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Old 06-06-2014, 08:45 PM   #1
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too short for manual trans?

hey guys im 5 ft 3 in and im looking at a real nice looking 04 cobra. my only stipulation is im short. is there anyone who has used any kind of pedal extender or made their own pedals or anything like that? i want to drive a manual trans mustang but i dont want to sit all the way up on the dash
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I'm 5'4 .. I don't drive stick now but I have before with no problem just find a comfortable spot for you
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hey guys im 5 ft 3 in and im looking at a real nice looking 04 cobra. my only stipulation is im short. is there anyone who has used any kind of pedal extender or made their own pedals or anything like that? i want to drive a manual trans mustang but i dont want to sit all the way up on the dash

I'm about 5.6 5.7, I drive a manual 04 gt. No issues what so ever and I'm not close to the steering wheel at all.
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Have you test driven anything to see if its even a problem yet? These cars are pretty small, my guess is you will be totally fine. Any 94-04 car will have the same pedal and shifter reach so test drive one and see.
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I've driven a 98 gt and a 2002 gt before and with the 02 I had to sit a lot closer to get a good clutch pedal press. I'm also wondering about the 2012 and up models too. Anyone know how the pedals differ on those?

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God pedal extenders suck dick. The few customer cars I've driven that had them sucked *** for me. Granted they were midgets and I'm 5' 10"
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Theres chicks that drive stick on this site so I wouldn't be worried. Ok a side note thank God I got a good gene pool lol. 5'11 6' on a good day
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Old 06-07-2014, 12:53 AM   #8
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i say go for it.. im sittin in mine right now and im just realizing how small it is.. besides i know plenty chicks who drive these cars with a manual transmission.. so you'd be good.. im thankful to be 5'11 😅
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My wife is 5'3" and drives our "13 gt 6 speed without the seat all the way up.
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you will fit just fine!
the seat adjusts.. if you find yourself to small you can just move the seat closer.. higher, lower, angle it... whatever helps.. these cars are not big.
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I've driven a 98 gt and a 2002 gt before and with the 02 I had to sit a lot closer to get a good clutch pedal press. I'm also wondering about the 2012 and up models too. Anyone know how the pedals differ on those?

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That is odd because all 94-04 pedals are in the exact same location. You might have had a premium seat in one and a base seat in the other but that shouldn't make a HUGE difference...

Like I said go test drive a Termi and see. All Termis have the same seats and they are actually really good. Also go sit in any 05-up car and they will all have the pedals in the same spot.
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Too bad Mustangs don't have steering wheels that move inward.
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Too bad Mustangs don't have steering wheels that move inward.
Hey at least there is tilt... from 90-93 there was not. You could swap a 89 column/wheel in and silence the aribag crap if you wanted. IMHO, the shifter reach is more of a problem in the 94-04 cars than anything.
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Hey at least there is tilt... from 90-93 there was not. You could swap a 89 column/wheel in and silence the aribag crap if you wanted. IMHO, the shifter reach is more of a problem in the 94-04 cars than anything.
You're telling me. 3rd and 5th are quite the throw on a stock unit.

To the OP, I wouldn't worry about not being able to reach. I'm 5'8" and only move the seat up probably 1-2 inches. It would help if the clutch travel wasn't so damn obnoxious, but it is what it is. I certainly wouldn't let that keep you from getting a Termi.
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You're telling me. 3rd and 5th are quite the throw on a stock unit.

To the OP, I wouldn't worry about not being able to reach. I'm 5'8" and only move the seat up probably 1-2 inches. It would help if the clutch travel wasn't so damn obnoxious, but it is what it is. I certainly wouldn't let that keep you from getting a Termi.
Eh, that's what this is for

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Eh, that's what this is for

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They're $20 but they are meant for Hurst or TKO shifters with the 3/8" bolts, not the stock M12 ones we have (I think they are M12, I can't remember lol).

Anyway, I just did this:



$1 worth of nylon bushings, put them in a vice and hogged them out with a 1/4" bit. Acts like there are no bushings at all and the knob being moved back that far is really nice.
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My wife is a total '5 "2 and she drives my 94 5 speed fine.lol don't worry.

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They're $20 but they are meant for Hurst or TKO shifters with the 3/8" bolts, not the stock M12 ones we have (I think they are M12, I can't remember lol).

Anyway, I just did this:



$1 worth of nylon bushings, put them in a vice and hogged them out with a 1/4" bit. Acts like there are no bushings at all and the knob being moved back that far is really nice.
Thanks for the tip, considering I have an entire machine at my disposal I don't think opening up the bushings will be a problem.
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