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    Is it possible to make hand controls for a stick shift vehicle?

    Or are there any kits to automate the clutch......???


    I am getting a Land Rover Defender but its stick shift and I really want to drive it....any suggestions???


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    Mark what year is it? You might be able to find a rebuilt automatic transmission and swap it out. If it's an older model a rebuilt tranny might add more life to it in the long run, versus spending the money to automate the clutch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tman9513 View Post
    Mark what year is it? You might be able to find a rebuilt automatic transmission and swap it out. If it's an older model a rebuilt tranny might add more life to it in the long run, versus spending the money to automate the clutch.
    It's a 1985...but I believe automatics are almost impossible to find. I will start a search however.

    No more leads on hand controls??? (tx rdf)

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    MarkB701,
    check out the posts of blckchns:
    http://sci.rutgers.edu/forum/showthr...5zigen&page=21
    unfortunately the images are gone.
    he has a 5Zigen clutch system.
    something like this:
    http://www.elap.co.uk/ProdClutch.html
    and much cheaper:
    http://sci.rutgers.edu/forum/showpos...&postcount=225
    http://sci.rutgers.edu/forum/showpos...&postcount=229
    more recent info here:
    http://www.honda-tech.com/showthread.php?t=2563873
    although it looks like it might have been discontinued.
    do a search for 5zigen twin clutch system.

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    Thanks! I'll look into all that!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarkB701 View Post
    It's a 1985...but I believe automatics are almost impossible to find. I will start a search however.

    No more leads on hand controls??? (tx rdf)
    yeah, search around. it'd likely be easier/simpler to swap in an auto.

    reading: http://duckfieldengineering.com/defe...box.htm#manual

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    Personally I would swap an auto into a Defender...not sure if you are getting a 90 or 110 but either way there are a few options.
    Since you are talking 85 then I would assume you are bringing in a Euro spec or buying one someone else is bringing in.
    Either way alot depends on what engine you are talking about.
    It would be good to get on some Rover Forums but be aware they can get crazy.
    Stay away from Dweb & Expedition Exchange (the forum not the company) as both forums can be harsh.
    Rangerovers.net and the Rover section of expeditionportal.com/forum are great resources.

    Just a warning though...make sure you post up the year, engine and country of origin of the Defender as there were variations. Also post up that you are thinking of an auto swap due to ease of use with Hand Controls & that you are SCI. That will cut down on some of the useless info you will get.
    Depending on the Rover engine/specs I know some of the auto's from the Range Rover line might work and there are other options.

    Also be away the steering wheel to door distance on a Defender isn't much, they have a unique sitting postion that puts the driver very much against the door, great to looking at your tires when offroad, harsh in everyday driving.

    I have driven a few Defenders, love the 110's (a dream rig of mine) and there is a Disabled Explorers section on Expedition Portal, so they are ready to help folks like you who want to get into the backcountry.
    www.disabledexplorers.org
    Backcountry recreation for the disabled in the Wheelchair Accessible Van for Expeditions

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarkB701 View Post
    Or are there any kits to automate the clutch......???


    I am getting a Land Rover Defender but its stick shift and I really want to drive it....any suggestions???


    Thanks team
    "Yes we can....!!!"
    i was trying to make my first trike a manual trans, but it gets too complicated.
    trying to hit turn signals, while turning throttle, and then hitting brakes, and add on the letting out of the clutch.
    matter of fact my first test drive ended up backing into a ditch.
    I had the brake and clutch on the same side, so i was backing up and came to the ditch and couldn't stop, if i let the clutch out all the way i would have haulded ass into the ditch, so all i could do was hold the clutch in and roll slowing into the ditch.
    ha, the good ol days of being young and stupid, ha!
    I still wanted to try it, but figured there was too many things needing to be done, so i got a automatic
    good luck
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    Look in India

    http://www.cityclutch.com/
    Change Gear Without Using Your Foot To Operate The Clutch
    No Engine Or Grearbox Modifications
    Less Physical Stress
    Transferable To Your Next Car
    Easy To Use
    Can Be Switched On Or Off Even While Driving
    Crawls Like An Automatic Transmission
    Available For All Types Of Cars And Light Duty Vans.
    Last edited by PeteShick; 03-31-2010 at 11:03 AM.

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