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1998 TJ 06-10-2013 06:28 PM

Hand controls in a jeep??! Anyone else have them?
I have a 2004 wrangler with a 4 inch lift with 33s. I was in a bad car accident about two years ago when I was 19 and this wreck left me paralyzed from the waist down. Still busting ass to get back on my feet though! I always loved to be in the woods before I had gotten injured an always loved jeeping. I recently just got this jeep and got everything done to it within the past couple months. I had a garage install hand controls in it for me so I could drive it. The day I was able to actually get back in the drivers seat was amazing ! I was just wondering if there is anyone else out there that has hand controls in their jeep.

viperx6x9x 06-10-2013 06:39 PM

Any pics? just curious how they got all that working.

Congrats on getting back behind the wheel. Hopefully you get to enjoy some trails this summer and get walking again. :)

T2000J 06-10-2013 06:44 PM

That's great Wish more people had your motivation

Lanco 06-10-2013 06:54 PM

good on you my man! :punk:

and x2 on the pictures if you got them. i am thinking to put a hand throttle on mine. i'm very interested to see how them hooked everything up

scot68 06-10-2013 06:55 PM

I think it's fantastic that your Jeepin again!!! :thumb: You inspiration to all with physical challenges. Welcome back to the Jeep community.. :)

1998 TJ 06-10-2013 07:14 PM

I will defiantly get some pictures up tomorrow! And thank you guys it's a great feeling being able to hit the trails again!

TJDave 06-10-2013 07:34 PM

Your determination is inspiring. Keep at it. You live so far away... our club would love to have you join us on some cool trail runs.

1998 TJ 06-11-2013 10:10 AM


Originally Posted by TJDave (Post 3846577)
Your determination is inspiring. Keep at it. You live so far away... our club would love to have you join us on some cool trail runs.

Thank you very much!

Jerry Bransford 06-11-2013 02:07 PM

The leader of my Jeep club was in a bad offroad Jeep rollover accident maybe 20 years ago and she was also paralyzed from the waist down. She had hand controls added to her bad-a** TJ right afterward and she still wheels harder than most of us. You have a lot to look forward to & there's no reason that unfortunate accident needs to slow you down at all. My hat's off to you man, enjoy getting back out on the trail! :punk:

DrewG 06-11-2013 02:15 PM

Congrats on gettin back in the driver's seat! And good luck on rehabbing! My old neighbor had hand controls on her car, but that was an old clapped-out mini-van...I'd love to see how they ran it on something cool like a Jeep! Post up some pics when you get a chance.

JohnDoe 08-11-2013 01:25 AM

Subscribed! Mad respect for not letting that stop you from jeeping :thumb: intrigued to see pictures too!

ChaddG 08-11-2013 12:00 PM

:popcorn:pictures? ....

1jeeplvr 11-17-2013 12:58 PM

Dude your inspiring.Was it hard to get that mindset to keep going with things you love to do?

pi55edoff 11-17-2013 03:37 PM

I had a buddy who feel off a roof which left him in the same situation. He didn't wait any longer than he had to. He just used aluminum rodding and made his own hand controls and off he went.

1998 TJ 12-02-2013 12:43 PM


Originally Posted by 1jeeplvr (Post 6189386)
Dude your inspiring.Was it hard to get that mindset to keep going with things you love to do?

It was hard at first. But the only choice ya got is to keep going. I didn't want to sit around thinking about what I couldn't do, and chose to keep doing what I love!

1jeeplvr 12-02-2013 08:29 PM

So what about mounting the control on another place other than the shifter?

lmike6453 12-04-2013 01:41 PM

Props to you man and keep at it. Once it's all hooked up you're gonna love it.
Subscribed to see the finished product

lk2dson 12-04-2013 07:31 PM

There is a guy in our Christian wheeling club that is also paralyzed from the waist down. When I first met the guy, he was in his Jeep, so I didn't know he was paralyzed. He was taking trails that I couldn't make it through, and had to bypass. The crazy stuff this guy is able to do with his rig was amazing. When I saw the guy get out, I about fell over. He was doing stuff that most of us couldn't or were way to afraid to even try. He spent as much time recovering us out of stuff we got stuck in trying to follow him.

So kudo's to you man! I hope I get the chance to wheel with you too someday!!

steelerwheeler 12-04-2013 10:34 PM

I was wheeling in a ghost town in Idaho, silver city last September and some Jeepers showed up and camped next to us. Talked to him about his Jeep. Later they invited us to go on a night run and had a blast. He was paralyzed in a motorcycle and elk wreck. All hand controls. the widest took my Jeep and I jumped in his. It was an amazing time wheeling with him. A year after his wreck. Congrats to you and "wavey"..

1998 TJ 12-04-2013 10:44 PM

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This is a pic of my jeep, it's getting some stuff done to it over the winter and I don't have it right now it's in the shop. But as soon as I get it back I will post a video up of how the controls work! Thank you guys for showing support!

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99GoldenSahara 12-04-2013 10:45 PM

You are an inspiration for your courage and determination. I applaud you sincerely. With such commitment and desire to keep jeeping, you remind all of us that life is most always best lived by looking to what lies ahead and striving to live well. Thanks for sharing with us.

Verf 12-05-2013 08:17 AM

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Life throws sh!t at you and you can go down or you can go on. I'm happy to see you are making the best of it! 20 years in the military I saw many good, bad and great things. the great is the human spirit climbing higher than what it was before when it was considered 'normal'. 2 weeks ago i had a mini-stroke at the age of 40. Some things changed, still finding out some of those things. Odd how vulnerable you are, but how resilient at the same time.

You've dealt with it for 2 years, so you know how important family and friends are. You find out who your REAL friends are when your sitting in a hospital for awhile. Its great to see your goals and your outbound. So many get lost in themselves and cant break free. Can't wait to see your setup!

1998 TJ 03-23-2014 04:17 PM

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Sorry it's been a while but here's the pics if the Hand controls

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I have a tri - pin on the steering wheel to keep better control while driving. And the hand controls are very simple. You have to push in for the break and just rock the handle back for the gas. Very simple! Hope they are alright pictures!

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JohnDoe 03-23-2014 04:30 PM

That's awesome man, huge respect for keepin at it :thumb:

1998 TJ 03-23-2014 07:04 PM

Thanks you! I trying to find a place that can customize a way for my seat to swing out of the jeep and down to the ground so I can transfer into it then have it raise me into the jeep. I'm not even sure if it is possible but it's worth throwing out there. It's just a pain getting into it. Lol

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