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Hand Throttle for Manual Tranny Drivers

#1 User is offline   Jerry Bransford 

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Posted 01 July 2007 - 02:54 PM

So far as us manual transmission owning rock crawlers go (I plan to upgrade some day to an automatic), we all need hand throttles for rock crawling. Three pedals and two feet don't work when the going gets tough. Not only that but a foot bouncing on the accelerator pedal causes enormous drivetrain shock which can blow u-joints or worse.

With your hand resting on top of the shift knob and your fingers curled over the hand throttle lever, very steady throttle application can be made which will smooth anyone's efforts over a particularly tough section of a trail. This is one mod that no rock crawler with a manual transmission should be without. Not to mention how handy it is to be able to set the engine RPMs up to 1500 psi or so while winching someone or using an on-board air system.

While you can very inexpensively make your own hand throttle from bicycle parts, Rubicon Express makes a complete kit with a special bracket that makes installing it much easier. :)
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Posted 01 July 2007 - 06:40 PM

X2...... I have the RE hand throttle and love it. Comes with ALL the fixin's, don't think I could have done it for any cheaper by trying to piece together parts from around town.

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Posted 01 July 2007 - 09:25 PM

Mine is out front so I don't have to get into the cab to adjust mine, but I don't use mine for rock crawling either, I just always use the heel toe method when needed. I'm sure a hand throttle might make it easier, but I haven't needed one yet. I have plenty of steel and pieces to make brackets with, so I don't see me ever buying a set up. Let's see some pictures though, I'd like to see some installed ones.

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  Posted 02 July 2007 - 08:31 AM

Ok, so where are the pics :)

Agree, my hand throttle has allowed me to do things that were unthinkable with a manual tranny.
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Posted 02 July 2007 - 08:33 AM

:) Made one 4 the Willys from boat parts :rolleyes:
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Posted 02 July 2007 - 10:03 AM

View PostJim B, on Jul 2 2007, 06:31 AM, said:

Ok, so where are the pics :)
I have a good pic, but unhosted, of the hand throttle underneath a cool rock shift knob I would have posted if there was just a way to upload it here. :rolleyes:
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  Posted 03 July 2007 - 06:13 PM

View PostJerryBransford, on Jul 2 2007, 11:03 AM, said:

I have a good pic, but unhosted, of the hand throttle underneath a cool rock shift knob I would have posted if there was just a way to upload it here. :banghead:

Jerry,
Go ahead and email it to me and I will host it on my private space and send you the link. :banghead1: Make sure it is no larger than 640x480.
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Posted 05 July 2007 - 07:12 PM

Another option..same thing really

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Posted 05 July 2007 - 07:18 PM

Thanks to Jim B hosting it for me, here's the photo of how my RE hand throttle is installed. Note which way the lever points, towards the rear. At least for me, that's a more comfortable position than RE shows on their website where theirs faces forward.

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