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Hand Throttle Kit On A Budget - Average Joe Jeep

Posted in How To: Engine on December 19, 2014
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If you have ever wheeled a rig with a manual transmission, then there’s a good chance you’ve had the pleasure of experiencing one of those seat creasing, technical climbs requiring footwork reminiscent of Riverdance—being fat, middle-aged, and having dance moves that consist of head bobbing and feet that are firmly planted on the floor. In this installment of Average Joe’s, I’ve done what we do best and solved a legitimate problem with duct tape and bailing wire.

I’ve been toying with the idea of installing a hand throttle in my rig for a while now. After almost ending up on our lid one too many times on the trail, it was time to pull the trigger. If you look online, there are a few different companies offering hand-throttle kits for $40 to $50. Having a budget consisting mostly of pocket lint and wadded up straw wrappers, I decided to put my MacGyver skills to the test and just make my own. However, this will only work on Jeeps that have old-school cable-actuated throttles. Got something with a fly-by-wire system? Yeah, you’re most likely out of luck.

The only part I didn’t dig out of a coffee can on the shelf was a bicycle shifter. This is similar to what you’d find on an old ten-speed bicycle. I jumped online, and ten minutes and $5 later, I scored this little beauty. The only part I didn’t dig out of a coffee can on the shelf was a bicycle shifter. This is similar to what you’d find on an old ten-speed bicycle. I jumped online, and ten minutes and $5 later, I scored this little beauty.
Rocket science this is not, but you definitely want to pay close attention to where you route your cable. If it gets chafed or caught on anything, you’re in for a wild ride! Rocket science this is not, but you definitely want to pay close attention to where you route your cable. If it gets chafed or caught on anything, you’re in for a wild ride!
Some smart dude once said “necessity breeds ingenuity” or something like that. Well, five-dollar words aside, I hate buying stuff I could have made myself. This little bracket allows the cable to work independently from the pedal linkage. So, when I mash on the gas, the cable will easily slide through the bracket. Some smart dude once said “necessity breeds ingenuity” or something like that. Well, five-dollar words aside, I hate buying stuff I could have made myself. This little bracket allows the cable to work independently from the pedal linkage. So, when I mash on the gas, the cable will easily slide through the bracket.
After everything was routed and hooked up, I went through and double-checked for clearance and smoothness of operation. All told, I spent an hour and $5. While my dance moves still resemble a grand mal seizure, I’ll look like a pro out on the trail! After everything was routed and hooked up, I went through and double-checked for clearance and smoothness of operation. All told, I spent an hour and $5. While my dance moves still resemble a grand mal seizure, I’ll look like a pro out on the trail!

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