The iDrive 4WD Throttle Controller claims to “unlock the power of your 4WD” and “reduce throttle lag, to increase the drivability of your truck”. Does it live up to its word?
If you’re anything like me, you’re probably thinking, “Nah mate, I’ll forget the 4WD Throttle Controller, keep my $300 bucks and just press the accelerator pedal harder to get the same result”.
Can you tell I was skeptical about this type of product? Well, I was but I decided to give the iDrive 4WD Throttle Controller a crack and see for myself. After all, I prefer to make my own conclusions, rather than just jump on board with someone else’s opinions.
Installing the 4WD Throttle Controller
Before you grab a cold beverage and settle in for a good old technical run through…Spoiler alert! This will (probably) be the quickest install guide I ever write for 4WD Addiction!
The whole install literally took less than 5 minutes. I spent more time trying to photograph the process of installing the 4WD Throttle Controller, due to some challenging lighting conditions at my campsite.
Step 1: Unplug the factory harness cable from your accelerator cable.
Step 2: Plug the iDrive cable into the accelerator pedal
Step 3: Plug the factory cable into the socket on the iDrive 4WD Throttle Controller piggyback adaptor.
Step 4: Using the M3 mounting tape (already on the back of the iDrive display) mount the display to your dash in your desired location.
Step 5: Done! No seriously, that’s it. It doesn’t get any easier than that. In fact, if you know how to plug something in, you have all the skills required for this job.
iDrive 4WD Throttle Controller Review
I would love to write that I was correct to be skeptical, that these devices are just a substitute for actually using your right boot. But that wouldn’t be strictly (or at all) true.
The truth is, I bloody love this little thing; the difference it has made to my Patrol is outrageous.
iDrive 4WD Throttle Controller Settings
For those who don’t know, the iDrive 4WD Throttle Controller gives you 19 settings of throttle customisation.
Nine “Ultimate Modes” (faster throttle response), nine “Economy Modes” (reduced throttle responses) and the unique “Auto Mode”, which automatically chooses a setting depending on how fast and hard the throttle is applied
I’ve been using the iDrive 4WD Throttle Controller for about 4 weeks now. I’ve had the chance to test it in various driving conditions. Towing the camper, highway driving, around town, dirt roads and off-road.
For bitumen driving, I’ve settled on “Ultimate level 3”.
How does it feel to drive?
It makes the car feel so much more responsive. I’ve tried to replicate this effect by simply pressing harder on the accelerator but it just doesn’t perform in the same fashion.
The increased throttle response is awesome when driving on sealed roads but for me the ability to “detune” the accelerator for off-road situations is the real unsung ability of the iDrive 4WD Throttle Controller.
I’ve always found my Patrol’s accelerator to be very touchy in low range. It’s very easy to apply too much power during rocky hill climbs and cause unwanted wheel spin.
The iDrive 4WD Throttle Controller allows me to reduce the sensitivity of the loud pedal to make it more suited to off-road use (how hard was that Nissan?).
It gives me nine levels of control over the vehicle acceleration, allowing me to customise my pedal feel for different terrains. Think low sensitivity on sand to avoid the tyres digging down and causing the 4×4 to get bogged.
iDrive 4WD Throttle Controller: Final Thoughts
In the 4WD world, $300 doesn’t usually get you much, but I’ve been pleasantly surprised with the iDrive. My Patrol is better (and more fun) to drive, on and off-road. I’m actually annoyed that I didn’t give it ago earlier!
I’ve said it before, but I love a company who back their products. iDrive offer a lifetime warranty on the iDrive and also provide a 30 day money back guarantee. Now that’s seriously backing their product.
If you want more information on the iDrive, check out the website: www.idriveaustralia.com.au
Full Disclosure: This review isn’t paid for or sponsored in any way but I was sent a demo unit for the purpose of reviewing. As always, if it sucked, I’d tell you.