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Adjusting the Clutch Pedal Depth

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    Maybe @DeyemeRacing can check the FSM. I think they have one now.

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    It's something I'm going to be looking into - both aftermarket clutch and flywheel, and fixing the extremely long travel and high start height. It seems silly to me to have a low (gas) medium (brake) and high (clutch) pedal in the car. They should be level with one another. If the clutch just didn't start so high, the travel would be perfect. I am accustomed to driving my racecar (96 Neon with non-hydraulic clutch) but I've also owned a '02 Stratus Coupe, '00 Dakota, and a few other cars with manuals.

    I think part of the problem with shorter drivers is the length of the seat cushion. The center pushes forward more than the edges. If your knees aren't beyond the cushion enough, it's harder to get your legs to a position where you can make the clutch travel comfortably.

    On a side note, the FSM is strangely designed. It's not as informative as the old manuals (and I have a lot of them!), and there's really important things that are left out, like the wiring diagrams.
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    I also hate the clutch. I've driven many cars all manual transmission and they were all better ex. RX-8. Anybody have news on whether this can be adjusted or replaced? Its almost as if you tied a plastic tie on the clutch to not let it go so far up that would work. I wear size 12 shoes so I'm always touching the underside of the dash or having to move my foot when releasing the clutch to stop my foot from touching. Its very annoying, had the car for 1 month now and I still haven't got used to it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeyemeRacing View Post
    It's something I'm going to be looking into - both aftermarket clutch and flywheel, and fixing the extremely long travel and high start height. It seems silly to me to have a low (gas) medium (brake) and high (clutch) pedal in the car. They should be level with one another. If the clutch just didn't start so high, the travel would be perfect. I am accustomed to driving my racecar (96 Neon with non-hydraulic clutch) but I've also owned a '02 Stratus Coupe, '00 Dakota, and a few other cars with manuals.

    I think part of the problem with shorter drivers is the length of the seat cushion. The center pushes forward more than the edges. If your knees aren't beyond the cushion enough, it's harder to get your legs to a position where you can make the clutch travel comfortably.

    On a side note, the FSM is strangely designed. It's not as informative as the old manuals (and I have a lot of them!), and there's really important things that are left out, like the wiring diagrams.
    I agree with seat length. It is a pain using the clutch. Enough so that I don't enjoy the car so much. Oh well I've got payments for while.

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    Accelerator depth adjustment?

    Quote Originally Posted by E1ectricOrange View Post
    On the same note, is there a way to bring the accelerator pedal forward? Maybe I'm a moron but has anyone else noticed that it's a little further back than the brake pedal? I could be wrong I haven't actually gotten down in there but I kind of notice it when I change from my work shoes to my everyday shoes.
    Have you figured this out? Just got my Dart 2 weeks ago, and I already wish for the solution on the accelerator. The clutch is mostly okay for me, as-is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdogg4ya View Post
    I also hate the clutch. I've driven many cars all manual transmission and they were all better ex. RX-8. Anybody have news on whether this can be adjusted or replaced? Its almost as if you tied a plastic tie on the clutch to not let it go so far up that would work. I wear size 12 shoes so I'm always touching the underside of the dash or having to move my foot when releasing the clutch to stop my foot from touching. Its very annoying, had the car for 1 month now and I still haven't got used to it.
    I agree the clutch is way to high and it becomes very frustrating pushing it all of the way down my foot has slipped and I have got my shoe laces stuck under my brake pedal many times

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    Quote Originally Posted by FreccetteBetty View Post
    Have you figured this out? Just got my Dart 2 weeks ago, and I already wish for the solution on the accelerator. The clutch is mostly okay for me, as-is.
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    The clutch does have quite a bit of travel to it. I had a Ford Ranger with that had less clutch travel than my Dart. This makes it hard to find a comfortable seating position. If I push the seat back to where my knee isn't hitting the dash, I have to move forward in the seat to depress the clutch. If I sit where it's comfortable to depress the clutch, my knee is on the steering wheel. I would think there would be a way to adjust the actual pedal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pinkzy View Post

    I agree the clutch is way to high and it becomes very frustrating pushing it all of the way down my foot has slipped and I have got my shoe laces stuck under my brake pedal many times
    Learn how to depress the clutch properly. Once is a slip. Many times is failure to properly operate the vehicle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pinkzy View Post
    I agree the clutch is way to high and it becomes very frustrating pushing it all of the way down my foot has slipped and I have got my shoe laces stuck under my brake pedal many times
    From another forum user, I got the tip that the clutch doesn't have to be completely depressed. It's made it a lot easier to drive (I'm pretty short) - there's a couple inches at the bottom that make no difference. Once the clutch plates are apart, it doesn't matter how far apart they are to be able to shift. Maybe that'll help you too!

 

 
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