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A clutch pedal with an OEM feel!

Posted By: SickSpeedMonte

A clutch pedal with an OEM feel! - 05/16/13 11:56 PM

A while back, I tore out my clutch setup and re-designed it with the hopes of reducing pedal effort and making the car more comfortable to drive. The results were surprisingly good, and now I am producing the setup for the more popular F-body hydraulics. I have personally driven and have heard from a few people that the traditional setup is a bit too stiff.

http://sickspeedmonte.com/Clutch.html

Currently, the setup only really supports the dual diaphragm booster. I am working on modifying the setup for the single diaphragm booster, and there has been a successful and simple work-around for a single diaphragm in the mean time. For more details, visit the website above.
Posted By: SSLance

Re: A clutch pedal with an OEM feel! - 05/17/13 01:54 AM

I offered up my car (and left knee) to be a test mule for the SSM clutch pedal and I want to thank Bernie for coming up with this idea. I LOVE it!!

I've been driving around with it now since last Saturday and it just makes the car so much nicer to drive...especially in traffic and at stop lights.

I promise to post up some pics and maybe a video soon trying to show the effort level needed to depress the clutch and the engagement point in my setup.
Posted By: SickSpeedMonte

Re: A clutch pedal with an OEM feel! - 05/17/13 02:57 AM

Thanks for helping to pioneer this new setup Lance, you and Adam have both been a huge help to me.
Posted By: SSeabee

Re: A clutch pedal with an OEM feel! - 05/20/13 07:59 PM

Yea I saw Adam's this past Saturday, pretty slick.
Posted By: 84ss355*4spd

Re: A clutch pedal with an OEM feel! - 05/24/13 01:56 PM

what year f body pedal are you modifying? my pedal feels like a honda pedal lol with the hydraulic ram bearing. like no effort at all to push the pedal. just something to think about.
Posted By: SickSpeedMonte

Re: A clutch pedal with an OEM feel! - 05/28/13 01:26 AM

I build the pedal from scratch. What master do you use? I have heard from quite a few people that their pedals are too stiff.
Posted By: 84ss355*4spd

Re: A clutch pedal with an OEM feel! - 06/10/13 04:14 PM

i use the 84 camaro master or 4th generation camaro. i strongly recomend the ram bearing very nice feel.i used the camaro pedal with the stock monte pedal braket. nice clean setup .i dont even feel the clutch release lol cause its so smooth.i will post some pics
Posted By: SickSpeedMonte

Re: A clutch pedal with an OEM feel! - 06/14/13 03:55 AM

The mechanical advantage still is what it is. Theres nothing magic about that bearing. It has a cross sectional area just like the master and the ratio of the two is your mechanical advantage. If it's so high to make a stiff clutch feel like a honda, it wont release far enough. Maybe you just have a soft pressure plate to begin with? I assume we are talking about your 4 speed? My setup uses kinematics to increase the mechanical advantage as spring pressure increases. If your pedal is satisfactory, then you dont need to make a change; but I dont think that throwout will cure the heavy T56 pedal and certainly not for the LT1 T56.

Besides that, the TOB is $150 more than the current pedal price and you'll still have to figure out pedals. I'd rather have the wear item be cheaper and more readily available personally.
Posted By: SickSpeedMonte

Re: A clutch pedal with an OEM feel! - 07/10/13 11:57 PM

UPDATE:

Bad news first: Unfortunately I had to raise the shipping price to $25. I've been eating $10-15 in shipping on each kit that I've sold so far.

Good news: There is a Single Diaphragm kit available now! Prices are:

Dual Diaphragm booster compatible kit: $200+25 shipping
Single (or dual) diaphragm booster compatible kit: $215+25 shipping

I think I have enough material to make another 4 or 5 kits at this price. I will be taking my templates to a machine shop or two to get prices on water jetting a few of the pieces, and then I will have to adjust the price accordingly.
Posted By: SickSpeedMonte

Re: A clutch pedal with an OEM feel! - 09/26/13 10:19 PM

Another update smile

I have been working with another member to CNC the master cylinder relocation bracket. Now I won't have to put 12+ hours of fabrication time into each setup and I can turn them around a lot faster.

