Has anyone successfully installed one of these so a child can ride in the passenger seat of a roadster?
You know, I think I have heard of an owner getting one installed. Don't remember who, though.
So I finally got around to installing the airbag switch on Wednesday. It was an absolute pain in the @$$. Had to remove the entire dash, including a large number of non-intuitive clips & velcro connectors. The result is great. The airbag switch is hidden nicely in the passenger footwell.
(more pix HERE)
EDIT: I don't seem to be successful at inserting a pix, but the link appears to work. Follow the link for pix of a disassembled Tesla dash....
Last edited by dpeilow; 10-19-2009 at 11:17 AM. Reason: took a guess at which photo you wanted
Sheesh man! That is a crazy amount of effort to have to go through to get the switch installed! Thanks for sharing all the pictures.
Well at least you know what it really looks like behind the dashboard now.
Another request for the next year's version is to add the switch or at least design in an easy access point to the wiring harness.
The guys that repair the car talk about how the very first thing installed in the car's tub is the single piece harness. One owner had a rat chew on a spot in the wires. The car has to be nearly 100 percent disassembled to swap in a new harness. A three part harness would be high on the list for next year's version.
Last edited by vfx; 10-18-2009 at 07:25 AM.
The world loves to be deceived.
Tesla could make the switch install a 5 minute job if they only pulled the thick yellow wire (see my pix) from it's free-floating position behind the airbag to just behind the fuse panel. There's plenty of slack in the wire, but it's currently just coiled up in the back.
If they pulled it forward about 8 inches, then it could be easily tapped without disassembling everything. The yellow sheath contains two wires which are connected into the switch (it is the airbag controller input for a disconnect switch which is unused in the Tesla).
Thanks for sharing. I didn't realize you could post and share pictures from a Facebook album like that without being in your network or friends list.
I wouldn't even have the guts to take apart the car the way you did to install the switch. Would Tesla be able to do that?
Last edited by Albern; 10-17-2009 at 10:00 AM.
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