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post #1 of 11 Old 08-12-2016, 04:39 PM Thread Starter
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Clutch Pedal Height

Is there a way to adjust the clutch pedal height on a 89 Omni? Mine is way too high and I'm tired of using my knee to shift.
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Re: Clutch Pedal Height

Not really adjustable. Its bolted to the firewall basically, you could possibly shim it with some washers at the top to lower the pedal at the bottom. Not a lot of options there beyond customizing the bracket that holds the pedal assembly
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Re: Clutch Pedal Height

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Not really adjustable. Its bolted to the firewall basically, you could possibly shim it with some washers at the top to lower the pedal at the bottom. Not a lot of options there beyond customizing the bracket that holds the pedal assembly
How would one go about customizing the assembly? I can't tell from the assembly drawing and there's not much room in the car to get a good look at how it works.
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Re: Clutch Pedal Height

This would require removing the assembly, then some head scratching, probably a drill, a cut-off wheel, and a welder. I think you proposing going where few have gone before.
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Re: Clutch Pedal Height

The thing I'm trying to understand is would creating more slack in the cable allow the pedal to engage at a lower spot?
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Re: Clutch Pedal Height

A bad cable or stripped adjuster will cause this.
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A bad cable or stripped adjuster will cause this.
What is stock pedal height supposed to be off the floor?
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Re: Clutch Pedal Height

You can't add more slack in the cable because it has an automatic adjuster built into the back side of the clutch pedal that keeps the tension on the cable at the appropriate height. The pedal might have 1" of free travel before it starts to tug on the cable, and depending on your clutch manufacturer and the wear on the disk, and the throw out bearing chosen, it will typically disengage after a few inches of travel. If pressed to the floor, the clutch will begin to engage again after raising the pedal several inches. A stock clutch has a fairly wide engagement distance, many of the performance clutches do not have as wide a range of engagement travel.

As Jake mentioned, the cable will begin to fray/unravel and the two most frequent spots this will happen is where it goes into the sheath above the transmission clutch arm, and inside the car where it enters the cabin at the firewall. You didn't earlier mention you were having any problems with the cable, just wanting to adjust the height of the pedal to be able to bend the knee less. A clutch that is wearing out or close to worn out will in our cars feel about the same as a good one because of the auto adjuster on the cable. It will start to slip on hills or under load and by then it wont take long for it to quit pulling all together.
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Re: Clutch Pedal Height

Clutch pedal height should be about the same as the brake or just a bit higher. The adjustment procedure per Chrysler is to lift up on the clutch pedal as far as it will go and then press it to the floor. This disengages the adjuster and allows the teeth to grab in a new spot. If your adjuster is worn, it's only going to grab where it can.

The photo isn't L Body, but they all work the same.
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Re: Clutch Pedal Height

On the adjuster pivoter, if you cut the groove deeper where cable rests, getting the cable closer to the pedal's center of rotation, wouldn't that lower the pedal some?

My pedal is resting slightly above the brake pedal so it looks like the adjusters are working correctly.
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Re: Clutch Pedal Height

In my past experience with the turbo Dodge clutch pedal, anything you do as far as clutch cable length, location of brackets, length of or clocking of the clutch arm on the transmission made almost no difference if at all of the position of the clutch pedal, as I mentioned before, the automatic adjuster has a job to do and that is to pull up any slack in the cable and maintain the proper position and feel on the pedal and in most cases it's doing its ob really well. I think if you physically want the pedal to not come up as high, you're going to have to install some sort of stop to physically block/prevent it from coming up to it's natural position. And if you want to keep the auto adjust feature you're probably going to find yourself dealing with a needed solution on that.

The clutch pedal is easy to get off it's pivot pin. You could cut it, slide it back a bit and reweld it I guess.
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