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    #16
    I've taken some other picts, not far better than before I'm afraid.
    You can see the fork and the brake/throttle lever. It is a push to brake, and to gas you have to rock the extremity. My mechanic has made this kind of collar with 4 buttons, 2 are the turn signals, one for the horn and the last is for flashing the lights.
    @John, I've always use this kind of fork and I'm getting used to. But with the difficulties I have now to turn this damn steering wheel, a friend has advised me to try a tri-pin fork. According to him it was more powerful? So I've got one for trial, but I didn't take the time to test it yet? What do you use yourself, and what do you think of that ?
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    C6-7 since mid 2002, no hand control nor triceps.
    my website & my job (in France): Accessibility advisor www.acceslibre.eu
    Also working on a French research about Peer counseling and Empowerment.

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      #17
      Your Mercedes is nice. Without a floor drop 54" of headroom won't be enough for many quads in power chairs.
      Try-Pin provides much more power and control for quads than the V-grip. I tried a V-grip after 30 years of Tri-pin use and I couldn't keep my hand in it at certain points of the steering wheel rotation. With the 2 pins snug at the wrist your hand is very secure in the Tri-pin.

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        #18
        robot, I have never used anything. I do like a two handed turn . I keep my handcontrol very close to the wheel so my left hand can pin the steering wheel as I turn the wheel. my tenodesis keeps my quad club tight on the wheel. I have a tripin I bought to try with the new van and hate it, my hand didn't stay in it any better than fork/vgrip.
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          #19
          I can update this post with 2 other mods I had to do on my car. The main issue was the steering a bit too heavy for cornering at moderate speed… and the difficulty was finding a guy aware enough on the Mercedes steering assist to work on it. That's now done, the effort on the steering wheel has been cut in half (from 1kg to 0,5Kg), it's now very easy to turn it, and there's still the electric power decreasing when the car accelerate, so it's still very sure...
          After a bit use of the car, I started to get frightened with the braking power too... It appeared that to have extra braking power there was an "Emergency Braking System" (thanks Mercedes) but to get engaged, you had to move the pedal with enough speed and apply enough power on it ... and these values were out of my abilities. Luckily the "steering specialist" was also a "brakes specialist" and he did a little mod on the vacuum assistance... Now I can stop this beast with 2 fingers !
          C6-7 since mid 2002, no hand control nor triceps.
          my website & my job (in France): Accessibility advisor www.acceslibre.eu
          Also working on a French research about Peer counseling and Empowerment.

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            #20
            Would you happen to know the weight limit of your lift?

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              #21
              up to 300kg, 660lbs capacity on the data sheet.
              C6-7 since mid 2002, no hand control nor triceps.
              my website & my job (in France): Accessibility advisor www.acceslibre.eu
              Also working on a French research about Peer counseling and Empowerment.

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                #22
                Can't go wrong with a Mercedes anything, they build a good vehicle.
                "Life is about how you
                respond to not only the
                challenges you're dealt but
                the challenges you seek...If
                you have no goals, no
                mountains to climb, your
                soul dies".~Liz Fordred

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                  #23
                  Originally posted by robotnik View Post
                  up to 300kg, 660lbs capacity on the data sheet.
                  Thanks.

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                    #24
                    B&D Transfer Chair for Metris

                    B&D just started making a transfer chair to fit the Metris.

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                      #25
                      Originally posted by Jallmo View Post
                      B&D just started making a transfer chair to fit the Metris.
                      Do you have a link to your site for this base?

                      Ti
                      "We must overcome difficulties rather than being overcome by difficulties."

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                        #26
                        Originally posted by titanium4motion View Post
                        Do you have a link to your site for this base?

                        Ti
                        I don't work for B&D, I am just a customer.

                        B&D just starting selling/making a lift to fit the Metris. They have so far sold one.

                        It is built on the FT100 Base.

                        http://bdindependence.com/products/t...-26839049-fff6

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