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Old 12-19-2014, 10:43 AM   #11 (permalink)
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I'm guessing it only works on a small number of cars?/

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Old 12-19-2014, 10:44 AM   #12 (permalink)
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A little gremlin hand pops up from the floormat and helps pull down the accelerator pedal. That's what this amounts to.
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Old 12-19-2014, 01:34 PM   #13 (permalink)
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There's a variable version of this that's popular in the Fit community. You can adjust it with a knob. It basically changes how sensitive the pedal is, related to the actual throttle valve. You can turn it up so a tiny blip will squeal the tires, or turn it down and you have a long press to get anything moving. Doesn't change the engine at all, just the link between your foot and the engine.
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Old 12-19-2014, 01:47 PM   #14 (permalink)
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hey they can move the seat forward an inch and it will feel faster too.

On my no fly by wire pedal, I have added some dense foam padding under the right foot to dampen small throttle changes from bumps and twitches. when I find myself driving faster than my target highway speed, I do sometimes move my seat rearward a bit and it helps.
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I've seen them for the cts. Currently, I can put my foot to the floor and lift and the engine barely even stutters.

I also hate traction control with drive by wire, on wet pavement I can slam my foot down and the car won't even move. Literally not move.
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Another vote for throttle cables, or even better, rods. Electronics can do a lot, but sometimes there's no substitute for that direct physical link. When you have to modify the new stuff so that it feels as good as the old stuff, something is dead wrong. That goes for the electric power steering and steer-by-wire stuff too.
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Can't say that I've had too many problems with a linkage or cable between pedal and throttle plate.
This tells me you've never put many miles on an old Beetle. If the cable end doesn't fall out of the foot pedal, it wears on the end of the tube and frays.

I drive a '59 Rambler in college for two years. the only problem it had was the bellcrank in the throttle linkage broke off the side of the block.

Every Prius is drive-by-wire. I will probably use their part in an EV conversion.
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Didn't say I've had NO problems. The '60 Microbus has quite the Rube Goldburg wonkiness going on under the pedal but it's fixable with baling wire and chewing gum.
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This tells me you've never put many miles on an old Beetle. If the cable end doesn't fall out of the foot pedal, it wears on the end of the tube and frays.

I drive a '59 Rambler in college for two years. the only problem it had was the bellcrank in the throttle linkage broke off the side of the block.

Every Prius is drive-by-wire. I will probably use their part in an EV conversion.
Then again, I sell buttloads of pedal position sensors for '07+ Chevy trucks...

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