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Old Tue, Jul-19-2005, 06:19:46 PM   #1
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Default DIY ///M Pedal Install w/ Photos

Here is some install photo of my pedals going in yesterday 7/18/05.


Remove the old rubber pads and place the new ///M pedals on top of the plastic and metal plates and clamp them. I used two small E-Z grip trigger clamps. I then put a small bubble level on top of the brake and clutch pedals to assure they were straight across the top. I marked through each hole using a sharp pencil. Remove the new pedals and using a spring punch mark each target leaving a small divet hole for your drill to center on.
Now I chose not to use any of the supplied nuts or washers. I first drilled a pilot hole in each divet mark using a #52 drill bit then followed up with the #40 drill which is the proper size for tapping a 3mm thread. The screws supplied are metric 3mm x .50 so I tapped each hole straight to the surface of the backing plate.



I also chose to cut each supplied screw because I did not want hardware protruding out the back of the pedals even if you looked from the side, you would see nothing. I cut the screws using a small Snap-On bolt cutter. A hack saw would work for this job too. After carefully grinding off the damaged threads on a hobby belt sander I then ran each screw through a 3mm x .50 die to clean up the damaged threads. This would insure I would not cross thread the plastic pedal backing plates. Remember not to over torque the screws into the plastic gas or clutch pedal. Snug is fine. On the top of the gas pedal the screws must be made dead flush or you will not be able to attain full throttle. In this car that would be disastrous!
Tapping the metal brake was the same except I used a drop of thread cutting oil on the tap and back off a little turn for every 1/8 forward turn of the tap to clean out the tap's cutting channels. This is standard practice when tapping any metal for screw threads.

After installing the main pedals I used a sharpened putty knife to slide behind the OEM motorsport pedal and sliding down the knife will stop when you hit a plastic rivet. Thanks to Dwette for informing me about these. Insert the putty knife from the side and hammer on the putty knife slicing through each rivet until all have been severed.



The dead pedal will simply fall away and can never be reinstalled again. A new one though could be simply pushed in someday if need be.
This picture will show you the general layout of the six nylon tabs that attach the dead pedal to the floor trim.



I then lined up the new dead pedal assuring the side angle cut lined up with the kick panels angle and holding it tight in place I marked each hole with a spring punch which again leaves a nice starter mark for the drill bit. I again used a #40 drill to drill only the plastic and not the metal fender floorboard an inch beyond. I used different screws than supplied as I did not like the galvanized yellow looking flat head screws provided. I used self tapping Oval Head 10 x 3/4 inch stainless steel hardware that looks more chrome like.

After vaccuming up the mess I was quite pleased with the results. The dead pedal is a tad short for the space but it is fine. I was surprised how sticky the rubber inserts are and how grippy they feel. I thought that my feet would slip off of the surfaces but the pedals feel rock solid and look really cool. For the $75.00 plus shipping I feel they are well worth the 2 hour install time. For those who choose to use the supplied nuts and washers I figure the time involved may be a bit less.



Hope those who wish to install these beautiful pedals find this write up worth while.

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Old Thu, Jul-21-2005, 05:24:55 AM   #2
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nice DIY. i installed the dead paddle over the current stock one. Lol.
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Old Thu, Jul-21-2005, 01:12:30 PM   #3
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I know this is a total NOOB question, but where did you get the pedals? OEM?

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I know this is a total NOOB question, but where did you get the pedals? OEM?

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I believe the pedals aren't OEM (correct me if i'm wrong). Just search eBay for "BMW Pedals" and you'll find what you need.

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Old Sun, Aug-07-2005, 02:22:55 AM   #5
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Thanks for the tip.I was gonna start a noob question about if i have to remove the factory padding to install the new pedal or go over it.....See, I searched....Im a good boy!
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Good job, I got the same pedals, and no they are not oEM but very nice neverthless.
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Good job, I got the same pedals, and no they are not oEM but very nice neverthless.
Great post, especially about the Dead pedal, I was afraid I was gonna break something, but your post was very helpful. Now I have my nice new pedals installed and looking great. Thanks again for all the help, yet again this forum has been such a great resource and always appreciate it when people take the time to document with details and pictures to help others use.
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Great job and good write up - I have the same pedals; the added advantage is how easy these are to keep clean, whereas the OEM pedals would take serious elbow grease to shift dirt and grime... makes for a much tidier cabin
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Very nice write-up. I have the same pedals, got them off of ebay as well, and have had them for about five years or so. But now the silver finish on the clutch pedal is wearing off, and the dull metal is showing. Just wondering if anyone knows if you can buy just one as a replacement? The others are fine. Thanks.

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