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Old 04-20-11, 01:19 PM   #1
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Hi everyone, quick question:

I know someone who has a '96 LS400 and he said that on the CL forums, he saw that you can somehow bypass the steering wheel sensor and lower it down a lot more than you are supposed to.

I looked through the forums for this post but I couldn't find it anywhere.

Can someone let me know if this is possible?

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Old 04-20-11, 09:55 PM   #2
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if you study the dynamics and geometry of the airbag deployment, the settings are optimized to save your head. if you allow the wheel to drop lower, it aims at your neck or chest. lowering the steering wheel to that level,in an impact could cause a broken neck, or better yet, a severe crush to the chest causing a heart attack from the impact of the airbag.
lowering the rake of the steering wheel below stock threshold is not advised.
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not that threshold.

press down 10-15times in quick succession and it drops down an extra 1/4-1/2". may also work if you press down 2-3 times and hold for 10sec.
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@emarknot - thanks for the safety tip but its something im sure my friend already knows about and doesn't really care about

@puredrifter - thank you so much - my friend is excited to know about this. he said he'll try it out tonight. thank you again.
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David, this feature was designed for technicians to remove certain components... nothing more... it will barely go down. basically just enough to remove cluster and etc etc for easier removal... LoL
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Personally, I wouldn't do this for safety reasons. But you could just take out the 4 bolts holding the steering column up and add some washers in there.
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