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I have been driving my 20 RL in S mode for over a month now specifically for the better throttle response. It no longer hesitates when I need to pull out in heavy traffic.
I will shift it to D once Im on the highway because if I don't it will stay in 6th gear and run all the way to 3500rpm if left alone.
It is a bit over responsive in S until you get used to it but once you do its fine.
Over 4 weeks of driving my average fuel economy seems to have suffered by 1mpg, 22 to 21mpg. Thats not really scientific but its the best I can do. Most of my 64 mile commute is on the freeway but at least one way will be in heavy commute traffic.
One warning, no start/stop in S. Some of you will find that a plus though Im sure.
By the way, its been a fun four weeks of driving.
 

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Ok. I just started lurking the thread again after nursing my wounded hands from replacing the broken fog light and I guess y'all talked me into it. placed order for the PC.
So help me if its as hard to install as what I just went through my ghost will haunt all of you after I pass. ;)
 

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Mark, if you can't install the PC in 2 minutes or less...may GOD help you my friend 😂
I could always use more of His help.
Im pretty experienced at replacing the entire pedal assemblies of Freightliners from the 90s which took all of 20 minutes because they had to be unbolted. Freightliner apparently didn't think those needed to last more than a year. Im sure this will be faster since it doesn't appear to even need any tools.
 

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Ok. I just got my PC today. Install was about 5 minutes because my big hands really don't fit above the throttle pedal but I didn't draw any blood.
In my short test drive it does what y'all said it would. I only tried city and sport both with the gain turned up to three and my nearest comparison is that its like driving with the throttle response of the transmission being in S but with the shift points of D.
I will experiment a little more in the morning when traffic is lighter. Its still the tail end of rush hour here.
 

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Thanks for sharing. So I guess, the excess pedal travel to get some propulsion is reduced but is it jerky even at a low setting? I don't think it can do anything for the trans though because mechanically it going to take the same amount of time to downshift or upshift but with the reduced pedal travel it may make it feel like it's all happening quicker which helps.. I tried normal driving in sand mode and although the response was better I didn't find it to be smooth.
Im going to have to do a little more driving with it to come up with a good evaluation but at first experience it is a little jerky but not like driving in sand mode.
I suspect a big part of this is just getting used to the pedal feel though. If one was to drive in sand mode all the time Im sure one could get used to it and adapt which would make it less jerky. I had the same experience when I spent two weeks driving around in S. Two days in and I was able to modulate the throttle so there was no jerkiness.
In city mode on the PC and the gain set to 1 or 2 there's a total elimination of delay from the throttle and the jerkiness is very minimal and I was adapting my pedal modulation after just a quick two mile drive already to these two settings and the jerkiness disappeared by the end.
 

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Mark mentioning "jerky" is getting WAAAY blown out of proportion. After only a few minutes of driving, you will find it far more enjoyable and nothing jerky about it. For me, I never felt it to be "jerky" as most others have not either. It's just different because the pedal can be programmed to react faster than normal which is the full intent of a PC or equivalent device. With 36 possible setting, there isn't a person on this forum that could find its sweet spot.
You're correct I just can't think of a more descriptive word. perhaps sensitive but the feeling is different and can catch one a little off guard is all Im trying to convey here. Throttle by wire setups always feel unnatural to me.
Im really over-sensitive to every little aspect of driving and how a vehicle feels. I have an unnatural obsession to try to master every vehicle I drive even if I will only be in it for a day.
 

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I'm now fully behind the PC. Been driving around all day in Sport +4 and it is very smooth and drivable. A lot better than the stock acceleration. Almost feels like a cable operated throttle. Easy to modulate. It almost feels easier to modulate in the more aggressive settings if that makes sense.
I just had to reprogram my brain to accept the new pedal feel. I feel if I had done this immediately after I bought the Ridgeline no relearning would have been needed.
 
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