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I used a piece of diamond plate aluminum (Home Depot hardware dept) mounted to the frame member to the left of your left foot.  Bent the small rectangular plate to make a pair of tabs to bolt it to the frame member with another tab that is bent up for your foot to press against and then faced it with the wire brush on my bench grinder so it doesn’t show footprints.  I’ll look to see if I have a photo.

I bought a used dead pedal from a Porsche 911on ebay  and bolted it to the foot well wall. I thank it it works great. It is a sheet metal part that had a rubber pc. on the face. I replaced it with some pedal covers I bought at the Auto Parts store. You can buy new ones for $50.00 at Stoddard's.

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R Thorpe....I make and sell this version. It's a little different concept in that it folds up out of the way when you're clutching it a lot in traffic, drag racing, or spirited road driving. But, like you say, it would be nice to have something to put your foot on when cruising. It's made of polished aluminum, has a ball bearing detent to keep it up out of the way and down in place as well. You can manipulate it up or down with your foot or your hand. All you need is a 1/4" drill, 7/16" wrench and an Allen wrench to install. The included instal instructions are easy to follow.  See photos below. Quite a few SOC owners use one. Cost is $75.00 and shipping is free for SOC members......Bruce

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I think Bruce's foot rest is the nicest one out there for anyone who feels the need.  I've just never felt the need for one and it's also interesting that so many owners complain about limited space in the footwell, but still feel there's enough room for one.  I guess that's why Bruce designed his so it could be flipped up out of the way.

Again, if you feel the need, I think Bruce's foot rest is the way to go.

Troy mentions that some complain about the limited space in the foot well, yet install a foot rest or dead pedal. The lack of space is in the very bottom of the foot well where the brake , clutch and accelerator pedals are. Most dead pedals including mine are mounted a little further back where there is considerably more space as the foot well opens up at an angle. This may give reason to explain the situation Troy has described.

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Is it just me?

I've never felt the need for a dead pedal in this car. When my foot's not on the clutch pedal, it's flat on the floor, with my knee straight up, and for some reason that feels OK.

My build is kinda the opposite of the silverbacks here - 5'10", long legs, short torso. I find the Speedster generally comfortable, once I've wriggled into it.  My head is below the top of the windscreen with the standard VS Speedster seats, which also seem to fit me OK with no alterations. There's actually a lot more room around the legs and feet than in my first gen Miata.

While the VW pan was laid out assuming you'd be sitting in a chair, not flat on the floor, this still seems to work for me - even without a dead pedal.

It would appear each owner would decide if they have a need for a dead pedal. The way I am built (5'7" 240lbs.*) and fit into my FF VW pan based Speedster leaves my left leg and foot laying loose at an approx. 50 degree angle and feeling like I am slipping down into the foot well. In my experience the dead pedal makes some types of driving 100% more comfortable and enjoyable. Short spirited drives the dead pedal isn't needed but long trips (Some 2-3 hours on interstate) the DP makes me more comfortable. So, it is totally up to the car owner to what they need or want to do to make their driving experience a better one hopefully resulting in the Speedster getting driven more happy miles each year.

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@Sacto Mitch posted:

.Is it just me?

I've never felt the need for a dead pedal in this car. When my foot's not on the clutch pedal, it's flat on the floor, with my knee straight up, and for some reason that feels OK.

My build is kinda the opposite of the silverbacks here - 5'10", long legs, short torso. I find the Speedster generally comfortable, once I've wriggled into it.  My head is below the top of the windscreen with the standard VS Speedster seats, which also seem to fit me OK with no alterations. There's actually a lot more room around the legs and feet than in my first gen Miata.

While the VW pan was laid out assuming you'd be sitting in a chair, not flat on the floor, this still seems to work for me - even without a dead pedal.

It is just you, Mitch. None of the rest of us hold a candle to the Bronzed Adonis from Sacramento. Our stubby tree-stumps need a place to rest.

Again, and not to belabor the point, but for the slow kids from Pekin:

Mitch

^ Mr. 5-Speed, tanned and fit.

EdStan

^ the rest of us, schlepping along with our plebeian 4-speeds.

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