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Foam block removed above Driver

removed foam block above driver to see what is there -
metal in this area is the hardened steel -cant drill

foam




used a wire wraped around plastic rivet head and pulled it out-


Hardened metal this area


Lower section


upper area with 4 inch wide metal bracket that
holds head liner in place


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That's a clever way too pull the plastic rivet without damage to the foam blocks......I'll have to remember that.

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Thanks for posting the photos. If equipped with side curtain air bags then one of them is located in the space behind the headliner that is over the door. There will also be an air bag behind the A-pillar trim. Do not run any wires or place any insulation in front of the air bags.

I am fairly sure the expanded foam block is for occupant safety so would be wary of removing it.
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Yup block sure could be for safety -
but 6 inches in front of block is steel bracket that
sticks out 4 inches that holds the headliner in place

after seeing bracket placement now I kind of think foam
is to hide joint of headliner but who knows -

the metal seams in this area are Sharp -
and there are some Tiny wires that appear
to be coming out of the spot welds that
are Very Sharp so Be Careful in this area

Im going to mount curtain rod up high
in this area - so may cut a hole in foam block for rod
and reinstall foam - not sure yet -

also Removed passenger side foam block -metal sharp there too -

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My cargo van has airbags in that area behind foam blocks.

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I don't have airbags back there. I've removed mine a few times to run wire.

If someone wanted to pretty them up, a vacuum bag press and some fabric with spray adhesive would work. I saw a video where a guy put fabric on his vintage car dash with a big clear garbage bag and a shopvac! It turned out great.
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I cut mine down. I was going to leave them out but they do hide the ugly transition so I cut them down and put them back in.

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not that it much matters but the side airbag models appear to have a different metal window frame, it tapers down to what would be the glass on a no glass cargo van, i do not see the taper in that photo but it may just be comparing the medium roof to a high roof?

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Lots more photos of the black foam block and side air bag mechanism, when I recently was working on the wall liner.

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