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Re: Universal 5432 Throttle Set Up
I'm not sure I'll need a pic now that I've seen the schematic.
As for my setup, I'm sure it's very similar to Mariner36's - there's an up/down lever on the port side of the binnacle for the transmission and a fwd/back lever on the stbd side for the throttle. To kill the engine, you cut off the fuel by pulling all the way back on the throttle. The problem is that when maneuvering in close quarters, it's too easy to kill the engine. And if you have to goose it, it's hard to get back to the ideal idle speed - there's no spring, no detent, or even a screwdriver adjust. I do have a little gizmo to adjust the friction of the cable, but it doesn't help when trying to set a repeatable idle speed.
Before I got this boat, I always killed the engine by pulling a knob near the instrument panel or down below near the engine. I've only seen one boat where you killed the diesel by simply turning off the key.
I can see a way of rigging up an adjustable stop, but then I don't know how I'd kill the engine. Maybe a little valve in the fuel line? (BTW, I have a mechanical fuel pump, not electric. I'm thinking about an electric.) I thought of cutting off the air, but I understand that's a big no-no with a diesel. So now I'm interested in your setup, Brian. Since you have the same engine, I'm curious as to how your kill switch works - is it really a switch or a pull knob? If it's a pull knob, how does it hook into the throttle mechanism?