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Old 02-22-2008, 06:22 AM
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Anyone out there had experience with mico-commander electronic controls. There is a boat that is sporting them that I am curious about. Never heard much about them either way. They were installed around 2000 and rigged to 92 series detroits. They are single lever. Any feedback is appreciated.
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These are Mathers controls now sold under the ZF Gear name. Check with a ZF dealer. They work fine. Slight delay when sifting same as all electronic controls. Should be OK but check to see if ZF still supports and services them.
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I have them on my boat and really like them, as previous post stated there is a delay which you get used to very quickly. No trouble at all since 2001.
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I have them and really love them. You get over the delay after the first close call hitting the dock!!!

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Thanks for the info. I didn't know that they are now Mathers. I have DDEC 92s on my Hatt, and the delay took a very short time to get used to. I coulddn't find anything on them and was curious about major issues, etc.
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The Micro Commander is one of many models of ZF controls. The "Micro Commander" is the model used when all of your componants are mech. in operation. Mech. governor/ throttle and mech shift/troll operation. Other models incorporate fully electronic or hybrid operations. The "shift delay" is actually an interpretation from the helm. There really is not any delay. If you are used to shifting a cable system, the response is immediate because as your hand is moving from neutral to the ahead detent. The clutch pressure is starting to build as your hand is moving towards the detent. So, you useally have engagement at that moment. With any electronic control actuator system, you are getting instant response once you arrive at the ahead detent. The percieved delay, is clutch pressure does not happen until the moment the lever moves to the detent position. Basically, you are adding an extra step in the process of shifting your gearbox. The advantage is there is useally only a small morse 33C cable run from the processor to the engine and gearbox. This makes it much less suseptable binding and slop. The other advantage is you only have a small 8 conductor cable running to the helm and or tower. Another advantage is single lever operation and troll valve protection if you have it. Sorry about my grammer and spelling!
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