AutoVation aluminum racing pedals

[5/24/2006] Reviewed by: Vincent -

Applicable to: '90 - '97 '99 + 1.6 liter 1.8 liter

Highly crafted aluminum race pedals: accelerator, brake, clutch, dead pedal.

I bought this based on the previous review and the idea that hopefully these pedals would solve the heel toe slippage that I've been experiencing. The previous review was spot on about creating the perfect pedal placement for heel toe.

That said, I can't say this is the easiest install due to the install angle but in the end the install is very well worth it. Out of the box you get aluminum stamped / drilled dead pedal, clutch, brake, and accelerator. There is a small package of wood screws, hex screws, locking nuts, and a hex driver. Oddly enough there were two screws longer than the others which I couldn't figure out where they were supposed to go. The required install is as follows:

Tools required:

I started with the accelerator pedal for no particular reason. The accelerator pedal that was shipped didn't align (curviture wise) with the stock so I had to do a bit of bending (pulling the pedal from both ends on my knee) to get get it to mount flush. The other small quirk I saw was that the holes on the pedal didn't 100% to the holes on the accelerator. A minor annoyance. Moving on, the best way I found to get the holes to drill / mount correctly was to drill the hole through the hole in the pedal. It may slide a 'bit' but by drilling slightly larger hole you will have some play to allow proper pedal placement. Installing the screws require using the stubby wrench with the hex driver and cranking it down tight. The same process is used for brake and clutch pedal but in terms of drilling or aligning, I recommend trying to center the new "larger" pedal over the bare steel pedal behind it. Looking through the holes in the pedal, one should be able to do this by eye with abo! ut 90% accuracy. Drilling the holes are a pain, but take your time and do it once, right. The dead pedal, is dead easy, just don't overtighten the screws.


The car is so much better to drive and I no longer have that unnerving feeling of my foot slipping off the brake while trying to heel toe downshift. I was worred that like other pedal replacements my ability to get my size 12 shoe on the dead pedal might prove to be problematic. Fortunately this was not the case. The pedals truly are just perfect placement. This is how the car should have been designed in the first place. By comparison I recently test drove a 2005 Mazdaspeed Miata and those pedals were good but not great like these. I especially like the takiness of the brake / clutch (especially with wet shoes) and the accelerator has just enough takiness to allow movement without getting stuck while trying to slide over for heel toe.

Needless to say, I highly recommend these pedals and have finally found 'the ones' after much searching and great expense.

Over 30 minutes to remove completely

AutoVation aluminum racing pedals

[11/2/2005] Reviewed by: Craig Jones -

Applicable to: '90 - '97 1.6 liter 1.8 liter

Very nice looking and well finished cast aluminum racing pedals. Accelerator plate bolts through existing perforations and footrest plate screws directly into existing plastic face. Bolt-through brake and clutch pedal both require drilling. Final installation feels very firm.

The offset plate moves the accelerator toward the brake by about 1/4" and the oversized plate on the brake pedal narrows the distance to the accelerator by about 1/2"... making heel-and-toe work much easier. The pedals took about one hour to instal - accelerator and dead rest are simple and quick to instal. Brake and clutch require removal of existing rubber pads and drilling three holes per pedal. Bolt hole and nut barely clear weld on back of pedals so you have to be careful, but it will clear. It helps to be a contortionist. Curvature of aluminum pedals did not match existing - it takes about 15 minutes, wood blocks and a 2-pound mallet to adjust.

I'm very happy with the final installation... I can finally heel-and-toe. The deal-breaker with ordering pedals from some Miata suppliers was their flat rate shipping... $50 to Canada... AutoVation charged $3.10!

Under 30 minutes to remove completely

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