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  1. I replaced my electronic side steps on my RAM 1500 Limited with static ones. I then got an error message saying that the side steps required a service and it also locked my air suspension. I tried to find a solution on the RAM forum in the U.S.A, but no one seemed to have a solution. So I just pulled the fuse for the side steps and all issues were resolved. Air suspension is working just fine again. Oh, and I also replaced my wheels and tyres. So no more trash talk about the low profile slicks. My truck now has decent footwear. Can't wait for the next desert trip.
  2. There are 2 ways to resolve the airbags issie on the 2019 onwards RAM 1500: 1. Pulling a fuse. I just have to get the number of the fuse again. It took me some time to figure it out as the manufaturer is not keen to encourage people to shut it off. 2. I asked the RAM dealership to install a kill switch when I took it in for a service. They fitted a none OEM switch and asked AED 900. It was however invoiced on OEM paper and should thus not impact the warranty. For both options you have to give it 2 min, as the system has a back-up battery that lasts about 2 min. I therefore switch mine off when I start to deflate to be sure that the battery would be gone once I start to drive. If you have a Limited, then there are some more issues. As soon as you pull the fuse or use the switch, the system outomatically switches on the traction control and it then gets stuck in it. Once the vehicle starts to move, the airsuspension also automatically drops out off Offroad to normal mode and then gets stuck. You thus have to get the vehicle on the right suspension setting and then pull the fuses for the airsuspension en tractioncontrol as well, before you switch of the airbags. I have a switch for the traction controle and will ask the Dealership to install one for the suspension as well when I take it for a service again. For now I just pull the fuse for the suspension. Driving the RAM 1500 is like flying a plane with all the switches I have to flip before I go offroad.
  3. Fred, you have me rather excited with the mention of 2-3 days drives. I wouldnlove to do that.
  4. I believe I now found the holy grail of deactivating the airbags on the RAM 1500. It was as simple as asking the dealership. Although they didn't have a OEM switch, they some how improvised and fitted a nanny kill switch for me, switching off all the bothersome systems when off roading with a simple toggle underneath the steering. Will test it oit on Saturday.
  5. I unfortunatly hit another snag. The Owners Manual says that the ORC unit has a backup battery for in case you battery runs out or you have aloose connection. The bags might thus still pop even if the fuse is pulled. I am now looking into getting one of these switches installed: https://www.pro-gard.com/product/aoi-electrical-air-bag-control-switches/
  6. I believe, or should perhaps say hope that I am onse step closer to resolve the RAM 1500 airbag deactivation riddle. I found an interesting device that the Police in the U.S. aparnalty uses to shut down the airbags in their vehicles, as can be seen at the webpage below. I now just need someone in Dubai who would be able to install the thing. https://danasafetysupply.com/vehicle-airbag-on-off-switch-by-progard/ 58390113.pdf
  7. Guys, I just saw this video on YouTube showing that Fuse 28 is for the Occupant Restraint Controller (ORC) unit in the 2019 Ram 1500. Does that mean that all airbags would be deactivated if I pull fuse 28?
  8. OK. Understood. So will fuse F26 disable airbags as well? I will also just replace my front bumber in good time. Nathan, can you please advise where you got your done?
  9. Hi guys, I had an experience this morning that made me think that we should perhaps not be worried about popping airbags on the RAM. I slammed my front bumper on my 2022 RAM Limited rather hard this morning on a Carnity drive in Al Qudra. I luckily already removed the plastic air dams a few weeks ago, but the impact still left a dent the size of a mellon on the chrome bumper, broke 3 bolt points on the bumper and popped one of my parking sensors, but still the airbags did not pop. Perhaps the RAM automatically switches it off when turned in to 4x4?
  10. Hi Brette, Yes, I also have all of the additional items you mentioned. Regards Paul
  11. Hi Brette, I have all of the above. Only weak point is my truck's low profile tyres, but they were OK when I did the course with Gaurav 2 weeks ago. My experience is limited to straight line driving on the beach in Namibia and the 4 hours I spent with Gaurav 2 weeks ago. I am looking forward to the drive on Saturday. Regards Paul
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