Pricing has rearranged just a bit, in that shipping is reduced back to where it was (Flat rate boxes FTW!) and the cost to make these went up... it ends up being the same price.

I know the price seems a little steep compared to other pedals, but I just hope that you'll consider what you get for your money. This is more than just a pedal, you get the master cylinder relocation bracket as well, which is what allows this setup to function so well.

This product will continue to develop a bit more, with CNC cutting of the pedal arm next on the table.
Posted By: SSLance

Re: A clutch pedal with an OEM feel! - 09/27/13 12:52 AM

Will the new CNC designed piece work with the 12" Booster?
Posted By: SickSpeedMonte

Re: A clutch pedal with an OEM feel! - 09/27/13 12:22 PM

Yes, the booster is no longer of concern with the new design.
Posted By: Sixtoes1313

Re: A clutch pedal with an OEM feel! - 11/06/13 02:44 AM

Wanted to say what a cool piece this thing is! Very happy with the overall feel and application of mine compared to a traditional pedal solution offered by others! It's in a class of it's own. I've had issues with my aftermarket mcleod master cylinder hitting the control arm due to the extended length of the aftermarket unit. An f body size master has no issues!
Posted By: BladeOfAnduril27

Re: A clutch pedal with an OEM feel! - 04/07/16 01:44 PM

Will this work with a T5? I'm assuming it would... Thanks
Posted By: 84ss355*4spd

Re: A clutch pedal with an OEM feel! - 04/09/16 01:19 AM

I used my ram bearing on the t5 and 4 speed I had . I said It feels like a Honda because its easy to push the pedal and hold it . No more Lincage to deal with around headers smile . Had the z bar Lincage originally and I hated the pedal feel . Your kit I'm sure works well no doubt .
Posted By: SickSpeedMonte

Re: A clutch pedal with an OEM feel! - 04/18/16 12:55 PM

Originally Posted By: BladeOfAnduril27
Will this work with a T5? I'm assuming it would... Thanks


Matt, I'm not sure if you have emailed me about this in the past (my email address is on my page), but I will answer here so all can see.

I have had people use it with all kinds of transmissions. The current kit works with any of the F-body master cylinders. That gives you a few different bore diameters to work with. You get 1.0 inch of stroke, so you can figure out the fluid displaced with the cylindrical volume equation:

V = ((pi*D^2)/4)*S where V = volume, D = bore diameter and S = stroke (1").

You can then use that volume to figure out the stroke at the slave. Often, we don't have enough information about the slave or pressure plate to know how much stroke is needed, so you figure out what master is recommended or works well with that setup and determine the volume for that master, working back to a bore diameter that works with 1" of stroke.

The other option, which will be out soon, is a pedal kit that works with a Tilton 76 series or a Wilwood aftermarket clutch master cylinder. These aftermarket masters are popular with some of the F-body kits out there and are available in a variety of bore diameters. Some people have used those masters with my bracket, and it ends up poking out from the firewall a good bit and is more expensive than it needs to be. I currently have two kits that are about to begin testing, and if all goes well, this setup will be available in a couple of weeks.

Originally Posted By: 84ss355*4spd
I used my ram bearing on the t5 and 4 speed I had . I said It feels like a Honda because its easy to push the pedal and hold it . No more Lincage to deal with around headers smile . Had the z bar Lincage originally and I hated the pedal feel . Your kit I'm sure works well no doubt .


