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PostPosted: January 20, 2016, 11:47 am 
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I'm very new to the Locost. In fact, I have never even seen one up close and in person. :shock:

As I look at the various build threads, it's obvious the footwell space is pretty cramped.

Many full-size cars have a sort of "Dead Pedal" to use to brace yourself during spirited driving, but there certainly doesn't look like there is room for one in these chassis...

For you autocossers, where do you rest your left foot when it isn't on the clutch pedal?


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PostPosted: January 20, 2016, 12:06 pm 
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a few people have put an angled ridge to rest their heel right on the floorboard. someone else just posted a small tab they attached to one of the side verticals on their frame that worked sufficiently as a foot rest.

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PostPosted: January 20, 2016, 12:31 pm 
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There is some valuable space between the gear tunnel and gearbox. You may find that if you pan the panel tight to the gearbox on the inside of the inside of the gear tunnel you may find some valuable inches and be able to spread the pedals or shunt the whole pedalbox to the right. There may then be enough room to drive in something other than ballet shoes.

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PostPosted: January 20, 2016, 12:36 pm 
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So what is wrong with ballet shoes? Although rock climbing shoes work better.


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vroom wrote:
So what is wrong with ballet shoes? Although rock climbing shoes work better.



:rofl:

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You should not have to "brace" yourself against the car with your legs, or arms, for performance driving. The seat and belt/harness should be doing that for you. A dead pedal is merely a place to more comfortably rest your foot and keep it out of the way, when it's not doing anything more important. This is what allows relatively small brackets to be surprisingly effective as a dead pedal replacement in these cars, which are often equipped with a 5-6 point harness and racing style seat even for street use. But even retractable 3-point belts with relatively flat seating, like in production cars, can work reasonably well if there is constant tension being exerted against the locked inertia reel.

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You just need a small tab. This works great.
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I just made a small aluminum structure that fits [wedges] in the footwell to be able to rest my heels on. Definetly has helps with modulating both the brakes and gas. Since the photo I have trimmed down the brake heel rest, on the out board side, a little more, to allow my foot to easily extend into the footwell on long trips. What ever you decide to build, mock up the location, before hard attachment. You really need to get the rest located within a 1/4" to be effective. Dave W


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Nice looking structure, Dave. Why is the part beyond the heel rests elevated? I'm sure there's a good reason, but it isn't obvious to me at first glance.

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I screwed a piece of 3/4" aluminum angle to the frame tubes beside the cutch pedal. I didn't need to worry about it for autocross, but it's much more comfortable when driving for any kind of distance. I can still drive the car with normal to bulky size 12 shoes. I left my transmission tunnel open at the front for more room, but I have the engine mounted solid to the chassis with an adapter plate sandwiched between the engine and transmission and also bolted to the front of the tunnel, so no worries about a hole in the firewall.

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You could just use the front section, i.e. the flat "L" and attach the three heel rests, then screw everything to the floor. I wanted to be able to easily remove the rest so I could clean the carpet. That's why there is an extended structure so it butts up against the frame tubing at the end of the footwell to prevent the rest from moving forward. Dave W


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If you have time to rest your foot,

You're not driving fast enough! :twisted:

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Bent Wrench wrote:
If you have time to rest your foot,

You're not driving fast enough!

Unfortunately, the local CHP seem to disagree.


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If you are going to add weight you might as well make it do a few things for you. Here is my combo dead peal, pedal box/chassis stiffener, and foot insurance policy. Pardon the dust, the clear coat shows everything.
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My frame sits where I need it to give me a 3/4" tube to rest on. And my heels can rest on the floor tube as well. Comfy so far.

Just a heads-up: Dead pedals et al can be subject to a HUGE amount of force in a front end crash. You should make sure yours is not going to cut your toes/foot off in a crash (Seriously. It happens). Avoid having exposed sheetmetal edges in the footwell.

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