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Old 12-20-2012, 07:49 PM   #1 (permalink)
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$15 ECO Friendly Cruise Control in 30 min.

OK, judging by the title you can see where this is going.
Before we start let me say that this may be illegal an I am not responsible for your actions! I have seen people talk about this on forums, and seen it used in off-road trucks, but never a wright up on how to actually install one. Technically this is a throttle lock and while it may work on automatic cars it will be much more effective on cars with a manual trans.

What in needed:
-1 universal choke cable $7.99 (or 9.99 for one with extra mounting hardware) at Autozone
-1 package of 3/32" cable ties (contains 3) $1.98 at Home Depot
-A few zip ties I used 7 (will vary from application to application)

Wire cutters
Flat blade screwdriver
Drill with bit
Razor blade or die-grinder (A.K.A. drimmel tool)

My car is a 1994 Honda civic dx without factory cruse control.

First I removed the little switch panel that has a blank spot for a button and and the rear defrost button.

Second I separated the blank panel form the defrost switch (it un-clips).

Third I drilled out the center of the blank panel and removed one of the 4 sides on it so that I could tighten the nut that holds on the choke cable.

4 Install the cable through the previously discussed hole.

5 I fed the cable through factory holes in the dash and firewall.

6 Re-install the panel and your new curse control nob.

7 Route the cable to your throttle cable and throttle body .
(For me I ran it along side the factory throttle cable and zip tied it in 7 places to keep it from moving.)

The next part is very subjective to application, what i did was wedge a bottle in my floor bored to hold it at W.O.T. (to make sure were I placed the cable clamp it would not bind at any throttle position.

8 Attach the clamp as a shown using a second clamp so that the choke cable only will act in one direction and can be overridden by normal throttle control.

9 From here on out how long to cut everything will be all up to your discretion and application.

Lastly install a small clamp or choke cable retainer so that it will not pull through the other clamp on the factory throttle cable, And cut off any excess!

Take a look at my pictures, let me know if you have any questions or comments.

Side notes:

~You WILL need to set the throttle with your foot. The spring is too hard to overcome by hand.
~ Also, for me the spring is just slightly to strong to just pull the lever out, and let off the gas. If I keep just one finger on it (almost no preasure) the friction from the cable and its sheath will hold the throttle where I set it. still trying to figure out how to fix this "safely".

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