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Are carbon pedals legal?

Discussion in 'Motors' started by asim, 11 Jan 2006.

  1. asim

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    Hey guys. Quick question was bout to buy some sparco carbon pedals but noticed it said "Not for public road use". I was wondering what the reason for that was? Is it due to lack of grip? Are all carbon pedals not allowed to be used on road?

    Asim
     
  2. 9761

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    I thought pedals have to have some sort of rubber stuff that stops your foot slipping, if it doesnt have this then they are not road worthy. so i read somewhere
     
  3. Nozzer

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    I don't think they have to be rubber, as a lot of cars have metal pedals, but there probably has to be some sort of grip there, at least on clutch/brake.
     
  4. asim

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    Yea I've just read around. It seems they need rubber bits in them for grip which most have and the pedals must be 50mm apart.
     
  5. panthro

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    Pug 106 gti (R reg....v long time ago) came with a metal accelerator pedal with no grip on it.
     
  6. iCraig

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    Yeah..but that isn't the clutch or brake..
     
  7. Rotty

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    mine ( standard fit ) are all metal with no rubber bits ( probably )
     
  8. andi

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    IIRC, they need either rubber bits, or grooves. Carbon ones have neither, so aren't road legal. All IIRC.

    I think manufacturer fit ones are subject to different requirements too.
     
  9. asim

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    Pfft. Gonna have to find some carbons that have got rubber grips.

    Gonna sound stupid but I'm on a weight saving cause (plus dark looks of carbon, practically black matching interior). Stripping inners of my car lol. Pedals wont be that much of a difference. But every ounce counts lol.
     
  10. GT3

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    Sure it didn't just fall off? My Saxo came without a rubber cover on the accelerator but I got one from the scrappers on a 106.

    Aren't you actually adding weight by putting pedal covers on? :p
     
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  11. minidan

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    the sparco carbon pedals are the best things in the world, nearly. my mate had them in his mini and even when your feet are soaking wet they just gripped them maybee its something in the resin but they were better than rubber grips and they doo look good. get them i will be getting them in my mini.

    Dan
     
  12. asim

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    Ah yes lol. Atleast I got a humorous comment about this. I was thinking about this myself. And thats why I thought if I'm gonna add some might aswell be carbon.


    mini dan are these the ones your talking about? Everywhere I look the seller says not road legal. They dont come with rubber grips but I assume with the way they look a set could be added.

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  13. Mr_Sukebe

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    I can't help but think that they look like they stick over the top of your existing pedals. Is that right? If so, how will that save weight?
     
  14. moss

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    My 106GTi didnt come with one either, I wasnt first owner though so it may have, never seen one a GTi with one on before though.
     
  15. asim

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    lol. ok taking off the existing rubber covers then drilling these in. gonna change them no matter what so fact that these are carbon and lighter than steel mean it saves something. yes probably unseen difference but they look good anyway lol.

    my weight reducing quest will be going much further. jus gotta figure out how to strip everything without making the car look bare :p

    edit:

    found these. someone said grips only needed on brake and clutch right. sorted.

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  16. Mr_Sukebe

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    Errr, but you're not removing steel, you're removing rubber.
    Guess you can weigh the rubbers, then the carbon covers and tell us how many grams weight difference there is. Don't forget the weight of the screws.
     
  17. Scuzi

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    As far as weight saving goes, taking a dump before getting in the car will have a greater effect.
     
  18. asim

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    hehe. fun fun. i think carbon fibre body panels will be more fun :eek:
     
  19. Mr_Sukebe

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    Doubtful, taking a real good dump is one of the key pleasures in life, especially if you get to read CAR mag whilst on the job.
     
  20. asim

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    lmao. damnit that reminds me need some decent car mags for todays dump session.

    all this work into a car. better off buying one already done. Soooo who's got £300,000 I can borrow to buy a mercedes mclaren slr. Anyone? I'll pay it back I swear.