Since I haven't heard anything from Mine's since my last post, I've been trying to clean up parts of this blog. For example, I updated my Spec List page and realized that I had made some mods, and even took photos, but had forgotten to post when I did those mods!
So, time to post and get those photos up. First up - aluminum pedals. This I did back in April, 2010!
From a distance, the OEM pedals sure look boring and ugly:
|But look closely... the "R" on the clutch and brake pedals|
To be honest, I was hesitant to do this mod.
First, note how Nissan has actually inscribed the "R" on the pedals themselves. GT-R specific? Probably! But old and getting worn...
Second, aluminum isn't going to be very useful if the soles of my shoes are wet from rain. Then, I realized that since I almost never drive in the rain, this should not be an issue.
Out of excuses, I went ahead and ordered a set from Nissan. Note in the photo below there are three "bush" - but if I recall correctly, only two were actually needed (I can't recall where I got the part number list. Unfortunately, I also don't remember which one bush I didn't use, but as they are cheap parts, I would go ahead and order all 3 if you are going to do this mod, unless you have access to a proper parts list).
|These began appearing on the later model BNR34s|
Next up was the gas pedal. Note the difficult part here was, getting that clip undone that holds the top part of the pedal. A small standard screwdriver is handy here.
|holding the pedal upside down (narrow end on top)|
The aluminum pedal - I can't recall exactly, but I seem to remember that you had to be careful to force the bottom piece (onto which the metal pedal arm hooks into) in. The top piece is self explanatory.
|I don't know what that piece on the right is?? I think it wasn't needed.|
And finally, the end result:
Looks good! Yes, I lost the "R" factor, as these same pedals are now found throughout various Nissan vehicles. Still, I can't complain as they look good and I GUESS the small rubber sections on the left and right of the brake and clutch pedals act as anti-slip mechanisms for wet shoes.
Also, yes I have seen Nismo branded aluminum pedals, but was never sure if they were fake or not. So I stayed away from those, even though I'm pretty sure Nismo did at one time have such parts available.
In any case, this was one more small thing I did to help "modernize" the car - heck if Nissan installed these on the later model BNR34s, then of course they would have put these on the R33 GT-R had these parts been available back then, right?