.

    It's a clever approach, but those explosive devices are designed to work in a very carefully thought-out manner in a specific installation. This approach removes the explosive elements from their designed configuration, as you acknowledge below.

    Will your dealer will give you any advice on this? They risk a lot of liability in the case of injury due to your actions.

    Managing risk and liability is a high-stakes game. Imagine a lawsuit hearing where someone is injured or killed in an accident and the vehicle is modified. Lawyers will do their best to find out who did what to place the blame and collect all that they can. It's scary to think about.

    We're not talking about an old Ford with outdated safety systems here.
    I hear ya, I do. I appreciate the concern. Since there will be no passenger when the passenger seat airbag is removed, I personally feel fine driving around without it. As for me injuring or killing someone in an accident and getting sued....yes it is good to be prepared but not overly worried. I don't enjoy living with hesitation. I just do.

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    Today I fabricated my custom speaker brackets. They still need to be primed and painted, then they will be finished. I used a small slab of plywood that I was given for free at the audio store when purchasing my new sound system. If you're near Madison, WI and want very professional service without being upsold (the owner literally told me to make my own brackets and not pay him) go to AMS Audio.

    The bracket will be bolted to the speaker slot on the car door frame, and then the speaker will be screwed in on top of it. It might make more sense when I am finished with the install and post more pictures. It works just like the speaker bracket made by Scosche, except these will be much better secured to door resulting in better sound quality.

    I will be using Imgur for most picture/video uploads now on because that feature is absolutely garbage on this forum (sorry but it's just facts, stop forcing logout timers and add batch upload support).

    Click this link to see the entire process:
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    Any updates, WI Mirage?

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    cool thread!
    2014 White SE with CVT

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    Quote Originally Posted by WI_Mirage View Post
    So today I started working on the doors. Well, just one door lol. This weekend I'll put putting in a lot of work.

    Removed the trim panels. Moved the wires out of the way. Removed the plastic water/dust cover. I will be saving this and reusing it.
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    I removed the black adhesive. I used a utility knife blade to run it flat across the metal, doing my best not to scratch paint off. Then I rubbed it off with goo-gone. And cleaned the whole thing with 99% rubbing alcohol.
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    Here I used a transparent adhesion film as a template. It is used to cover photos and documents, but it worked so damn well for this. I bought it at Michaels.
    I applied the film flat; not shaping it to the contour of the metal. That's just too much work lol. I traced all the holes, bolt heads, and some plastic clip thingy-ma-giggies with a black sharpie.
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    I taped 3 mats of sound deadener together. With the help of my awesome roommate, we applied the film to the aluminum foil side of the sound dampener. This is done because the film can be easily peeled off without damaging the foil or the film. I will use this same template for the front passenger doo. It will be applied to the other side of the sound dampener (so it's mirrored) which is a paper material that will stay attached to the film like when trying to peel a stubborn paper sticker.
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    I then used a utility knife to cut the shape of the rectangle template. The excess pieces can be used elsewhere.
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    Using an exacto knife, I meticulously cut out all the shapes. I threw away all the smaller pieces but kept the larger ones to be used on the inner metal of the door. After this was done, I cut the film template into 3 pieces using the edges of the sound dampening mats. I removed the film and applied it to three other sound dampening mats to be used for the passenger door.
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    I applied the mats one at a time. They didn't fit exactly perfect, but very damn close. I used the exacto knife the trace the holes that were slightly being covered. The sun had set before I could finish. I still have to apply some more to the bottom fourth of the door, and to the inner metal.
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    On an entirely unrelated note, looks like my dent should be able to be fixed with PDR using the pictures you posted... the guy at the repair shop said there would be a crash beam in the way, but looks wide open to me!



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