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Pedal spacing

PostPost by: disquek » Tue Jun 18, 2019 8:22 pm

My big right foot doesn't fit between the brake pedal and the trans tunnel!

I've "worked around" this by keeping a right side racing shoe in the car and changing that when I drive. This has resulted in several embarrassing "I forgot to change my shoe back" moments.

I've looked at what some folks have done. Removing the pedal and bending it.

I had a simpler idea, and I wanted to see if anyone had done it, or had thoughts about it.

I dont need much room.

I was thinking of cutting off the right side of the pedal pad and welding it (or a similar sized piece) back onto the left side of the pedal (and adding a gusset from that new piece to the pedal arm). Then I'd tack weld some expanded metal to this to get me a non slip surface. To make things symmetrical, I'd likely do the same expanded metal treatment to the clutch (but not move it).

Thoughts?

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PostPost by: Stevie-Heathie » Tue Jun 18, 2019 9:34 pm

Weirdly I had the same problem in my previous +2 but not in my current S3. (both rhd).The solution was to remove my right shoe and drive with just left shoe on. Stockinged / bare right foot. No chance of forgetting to put right shoe back on when parking up.

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PostPost by: gjz30075 » Wed Jun 19, 2019 9:37 am

I have small feet and still required (wanted) the space between the pedals. I removed the assembly and
heated the hangers and formed them to what you see in the pic. Perfect! No room on the left to rest your
foot but I put it under the pedal when on the highway (no shifting required)
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PostPost by: elanfan1 » Wed Jun 19, 2019 10:13 am

....and I thought Bigfoot didn’t exist but it looks like there’s loads of you lurking out there! :D
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PostPost by: Citromike » Thu Jun 20, 2019 3:55 am

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Come on out and drive barefoot - not a chance in 100 that you’ll see a cop. In 40 years, 4 Lotuses and 100,000 Lotus miles I’ve never been stopped (by Lucas & Girling yes, but not by a cop)
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PostPost by: john.p.clegg » Thu Jun 20, 2019 5:10 am

Try a little more movement on your right foot...... :lol:

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PostPost by: ericbushby » Thu Jun 20, 2019 8:48 am

Rather than cutting and welding, it seems easier to remove the pedal assembly and bend the pedals.
No heat is needed, just a vice and a hammer.
I moved the brake half an inch and the clutch one inch. I believe it to be an excellent improvement for those like me with size ten wide feet.
I think slightly less adjustment would be sufficient for most people.
I wrote it up with pictures under the title - Pedal spacing - some time ago.
Another factor is that I did not change anything and it could easily be put back to original if desired.
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PostPost by: tedtaylor » Thu Jun 20, 2019 1:47 pm

I've bent the pedals in situ, without removing the pedals or pedal box. just a smidge will do.
I wear size 12 shoe.
I actually wear special Lotus-only driving shoe I saw advertised on one of the forums....I think it was a Nike shoe.
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PostPost by: Citromike » Thu Jun 20, 2019 1:53 pm

I have a pair of Nike bowling shoes I wear - they are narrow and smooth enough on the bottom.

They also work on my bike because they fit into my old-school toe clips without a need to wear cleated cycling shoes
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PostPost by: disquek » Thu Jun 20, 2019 2:23 pm

Cutting and welding the pedal pad is actually very easy for me.

How hard is it to remove the pedal rack? That seems like more work.

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PostPost by: tvacc » Thu Jun 20, 2019 3:05 pm

All you need is a large crescent wrench to bend the pedals while in the car. Just did it last week for a fellow LOONY. Just adjust the wrench to the thickness of the arm, put it on and bend. I am not a big guy or that strong. Very easy. Oh, I did remove the steering wheel.
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