Minor Pedal Enhancements on my BMW Z3 M-Coupe
I have installed a Tuner Motorsports
E36 Adjustable Short Throw Clutch Pedal.
While this is info on my M-Coupe install, any E36 BMW has the same pedals, so I won't be offended if an M3 owner reads this I guess.
The factory clutch pedal leaned to the left side and was unsightly. This is because it is made of plastic compounded by the fact that the spring is mounted on the right of the pedal lever, forcing it to migrate leftward over time. Lots of people think a bushing replacement will fix leaning, I doubt that but it may have minor benefit and those bushings are indeed old anyway.
I have some orthopedic problems with my left ankle and don't know how much longer I'll able to drive a 3-pedal car. This adjustable lever will hopefully reduce the pedal effort as well.
|AC Schnitzer covers are oxidized.|
The clutch leans left pretty badly in the photo
and is far worse in person.
Shopping list with links to where I got them.
1. Tuner Motorports Pedal. As you can see from the photo it has multiple pivot points, which enable a firm, stock, or easy pedal effort. I have set the effort to max easiness. The downside is the pedal now engages very close to the floor. I can tell you a custom clutch pedal stop may need tinkering. While not ideal it does solve my ankle fatigue issues. I've gotten pretty used to it after a few drives, so I'd say it was a win overall.
An essential upgrade if you are going to be taking the pedal apart. There isn't much to say here, but why by OEM when these are nearly the same price and you just don't skip $10 bushings when you have an opportunity to replace them easily.
Overpriced, but as a Dinan Fanboy I'm obligated install them. The AC Schnitzer covers were fairly oxidized anyway. The mounting holes you must drill are different from Dinan to AC-Schnitzer so I had to be mindful not to ruin anything by drilling haphazardly.
|The new pedal was aluminum, so it was tempting to leave it alone.|
But I found it to be quite slippery, so I marked it for holes.
|The holes were drilled on a workbench not on the floor.|
There isn't a much room for the nuts on the back of the cool aluminum pedal.
This is not a hard installation, and the instructions are sufficient, but many YoutTubers have also done this if you are opposed to reading. Heck, it's not even expensive to have your mechanic do it, probably 2 hours max.
|All done, next to address that spongy plastic dead pedal. |
Stay tuned, I have one ordered.