Hand Controls For Manual Transmission Cars...
Posted 15 March 2007 - 03:34 AM
just wanted to share what i found for those who are car buffs and are interested in a hand control for manual transmission cars.
i have found others hand controls from europe, but i had no luck contacting them.
rediautosport.com for more info.
Posted 02 April 2007 - 07:53 AM
I've gotten into a bit of racing and i found the best thing is a modified tiptronic automatic. I race a WRX with an automatic tiptronic transmission, i have tapped into the wiring and mounted an up/down shift switch on the hand control, this allows me to change gears without taking my hand off the wheel. i have had the valve body modified to produce a more direct shift in the auto. i really find the automatic is not such a disadvantage and am quite competitive against able bodied drivers with manual transmission cars of the same class.
The thought of a manual is great but when you get down to it the advantage of having a manual on the race track is far outweighed by the dis advantage of having to take your hand off the wheel to operate a clutch/ gear shifter while trying to accelerate, brake and steer at the same time with the other hand.
I do miss driving a manual but riding manual bikes and ATV's feeds my need for a clutch. A sequential gearbox in a car with a push button air shifter would be perfect though if you had that kind of money to throw around.
Check my site http://www.10fx.com
Posted 06 April 2007 - 12:31 AM
Here's a link for pics:
Posted 06 April 2007 - 09:28 PM
Posted 07 April 2007 - 05:26 AM
blckchns...i've seen your post about your car. I've found the 5Zigen product when it first came out a year or so back but I wanted a complete hand control setup. Your setup does look like it is easy to drive. I like the throttle ring around the steering wheel with the rediauto setup.
I don't think i'll end up getting this setup. I can just upgrade the valve bodies and torque converter to handle more power on my tiptronic transmission.
Posted 16 April 2007 - 07:46 AM
I have always had my hand controls mounted on the right. If I could just have a motorcycle type clutch mounted on the steering wheel for my left hand I think that would be usable with little trouble.
Automatics have come a long way from how they used to be and the cost of modify a manual car doesn't seem worth the trouble or cost. But we all have our interests. I was very happy with the automatics in my Trans Ams. But had to sell them when I went back to school for my master's degree. Plus insurance was a killer on those cars. Now I am happy with my paid off Grand Prix GTP with many add ons for fun.
I added some pics of my hand controls in my Grand Prix. I installed them myself as I had on my other cars. Not really hard. Plus I could take the time to really get them up and out the way as much as possible but still look good. Many places just stick them in however is quicker for them and not their actual use.
Posted 05 October 2008 - 10:12 AM