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justinooo9 10-29-2019 09:39 AM

helping my wife drive the teryx4
So my wife is short. Like really short to where she can barley reach the gas pedal with the seat adjusted. then when driving shes super uncomfortable and the throttle is always bouncy because shes trying to stay seated etc. What are folks doing to address this for a shorter spouse/friend/kids? I found some old threads about installing racing seat sliding racks but they raise the seat 1/2inch and require drilling/welding tabs etc. Anyone found a simpler solution? Not totally against spending $80 on a racing seat slider and drilling but hoping to avoid that for now.

We tried a pillow and its to hard to keep centered. I though about one of those bleacher seat pads with straps sewn in but curious what more experience owners found works well? She loves riding but its hard for her to drive so I want to encourage her with some comforts.

Lawdog 10-29-2019 10:58 AM

Curious how short she is? My wife is about 5'4" and one of the issues she routinely notes is exactly what you're talking about. Take a look at a product called Throttle Maxx. It's a hinged throttle attachment that places a plate below the foot, resting on the floorboard of the machine. Reportedly makes throttle control more smooth and comfortable. It also helps the reach because you can place foot on top of it, but closer to the seat. We will likely be adding one to our machine when it arrives. They go for about $70.

As far as the seat, we used a boat seat pad from Walmart we got for about $10. They're slick nylon covered, so we used drawer liner on it to make it stick in place. Works pretty well as a cheaper option and it's instantly removable when drivers switch and weighs nothing.

justinooo9 10-29-2019 11:02 AM

She is approx. 5-2, 5-3 we go back n fourth lol. I will check out a boat cushion. I also did look into throttle max but reading some other forums people had issues with it sticking. Didn't see much complaint but made me nervous enough to look past initially. I may look into it more but seems a thick cushion/pad may be the simplest help for her lol. Was hoping the seat would slide a bit more forward to help teach my nephews too but maybe I can just zip-tie a a cut 2x4 etc. I even looked at various pedal extenders but they look like junk hahaha.

Thanks for the input too.

Lawdog 10-29-2019 11:11 AM

Good luck with it!

OILPULL 10-29-2019 09:26 PM

We have a 2014 Terex T2 and my wife is five two. She was having the same difficulty, so I cut a piece
of 3/4 inch plywood to fit on the floor. Now her heel is supported and she can control the throttle
much better. We leave the seat in the center position. She tried the seat in the forward position,
but it was a wrong angle for her.

Lawdog 10-29-2019 10:08 PM

My wife just suggested using one of the back lumbar supports typically used for office chairs. They often have straps that would go around a seat and they're not very expensive. They give nice support in the lower back. We might look into something like this as well. Great thread.

keeter 10-30-2019 06:01 AM

justinooo9 Those people that stated that the pedal on their Throttle Max stuck were using theirs wrong. They are designed to be used on the floor like mentioned with heel on floorboard and toes on pedal to resolve shin fatigue and bouncy throttle pressure. People that put their heels on bottom part of the Throttle Max has issues of sticking throttle till they raise their foot off the pedal all together and don't realize what happened. IT'S a fine product you need to find somebody with a Teryx that has one to try.

wjpelka 10-30-2019 07:57 AM

My wife is 4'11-3/4". Yes she fights for that 1/4". We use a Harbor Freight Moving Blanket to add height and to support her back. Kind of works. We also moved the seat forward as much as we can. It was a little bit tighter for taller people. She does the plowing on the 1/3 mile driveway, getting most of the snow off the driveway. I follow up with the ATV to clean up the tighter areas.

I like the idea of the lumbar support pillow. Might try that this year. I have the plow mounted and just have to put the chains on. Need to set up the 2006 Kawasaki Brute Force 650i 4x4 for winter. getting up to 50 this weekend, so I'll have to do that...

I do wish there was someone to do the upgrade of an interface piece that would allow for a slider to be put between the existing base and the seat assembly. I have the sliders and just need to get some welding done.

Bill in Spokane...

P.T 10-30-2019 08:20 AM

Put a 2x6 on the floor behind the gas pedal to rest her heel on, better than any throttle max out there, if it works paint it Black and screw it down, will stop shin splints for you also.
If u have too tie a block to her foot😂
Just joking about tieing block to foot

justinooo9 10-30-2019 09:04 AM

Thanks for the helpful responses. I just found some of the threads where people put a 2x4 or 2x6 behind the throttle and im going to do that. It still wont work for her until we get a cushion behind her because her legs are short she can barley reach the pedal and it gets jumpy on the bumps. I laugh and feel bad at the same time lol. We are actually moving soon so I still have a huge stash of those harbor freight moving blankets too lol.

Hoping to go for a little 20 minute or so ride this weekend to get the battery charged and fluids circulated. I may stop by ole wally world and see if I can snag some back cushions to test out for her.

Really appreciate the input too.

Lawdog 11-04-2019 08:56 AM

Justin, not sure where you're at but we just found a great solution at Costco. We bought a Brookstone Automotive lumbar cushion--cooling gel memory foam no less!--yesterday for $14.99. Item #1347911.

We got the new machine this weekend and she loves this cushion--perfect size and color. It even has a strap that reaches around the seat to keep it in place.

justinooo9 11-04-2019 09:31 AM


Originally Posted by Lawdog (Post 570149)
Justin, not sure where you're at but we just found a great solution at Costco. We bought a Brookstone Automotive lumbar cushion--cooling gel memory foam no less!--yesterday for $14.99. Item #1347911.

We got the new machine this weekend and she loves this cushion--perfect size and color. It even has a strap that reaches around the seat to keep it in place.

Really appreciate the info. I took the teryx4 out on Saturday with the dog for about 20 minutes to circulate the fluids and keep the battery up. I am going to show her the link tonight and will update. Thanks again. Shes excited to drive it comfortably without the jumpy throttle on bumps. We are moving on the 16th (next sat) so it may have to wait until after the move but I want her to try to make sure fitment is good for the summer riding season lol.

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