I've only ever felt a few mechanical linkage setups, and I agree, it wasn't something I would want to drive every day. Even a bone stock 1970 Chevy truck had an annoyingly stiff pedal.
Posted By: gmguy3car

Re: A clutch pedal with an OEM feel! - 04/23/16 01:59 PM

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Posted By: BladeOfAnduril27

Re: A clutch pedal with an OEM feel! - 05/03/16 05:10 PM

Originally Posted By: SickSpeedMonte
Originally Posted By: BladeOfAnduril27
Will this work with a T5? I'm assuming it would... Thanks


Matt, I'm not sure if you have emailed me about this in the past (my email address is on my page), but I will answer here so all can see.

I have had people use it with all kinds of transmissions. The current kit works with any of the F-body master cylinders. That gives you a few different bore diameters to work with. You get 1.0 inch of stroke, so you can figure out the fluid displaced with the cylindrical volume equation:

V = ((pi*D^2)/4)*S where V = volume, D = bore diameter and S = stroke (1").

You can then use that volume to figure out the stroke at the slave. Often, we don't have enough information about the slave or pressure plate to know how much stroke is needed, so you figure out what master is recommended or works well with that setup and determine the volume for that master, working back to a bore diameter that works with 1" of stroke.

The other option, which will be out soon, is a pedal kit that works with a Tilton 76 series or a Wilwood aftermarket clutch master cylinder. These aftermarket masters are popular with some of the F-body kits out there and are available in a variety of bore diameters. Some people have used those masters with my bracket, and it ends up poking out from the firewall a good bit and is more expensive than it needs to be. I currently have two kits that are about to begin testing, and if all goes well, this setup will be available in a couple of weeks.


Thanks for the reply Bernie. I'm looking into a T5 swap but the budget is tight. I'm seriously considering trying to make your kit work with my budget. I'll see how much is left once I pick up the trans itself. Thanks again.
Posted By: SickSpeedMonte

Re: A clutch pedal with an OEM feel! - 05/03/16 08:19 PM

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Posted By: SickSpeedMonte

Re: A clutch pedal with an OEM feel! - 05/03/16 08:27 PM

Originally Posted By: BladeOfAnduril27
Thanks for the reply Bernie. I'm looking into a T5 swap but the budget is tight. I'm seriously considering trying to make your kit work with my budget. I'll see how much is left once I pick up the trans itself. Thanks again.


Awesome man sounds good! Glad to help.
Posted By: gmguy3car

Re: A clutch pedal with an OEM feel! - 05/04/16 04:14 AM

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Posted By: SickSpeedMonte

Re: A clutch pedal with an OEM feel! - 05/04/16 01:15 PM

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Regarding the height of the clutch pedal, it is a little higher than the brake pedal which isn't uncommon even in factory stock vehicles. Everything is a trade-off. Here are the SSM pedals in SSLance's car.



I have also made a modification to my clutch pedal which spaces it a bit further to the left after receiving some customer feedback. I don't claim to have a perfect product (there's no such thing), but what I do try my very best to do is make sure that every customer is happy. I make everything in my spare time in my garage. Things have evolved for the better over time and I'm sure they will continue to do so.

Here is the new setup for universal masters installed in the SickSpeedMonte.





In this mock-up picture, disregard the plumbing. If you use the 76-series master pictured, you have to use banjo fittings to clear the steering shaft. You would use a 76 series if you plan to plumb your remote reservoir with an AN fitting rather than a barb fitting or if you need the added clearance provided by the side outlet port. Otherwise, use the 75-series master with the remote reservoir adapter, such as the Tilton 75-875U, or a similar Wilwood such as the 260-10372.

