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View Poll Results: If you were handicapped what would you choose?
Hand Controls 1 3.13%
Left Foot Gas Pedal 31 96.88%
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Old 11-05-2006, 05:14 PM   #11
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Yes, like a game controller.

We could design and build one for him.

It could be a first.

The Bonneville X-Box Controller Wheel, complete with auxilliary buttons for Paddle shifting, NOX, water injection and intercooler.

OK, I'm joking of course.
I think the left foot use for braking and accel is the best. Thank God he still has one good leg. If he lost that one too, then he would have no choice but to go full hand control.
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Old 11-05-2006, 05:24 PM   #12
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One of my parents' friends has the hand controls. He'* an older guy and am not sure how long he'* driven that way or his exact handicap, but he needed the hand controls and uses crutches to walk 24/7. He drives a 2003 Corvette too I'd use the left pedal too. After some time you'd be able to drive just as well that way as before.
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Old 11-05-2006, 05:40 PM   #13
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Left foot pedals FTW!
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Old 11-05-2006, 06:06 PM   #14
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can we call you lefty


cool sites though. Its nice to know you have options.
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Old 11-05-2006, 06:55 PM   #15
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Left footer, definitely. You'll have better control that way, once you're used to it.
Also, it looks like that kit will still allow someone else to drive it right-foot if they borrow it, or end up driving you around for a day.
BTW, where the heck di you find those hand controls? Those things are horribly primitive! There'* a few types out there and the best one use a motorcycle type throttle-handle instead of a pedal or push-linkage.
Here'* one of the better one'* I found, that offers cosmetic touches to match the car:
http://www.drivingsystems.com/menoxsystem.html

They also offer left pedal systems, that allow you to choose a left or right pedal, and the unused pedal tucks away:
http://www.menox.org/eng/vasemmanjalankaasu.htm

Here'* a dealer:
http://www.drivingsystems.com/menoxsystem.html
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Old 11-05-2006, 07:09 PM   #16
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Go for the foot controls. You'll learn and it will become second nature
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Just did a little looking, and there are apparently some laws about how hand controls work, that make things universal. Unfortunately, they also make it so that the easiest way to engineer them is left-handed, which is kind of wierd. It looks like just about all of them are add-on, and work only by using a linkage to the actual original pedal. I can't seem to find the one that I saw a few years back that replaced the throttle pedal with a motorcycle type twist grip that tied in directly to the throttle cable.
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Old 11-05-2006, 07:16 PM   #18
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Go for the foot controls. You'll learn and it will become second nature
The only problem I see with the foot controls is that they don't change the brake pedal off-set, which means that the driver has to get used to driving while twist in the seat, which is pretty uncomfortable, and the gas pedal has to clear the dead pedal area, which also means an odd driving position.
Hans, you should get online and find a local handicapped support group and see if you can find a few people willing to let you try out their modified vehicles.
You might also want to Google racing hand controls.
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i think the left foot controls would be better but it would take me a while to get used too
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definetly left foot
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