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Hi,

I noticed that the gas pedal was sitting lower than the brake pedal, and the brake pedal doesn’t travel enough to heel & toe easy. In other words, my heel would be pressed much deeper than my toe if I were to press the two simultaneously, forcing me to twist my leg in an uncomfortable position. Is this a common set up? The previous owner had never tracked the car in which case this shouldn’t be an issue but for me it’s one of the main purposes so I would like to know whether this was normal and how easy/difficult it would be to adjust the level of the gas pedal.

Thanks in advance,

Justin
 

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You don’t actually use your heel in the Lotus, not enough room, use the side of your foot instead.
 

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You don’t actually use your heel in the Lotus, not enough room, use the side of your foot instead.
Lol. That would even be more difficult. The gas pedal is much lower. Do you know if it’s adjustable?
 

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Note to new Elise & Exige Owners:

1. These cars have large (i.e. dangerous) blind spots. Multivex mirrors are NLA, but RLS (Really Light Stuff) offers very good tape-on replacements.

2. The horns are way too weak (quiet). There’s an inverse relationship: smaller the car, louder the horn needs to be.

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(I drive with my finger on the horn button in any traffic. Iffy situations, my headlights are on.

Stay to the left of traffic, i.e. avoid passing on the right if you can.

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3. The early cars came with misaimed and dim headlights. If you drive at night, convert to HIDs. While better than stock halogen bulbs are available, HIDs throw more light. Stay around 5000k. As of this writing LEDs are not as good.

4. Ensure your car has had the work required by the recall for oil line fittings done. You could lose an engine and/or spin in your own oil.

5. Transmission:

The best transmission lube I’ve found is Redline MT-90 plus a little Power Punch Extreme Gear Oil Additive. (Note that it takes two changes to get rid of the previous lube.)

a) Early cars have wobbly shift towers. Look up Stan’s Mod (bolt and spacer; http://www.billswebspace.com/ShifterReinforcement.pdf) and

And, use:
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For street cars, consider removing one or both oil coolers. Some cover them. Oil doesn’t get hot enough on street, leading to cam wiping.

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10. When your wheel well liner comes loose, skip the lame plastic rivet and use Well-Nuts instead.

11. Life will be better if you disable the auto-arming alarm function on the earlier cars. You won’t have to press a button to start the car. Instructions:

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14. If you are fooling with sparkplugs, remember to slather those tubes in dielectric grease (prevents shorts).

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Toyota dealers, auto parts stores are way less expensive.

17. The soft high-grip tires on most of our cars lose much of that grip when temperatures drop below 50 F. I know of too many ppl who spun their cars when not remembering this. I use hi-performance all-seasons.

Note that many summer tires cannot even be stored in temps below 20 F.

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The pedal is adjustable. I can't remember exactly how to do it as it was literally the first thing I did after I bought my Elise. Do a search on this site for heel n toe or adjusting throttle pedal. Remember there is a dead zone in the brake pedal travel so your throttle will still end up sitting a bit low. Mine's about an inch down. You'll also need to adjust or replace the bolt that acts as a pedal stop on the back side of the pedal.
 

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kapps: It would appear you have a DBC '05. OP has a DBW '06. I'm not sure but pretty sure, the DBW is not adjustable... I guess you could physically bend the pedal shaft???

I do love the '05 Pedal Box! Shame it didn't continue, but mine are lighter :)
 

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I found that the DBW pedals that S111 used to sell worked pretty well. I put some spacers under the brake pedal and put the throttle pedal pretty far left and things worked pretty well.

I also think looking back that I was probably pressing the pedal too hard most of the time when i was braking. After a lot of driving then a lot of iRacing I got back in a stock elise and I probably was pushing the pedal 1/3 as hard as I was before because that was much faster. This would contribute to easier heel toe. It is also going to be kind of brake pad dependant, the car I drove was on gloc 12/10
 

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Couple of things from my view point on this. Plenty of videos out there in how do heel toe, while it is harder on the street you can still practice and I practiced pivoting my foot with an automatic even.

I do not prefer what CRG53 said about using he side of your foot. It works in the Lotus and if you have big shoes might be the way to go. This method does not translate easy to other cars though so I discourage it.

When I am at full brake the brake pedal is about even with the gas pedal, even made my SIM pedals this way. Its easy to pivot on the ball of your foot and hit the gas with your heal and this is easy to go from one car to another. Plenty of room in my ‘07 Exige with 10.5 shoes to do this.

While I understand this is not the easiest thing to learn once it becomes second nature and you don’t even think about it.
 

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I did this back in the day and still have this mod today untouched...it has worked very well.

 
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Thanks for reference. Does your interior floor still look as nice?
 
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let me take a pic....
Thanks for reference. Does your interior floor still look as nice?

Sure, I checked and you can still find the Razo Pedals on ebay. :)

Here's some pics I quickly took in the garage, its kinda dirty from being driven today and I haven't cleaned up.
Last pic is proof of what year and time the pics are taken.


15k miles of wear and tear...

1267196



1267198



Passenger siide

1267200





Year indicator.... I just grabbed what I had in my pocket:
1267201
 
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^ Did you get the Small or Larger pedal version?
 

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You don't need gadgets, just practice.

Roll you right foot over and stab the skinny pedal with the side of your foot.
 

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Lol. That would even be more difficult. The gas pedal is much lower. Do you know if it’s adjustable?
Lol. That would even be more difficult. The gas pedal is much lower. Do you know if it’s adjustable?
I have been doing HaT for a very long time, and I have yet to find a car where that method doesn’t work. Give it a try.
 

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A few videos showing what I mean by pivoting your foot. This just feels a lot more solid across more cars to me, maybe I just have a narrow driving shoe.

 

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I have a DBW '07. The accelerator was really low no matter how hard I was braking. I couldn't find any pics of pedals as low as mine. I drilled out the rivets and removed the pedal. I countersunk the pedal for a flat head socket screws. I put two nuts between the pedal and the lever with a nut on the backside. Two screws, six nuts total. Pedal height and angle is now adjustable.

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That last video posted is actually a bit closer to how I do this in the elise, more with the side of my foot than the heel. But I am far from a professional.
 
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