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post #1 of (permalink) Old 09-07-2002, 05:03 PM Thread Starter
 
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$5 hand throttle - at your local parts store (ALL)

While I was at Advanced Auto this afternoon with a buddy, I came across a nifty find. In the Lawnmower Help section, I found a replacement throttle lever and cable for a lawn tractor for $4.49. I bought one, got home and popped the hood on my CJ. I hooked up the cable to the carb linkage, and ran the lever back and forth. Without any adjustment, it fully opens the throttle at the lever's max. I'll post pics tomorrow. I plan to build a small box for it that will mount between my seats, so I can operate it from there.
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Re: $5 hand throttle - at your local parts store (ALL)

Maybe I don't understand the significance of a hand throttle, but why would anybody want one? Does it make trail riding easier? I would think it would just compicate matters due to having to shift (unless you've got an automatic). I don't know about you but I've only got two hands and the CJ usually likes me to have one on the wheel. Enlighten me!
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They're great for a few reasons. If you have an automatic, it's really only good for holding the RPMs up while you're winching. But, on a standard you can also use it on steep inclines. 2 feet+3 pedals=1 hand throttle. You can ride the clutch and brake while it holds your RPMs up. You normally wouldn't be shifting with the hand throttle engaged, so you now have one hand for the wheel and one for the throttle.
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Gotcha, that actually makes lots of sence. Very cool. I love learning.
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Re: $5 hand throttle - at your local parts store (ALL)

Yup, I have used my el cheapo many times on the trail. A life saver to say the least. I got a free shifter at the bike shop and have a grand total of $3.95 invested. That was for a cable at wally world.
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And besides hills (that it works great for) it's also great for a little RPM boost for the OBA. Works air tools like the real deal then.[img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img]
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I use mine for welding, winching, and keeping the rpms up while crawling.
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Watch where you mount them, I have seen some scary antics bordering on comical, from people bumping their hand throttles on their stick shifts.

I mount mine on my cross bar above the dash.
I cant imagine using it for driving manuevers, but it is great for warming up the engine, winching, welding and running the compressor.
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Re: $5 hand throttle - at your local parts store (ALL)

Nick, it doesn't replace the foot pedal, it just overrides it. Most of the time all you really do with it is raise the idle speed to 1200 to 1500 or so.

Another advantage is that if you're crawling over rough stuff, you don't bounce your foot on and off the pedal - it holds a nice steady opening.
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Re: $5 hand throttle - at your local parts store (ALL)

I use mine when crawling when I need control like Jim Lou said. I can drive a tough section much easier with constant RPM instead of surging as I crawl. I have it mounted on the shifter as H8 warns against, but it's positioned so it can't really get bumped.

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