Posted By: SickSpeedMonte

Re: A clutch pedal with an OEM feel! - 05/04/16 11:38 PM

Here's how it came out with the banjos

Posted By: Z65_Paul

Re: A clutch pedal with an OEM feel! - 05/05/16 01:05 AM

Thread Cleaned up. There will be no more Vendor / Vendor bickering.
Posted By: Tunedss86

Re: A clutch pedal with an OEM feel! - 05/05/16 02:07 PM

Just when it was getting interesting.
Posted By: BladeOfAnduril27

Re: A clutch pedal with an OEM feel! - 05/11/16 08:54 PM

Bernie, does your new universal master design bring the clutch pedal down so that it's closer to the height of the brake pedal? It looks like that from the pics you posted above but I wasn't sure. If so, is that pedal position set, or is it dependent on the master used? Thanks.
Posted By: SickSpeedMonte

Re: A clutch pedal with an OEM feel! - 05/16/16 12:57 PM

Matt, the clutch pedal is dead even with the brake pedal in my car right now, but it will depend on the hydraulics and clutch used.

You can set the resting height wherever you want it, but that's not the best way to tune the setup. I tuned mine to put the "grab" point of the clutch at a comfortable spot and the resting position of the pedal happens to be even with the brake. You use the two pedals differently though, so even if they aren't exactly even, it doesn't feel weird.

Basically, you have to push the fork (or release bearing) some distance to release the pressure plate from the disc. To do that, you'll need a certain volume of fluid forced into the slave. That requires the same volume to be forced from the master. So the ratio of the squares of the diameters (i.e. the ratio of the cross-sectional areas) between the master and slave dictates how much stroke you will need at the master, and that determines how much pedal throw is necessary. Adjusting the resting height of the pedal changes the total master stroke that you get and therefore changes the amount of fluid sent to the slave over the full pedal stroke.
Posted By: SickSpeedMonte

Re: A clutch pedal with an OEM feel! - 06/27/16 12:04 PM

The SickSpeedMonte Clutch Pedal was featured in BangShift!

http://bangshift.com/bangshiftapex/bangshift-tech-heres-how-to-install-a-tremec-t56-into-a-g-body
Posted By: FrankOC

Re: A clutch pedal with an OEM feel! - 06/28/16 01:07 AM

Congrats, it is a great part.
Posted By: Eric'sMonteSS

Re: A clutch pedal with an OEM feel! - 10/20/16 12:33 PM

Question..
Are both the lt1 and ls masters divorced type?
And how does one install a N safety stitch ?
do the 3800 f body masters work?
Thanks..
Posted By: SickSpeedMonte

Re: A clutch pedal with an OEM feel! - 11/22/16 06:30 PM

By divorced, you mean with a remote reservoir?

Both masters are the same, externally at least (both with remote reservoirs).

The LT1 slave is external. The LS1 slave is a release bearing that goes on the input shaft.

A neutral safety switch will require modification of your stock pedal bracket to have a provision to mount the switch.

Not 100% sure about the V6 master, but it looks the same as the V8 from pictures on RockAuto. Same story with the 3rd gen F-body masters, they look the same. I've had a couple customers that were using 3rd gen masters, but I haven't heard if it all worked. I'm sure I would have if it didn't though.
Posted By: Keithss

Re: A clutch pedal with an OEM feel! - 08/28/18 10:58 AM

What has happened to this post and set up?
I am thinking to converting to a 5 speed and have been looking at this set up.
All posts are over 2 years old.
Is there a better set up now available?
Keith
Posted By: SSLance

Re: A clutch pedal with an OEM feel! - 08/28/18 02:39 PM

Keith, this is still the best clutch setup available... I believe Bernie has made a few improvements here or there on the design but overall the function is still the same.

http://www.sickspeedmonte.com/Pedal.htm
Posted By: FrankOC

Re: A clutch pedal with an OEM feel! - 08/28/18 03:51 PM

I agree with Lance and I highly recommend Bernie's pedal.
Posted By: SickSpeedMonte

Re: A clutch pedal with an OEM feel! - 09/11/18 10:39 AM

I am still making them and have made small incremental improvements over the years. Thanks for the positive feedback fellas!
Posted By: Travis Jones

Re: A clutch pedal with an OEM feel! - 02/06/19 08:04 PM

I got my kit in the mail. Everything is awesome, and the quality is great!

I can't wait to get this installed.
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