Technically, the dealer's hands are tied. Asking them to disable a safety feature installed by the manufacturer is bad juju. Why did you buy the side airbag option if you thought you'd ever remove/upgrade the seats?
And what "charge" are you talking about it sending into the seat. If you unplug the seat, remove it, and install an aftermarket seat the airbag service indicator light will come on, and there's no "charge" going anywhere near the seat. The propellant charge (if that's what you're referring to) is installed in the OEM seat, along with the airbag.
The only real problem here is if you have to have vehicle safety inspections in your state to get the vehicle licensed. You WILL NOT PASS INSPECTION if your airbag light is on.
I understand about the safety feature, but it is an optional safety feature, so it the owner decideds to change out the seat, it's his business.
I was refering to the point that he said you could add a resistor to trick the computer into thinking that the air bag is still there. I'm not sure if they fire in any particular way, but If you buckle the seatbelt behind you tricking the computer into thinking that the person is wearing it, I was told it is more dangerous if you get in an accident because the airbags will fire at the wrong time. I would think the dealer would want the safety system working correcty as opposed to incorrectly.
The real questions are: what seats are you getting? are you getting 5 point seat belts? how about some pictures?
My seats are from Twisted Stitch... Vortex-XL model. The XL doesnt recline, but you can get XLR's that do. No sense in reclining mine since there is a harness bar right behind the seat.
I am using M&R Racing Rotary Cam Release 5 point harness but I also adapted the factory seat belt for normal driving and light wheeling. The 5 point belts are really restrictive and don't really allow you to look around much out the door/window when crawling... Use them mainly for the steep climbs/descents and any higher speed stuff. They give you a much more confident and "Safe" feeling than the factory seat belts, that is for sure... they keep you glued to the seat.
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Unplug the connectors under the seat, remove 4 bolts and the bolt holding the seat belt on and out comes the seat... sans explosion.
The dealer isn't going to re-flash ie down grade your saftey features... way to much liability involved in that.
Its not their problem that i removed my factory seats.
I wish mine didn't have the side air bags, but I had no choice.. I wanted the rig and it wasn't a deal breaker for me. A well placed .25 cent resistor will fix the problem.
Luckily, no inspections for me.
I'm seriously NOT being overdramatic. I have worked with some engineers that worked at Autoliv here in Utah. They are inflated by a small explosive charge. A frontal airbag deployed at the wrong time, or accidentally can kill you.
I'm not saying Don't do anything, just be careful.