Yes, the 2 square black boxes in front are airbag sensors. The thing in the left fender I believe is the charcoal canister. As for the airbags, it isn't that hard to take them apart, take out the squib and the bag, and then re-install the center horn pad and the passenger cover panel with nothing inside them.
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The black canister thing in the passenger fender is the charcoal canister. It will have a purge valve attached to it, which in turn is attached to some emission hose and a hard line that goes to the back of the TB on the 96-97's. The purge valve opens on startup for a few seconds and then closes I think until next startup.