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post #1 of 16 Old 09-12-2009, 11:58 PM Thread Starter
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Hand throttle... yes or no

Fellow CJers

I'm thinking about adding a hand throttle to my 304 because of the winch I just installed. I also thought it would be a nice compliment with my T18 for the trails. I see some write ups on them, but was wondering what some of you guys/gals did to run yours. Pics would help from the carb stand point. I run a Eldebrock 4 barrel. My main concern is that I saw a guy nearly blow his engine from it sticking on and then revving up the motor to ear splitting rpms. What do you guys think? Anymore horror stories out there????



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post #2 of 16 Old 09-13-2009, 02:59 AM
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I've used mine quite a bit and liked it. Fairly simple set up...like installing a manual choke. As far as the horror stories, you could set it up to stop at a certain rpm's.

More than anything, I love the "what the heck is that??" comments I get from my buddies...I tell them it's a redneck cruise control.

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You defiantly want the twist and push style. Twist it up and down, push to completely release. To stop any over rev situations you need a positive throttle stop, but you should have one anyway.

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post #4 of 16 Old 09-13-2009, 05:39 AM
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I just have a manual choke on mine. That acts as a hand throttle for winching also. I just hold the gas pedal to 1250 rpm, pull on the choke, let off the gas pedal and push off the choke. The choke linkage is now on the fast idle cam at 1200 rpm until I burp the throttle and it drops back to idle. I have one step on the fast idle cam that sets 1200 rpm, the second from top step sets at 1750 rpm.

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My son's is a mountin bike brake lever and cable he got at REI. He mounted it on the shifter with the lever near the knob, ran the cable to the throttle and was good to go. Great on hills and never has had a problem with it.
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post #6 of 16 Old 09-14-2009, 08:06 AM
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I bought the kit from Rubicon Express. Great $29.00 upgrade. There's a tension nut on it if you want to tighten it up to maintain RPM's. It's like anything else, if you use your head there won't be any horror stories.

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post #7 of 16 Old 09-14-2009, 08:12 AM
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love mine and redneck factor is great!
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post #8 of 16 Old 09-14-2009, 02:53 PM
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My 47 has one from the factory to be used as a power take-off rpm regulator. I use it for the redneck cruise also. It is nice to have when driving over trails that that the hogs have torn up so your foot isn't always bouncing on the accelerator. I'm going to rig one up on my 67.
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post #9 of 16 Old 09-14-2009, 03:07 PM
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Originally Posted by CJ Chet View Post
Better to have it and not need it, than to need it and not have it!
Which goes for virtually anything except disease, ex wives and cooties.

Aside from that, I don't have a hand throttle but I have needed one many times crawling up bumpy rock trails. So it is on my list to do.
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post #10 of 16 Old 09-14-2009, 03:31 PM
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With the hand throttle wont the gas pedal move when using the hand throttle and vise versa?
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Originally Posted by Jeeper75 View Post
With the hand throttle wont the gas pedal move when using the hand throttle and vise versa?
Yes, it kinda freaks you out at first, but you get used to it. I made one from old bike parts I had laying around my house. The MC2100 linkage is easy to adapt. It's real, real nice for when you stall on a steep hill and need 3 feet to get the jeep to start again. I had mine stick once, but I was already at full throttle and stopped 2" from the tree once I made it up the hill . You can always shut off the ignition if things go haywire.

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post #12 of 16 Old 09-14-2009, 06:01 PM
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I can't see where mine would ever get stuck. It's connected to throttle bracket and works off the spring, just like the gas pedal. It really comes in handy.

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post #13 of 16 Old 09-14-2009, 06:05 PM
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i ran a cheap 6" piece of chain from the throttle to the cable so it will go slack when i'm using the gas pedal. highly recommend doing this. read the write ups, they help a ton.
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post #14 of 16 Old 09-14-2009, 06:48 PM
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I used a mountain bike shifter (non-indexed) and some bike cable - including the cable housing which is important. Mounted on the steering column. The cable itself is only long enough to allow me to rev the engine to about 2200 rpm, so no over-revving accidents there. I used some ball chain (from a toilet flush repair kit I found sitting around in the garage) and this allows the accelerator to do its thing by easily defeating the hand-throttle cable (the ball-chain simply droops out of the way). Other way around I suppose the hand-throttle does cause some movement of the accelerator pedal but since my foot ain't on it at the time I've never noticed. $20 and an hour or two of fiddling around.

I regularly drive up a really crappy road and the hand-throttle is nice to have since my foot tends to bounce on the gas pedal and that's annoying (I know, there's a skill involved in managing one's gas pedal and foot but it's a skill I don't have yet).

Here's my write-up in a bit more detail if you are interested:
Hand-Throttle (Small Craft Net)

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post #15 of 16 Old 09-15-2009, 06:11 AM
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Works GREAT for things like when you are using on board welder, winch, or just plain need some relief from the throttle pedal.

I wired in the high idle solenoid for A/C to work electronically, but it was NEVER at the correct RPM, so I went back to cable... Works great and is cheap/easy to do.
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