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Fabrication begins on Saturday.

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by mjp2, Sep 4, 2007.

  1. Sep 4, 2007 at 9:39 AM
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    mjp2

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    Well, I took the summer off from truck mods and now it's time to get back into it. Previous stuff has all been very minor...TRD intake, URD shifter, mats and racks, etc., but things are about to get complicated.

    I'm dropping off my 2006 Access Cab at Carroll's Rod and Racecraft (http://www.neverliftracecraft.com) for a full interior cage, custom mounting of a pair of Mastercraft ProSeats on sliders, 5-point harnesses, window nets, and a custom fuel cell in the bed. So far I've gutted most of the interior, but there's 1 thing that's bugging me.

    It's my intention to keep the truck street-legal through all the modifications that I have lined up, but the airbag system is a little more complex than I was expecting. Has anybody been able to pull the factory seats and keep the airbags functional on the 2005+ Tacomas? Between the seat slider and weight sensors, I can see this being an issue when it comes time to have the thing inspected.

    I'd prefer to keep the airbags disabled when offroad, but tricking the system into thinking everything is unmodified and happy when on-road seems to be a challenge.

    Anybody have any suggestions?
     
  2. Sep 4, 2007 at 9:46 AM
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    007Tacoma

    007Tacoma I dub thee malicious!

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    That seems like quite a feat. Especially since the airbag deployment sensors are a one way switch. They are to be thrown away after they are activated. If you activate one while it is disabled, then re-enable it - chances are that you will have an airbag explode in your face. You would almost be better off removing the sensors, and reinstalling them when you are done off-roading. Read: PITA
     
  3. Sep 4, 2007 at 10:03 AM
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    Heck of a good point on the 1-way switches used for the sensors. If I leave them in place I'll have to make sure I check them before re-arming the system, especially if I hit anything or land particularly hard when knocking around.

    So this brings up the obvious next question -- has anybody tried removing the sensors? Strictly for academic purposes, of course. ;)
     
  4. Sep 4, 2007 at 11:57 AM
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    nd Radical Town. It's a hell of a place!

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    Are the airbags necessary for it to be street legal? I have never heard of that. Is that a state thing or what? Also, i dont think i have ever had a vehicle inspected for any reason, emissions or safety or otherwise.... just curious.
     
  5. Sep 4, 2007 at 12:17 PM
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    The joys of living in NJ. The state tends to get a little miffed if we mess around with safety and emissions stuff, regardless of whether or not the changes improve safety and/or emissions.

    On the newer vehicles they hook into the computer. If the vehicle throws an error code, it fails. The airbag light being on would definitely be a big red flag. Since the truck is still considered new I don't have to have it inspected until 2010, and then it's every 2 years after that. This all assumes that the truck will last 2 more years. It's my intention to that keep it around for awhile. :cool:

    On a side note, I had a Ford on which I installed a full exhaust, minus 1 of the catalytic converters, and it passed inspection with flying colors. Getting the engine breathing better did wonders for the computer analysis, but I still could have been failed for removing a cat if they had been more thorough with the visual inspection.
     
  6. Sep 4, 2007 at 9:25 PM
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    Just tape one of these on each side.........

    [​IMG]
     
  7. Sep 4, 2007 at 10:11 PM
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    That is the funniest thing I have heard in a long while. Good job kilo!
     
  8. Sep 5, 2007 at 7:03 AM
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    nd Radical Town. It's a hell of a place!

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    Thats crazy, i have lived in SC my whole life and drivin in this state for almost 10 years. I have never once had to have an emmisions inspection or safety inspection. My girlfriend is from NC and she has to have an emmisions inspection every time she has her tag renewed (i think thats right, one of the NC residents can confirm that or set me straight). all i know is she renewed her tag and had to go back up to charlotte to get inspected. i thought the only places where that mattered were places like Cali where there is lots of smog, or places that are downright filthy.... like Jersey ;)
     
  9. Sep 5, 2007 at 7:27 AM
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    Exactly! As kilo clearly knows, they have these at all entrances to the state.

    [​IMG]

    :D
     
  10. Jul 9, 2009 at 5:30 PM
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    Cant wait to see the truck finished!!!!
     
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    I can't wait to see it move under it's own power, instead of on a flatbed.
     
  12. Jul 9, 2009 at 6:13 PM
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    holy thread dig up, it hasn't moved in two years, what's makes you think it is going to move now.:D
     
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    her and the whole family i hope.:D
     
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