Brainstorm rough cast RX7 racing pedals

[7/14/2001] Reviewed by: chris tran -

Applicable to: '90 - '97

aluminum rough cast pedals that are drilled in.

first i tried some pedals that were secured by brackets and these sucked. the pedals went loose on me twice. then i tried these because you drill holes and screw these in. no problems since and the look is awesome.

a good compromise for money and looks...

Difficult to remove without leaving damage

[3/9/2001] Reviewed by: David Galindo -

Applicable to: '99 + 1.8 liter

These are 3 rough-cast aluminum parts that cover the factory pedals.

Installation involves removing the rubber covers and drilling 4 holes total into the faces of the brake and clutch pedal. Match up the holes, and put in some screws. The hardest part is getting your body down there to do it all! I wish I had some trained monkeys... At the beginning of the install, I realized that the curvature of the Brainstorm part doesn't match the factory pedal shape! Not really a problem once bolted in place, but a surprising oversight! Once installed, the "feel" is really improved. I spent the following day at the track and found the wider pedals MUCH better suited to heel-toe downshifts. The bare aluminum looks really great and brightens up the interior a bit.

Overall, I am happy with the look and feel of this product for the price. As others mentioned, the casting is a bit crude. But it has a certain appeal to my eyes. It wouldn't take long with a Dremel to clean them up- but you really wouldn't notice way down under the dash. For more than twice the money, I considered MOMO and others. The great colors and machined surfaces are beautiful, but the Brainstorm pedals are a good compromise that do exactly what they're supposed to. Nice guys at Brainstorm.

Under 30 minutes to remove completely

[10/29/2000] Reviewed by Lee Taylor -

Applicable to '99 +

Cast alluminum pedals

If you inspect them closely there are some flat spots on the pedals, but once you get them installed they look great!

There is some drilling involved to install them, and it is a little bit of a PITA, but no big deal if you have some patience. I would do these again in a second because they look so good and they are the right size for the miata.

Under 5 minutes to remove

[9/11/2000] Reviewed by Mike Menozzi -

Applicable to '90 - '97 1.8 liter

The pedals were on backorder, so I received them about 2 weeks after I placed the order, I did receive an email with tracking number notifying me of them being shipped.

The pedals are exactly as advertised, gas, clutch, and brake rough cast aluminum pedals. Also included were 6 philips head screws, six washers, and six '"safety'" nuts. (The type lined with plastic so the screws don't back out.) I didn't need to do any trimming or modification to the pedals. You'll need a screw driver, a socket wrench, and/or an open faced wrench, a needle nose vise grips is very handy, an electric drill, and a 1/8th drill bit for installation.

Remove the rubber pads on the pedals and you'll notice that the curvature of the Brainstorm pedals doesn't match the curvature of the metal plates the rubber was attached to. This doesn't create a problem once they are attached, but it would be nice if they were manufactured so the curvature matchs.

Because of the holes in the accelerator pedal already, this is just a matter of lining up the holes and securing them. The biggest difficulty was holding the nuts behind the pedals with a socket wrench, or vise grips.

I used a 1/8th bit rather than the Brainstorm recommendation, it's a perfect fit for the screw size which makes a more secure fit.

In summary, 30 minutes to install, I like the look, I'd buy them again. Negligible difference in feel, 90% aesthetic.

Under 30 minutes to remove completely

Brain Storm RX-7 Look Competition Pedals (Item 319)

[1/14/2000] Reviewed by Tim Burns -

Applicable to '90 - '97 '99 +

"Inspired by the racing pedals found on Generation 3 RX-7s." Made from ruff cast aluminum. Designed to bolt on top of existing MX-5 pedals. Cost $39.95

Look very "home-made". The casting is sub-standard. I decided to keep them, but this ment several hours with my Dremmel tool grinding and sanding out all of the high spots and imperfections.

The quality of these "RX-7 Look" pedals is so bad that I am surprised BSP would even sell them. I definitely do not recommend anyone purchase these. I can't return mine since I already machined them.

I have purchased many items from Brain Storm in the past and have been very pleased. This was a disappointment.

 Under 5 minutes to remove

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