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Old 02-27-2012, 05:41 PM   #1
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Hand throttle

I don't understand why people are putting there on there jeep can someone explain

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Old 02-27-2012, 06:17 PM   #2
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wheel with a low geared stick you'll understand very quickly

when wheeling at low speeds in low range some times you need a little higher RPMs or a third foot. Its also very hard to get the right balance when your bumping over a rock or 2 vs having a hand throttle to control the rig.

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Yep whenever you need three feet to work the gas, brake, and clutch it can get tricky or just keeping a steady pace on a bumpy trail. I know my foot likes to bounce up and down on the throttle.
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Old 02-27-2012, 06:30 PM   #4
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Ok how do u hook it up and where u mounting it at?
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Old 02-27-2012, 06:36 PM   #5
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Y could u not just use cruise control
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Old 02-27-2012, 06:38 PM   #6
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Most cruise controls will not engage below 30 or 35 mph.
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cruise begins @ speeds 25mph or so.. gimme a tractor throttle too.
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Ok how do u hook it up and where u mounting it at?
Its attaches to the throttle cable and many people mount it on the shifter
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Is this geared more for rock crawling all we have is tight woods here in ohio
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Is this geared more for rock crawling all we have is tight woods here in ohio
Rock crawling and trails where you're moving relatively slowly over rough terrain or climbing steep hills. Some even use it to up the idle for their winch or air compressor they have mounted under the hood.
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Several benefits, some of which were explained above.

Rough trail can make the right foot bouce on the gas pedal which can cause shock loading of the drivetrain. That can break things like u-joints and/or axle shafts. A hand throttle allows you to control the gas by your hand while resting on top of the shifter which allows very steady and complete control of engine rpms.

It can offer more precise control of engine RPMs too. Your hand is a more precise instrument than your foot is. On very technically demanding trails, preciseness of throttle control is just what the doctor ordered.

A hand throttle can also be used to lock the engine at an elevated RPM which is useful for providing more power for winches and belt driven air compressors.

A cruise control cannot be used for the uses a hand throttle is meant for. A cruise control is only designed to hold a particular speed, not a particular RPM. It cannot be used to control anything at low offroad speeds.

The two pics show my hand throttle for when I had a stick shift and after I converted that Jeep to an automatic. A hand throttle is an extremely useful device for offroading.
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Old 02-27-2012, 08:20 PM   #12
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I need to put one on mine. I went through a rough wash out a while back and the jeep got to bucking so bad I had to stop. Once it starts, it's hard to keep your foot from bouncing on the peddle.
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Are u using a shifter from a bike or what
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Are u using a shifter from a bike or what
A bike shifter works great. You can also get a ready-to-install kit from Jeep Lift Kits and Suspension Products direct from Rubicon Express ($29.95 when I bought mine years ago) which also includes a special bracket for the throttle body attach point that makes installation an easy job.
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Also handy for steep or muddy boat landings with a manual trans.
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Maybe a stupid question but could this be used as cruise control as well?
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Old 02-27-2012, 08:32 PM   #17
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Does hook to the gas pedal or throttle body
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Does hook to the gas pedal or throttle body
It connects to the same lever on the throttle body that the gas pedal cable connects to.
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Ok and I take it u can set so it will not alot rpm to go to high
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And is it routed through the sifter boot or through firewall
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You control the RPMs to whatever you want them to be. It is spring loaded so if you let go of the lever, RPMs drop to idle... just like when you take your foot off the gas.

It will only hold RPMs up higher if you tighten the little wing nut on the side of the lever which can be used to lock it to hold the RPMs up if desired to provide more power for things like winching or belt-driven onboard air use. You would not lock the lever while driving.

The cable is routed down through the boot and under the firewall into the engine compartment.

If you go to the Rubicon Express website I gave above, I believe you can find the installation and operating instructions for it.
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A bike shifter works great. You can also get a ready-to-install kit from Jeep Lift Kits and Suspension Products direct from Rubicon Express ($29.95 when I bought mine years ago) which also includes a special bracket for the throttle body attach point that makes installation an easy job.
I didn't see one there. Northridge used to have one but they no longer do. I need to get one.
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Im liking this idea
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I didn't see one there.
You just have to look a little harder. It took me 5 seconds to find it using their Search and searching for "hand throttle".

RE1000 - HAND THROTTLE - Rubicon Express

Their photo doesn't show all the parts included in the kit.
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You just have to look a little harder. It took me 5 seconds to find it using their Search and searching for "hand throttle".

RE1000 - HAND THROTTLE - Rubicon Express

Their photo doesn't show all the parts included in the kit.
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Maybe a stupid question but could this be used as cruise control as well?
Sort of...when I had mine installed, I used it for that purpose, however, you have to realize that this doesn't act like standard cruise control. If you have to make a panic stop and slam the brakes, the engine is going to keep pulling. If you clutch it, the engine is going to rev way up.

You just have to keep in mind when using it for cruise control it operates like a tractor throttle (you have to disable the throttle before braking/stopping)...which since I run tractors all summer long is second nature for me to disable the hand throttle before clutching and/or braking.

Also remember that a hand throttle is based on throttle opening, not speed like cruise control. So if you set your hand throttle at 65 on flat ground and hit even a slight downhill section, you will find yourself doing 75-80 if you don't decrease the throttle a little bit.
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Jerry said its spring loaded so when u let go rpm drop now u saying yours does not axle like that?
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Jerry said its spring loaded so when u let go rpm drop now u saying yours does not axle like that?
I also mentioned above that you can lock the lever in place with the little wing nut on the side of the lever.
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Ok I see
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I don't think that is legal to use as cruise control. I mean do what you want, but the safty features of cc are taken away, so if you have an accident while using it, it will be your fault legally.

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