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I think that up till now, installing the AllPro rear bumper has been my most "radical" mod since you basically have to destroy the stock bumper so short of buying a new bumper, there is no turning back.

I will probobly snorkel my rig soon and drilling big holes in sheet metal will be a big step, (will definately be looking for moral support when that day rolls around).

But tomorrow, I will be doing my most radical mod yet, adding hand controls. I have been struggling with foot problems for many years and been in various removable braces and casts for most of 2008. These have all been removable for driving but have kept me ON road for all of this year, (and it is killing me). Now, I have a hard cast on my right foot that makes driving the FJ impossible. Luckily, all of the rental car companies now supply cars with hand controls so I rented one, an Impala SS. Pretty nice car, but I miss my FJ and the rental costs about a grand a month!Think of all the stuff I could buy for my FJ with that money!! I am looking at having this cast for another six to eight weeks so the bills are adding up.

I did a little research and found a set of "portable hand controls" that can be attached quickly to almost any vehicle an ordered a set for under $300. They get here tomorrow and take about 10 minutes to install. I can't wait to drive my FJ again!

I know this is not really very exciting to you all, but this is the closest I have gotten to working on my rig for a while. Mods are starting to pile up, I've got my Lucrum winch mount, my Warn winch and new synthetic line and a few other mods just riding around in the back or sitting in the garage looking sad and unused so this is a step in the right direction. Hopefully my foot will soon be solid enough to get going on those real mods soon, then I can start cutting holes in my fender!!! :)
 

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It is fantastic news. I have missed seeing you out there for awhile. Anything to get to wheel in that situation is great news and exciting.

I did the hammers with a kid that was using only hand controls. So it was obvious that they worked. Hope to see you back out there soon buddy.
 

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Rick can you post the company info that you will be getting this through. I have been wanting a thumb throttle on my shifter so I can concentrate on the clutch and brake in climbing situations. So cool that you can hit the trails again. It makes such a difference in life to just get away sometimes and not be bound to the city and its Limits.



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Rick can you post the company info that you will be getting this through. I have been wanting a thumb throttle on my shifter so I can concentrate on the clutch and brake in climbing situations. So cool that you can hit the trails again. It makes such a difference in life to just get away sometimes and not be bound to the city and its Limits.
This would not be the product you are looking for. It is a completely mechanical and portable system that mounts to the brake and gas pedals which you then manimpulate with your left hand while steering with the right. I will post some pics tomorrow night after I have it installed.

I saw a great system that was steering wheel mounted at the EXPO in Pamona last summer It was a thumb controlled ring slightly smaller than the diameter of the steering wheel, very clean and smooth product and I am sure pretty costly.

tntportable.com is the site for the one I am getting if you want to check it out.
 

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Glad to hear you working through it. I had foot problems that the doctors could figure what was wrong for over six months. They wanted to put me in cast also but i was dumb and refused. See you out there.
 

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YEAH!!

Drove my FJ to work today!

Got the controls yesterday, 10 minute install, 10 minute learning curve and I am totally mobile.
 

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I'll get some pics up tonite.

It is an amazingly simple and well built device, something I will keep in my emergency kit going forward. It breaks down to about 18" long and the four pieces bundle up to about 4" diameter.

If i ever had an accident hiking or something I would be able to drive out no problem with this device. Not something that I would buy just for that scant possibility, but now that I have them they are not a bad thing to have around.
 

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Rick, so good to hear you back on the FJ. Sometimes we take for granted the blessings we have. I hope it all works out for you.

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YEAH!!

Drove my FJ to work today!

Got the controls yesterday, 10 minute install, 10 minute learning curve and I am totally mobile.
 

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Hey Rick! I knew your were having some probs with your foot/ankle etc. I didn't know they were limiting your driving the fj.
I'm glad you got them hand controls installed! I look forward to seeing you & Jean at the M&G!

When you get the cast off we'll have to make up for your lost wheeling time! Or you are just going to get some buff arms & hands! ;D
 
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