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Doing my first car. Just curious and yes I get the joke about weight.
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Anything that's not paint is technically not legal, if I remember right.

That said, grip tape is a VERY good idea if you race or work on the car in the wet.

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Works better than tape as it won't ball up over time. I recoat once a year with the clear stuff.
Krylon non-skid coating

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I riveted in diamond plate flooring that I got pretty cheap on line, but I could have found it cheaper locally if I looked harder. They sell some stuff pre-cut with friction materiel on one side. I went with diamond plate it looks cool I have 50.00 in the material and I did two cars with it. Not sure if its legal but I sure have seen lots of builders use it, like Planet Miata for example.

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Rob:
Truthfully I don't worry about the floor. It's the pedals that need to be slip resistant. I've never raced in enough rain that the floor got wet during the event (and therefore got my shoes damp). I do however, pretty carefully dry my shoe soles when I get in the car with any dampness on my feet.
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I found a bit of grip to be good getting in and out of the car. I put some skateboard tape right in front of my seat. it's torn a bit where there were screws, and along the ribs in the floor, but it works well.

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Rob,

I painted mine with Herculiner truck bed liner and frankly I'm not that impressed. I have read that skateboard deck tape works well but I haven't tried it personally. I disagree with Rick that the floor surface is not important...provides a good grip for your heel which then improves pedal grip. Thanks, Jay

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Agreed, my heels slide, and there is some risk of me coming crashing down as I climb in and out with wet feet.

We don't get rain in socal and I am lazy so I suck it up.

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My memory of skateboard grip tape is it doesn't hold up well when it's wet. It's been a long time since I had a skateboard though.

I used the heavy duty aluminum backed griptape Miatacage sells. So far mine's held up very well and it's been soaked a few times. No sign of any pealing or bubbling and it still has all it's grit.

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i found the grip surface on the floorboards kept my heel from sliding when heel-toe downshifting. i put it on the pedals which worked better for me.

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I did the same thing on the pedals. I tried the rubber paint stuff you put on tool handles and a few other things but the grip tape worked the best and hasn't worn off.

There's nothing like your foot sliding off the brake pedal right before a tight corner to wake you up in the morning. [Eek!]

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There's nothing like your foot sliding off the brake pedal right before a tight corner to wake you up in the morning. [Eek!] [/QB][/QUOTE]

Except that's how I found out how fast the Miata would go through the turn. I was braking way too early and way too much. My wet foot slipped off the brake and onto the gas and the car just sailed around the corner. Next time by it worked the same, although this time on purpose.

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I recently got one of the aluminum diamond floor plates with heat shield material from "5X Racing". You can use it with the softer heat shield up or the diamond plate up. Either way it makes a nicer floor. Cost was about $50.00 and it comes with the hardware. [thumbsup]

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I, too, also have the 5xRacing floor board. And it is a "must have" IMHO. I have it mounted, foam side up, and it far more "grippier" than the skateboard tape I had previously. Plus it adds a nice clean pro look to your car.

Paste link below:

http://5xracing.com/i-157423-5xr-grip-plate-special-edition.html

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by "pro look" you mean "cheater look" [cheerful]

Teasing! Just teasing!

[ 12-04-2009, 04:48 PM: Message edited by: Rob Burgoon ]

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Cheater look... its not a good cheat if you can see it! Kidding as well:)

Thanks George and Jim, glad you are happy with the plates!

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Good thread, just ordered my special edition plate from 5X.

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Thanks for the business as always Lee!

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Skateboard tape here.

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quote:
Originally posted by CP:
Skateboard tape here.

+1 [thumbsup]

...but it is already getting frayed after 3/4 of a season. Ordered some of that Krylon.

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That krylon works on trailer ramps too.

A wet ramp has claimed many drivers in the middle of a good weekend....

I get it at Ace hardware usually.

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Before and after shots of some skateboard tape I had laying around.

Skateboard tape....beginning of season:
http://smugshots.specmiata.com/main.php?g2_itemId=11768

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Skateboard tape, after season:
http://smugshots.specmiata.com/main.php?g2_itemId=11771


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http://smugshots.specmiata.com/main.php?g2_itemId=11774

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Vick- You need to vacuum that inch of dirt out of the floor by your right heel. Sure sand adds grip but when it's in a pile under your gas pedal... [Smile]

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Doesn't the skateboard tape wear out the bottom of your shoes when used under the pedals?

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quote:
Originally posted by John A - 5x Racing:
Doesn't the skateboard tape wear out the bottom of your shoes when used under the pedals?

No noticable wear to the heel pad on the shoes. Just holds you foot in place.

The stuff is pretty tough and the glue very strong. If you get it wet it will fray around the edges. But it is expensive.

Got 6 cans of the Krylon for $25 delivered.
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I thought skateboard tape was $5.00 for enough to do a whole skateboard or am I just dating myself?

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Just went to Ace hardware and ordered 4 cans of Krylon. Plenty to do the ramp on the trailer and the floor.

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I have a whole roll of 2 foot wide tape, maybe 100 feet, and I still use the krylon.

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I bought a big piece of high quality tape. Enough to do the pedal area a couple of times. Cost me about $25 delivered on eBay.

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I run grip tape on my pedals. Keeps my shoes from slipping off even if they are wet.

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Is anyone going to attemp to paint the pedals with that krylon non skid coating?

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Yep

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tell me how you like it paul.

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quote:
Originally posted by Muda:
Cost me about $25 delivered on eBay.

I am pretty sure that you have litterally bought one of every item that has ever been sold on ebay.

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Yep

Got some of those Titanium bolts for you.

Nice Avatar. [Wink]

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