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    Which hand controls...?

    For those of you who have hand controls on your vehicles.....which brand/type do you use?

    Has anyone had any experience with these?
    Sure Grip

    Thanks

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    Monarch Mark IV been using them for 19 years same set, a few peices have been replaced here & there but otherwise bullet proof

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    That's the type that was in the first car I drove while still in the hospital. They felt solid, and will probably be what I get when I get my car.

    I drove a van with the Monarch controls and I didn't like them at all. They felt cheap to me, and they'd hit my knee so I couldn't get full throttle. I almost couldn't get the damn van up a hill because of it.

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    I have MPD controls in my car. I like 'em. I was looking at the site you posted, I think it would be weird to drive having to pull the lever back all the time. With a push down for gas control all you have to do is hook your finger on it and rest your hand for gas, less muscle strain I think.

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    ive only ever used mpd, work great, no maintenance

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    JDR,
    I drive an 03' Ford van and have the sure grip. I think it's great, but I have had problems a couple of times where they become jammed when driving. Had them looked at but they found no malfunction. It's nice because I can drive w/ one hand. Just use two fingers to accelerate and my thumb to steer. I had the sure grip mounted as close to the wheel as possible. Good luck in your findings.
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    I don't have firsthand knowledge yet but they are the type I've picked. Hopefully be able to let you in a month or so.

    This will be my first set of controls, so won't be able to give a comparison.

    Here is another view of them on their webpage.

    www.suregrip-hvl.com/handposition.html

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    I've got MPDs currently, used 'em for > 5yrs w/ zero maintenance. As long as I'm not making a big turn, I can drive w/ one hand as well (& I'm C6/7). I like the fact that the Sure Grip doesn't have a bar that I wouldn't jam into my knee when accelerating hard, but I'm with Andy... I don't know about having to pull back on the accelerator all the time. It's very easy to just "rest" my hand on the MPDs.

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    Thanks for the info everyone. I've tried out the Sure Grip and the Monarch brand hand controls. I actually felt much more comfortable driving with the Sure Grips. They seemed to be more quickly responsive than the others and didn't start with a "jerk" on first accelleration. I think I'm going to go with those.

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    With the SureGrip you don't actually pull back, it's more of a pivot motion. When I drove with them, I just rested my palm on top and pushed down to go.

    JDR I noticed the same thing between the two. The SureGrip seemed more smooth and controled. With the Monarch, there seemed to be a huge "null zone" then it kicked it. It took a while to get used to it.

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