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    Sparco Manual Pedals Install - Pt. 1

    Installing these spankin' Sparco aluminum pedals! I ordered them from Amazon at a very reasonable price. So reasonable, that I expected them to be of so-so quality. I was surprised to find that these babies are NICE! High quality aluminum, nicely machined and well thought out. I especially like how the gas pedal has a rev-matching tab on the bottom left!

    I was also able to find some grommets at my local hardware store that fit the pedal holes nicely! I put the grommets on the brake and clutch pedals only. You want the gas pedal to allow a little friction!



    Step 1 - tear-down:
    After removing the OEM rubber pads, I was surprised to find that the clutch and the gas pedals are plastic! Also, the gas pedal doesn't have a pad at all - it is just one piece!

    I used a wad of Fun-Tak on each pedal so's I can affix the Sparcos for positioning.



    Step 2: [bottom pic] carefully position the Sparcos on each pedal. Try to line up the holes to the free areas in the back of the plastic pedals. You don't want to drill down into a plastic cross member on the reverse side of the plastic clutch and gas pedal. The brake pedal which is the only metal pedal is straight forward as the back is smooth and consistent. You only have to line up at minimum 3 holes - I went with 4 on the brake and clutch.

    Step 3: Marking the holes. After careful alignment, put a block of wood or something behind the first pedal. I used a pile of paperback books (some of you young guys might not know what those are)! Then take an automatic punch and mark the holes that you have lined up. This makes for easy drilling and a second chance to check if the holes aren't on a cross section.



    Step 4: [Not pictured] Take off the pedals and drill pilot holes with a really small drill (I don't have the size in front of me 3/32" I believe). This gives you a third chance to check the clearance for the bolts. If all is well, drill the final holes with your bigger drill bit (1/8").

    [Below] I had to use longer bolts and a washer for the top two bolts on my clutch. I didn't have enough clearance for the nuts. Luckily, I had a couple of two holed washers that were perfect for the job (meant to hold down the conduit wire in a weather proof outdoor wall socket housing)!



    [Below] Turns out that I will have to use longer bolts and washers on the gas pedal as there is a plastic matrix of cross members on the lower half of the gas pedal. So I had to make another hardware store visit to get some longer bolts. Hopefully I can get that gas pedal in tomorrow! At least I was able to get bolts with heads that will better match up than the ones that I am now using!



    Even though I have yet to install the gas pedal, I already like this set up! Those really narrow OEMs were uncomfortable and heel toe-ing was practically impossible. These have a broader surface area and my foot doesn't have to wrap around the brake pedal to heel toe. The grommets are not sticky at all, maybe they will be if my shoes were wet, but I do like the tactile feel of them!

    - Later!
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    - TWM Short Shifter
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    - AFE Drop in Air Filter
    - USB thru Air Vent Mod
    - Sparco Aluminum Pedals

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    I finally got the gas pedal in! I unfortunately drilled one of the holes too close to an edge and it was a bear to tighten up!

    Here are the photos of the final results!

    Gas pedal ended up a little crooked, but I can live with it!



    Foot on gas.



    Makes for easier heel-toe.

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    Those pedals look really good on your car. Thanks for the excellent write up and pictures. This is definitely a tempting way to go for a lower cost pedal option.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WillFiat View Post
    Those pedals look really good on your car. Thanks for the excellent write up and pictures. This is definitely a tempting way to go for a lower cost pedal option.
    Thanks! The best part is the overhang on the gas pedal! Much faster and easier heel-toe shifting!


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    Sparco is first class stuff
    Yeah, I hear they are big in Europe!

    I just wish they had a matching dead pedal!
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    i am thinking about doing this in my 2013 500 T

    Quote Originally Posted by docmojoman View Post
    Installing these spankin' Sparco aluminum pedals! I ordered them from Amazon at a very reasonable price. So reasonable, that I expected them to be of so-so quality. I was surprised to find that these babies are NICE! High quality aluminum, nicely machined and well thought out. I especially like how the gas pedal has a rev-matching tab on the bottom left!

    I was also able to find some grommets at my local hardware store that fit the pedal holes nicely! I put the grommets on the brake and clutch pedals only. You want the gas pedal to allow a little friction!



    Step 1 - tear-down:
    After removing the OEM rubber pads, I was surprised to find that the clutch and the gas pedals are plastic! Also, the gas pedal doesn't have a pad at all - it is just one piece!

    I used a wad of Fun-Tak on each pedal so's I can affix the Sparcos for positioning.



    Step 2: [bottom pic] carefully position the Sparcos on each pedal. Try to line up the holes to the free areas in the back of the plastic pedals. You don't want to drill down into a plastic cross member on the reverse side of the plastic clutch and gas pedal. The brake pedal which is the only metal pedal is straight forward as the back is smooth and consistent. You only have to line up at minimum 3 holes - I went with 4 on the brake and clutch.

    Step 3: Marking the holes. After careful alignment, put a block of wood or something behind the first pedal. I used a pile of paperback books (some of you young guys might not know what those are)! Then take an automatic punch and mark the holes that you have lined up. This makes for easy drilling and a second chance to check if the holes aren't on a cross section.



    Step 4: [Not pictured] Take off the pedals and drill pilot holes with a really small drill (I don't have the size in front of me 3/32" I believe). This gives you a third chance to check the clearance for the bolts. If all is well, drill the final holes with your bigger drill bit (1/8").

    [Below] I had to use longer bolts and a washer for the top two bolts on my clutch. I didn't have enough clearance for the nuts. Luckily, I had a couple of two holed washers that were perfect for the job (meant to hold down the conduit wire in a weather proof outdoor wall socket housing)!



    [Below] Turns out that I will have to use longer bolts and washers on the gas pedal as there is a plastic matrix of cross members on the lower half of the gas pedal. So I had to make another hardware store visit to get some longer bolts. Hopefully I can get that gas pedal in tomorrow! At least I was able to get bolts with heads that will better match up than the ones that I am now using!



    Even though I have yet to install the gas pedal, I already like this set up! Those really narrow OEMs were uncomfortable and heel toe-ing was practically impossible. These have a broader surface area and my foot doesn't have to wrap around the brake pedal to heel toe. The grommets are not sticky at all, maybe they will be if my shoes were wet, but I do like the tactile feel of them!

    - Later!
    What hardware did you use like the size length size of washer and did you use lock nuts?

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    Nicely done. I am not a fan of the narrow pedals that have come stock on my Abarth, so I will have to add this into the list of mods that I'd like to get done eventually...
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