Yup, that’s an NB airbag control. Sharka is taking the week off from my blog. Today, Bucky gets the spotlight.
I don’t write much about Bucky, my 2001 NB2. He’s (yeah, he) been my wife’s primary car for 9 years. I only started using Bucky as my daily drive in the past 6 months. Now that we’ve got a tiny addition to the family, Sarah has been taking the car with the back seat, our Mazda3.
Anyways. Bucky has been my wife’s car. I’ve not tried to force any (well, many) mods on her or do anything to Bucky that Sarah didn’t want done. And an NB2 is an excellent car in mostly-stock form. So… Bucky doesn’t often get the spotlight. But the past few months have had me driving Miatas every day. And I can’t just leave things alone.
One thing that I’ve always hated with the NB2 was that damn airbag control. If it’s set to “OFF” there’s a big orange light proclaiming that fact. And whether it’s on or off, there’s a big lighted “PASSENGER AIRBAG” label at night. I hate that.
And I love start buttons.
I put the S2000 start button in Sharka back in 2001, a year before buying Bucky. I’ve loved it ever since. I’ve never gotten tired of pressing it. And I finally decided Bucky needed one too. So, I bought a spare airbag control and hacked it up. A little thin plastic, a little bondo, and the key hole transformed into a bigger hole for the start button.
Another thing that I’ve never liked – the power antenna on Bucky. It goes up whenever the head unit is on. It isn’t smart enough to only put the antenna up when the radio is selected, and I listen to MP3s most of the time anyway. I’ve wanted a switch to keep it down when desired for a while.
And while I was at it, I added a second switch to control one of the radiator fans on demand. Sharka has one of these. It’s very nice to help cool things down on an autocross grid between runs. And the panel wouldn’t have looked right with just one extra switch.
I cut out these little labels on my die cutter and stuck them on to finish the panel. I’m quite happy with how it turned out! And it sure took me long enough. I think I have 10 hours of work into this little start button panel.
Before anyone asks, I’ll not be making another one of these again. Ever.
And then I did some stuff and got it installed! If you wanna see that stuff, check out my NB Start Button Install. It’s the same highly detailed start button install that I wrote for the NA years ago, but with NB-specific information.
But what about that airbag control?
The wiring harness on this little guy is nice and long. It gives you more than enough room to relocate it from the factory location. I wanted it still available, but hidden away, so I stuck it in the glove box. Literally. It is held onto the roof of the glove box (which is actually the ductwork for the HVAC system) with double sided tape. Really really strong double sided tape. I thought this would be better than screwing it into the duct.
And that’s pretty much it! I’m quite pleased with Bucky’s latest mod. Starting the car with a button just feels right. It’s an enjoyable little ritual. And night driving without that stupid airbag control blasting me in the face is so much more pleasant.
Want an S2000 start button for your NB? Check out my install page. And if you see anything missing, leave a comment?