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Old 06-16-2005, 03:43 PM
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Aluminum Pedal Install Question

I am installing my BMW Aluminum Pedal set today (the one from their Accessory Catalog). I have a couple of questions.

I have an E90 and they supplied a replacement plastic gas pedal with the kit. Is it necessary to use this with the aluminum pedal, or can I mount the aluminum pedal right on top of the existing gas pedal that came with my car?

Also, when installing the dead-pedal, is it necessary to remove the existing plastic dead-pedal, or just install the aluminum piece right over the existing factory one? Anyone that had this installed can check by seeing if there is plastic around the edges of their aluminum dead pedal.

Thank you!
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Old 06-16-2005, 03:49 PM
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I'm interested in how hard installatiion of these pedals are.
Also, where did you buy them from/price?
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Old 06-16-2005, 04:10 PM
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I'm interested in how hard installatiion of these pedals are.
Also, where did you buy them from/price?
I bought them at Circle BMW. There are 2 things that you need. The footrest kit and the Manual Tranny kit or Auto Tranny Kit.

http://www.circlebmw.com/parts/acc.htm

I also just found this site and it details the process pretty easily and answered some of my questions...

No dead pedal answer in there though...

http://www.my330i.com/mod5.php
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Old 06-18-2005, 10:44 AM
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Here are some pics of the pedals installed.... Went pretty easily.




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Old 06-18-2005, 02:35 PM
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Looks good!

I really like it with the dark interior. I might have to make that my second mod after I figure out how to hard-wire my Valentine One.
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Old 06-18-2005, 06:08 PM
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Looks good!

I really like it with the dark interior. I might have to make that my second mod after I figure out how to hard-wire my Valentine One.
Thank you. If you do the Valentine One hardwired, please post us some pics and a write up of how it went. I would really like to know how it goes for you. I plan to do the same soon.
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Old 06-18-2005, 07:46 PM
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I'm interested in how hard installatiion of these pedals are.
Also, where did you buy them from/price?
I got them from Circle BMW, and I think I paid about $110 for the dead pedal and the manual tranny set combined.

You will need a 5/32nds drill bit, preferably a cobalt one, since the brake pedal is steel. You will also need a 9/64ths (or even smaller) drill bit for the set screws used on the gas pedal and dead pedal. I also used some masking tape and a clamp. You will also need a #15 torx driver (just like a screwdriver, but with a star end). A shorter torx screwdriver is best. You will also need a pair of needle nose pliers or a small socket wrench with the correct size socket for the nut. (Don't remember which size though). Use eye protection when drilling.

First, I removed the rubber pedal pads from the brake and clutch pedals. (There is nothing to remove from the gas pedal and dead pedal). Then I put masking tape over the pedals to mark the holes. The kit provides paper templates, but they were kind of flimsy and move around too easily. Next, I put the aluminum pedals over the existing pedals and marked the hole locations with a marker. Then I used an awl to punch starter holes in the plastic pedals. I used a soup can under the brake pedal to give me some support when tapping starter holes with the awl.

I started with the clutch pedal. After I drilled the first hole, I put a screw through the hole to hold the aluminum piece in place better while I drilled the rest of the holes. Just add a screw after each hole is drilled and this will keep the aluminum pedal in place and you will get the rest of the holes perfect. The plastic pedals are easy to drill. Since the brake pedal is steel, it's quite a bit harder. Make sure you get the first hole in the right spot. Then use a screw through the first hole, and a light clamp to keep the pedal in place while you drill the next hole. Be careful not to mar the surface of the aluminum with a clamp though. A rag or a few layers of tape between the clamp and the aluminum will help. Then keep adding screws as you drill the rest of the holes and this will keep the drill from "walking" as you drill.

Next, remove the screws and aluminum pieces and remove the masking tape. Put the rubber inserts in place on the aluminum pieces, and replace them on the pedals. Then put the machine screws in place and secure them with the nuts. Tighten them securely, but don't overtighten too much or the plastic pedals may crack.

I did the gas and dead pedal last. Use the set screws for these. They bite right into the plastic and require a smaller hole than the rest of the pedals. A 9/64ths bit or smaller is good for these holes.

One thing I will say is MAKE SURE you use the set screws that bite into the plastic for the gas pedal, not the machine screws that use nuts. The machine screws with nuts are too long and will prevent you from getting full throttle unless you file them down. There are no instructions with the kit, and if you drill holes in the gas pedal big enough for the machine screws, the holes will be too big for you to use the set screws that bite into the plastic. Use the smaller 9/64 drill bit (or even smaller) for these holes.

They kit provides at least 4 extra machine screws and nuts, and I ended up using the wrong ones. After I was finished I noticed 4 extra set screws... Oops. I noticed that the screws and nuts on the back prevented full throttle. I had to file the screws down and that took care of it, but it was as pain!

The dead pedal uses the set screws too, and the aluminum piece goes right on top of the existing plastic dead pedal. The set screws at the top of the dead pedal were hard to get at, as they are pretty high up, and the dash gets in the way. You may not be able to pre-drill them at all. This is why I recommend a shorter torx driver. It's hard to fit a drill up there and I just ended up pushing hard without predrilling and the screws managed to bite in and self tap.

Hopefully this will help the rest of you save some time doing the install. Have fun!
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It looks great! Thanks for the info...
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very nice description

thanks for the great post. I'd like to hook my X3 with some M-style aluminum pedals.
With your post, sounds like it is much easier than I expected.
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I got them from Circle BMW, and I think I paid about $110 for the dead pedal and the manual tranny set combined.




Hopefully this will help the rest of you save some time doing the install. Have fun!

Dude, how much for you to fly out here to Jersey to install those pedals & the alarm?

By the way, how are you at installing the clear protective covering?
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