Anyone Drive With a Suicide Knob?

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  1. zimbo

    zimbo Friend of Leo's

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    I have to have shoulder surgery on my dominant shoulder so I'm thinking about putting a suicide knob on my steering wheel to help my other shoulder. I thought they were illegal but apparently not. They have a ton of them on Ebay, some very cool. Anyone else drive with one?
     
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    Please explain what they are?
     
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    I have one on my outboard...ehh, don't think I'd miss it if it were gone. It works though. With an injured arm/shoulder, might be helpful. The chain auto parts stores sell them for under $10. Get one and try it out, not a huge loss if you hate it.
     
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    Would I fit something called a "suicide knob" to my car's steering?

    As the old show used to say, "the clue is in the question".
     
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    Brodie knob.

    Sammy Davis Jr used to use one.

    And then he didn't...
     
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    Eye see what you did there.
     
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    :rolleyes: Eye carumba!
     
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    Nah, I told him to walk.
     
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    My Uncle was in a wheelchair and drove for 40 plus years with a spinner knob on his steering wheel. Car was modified with a push/pull lever for gas/brake so one hand for that and one for steering.
     
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    My friends and I called them sissy knobs.
     
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    when my shoulder was messed up...turning the wheel hurt...so i can see using one of those...i hope it helps..good luck
     
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    Those things are for tractors, they are cool though, if you get one it should have like, a floating die in it, like the Stephen King story, or better yet, have it be a small magic 8 ball with the floating question-answerer thing
     
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    Used to off-roading until a rock caught my wheel and the darn thing about broke my arm.
     
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    they are not illegal in your state.in fact i believe they are legal in all states
     
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    Those were called "suicide knobs" because they were normally on early steering (mostly tractors) that was not powered. Being manual, the gearing allowed the steering wheel to turn violently if the front wheels encountered leverage from a tire rut or ground hole.

    Power steering doesn't normally allow that to happen as easily. I'd go ahead and throw it on...

    And look for one with a pinup gal whose bikini disappears when you turn it upside down....:)
     
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    My dad has one in his car - and I lend it from time to time. Using a knob does take a little bit of getting use to. And it actually doesnt help with the shoulders if its installed incorrect. You need to be aware of where to put it to get best result :)
     
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    I've used and liked them on equipment. Let's you steer easily with one hand, while operating hydraulics with the other.
    On a car or truck I'd probably hate them.
    I've also always heard they're illegal but that could be false. I really don't know.
    You can bet the State Patrol would know. Just drive 85 in a 55 zone until you get pulled over. Then you can ask.
    (A phone call might be cheaper)
     
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    We had them on the tractors down on the farm back in the day. A couple of friends who are in wheelchairs use them with the hand controls in the cars.
     
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    I was told they are illegal in semi-trucks and every trucking company I have worked for had the shop mechanics pull them and give them to the Safety director. OSHA doesn't like them either.
     
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