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Apex to Apex
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What's the best way to adjust the brake pedal travel? I want to move it towards me about a 1/2 inch to aid in heel-toe shifting. I have a '95.

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Kyle Burkhardt
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Dunno, but are you running Autobahn in a couple of weeks?

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Kyle Burkhardt
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Yes

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Once you're sure the brakes are good and firm and you want to move the brake pedal closer, start bending things or fabbing things. Most people bend the gas pedal. I modified both my brake and gas pedals.

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Keith Novak
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FYI keep a spare gas pedal in the parts box if you "bend it". Recently saw one break at the track and no one had a spare!

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Not sure about a '95, but on a '91 the brake pedal to booster rod is threaded. There is a lock nut the rod. Crawl under the dash and look straight up. Loosen the lock nut, and turn the shaft until the pedal is at the desired height. Then retighten the lock nut. Pretty simple to adjust the height.

Note: Make sure you have new pads and rotors and the rear calipers are adjusted properly. With worn pads, the pedal has excess travel. YMMV.

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See you there!

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Kyle Burkhardt
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Originally posted by Phil Mather:
Not sure about a '95, but on a '91 the brake pedal to booster rod is threaded. There is a lock nut the rod. Crawl under the dash and look straight up. Loosen the lock nut, and turn the shaft until the pedal is at the desired height. Then retighten the lock nut. Pretty simple to adjust the height.

Note: Make sure you have new pads and rotors and the rear calipers are adjusted properly. With worn pads, the pedal has excess travel. YMMV.

Yea, one of the NASA instuctors said something similar, yet this weekend I crawled up underneath there (man I hate dashboard work) and I saw no way to modify it, so you're right, maybe it's just on 90's and 91's.

I installed brand new Hawk pads at the start of this season.

Thanks for the help.

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Jay Flath
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My 96 has the threaded rod on it with the adjuster nut as well. Nut is a 14MM.

Niklas Falk
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Oh, this is over five years old but the pictures are in color [Big Grin]
http://www.miataklubben.se/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=17318
The two first pictures shows the clutch,
and the third and last picture show the brake pedal adjustment on my 2003 (with the 15/16" MC).
Some cloth around the MC piston and pliers made it possible to move the pedal (the pedal upper stop was moved accordingly).

I know that my 99 looks similar and I can't imagine that there would be no adjustment at all on some years?

B Wilson Verified Driver Series Champ
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Thinking your barking up the wrong tree. I've been around a while, built a few cars and helped work on many more. I've never seen anyone try to solve the pedal position problem playing with the brake pedal. Just start bending the throttle pedal around until your satisfied. Make sure you still have full throttle ability when your done though [Smile]

-bw

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I adjusted the heck out of the brake pedal on my '95. It got the height all the way to that last 1/2" from where I'd want it.

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Keith Novak
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Frank Todaro
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I just added some extra metal to the top of the bk pedal it worker for me put about 1/2 inch did the trick for me, I like to roll my foot to the pedal. a friend of mine who puts his heal on the gas bent the brake and gas in towards each other.

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Frank
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fishguyaz
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the loud pedal from iron canyon motorsports helped with my set up. i also had to adjust the height where i wanted it to be for the brake pedal. I believe i also had to make sure my brake lights were still activating when i pushed the brake pedal after being adjusted.

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Josh Pitt
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