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Old 12-05-2010, 05:35 PM   #1
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Touchy Gas Pedal

Is there any easy way to make the gas pedal tougher to push down? I am new to offroading and jeeps. I find it really hard to keep constant throttle when on rough rocky terrain. I find my foot bouncing off the gas pedal causing the jeep to buck around sometimes.... Mostly in 4wd low. Is this something that I just have to get more control over with practice? Or is there something I can mechanically do? Thanks!

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Old 12-05-2010, 05:38 PM   #2
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Yes, there is a simple solution: add a throttle return spring. My 2005 TJL also came without one as well. This was the first annoyance to be fixed when I took delivery. Another was to add a 1" spacer underneath the seat bracket to lift the backside up; otherwise, I'd still be staring at the roof.

I drilled a small hole in the black, upper bracket to keep the spring coil from binding, and as you can see, the throttle body lever is already set up for a spring. I had to experiment a bit to find just the right spring length and tension.

For more control, a thumb throttle attachment will increase idle speed for more control when off-roading. Not sure which you're after, but both solutions are well-documented.

It would be nice if DC would kindly allow Jeeps to set the cruise as low as 1 mph!
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Old 12-05-2010, 05:38 PM   #3
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I am not sure if anything can be done for the gas pedal, but if your jeep is a manual, you can get a thumb throttle. Which let's you control the throttle with your hand.
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Old 12-05-2010, 05:49 PM   #4
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You are right it is touchy, I guess I have gotten use to it. My brother in law drove it the other day to the gun range and that was the first thing he mention, man it has a sensitive gas pedal. JD nailed it a good return spring will make a big difference.
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Old 12-05-2010, 06:27 PM   #5
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Also if you have a return spring on there already, you can modify it to be shorter. Mine had plenty of excess on the end so I just cut off the excess and bent a new end with a pair of pliers. Tightened my gas pedal right up. I too did that the same day I bought the Jeep.
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Old 12-05-2010, 06:35 PM   #6
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It doesn't hurt to have 2 springs on it. If you've ever experienced a broken throttle spring you'll understand how fast it can get exciting!
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Old 12-05-2010, 07:21 PM   #7
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Thanks! I will check to see if I have a throttle return spring... if not, I will get one and mess around with it till I get it right. I appreciate the info!
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Old 12-05-2010, 07:24 PM   #8
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Next time you're off road, try bracing the right side of your foot on the transmission tunnel. If you keep your foot stationary that way and apply throttle pressure with the left side of your foot, it'll be a lot more constant.
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Old 12-06-2010, 04:59 AM   #9
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Next time you're off road, try bracing the right side of your foot on the transmission tunnel. If you keep your foot stationary that way and apply throttle pressure with the left side of your foot, it'll be a lot more constant.
This is exactly what I do also. Well said!
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Next time you're off road, try bracing the right side of your foot on the transmission tunnel. If you keep your foot stationary that way and apply throttle pressure with the left side of your foot, it'll be a lot more constant.
ok, i will try that one too.... and it's cheap as well. haha
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Old 12-31-2010, 08:38 PM   #11
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I love wrangler forum, I took my jeep wheelin for the first time today and noticed the touchy pedal instantly. I'm gonna do the spring and keep my foot on the tranny tunnel, thanks for the info guys.
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Old 01-01-2011, 10:48 AM   #12
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I am happy to know I am not the only person who has this problem.... My jeep does have a spring on the throttle body and I may experiment by putting another one on that is stiffer to see how it works. Right now, I am waiting for my new tires to come!

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