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Non-invasive, quick 'n dirty dead pedal

So, I had been getting sick of not having a place to rest my left foot on the freeway lately. Since I damaged my knee a few years ago, it has been less patient with maltreatment of this sort, and had begun to ache after a bit of sitting twisted sideways. So silly of Porsche not to have put a proper dead pedal in these cars. It seems worse in the Carrera than the SC because of the extra width that the cover for the footwell blower consumes.

I have seen billet dead pedals available, and they look really nice, but the thing that bugs me about them is that they require drilling holes in the tub, and I don't want to do that, particularly in the wheel well.

After a bit of thought, I had the idea of just shaping a bit of foam and glueing it under the carpet. After scavenging a bit at work, I set to work. Here are the results:

The stock look. Slanting wheel well that twists my knee:



The block of foam. Came in a Cisco box.



Testing for size:



Carpet pulled back:



The foam, ready to be glued on. Used that nasty 3M gorilla snot (TM):



In place:



Carpet back over:



A little metal plate added over the top:



And covered with a rubber pad (more gorilla snot):



And there you have it. Not very hard, free, no drilling required, and MUCH easier on the knee,

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great bandwidth!
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Way to use your noodle.
How about using a 2x4 or hunk of plastic instead of foam - the foam will break down and crumble in time.
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Great ideas!
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Thanks for the inspiration, Ian. Although I might use wood as RarlyL8 suggested. I've never liked the metal ones that seem popular.

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How about using a 2x4 or hunk of plastic instead of foam
Yeah, that would have been better, but more difficult to shape, and I don't have any woodworking tools...

More permanent, but that would have taken the 'quick 'n dirty' out of it.

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Hey there,
nice solution and not as invasive looking as the products offered.
Porsche ingenuity!
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Nice solution, I wonder if the foam is better then wood because it cuts down on vibration which might be easier on your knee.
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"Nice solution, I wonder if the foam is better then wood because it cuts down on vibration which might be easier on your knee."

Car vibrates? Sensitive knees? Get the tires balanced and choose better roads. :-)

A foot rest shouldn't be rocket science or the highlight of a car's interior.

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some drilling....and rust prevention mesures ( drilled holes) discussed here--->

Quest for a dead pedal

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