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Old 02-18-2014, 06:47 PM   #1
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Hand throtle

Who has them and are they useful on a manual TJ?

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Old 02-18-2014, 07:17 PM   #2
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I have one, and I use it sometimes when wheeling for two reasons. The first is if you're stuck part way up an obstacle, and need three feet...clutch, gas, and brake. You can use the hand throttle for the gas. The other time it's handy, is if you're traveling at a constant speed on a small rock trail where there is a lot of bouncing. You can set the hand throttle and it will hold a constant speed instead of having your foot bounce on the gas which can cause bucking. It's a relative cheap mod that comes is really nice on the trail. http://www.quadratec.com/products/16192_250.htm

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I have run a hand throttle with both my manual and auto trannies and it's one of the best cheap mods you can do for offroading. It allow a more controlled and steadier application of power, especially on very rough terrain where your foot may bounce on or off the gas at the wrong time. It can definitely reduce the risk of drivetrain breakages at those times.

Not to mention you can set it to hold a higher engine rpm for things like winching, belt-driven on board air compressors, battery charging, welding, etc.
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Holy lord of good ideas.
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This is how I mounted mine on both my OE 5-speed and then later on the 32RH automatic I replaced the 5-speed with...
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Old 02-18-2014, 08:28 PM   #6
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Have one on my 5spd most common use is for keeping rpm up a little for using inboard air York compressor for a high air use air tool like air hammer
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Old 02-18-2014, 09:03 PM   #7
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Yeah I am definitely planning on buying one for I have heard no negative about them
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Old 02-18-2014, 09:09 PM   #8
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Only negative I see is the grabby toddler that ends up in some peoples back seats from time to time. Maybe that's what shock collars are for, hand throttles....
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Rabbit-hopped on a buncha rocks, landed on my passenger rear hard enough to blow both beads and bend the axle flange. My gas foot was bouncing just as hard as the Jeep. Installed the hand throttle went back the next year and spanked those same rocks. Your thumb is a lot more sensitive than your right foot.



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Point the lever in the right direction and you can use your fingertips which can provide more control than a thumb can.
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I always liked using my 2nd and 3rd finger for throttle control. In other words it pointed from the gear shift towards the center console between the seats. Like Jerry's first pic. I loved mine so much with the 5 speed I kept it with the AW4 and use it regularly, not to mention the benefit for winching and running my York compressor. Anyone who doesn't have one is missing out IMHO.
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Very Handy for the reasons listed
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Old 02-19-2014, 01:06 PM   #13
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I use an Off Road Engineering electronic throttle control and it is just awesome!
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Who has them and are they useful on a manual TJ?
See the link in post #2, and yes they are useful on a manual.
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See the link in post #2, and yes they are useful on a manual.
It's a spammer. They just quote the 1st line of every thread they post in and attach an image sometimes.
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I installed an idle up solenoid that bumps idle speed up to about 1500, works great when winching, using oba or starting out from a nasty position.
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I have an automatic and mounted my hand throttle up towards my dash. Works well for me .

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Old 02-20-2014, 01:37 AM   #18
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Thanks all for the info, I am placing my order now
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Thanks all for the info, I am placing my order now
Here's a link for a write up on installing the Rubicon Express hand throttle (same as the Terraflex, just different name) that uses a stock throttle connector from the dealer. This is how I did mine and it works really well. The only thing I did different was that I ran the cable in the transmission tunnel and up to the engine instead of through the firewall.

Jeep Rubicon Express Hand Throttle Installation
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Transamerica made RE stop selling the their hand throttle kit after buying RE. Transamerica claimed it didn't have the engineering certifications so they were afraid to let RE continue selling it. Stupid but that's life with big corporations.

I tried to find the hand throttle on Tera's website but couldn't, does anyone have a link to it? I emailed them but they never responded & I'm seldom able to make those kinds of calls during my work day.
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Jerry, I found it on Teraflex website, but it shows out of stock. Sku # is 4870402, price $37.99
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Thanks for that info. Wow they're pretty proud of that gizmo but I guess as I think back, it hasn't gone up much from the $29 I paid RE for it 14-15 years ago.

Incidentally, the very first product that got Rubicon Express started was their hand throttle kit. Just a little trivia.
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It's a $1 cheaper at QT, didn't check to see if it was in stock though....I only need one...
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I just parted mine from a bike shop...
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I just parted mine from a bike shop...
Do you or anyone else know what length cable is used?
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I think I got 10' and cut it to length with snips. The bike shop gave me free cable ends to terminate .
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I use a stationary trackball not a mouse ... thumb controls precise movement

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Point the lever in the right direction and you can use your fingertips which can provide more control than a thumb can.

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