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my pedals suck-what do ya'll use?

so I don't have huge feet by any means-and try to wear shoes that narrow my feet a bit but I find that the gas and brake pedals in my car adn not condusive to heel/toe downshifts. partly it's the spacing, but mostly it's the relation ship of the pedals to each other (meaning my gas pedal is too far in) . what can I do to change this? and also is there a domimating pedal setup that everyone uses? thanks

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You can bend the gas pedal arm really easily. However, you want the gas pedal to still be lower than the brake pedal when you've got the brake pedal as low as it's going to get in the worst-case hot-brakes scenario, so you can be sure you won't accidentally catch the gas and the brake at the same time.

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In the Mathis book, he recommends getting a brake pedal from an automatic mustang as it is wider. Others have bent either pedal's lever arm to the side, as MFE describes, with no problems. Regarding the gas pedal being too low, *shrug*, it's supposed to be that way unless your brake pedal doesn't move at all.

How do you physically Heel and toe is a misnomer for me, I actually use the big toe pad to control the brakes and the pinky toe pad to control the gas, i.e. my foot straddles the two peddles vertically and I roll my ankle to modulate both. I do it now on the street without thinking about it.
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I'm not catching what the OP doesn't like about his setup. Your feet are too wide? What do you mean your gas pedal is too far in? Does that mean too low in relation to the brake or too close to the brake, too far away?

You can close the gap a little as described above (there's some room to move the pedal covers in the installation too), you can shim the pedal you think is too low by using washers and longer screws on the pedal covers. There was an article a couple months ago about a guy who used a piece of wood as a shim on his brake pedal and a piece of angle iron on the brake pedal as a fence to keep his foot from being too far left.

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It might help to know what model you have. Seems I remember a spacer fix for the 99-04 cars to raise the gas pedal a little. I made my own but it has been so many years I can't remember details. It was just a simple bushing to slip over the cable at the throttle body. I also made a clutch pedal stop to lower the clutch even with the brake. That was more detailed and involved machine work.

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I have a 97 cobra- my problem is that when I go to heel/toe- my gas is too far in (towards the floor) that I am having trouble physically doing the required movement as my heel has to be much further in than my toes-allowing for inadequate braking power on my end-. long story short I need flatter pedals that are adjusted to be even with each other
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Use the sides of your foot. Left side of the ball of your foot for the brake, roll your ankle over to blip the gas with the right side of your foot.
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It helps if you wear your Mustang driving shoes



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I've fought and fought with my pedals also. I have a spacer taking up the slack in the throttle cable to raise the pedal a bit. My bullitt pedal covers add a little width, but do nothing to help with the sole of my shoe gaining traction due to the slippery metal on the edges. I've taken the gas pedal lever out and bent it up and towards the brake and it helped. I use a pair of Puma racing shoes that are very narrow, they do not help. A pair of the shoes posted above would fit the bill.


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i just bought a set of billet steeda pedals back in the day and offset the brake pedal a bit towards my gas pedal... works perfectly for me after 10 years of driving this setup and i wear just thin puma shoes when i drive it normally... Mind you i wear a size 16 shoe...

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I use a set of 20$ ricer pedals from Wal-Mart. I've got the brake pedal cocked a little sideways and have taken a grinder to the bottom/right corner gain some foot clearance.

After an incident I had before with on/off gas/brake foot work, this seems to be working great.

I'm also using the the slack-taker-upper on the throttle cable to raise the pedal up a tad. Took a while getting used to that, but it's OK now. The clutch pedal is still a mile high, but i've just driven with it like that for 10 years.....i'm used to it.
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I run maximum motorsports manual conversion kit. It comes with an arm that has an adjustable pad. It adjusts up and down in and out. I prefere the feel of the manual brakes. It takes a little to get used to but once you get it you will use less brake.

Brakes just slow you down.
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i put washers between the gas pedal mount plate and the firewall to raise the gas pedal to be closer to the brake pedal.

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Here's a different approach for you. I place my heel on the brake and rotate my foot clockwise to put the ball of my foot on the gas. Works great for me. I tried other techniques with no success.

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cut off both ur feet and get fake ones to fit the petals better and if u think about it then u would have a cool nickname for the track nubs
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I always have trouble with my foot on the clutch pedal and the other foot on the brake pedal running into each other. It really seems the clutch pedal is too close to the brake pedal. I know the post above talked about using an automatic pedal but that would definitely be in the way....and I just wear a 10.5.

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Use the sides of your foot. Left side of the ball of your foot for the brake, roll your ankle over to blip the gas with the right side of your foot.
This is exactly what I do. I can't do the bending your foot like its broke to slam the gas with your heal. When I've tried my timing is either WAY off or I hit the gas way to damn hard.

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A nice pair of piloti driving shoes will help you out a bit with your problem, the extended material on the sides help grip both pedals for great heel toe shifting

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