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Unread 09-03-2008, 06:43 AM   #1
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Why use a hand throttle?

Hi guys,

I'm looking into hand throttles, specifically the one from 33 Engineering. There is a link to the instruction install here...

http://www.offroadtoystore.com/instructions/33-3040.pdf

I have a 4.0 manual transmission. What gains/benefits is there to using a and throttle? This runs about 30.00, is that a fair price?

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Unread 09-03-2008, 07:28 AM   #2
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Cheep but illegal (at least in my state) cruse control!
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Unread 09-03-2008, 07:37 AM   #3
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I have read some things about them being used as cruise control. More so I know people use these while on the trail, especially people who tend to have manual trannys. I was wondering if the people running them use the throttles exclusively on the trail or only in certain instances...

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extra foot. when on a steep grade or other situation when you need to clutch and brake at the same time. comes in real handy when your heel/toe skills aren't that great.

set the throttle to up the rpm's when winching

use as a cruise control on long cobble trails to prevent throttle bounce(not sure what to call it).

i never use mine on the street.
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I would imagine you would need one on the real difficult trails. If you're just doing greens or blues, I really don't see a need for one. You'd be surprised, takes a lot to stall in 4 low. Jeep still wanted to pull with my foot on the brake and wasn't coming close to stalling.
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Sometimes with a manual tranny offroad you just need 3 feet. It's also good on rough terrain to hold a steady rpm while driving. And you can bump up your RPM's for winching.
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really helps control throole whiplash. great for starts on steep grades. once you get used to it you find your self using it unconciously.
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I have an automatic but still appreciate my hand throttle on terrain that is subject to unexpected jerks and bumps that would inadvertently cause your foot to press on the accelerator - in turn making the Jeep dangerously surge forward.

I also use my hand throttle to keep my RPMs up while winching, powering up my air compressor, or even jump starting a vehicle in need.

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Hi guys,

I'm looking into hand throttles, specifically the one from 33 Engineering. There is a link to the instruction install here...

http://www.offroadtoystore.com/instructions/33-3040.pdf

I have a 4.0 manual transmission. What gains/benefits is there to using a and throttle? This runs about 30.00, is that a fair price?

Thanks,

Josh
For $30.00 that is a fair deal. I built my own and it works very well, but the 33 eng deal is great.

3 petals, 2 feet is the reason for a hand throttle. You want a unit that can adjust so it is a spring loaded thumb or finger throttle similar to a ATC so you can use both feet on petals. And practice using the throttle like that before you hit the trails. Not a good cruise control, but it can be used like that for short bursts on level ground. Great to lock down and keep rpms up for OBA or winching.
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I rigged up an old choke cable under my dash as a winching throttle control. I have never needed a hand throttle on the trail.
Heel/toe is the way to go.
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Unread 09-03-2008, 06:57 PM   #11
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Thanks.
I've been thinking about a rig like this.
A few times in the rough, the TJ starts to bounce like crazy, then my foot follows. The lurching is not good for the drivetrain.
I just ordered one, though I think the shipping $10.00+) is a little high!!
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I was offroading this past weekend and I went down a trail with lots of dry ruts and rocks scattered everythwere. I was in 2hi 1st gear (not too difficult of a trail, but very fun to crawl and lots of lines to pick) and I kept getting the throttle jerk. I'm currently teaching my girlfriend to drive stick, and she does very well. She got up on her podium and asked me, "is that you?" after some of the jerks. i tried to explain my foot bouncing but she thought I had lost my touch, even tho I wasn't touching the clutch.

I'm thinking about a hand throttle for that reason.

She driving it next time, we'll see how she does.

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Thanks.
I've been thinking about a rig like this.
A few times in the rough, the TJ starts to bounce like crazy, then my foot follows. The lurching is not good for the drivetrain.
I just ordered one, though I think the shipping $10.00+) is a little high!!
To remedy that jerking effect, I just plant my heel on the floorboard and work the middle of the gas pedal with my toes. Works great for me so far.
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Thanks.
I've been thinking about a rig like this.
A few times in the rough, the TJ starts to bounce like crazy, then my foot follows. The lurching is not good for the drivetrain.
I just ordered one, though I think the shipping $10.00+) is a little high!!
To remedy that jerking effect, I just plant my heel on the floorboard and work the middle of the gas pedal with my toes. Works great for me so far.
another way is to rest the side of your foot on the tunnel and throttle by tilting your foot in.
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Unread 09-05-2008, 10:49 AM   #15
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One of my freinds did this. He tried the gear changer but he said its way to dangerous because the throttle doesnt spring back he has to lower it manually. That why he changed to a brake lever instead. when you let go of the brake lever the throttle comes back.
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