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Old 06-25-2013, 10:29 AM   #1
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A Pillar Trim Removal - Difficult?

Hey everyone, I've been toying with an idea but before I go forward I wanted to try to see how difficult it would be. Has anyone taken the A Pillar interior trim off? Is it difficult or easy? Do you have to remove the dash?



My idea is to swap out the white trim with the black trim from the ST. I dislike the white upper interior but the A Pillar stands out the most since it is in view while driving and it quite visible from the outside through the windshield.

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Old 06-25-2013, 06:35 PM   #2
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Not positive but I believe there are air bags behind those things.... I wouldn't want to mess with them personally
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I'm pretty sure they are behind the B Pillars, at least it says Airbag there.
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I'm pretty sure they are behind the B Pillars, at least it says Airbag there.
The side curtain air bag inflates from the a - pillar through to the c pillar past the rear occupant's head, there are also side airbags in the front seats, but not in the lower b-pillar afaik.
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The side curtain air bag inflates from the a - pillar through to the c pillar past the rear occupant's head, there are also side airbags in the front seats, but not in the lower b-pillar afaik.
You sure about that? Wouldn't an airbag coming out of A pillar, shooting all the way back to C pillar, just pop your head off if you were leaning your head up against the window? To me it would make more sense to cover the windows coming out from the center at B pillar... but I'm pretty ignorant on this topic admittedly.
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You sure about that? Wouldn't an airbag coming out of A pillar, shooting all the way back to C pillar, just pop your head off if you were leaning your head up against the window? To me it would make more sense to cover the windows coming out from the center at B pillar... but I'm pretty ignorant on this topic admittedly.
It inflates from the a-pillar back, the panels there don't actually move necessarily, but it does deploy from the roof rail with the gas inflator being in one of the pillars, looks to be the a-pillar to me.





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At 21-24 seconds you can see the airbag inflating from the a-pillar back.

I'm not sure precisely where the inflator is, but it would make some sense to mount them on the ends of the vehicle for packaging space concerns, especially when space is so tight in the side of the car.
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Old 06-25-2013, 07:17 PM   #7
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In the video it looks like it is coming from the roof but not nessesarily out of the top of A Pillar (which I am talking about is the pillar between the windshield and driver window).

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It's deploying from the front to the back.

If it deployed from the center out first then the b-pillar might make sense for the inflator to be located, however since the airbag deploys from the front to the back it would make most sense for the stored gas canister that inflates the airbag to be located at the a pillar.

I've seen pictures behind the trim panels but I can't find them now. If I recall correctly the airbag inflators were behind the pillar itself.

http://www.google.com/patents/EP1319558A1?cl=en

Something like this ^^
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I say pop that thing open Frenzy and let us know!
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I say pop that thing open Frenzy and let us know!
Hey if I disconnect the battery, what's the worst that can happen! Guinea Pigs away!
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