How to Improve Your LDV with a Throttle Controller

24 Aug

Engines haven’t changed much in the last 100 or so years. While there have been a slew of components that changed a bit and others that were completely taken out of the equation, ICEs have stayed essentially the same. But, when it comes to electronic components and upgrades, things have advanced quite a bit. This is where throttle controllers have started to take the aftermarket by storm.

As of recently, the ECU of every vehicle can be altered by a small palm-sized device that anyone can install. Throttle controllers work by having direct control over how the throttle of your LDV operates. This is possible thanks to electric signals and the difference in voltage they are sent with. But why would you install a throttle controller in your LDV in the first place?

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Benefits of Installing a Throttle Controller in Your LDV

Efficiency

One of the most important factors that play a tremendous role in how your LDV performs both on and off the road is its efficiency. This doesn’t relate just to fuel economy, it has to do with how efficient your engine is at generating all those HP. An LDV throttle controller will thus help sharpen up your engine’s acceleration. This makes it use less fuel and become more powerful. A more efficient engine means one that will last for a lot longer.

Performance

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Performance is a big reason why you should get an LDV controller. If it’s the right one for the year and model you have, a throttle controller will make for a faster and more responsive engine. The sharpening of the acceleration can happen at the cost of fuel economy but that’s only if you push your LDV too far and don’t know how to set up the controller properly.

Lag

Something that follows mainly older vehicles is known as throttle lag. This is the delay between you pushing down on the accelerator pedal, and your LDV starting to move. This delay can seem minuscule when driving at faster speeds, but the more it happens the worse it gets and the more it affects the engine in a bad way.

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Installing and Setting up a Throttle Controller in Your LDV

  1. To install, a throttle controller in your LDV, you don’t need any tools. All you need is the box the controller came in. Before you start doing anything though, make sure that you’ve turned the ignition off and let your LDV sit for 10 minutes.
  2. This will allow for all electronic parts to shut down properly. This helps reduce the chances of getting an engine fault code. If your LDV comes with a start button make sure that the key fob is more than 10 metres away from it so that no accessories are activated.
  3. Next, you need to find the factory plug for the accelerator pedal which usually sits on top of the pedal assembly. The factory plug needs to be disconnected in order for the throttle controller assembly to be connected to the pedal assembly. Then, the factory plug needs to be inserted into the other end of the controller assembly.
  4. After you’ve done that, find a place on the dashboard for the throttle control unit to be placed. Make sure the unit is not too close to you, as usually, controllers have bright screens that can easily blind you at night.
  5. Placed in an adequate location and connected to the assembly, you then need to set up your LDV throttle controller. While not all throttle controllers are the same, usually you need to start your LDV in neutral or park with the parking brake on.
  6. Then, you need to navigate to the unit’s mode selection and you typically need to hold down a certain button. This will let you enter the setup mode. After that, you need to choose the correct mode corresponding to the type of transmission your LDV has. There are certain numbers or letters that will pop up each with a different meaning. This is why you should refer to the instruction manual that came with your LDV throttle controller.

Types of Throttle Controllers

Basic

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The true set it and forget it throttle controller is a basic one. It doesn’t mean that it’s not capable of improving your LDV, but it’s not as versatile or as comprehensive as its more expensive counterpart. With a basic throttle controller, all you get is 3 or 4 modes to choose from and a certain type of mode creation with limitations. These limitations have to do with the number of modes you can make and the number of parameters you can adjust within each mode.

Programmers

Advanced throttle controllers are also known as programmers since they allow you to make as many modes as you want and change more parameters than a basic unit. These models also come with bigger screens that display more information about how your LDV behaves. This can be throttle response time, certain temperature gauges, and fuel economy. Of course, the level of information will depend on the type of throttle programmer you go for and its price too.

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Whizzing past cars on the motorway can sometimes get really loud especially if you’re doing so at high speeds. Even if you don’t tend to drive as fast on the motorway wind noise is always there no matter how fast you’re driving as well as engine noise. Others might say that you should change your tires if you want to reduce road noise but that doesn’t always make as big of a difference.
Some cars are able to isolate outside noises quite well but not all cars are the same as others aren’t that good at it. Fortunately, there is a solution for that – sound-deadening materials. Installing this type of material in your vehicle will help reduce road noise and help improve the acoustics inside your vehicle. This means it will make the sound coming from your speakers clearer and crisper. There will be fewer rattles too especially if you install sound deadening material in the doors.

Installing Audio Insulation in Car Doors

What Tools You Need

Insulating your car’s doors is one of the first things done in order to prevent road noises from disturbing you on your trip. But installing car door sound insulation includes having some tools ready beforehand. These tools usually include sharp scissors or a straight razor, a chisel or a small pick, a screwdriver, a roller and a degreaser.

Removing Components

1. The first thing you need to do when sound deadening car doors is to get access to the hollow part of the doors. This requires removing certain components such as the door trim panels.
2. Removing a door trim panel is done by first unscrewing fasteners that hold the door handle and other controls on the door. These fasteners are usually hidden for aesthetic purposes. When you have the door trim panel removed take off the plastic sheet just be careful not to damage it.
3. Once all of the above is done, disconnect the wires from the speaker and remove the speakers and then remove the window mechanism as well as any switches. It’s best that you take a picture of every component as you take it out so it’s easier to put it back in once you’re done applying the car door soundproofing material.

removing components
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Preparation

There is one more thing you need to do before you start putting in the car door sound insulation. You need to ensure that the inside of the doors is clean from any dirt and dust. Clean them with a piece of cloth and use rubbing alcohol after that to ensure that even the tiniest speck doesn’t interfere with the adhesive.

Application

1. Applying the sound deadening material is done by cutting it to pieces first. Make sure you measure correctly before you start cutting though as the material needs to fit properly Without a proper fit the material won’t be as effective.
2. Once you cut up the material in the correct size pieces you then need to stick it onto the surface on the inside. Make sure that as you apply every piece, you apply even pressure all over it.
3. You should ensure that there are no bubbles and if there are some push them out before you stick the whole piece. Flattening out the air bubbles will ensure that the sound deadening material will stay on for a long time and it will do a good job at keeping road noises from disturbing you. 

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Finishing Touches

1. Once you’re done applying every piece of sound deadening material knock on the outer side of the door and hear the difference. Do the same thing with every piece that you cut out and at the end use the roller to ensure that even the smallest air bubbles are pushed out.
2. With that done put everything back into the doors including the plastic sheet and you should be done. Refer to the photos you took earlier on when putting everything back together and start with the last thing you removed from the door.
3. Make sure to double-check the window mechanism, speakers, and any other controls you have on the doors of your vehicle before you install all the fasteners back in their place. Then just go on for a test drive and enjoy a peaceful ride on the motorway or in the city.

added sound proof on door
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Conclusion

This whole process may seem like a lot of work as it is quite tedious but if you do want to install sound deadening insulation then make sure you are thorough. The more air bubbles you eliminate and the better the fit of the pieces you cut the more effective the soundproofing will be. While there are other things you can do to minimise road noise installing sound deadening insulation in the doors is one of the most effective solutions. Of course, that is if you also get the right type of sound deadening material.

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