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I have size 12 shoes/boots and it's real tight in the pedal areas. Has anyone moved just the brake pedal towards more to the left? I have a real possibility of stepping on both pedals at once. Like I've been told to use the search. I'll do that now.
 

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Check Augidog's solution:

Here's a quick pic:
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I have size 13 shoes and in one application my solution was to pull the cover off the pedal and just nip off the one side with a cut off wheel.

Eliminated the catching your foot trying to come up off the gas pedal and hit the brake.
 

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sixsix - Nice. Thanks. I didn't think about shortening it, then shift it. Up and left would really get that out of the way. Drilling and bolting down might be difficult without taking the brake pedal apart. Chop, shift and weld will be easier and might be my way since I know a guy who has welders. But this me ideas.

tinworm - How much was left after the cut off of the brake pedal? I suppose I could have metal welded to the nub and extended it to the left. Then slap on some grip tape on the metal.

I think cutting the brake pedal a bit then weld some metal higher up and to the left might be the ticket. Or drill holes and bolt on the metal on top of the brake pedal.
 

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It was about half the width, never noticed any problem using it after.

I didnt need to add any material to improve function
 

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I simply pulled mine to the left a little
 

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Augidog is a nice fellow, electric biker, loves our Vans, 4:20r, miss him a lot.
He prolly would not mind you "conversating" ( we used to call it messaging... ) w/ him here.

Brake pedal is not 'hard' - should be able to drill thru it easily. Doubt he removed it.
Removing carpet n' stuff is gonna' be a mess and HOT.
I do not know how "music" bent his w/o heat.
 

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I wear a 13 and while I wouldn't describe the foot well as spacious, I've never had an issue with "fat fingering" the pedals.
I love long drives in my van, with CC on I have some decent leg room and with the armrest down nice and hunkered down for the haul.
I've definitely driven cars with tighter pedal spacing and yes siree Bob had issue hitting one pedal at a time.
 

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AstroOafAdventurer - I should also have mentioned I broke my ankle 20+ years ago and it didn't heal to original spec. Think toes pointing at 2 o'clock. Cruise control does help but I still would like more space in between the pedals.

As for the arm rest they're about 2" low. I'm a tall monkey at 6'3".
 

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AstroOafAdventurer - I should also have mentioned I broke my ankle 20+ years ago and it didn't heal to original spec. Think toes pointing at 2 o'clock. Cruise control does help but I still would like more space in between the pedals.

As for the arm rest they're about 2" low. I'm a tall monkey at 6'3".
Ah yep, 2 o'clock toes would make all the difference!
Having a conversion van, I don't have factory seats, the arm rest feels good but the "high back" isn't high enough to lean my head back on. But that may be getting a little too comfy on long hauls lol
 

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Despite being 6" tall.. I actually spaced up my seat a little.
It gives me a tiny bit more leg room, visibility, and comfort
 

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The reason that it is so close, probably had to do with the standard transmission they had as option during the early times.
They probably never redesigned the mechanics since then or just a bit over.
 

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The reason that it is so close, probably had to do with the standard transmission they had as option during the early times.
They probably never redesigned the mechanics since then or just a bit over.
Yeah, many vehicles with manual or auto get wider brake pedals with auto. So not only did they not bother with that but didn't bother to replace it when manuals stopped being available.
 

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I don't recall if I noticed first time driving my van, which was also first time driving an Astro/Safari, but it popped to mind the other day to look at the pedals with spacing in mind. Yes, they are rather tight. But I also notice, which may be why I don't have a problem, my right heel is off to the left of the brake pedal. So really I'm only using my toe on the gas, then lift to brake. My leg is arched in a way that facilitates heel positioning being comfortable.
 
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