I really like the Lively! She’s brilliant! But, through my own ignorance I hamstrung her capabilities. But I think we are more in tune now!
I love manual transmission cars, and I wanted the Lively to have that same flair, so I ordered a replica Lamborghini knob, then had a second one made, one wood, one aluminum. And they are gorgeous and I want to have them on my sports cars and if it fits anyone’s car I’ll give it to you! I regret nothing, as it feels great on the EV and the permobil. And looks awesome too!
But what I didn’t take into account was my ALS. You know, the reason I am in a chair? I am finding it harder to move my arms, and the shift knob requires more gross motor movement.
So, this week I switched back to the old boring plastic knob and I hang my head in shame…
Or DO I?!?!
You see, I went on the Internet, and I found this! The custom wheelchair world is divided into two big realms, the outdoors and the do everything. If you go the outdoors route, you will probably get a TankChair or something similar, with treads, and it won’t really fit in the house. If you go with do everything, you will probably be modifying a chair you already have, and if you are serious about it, you will probably come to find Wheelchairdriver.com. I did! But in the forums I saw this guy Will who was building his own, and had a company that made joystick knobs!
So a few emails back and forth and I have a NEW joystick knob for Lively, smaller this time to allow for more finger control. And a custom engraving on the top, which I will talk about in another less happy post. This is basically a mini me of the other knob!
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Yeah! I knew you were sad you didn’t have the control but wanted that “look.” I’m glad you found a compromise. You are great at researching and finding the answers!
Looks Good Joe. Wonder if your old knobs would fit my Toyota Yaris or Karman Ghia shift lever?
already called dibs on the old knobs