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Old 08-13-2010, 12:52 AM   #1
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I've been wanting to do this for awhile in my 01 but haven't gotten around to it. Next week I'm going to do this one way or another. Is there a how-to or anything available to tell me about this? I'm not really a fan of airbags so I want to do this as safely as possible.
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1. disconnect battery
2. wait 5 minutes
3. Remove glovebox
4. Find bolts holding the airbag in place
5. unclip the harness
6. remove airbag

Do not put your face in front of it, work from the side or underneath at all times.
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Old 08-13-2010, 11:18 AM   #3
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Will I be able to separate the cover from the airbag so I can cover the hole in the dash without destroying the cover itself or the airbag?
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yes.
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You should be able to.
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Are you wanting to make the dash appear stock?

Here is what I did. Remove the passenger side air bag, unbolt the lid, and then glue the lid back to the dash. It will look bone stock. I removed the driver side as well, but I assume you will have an aftermarket wheel. The passanger air bag is seriously heavy. You can do the same thing to the glove box, remove the outer skin, and bolt the bottom hinge back to the dash. The latch is attached to the skin, and you will still be able to latch it, and when you are finished it will look stock. You can then put components that need adjustment like ecu or my Electromotive under the dash for easy access.

After I removed all of the a/c and heater components, unnecessary wiring, airbags, and glove box; the dash wieghed about 15 lbs or so. It was a lot work, but looks much better than an aluminum dash. All of my gauges still work too.

When I removed the dash to strip it, it was all I could do to muscle it out by myself. When I put it back in, the difference was incredible.

If you have an early year Miata, one of the motor mounts is a heavy cast peice. Replace it with a later year stamped steal one. I cut holes in both of my motor mounts to make them lighter. I will get a pic of it.

Another trick is to get rid of the fancy alternator tensioner, and cut the bracket in half. I will get a pic of that too.

I removed the parking brake, and even cut out the brackets that held the cable under the car. (I wish I had not done that) Get hood pins, and get rid of the cable and brackets under the dash and hood, and get rid of the hood prop. Hood props belong in the tow vehicle with your tools.

If I think of other things I did, I will post them.
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I had an accident and my pass. airbag went off. I"m definitely removing it but what do I do about the cover piece? It's scratched to hell from busting the windshield and its bent up. Is that a piece that is easy to find?
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Do not put your face in front of it, work from the side or underneath at all times.


Does the same advice apply for that avatar of yours?






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I'm not gonna lie, I lol'd pretty hard at that.
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I had an accident and my pass. airbag went off. I"m definitely removing it but what do I do about the cover piece? It's scratched to hell from busting the windshield and its bent up. Is that a piece that is easy to find?
Might not be that pricey from Finishline. You should be able to buy just the cover. Or find a junker at a pick and pull. Maybe airbag deployment didn't **** up one there.
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Along the same lines.... has anybody retro fitted a pax airbag disable switch into an M1?

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Jay, have you tried to dismantle the airbag yet? I am curious if it is similar to an NA.

It was an easy project on my car. I used silicone to glue the lid back on the dash. It does not take much for it to work, and prevents it from squeezing out around the seam. I just held it in place for a few minutes for it to adhere properly.

Nice factory look, with considerable weight reduction.
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Old 09-09-2010, 01:32 PM   #13
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I haven't messed with it yet. If I had a buyer that wanted it or a good place to store it I'd take it out. Just seems simpler at the moment to just store it in the car.
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