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    same van as mine, we have high top 2014. did you feel stock brakes were a bit light for this big van?
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    I have a lot more weight with the high top over stock as well though. my clamp is about 2 inches above the pedal. any lower and my hand hits dash from the longer throw. like I said I have gotten used to it but I know the braking could be better.
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    I agree, you should not be having a braking issue. I've used temporary type brake hand controls on both my 2005 and 2016 Chev Express vans and had no problems force wise. Those temps are connected to the pedal, that is they are connected to the rubber foot part of the pedal, not the shaft. So maybe it is possible I'm getting more leverage than you are if yours is connected on the shaft. It is something to consider. My wife has no problems driving the van since the rod is connected on the left side of the pedal (temp is mounted permanently).
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    Quote Originally Posted by fuentejps View Post
    I have a lot more weight with the high top over stock as well though. my clamp is about 2 inches above the pedal. any lower and my hand hits dash from the longer throw. like I said I have gotten used to it but I know the braking could be better.
    If you're talking about the clamp that attaches to the brake pedal, and it's 2" above the pedal, that's your problem. It should be as low as possible to allow the most leverage. As far as your hand hitting the dash, that should be able to be adjusted.

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    yah, we have played with it. I have it as low as I can and still get full throw. theres not a lot of room in there.
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    If you're talking about the clamp that attaches to the brake pedal, and it's 2" above the pedal, that's your problem. It should be as low as possible to allow the most leverage. As far as your hand hitting the dash, that should be able to be adjusted.
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    What a shame. I have the regular Suregrip rock and push that was installed on my car just 2 years ago. While they work very well and take very little effort to engage the throttle, I would love to have these new Featherlites. When I first got them, they needed too much effort to push down on the accelerator but after a simple adjustment of locating the rod more at the top of the pedal for more leverage they are now "featherlite". Doing this may have one minor drawback, I don't think I can floor the accelerator 100% because I run out of rod length. However, my installer did a real good job of bending the rods to keep them as tight up against the dash as possible and I don't find them in the way at all. Incidentally, I live about 25min. away from the guy who invented the Suregrip hand controls. His name is Keith Howell. Keith is a good guy but the guy he hired to run his shop is kind of dick and we had a falling out so I can't bring my cars there anymore for installs.

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    Is everyone still liking their Featherlite controls? I am done with the push/rock controls and want to go back to right angle. The Featherlite's offer more leg room but are about twice the price.
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    I'll be having some of these installed tomorrow in my new vehicle (2018 Ford Fusion SE with technology and appearance packages). I'll let you know what I think after I have a chance to use them for a week or so.

    One thing that still annoys me about hand controls (at least the ones I like - PUSH/RIGHT ANGLE) is they haven't figured out a way to prevent having to disable adjustable/telescoping steering wheels.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ResonantEcho View Post
    I'll be having some of these installed tomorrow in my new vehicle (2018 Ford Fusion SE with technology and appearance packages). I'll let you know what I think after I have a chance to use them for a week or so.

    One thing that still annoys me about hand controls (at least the ones I like - PUSH/RIGHT ANGLE) is they haven't figured out a way to prevent having to disable adjustable/telescoping steering wheels.

    Hmmmmmm. Yeah. That doesn't seem like a huge engineering hurdle. I always wonder if the small market stiffles innovation when it comes to our tech. Congrats on the new ride. Love the color and wheels combo.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ResonantEcho View Post
    One thing that still annoys me about hand controls (at least the ones I like - PUSH/RIGHT ANGLE) is they haven't figured out a way to prevent having to disable adjustable/telescoping steering wheels.
    There is a way...just don't do it. But when dealing with installers who have issues with understanding the concept of keeping the hand control mechanism out of the column tilt arc...gotta solve for the lowest common denominator.

    Here's an overview pic of the system. The forum doesn't seem to want to accept a pdf upload, so if anyone wants the whole manual, PM me your email.

    One additional take-away...the Featherlites can be ordered with "same last state" functionality, which bypasses the need to constantly press the switching button as it remains in the mode it was in when the car was turned off. From what Howell says, it has to be ordered this way from the factory, so keep that in mind when getting these.
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    Wow! You have to really be careful with these on first use. They're very, very touchy. I was pulling out of their shop down a steep decline and applied the break. Since it takes very little pressure to engage the gas, I had both going at the same time (gas and break) and started freaking out. The engine was really revving. Thought there was an issue with the install. Slammed the car into park real quick. The installer came running toward the car asking if something was wrong. He said it would take a bit to get used to.

    Before heading out on the highway into traffic I drove it around their parking lot for a while and up and down a side street. I finally adjusted. Now when applying the break I push not only toward the dash but up as well. That way I don't accidentally accelerate. It takes VERY little effort to accelerate the car.

    A few more days and I should be good to go.
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