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Old 08-07-2011, 11:07 PM
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W126 passenger airbag question

I was wondering if it would be possible to paste a thin piece of veneer over the passenger side airbag in a W126. The one that takes the place of the glove compartment, in such a way as to not affect the airbags operation. Anyone have any thoughts on the subject?

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Old 08-07-2011, 11:47 PM
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No, the black plastic door splits down the middle when the airbag goes off. Putting a piece over it will either make the airbag not work properly, or send the wood flying into the face of your passenger.

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Old 08-08-2011, 12:04 AM
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No, the black plastic door splits down the middle when the airbag goes off. Putting a piece over it will either make the airbag not work properly, or send the wood flying into the face of your passenger.

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Even trying to put veneer contact paper over the dash doesn't seem appropriate to me.

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I think one ought to leave it just the way the bright 'boys-and-girls' made it.
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Old 08-08-2011, 08:56 AM
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I suppose that if it was very thin, and attached only on the top, you might be able to get away with it... but I wouldn't want to sit in front of it

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Pity. I really hate the way they buggered up the interior of the "facelift" 126 with the passenger airbag and the ugly plastic alp hanging under ithe dash. I was thinking that If I ever acquired on I could retrofit the plastic mess hanging down there with the earlier valence but I was hoping I could disguise the airbag with a veneer. I guess that's not possible.

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Old 08-08-2011, 11:06 AM
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Take it out and replace it with the lower dash of an older one, shouldn't be to hard.
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Old 08-08-2011, 11:12 AM
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Take it out and replace it with the lower dash of an older one, shouldn't be to hard.
Removing the lower dash mess is not the problem and I would do so but you can't remove the airbag even though I'd like to purely for aesthetic reasons. Hence my desire to disguise it.

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