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Old 02-28-2009, 09:45 AM   #20 (permalink)
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Got a question about installation emailed to me, figure I'll post here for posterity:

i have a 95 chevy metro 3cyl 5spd...

i am in the process of installing one, audiovox cc100, and i need if you can provide me with some direction concerning installing the servo..i understand it must be hook to the pedal, inside the car..did you have to drill any holes to the firewall where the servo will be in the engine bay...
I connected to the gas pedal because the instruction manual specifically said the OEM throttle cable must have a minimum travel of a certain distance, and the Firefly didn't. You might be able to get away with it, but I didn't even try. Worst case, the cruise unit might attempt to actuate the cable past the OEM limit.

I mounted the cruise unit on the driver's side strut tower under the hood, with the actuator cable pointed down.

I didn't drill any holes in the firewall: I routed the actuator cable through the speedometer cable firewall grommet into the cabin.

I clamped a long bolt to the top of the accelerator pedal arm, ABOVE the pivot point. That created a lever, the length of which is enough to get me the minimum travel for the actuator cable.

The actuator cable comes through the firewall, turns 180 degrees in a generous arc that doesn't bind the cable. It's held in place by fashioning a bracket from the parts that came in the box.

So the actuator cable actually pulls the top of the "lever" toward the rear of the car to press the gas.
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