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Old 05-09-2014, 09:39 AM   #101
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Just installed my bracket in today, took just a couple hours super easy and the difference is amazing ten times better then before. It hadn't broke yet but you could defiantly tell the difference. Great right up made it that much more simple, thanks
A couple of hours? How many breaks did you take? lol
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Old 05-09-2014, 10:58 AM   #102
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Great write up! I'm looking to buy an 8 so it seems this will come in very handy.
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Old 05-10-2014, 06:50 AM   #103
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It was more like drinking breaks LoL, the actual removal and installing only took maybe 15-20 min although putting it back on was kinda hard cause the clutch master cylinder keeped popping out had to have the wife hold it on while it put the pedal back on.
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Old 05-10-2014, 06:19 PM   #104
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Thanks for the step by step. Saved me money doing it by myself. Was driving down the road and heard a pop coming from down where my foot was. Was most certain it was the clutch pedal since I knew RX8s' are notorious for crappy spot welds on the clutch pedal. after being parked I looked at the assembly and sure enough the most difficult screw was where the weld failed. So I went onto BHR and ordered an assembly for $175 and a few days later I recieved it. Waited till this weekend since I wasnt wanting to rush the install and was able to install it in about an hour thanks to the hard to see and reach ratcheting. Didnt have to tweak anything. It worked first try. THANKS AGAIN!!!
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Old 05-12-2014, 02:07 PM   #105
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Picture 2 shows the breaks. The bottom arrow shows the spot weld ripped out, and the top arrow shows how where the nut goes it broke completely off.


wow this just happen to my 2006 rx8 same crack in same spot hopefully I can fix it
thanks for this post now I can try to fix it! I rather just by a new bracket but I don't know were to get one with out buying the clutch pedal with it..
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Old 05-12-2014, 02:09 PM   #106
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It's all one piece. It's not supposed to be available separate. This is your best option if you are buying a replacement out of pocket: Black Halo Racing Reinforced Clutch Pedal | Black Halo Racing

Forum vendor with a top tier reputation, comparatively priced to the dealer assembly, and this one won't ever break.
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Old 07-06-2014, 12:48 AM   #107
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Yah i dont see the BHR breaking. Night and day difference from the original. Great looking welds.
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Old 12-29-2014, 09:31 PM   #108
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fantastic

Fantastic diy. Worked 100% as described and got me back on the road same day it happened instead of waiting 5-7 days for a replacement. Pretty sure it will be much stronger now with a full weld instead of just a couple tacks. Great job and THANK YOU!
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good post! mine just broke...
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Clutch pedal bracket snapped on bottom left nut. Right side of the spring has been chewing through the bracket for a while. Ordered new clutch pedal assembly from Mazda... $68. Best price on a part from a dealership ever. Hopeful this is a permanent fix for the life of the car.

Very easy DIY.

Thanks for the write up and pics.
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Thank you for the DIY, and watch for starting issues with blowing fuses,the starter interlock switch can ground after the pedal half breaks, causing the ACC fuse to blow at random when you start the car.

Good luck finding the short before the clutch pedal completely snaps.

"If your ACC fuse blows, check your clutch pedal" LOL
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Clutch pedal bracket snapped on bottom left nut. Right side of the spring has been chewing through the bracket for a while. Ordered new clutch pedal assembly from Mazda... $68. Best price on a part from a dealership ever. Hopeful this is a permanent fix for the life of the car.

Very easy DIY.

Thanks for the write up and pics.
I just got off the phone with the dealer and they said the pedal assembly was $178 and $250 labor. $68??? Where?
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RX8 Clutch - recall?

Hi, I notice in your post that it says to check the nhtsa website re defects investigation. Sorry to be a bit thick, but what is the nhtsa please?.

My Son has a 2007 RX8 Kuro, when he was driving it the other day, the clutch pedal clicked and then it didn't come right back up. The car still drives and the gears change although he said its a little bit harder to put it in 1st and reverse. Do you think this would come under the 'recall'? Any ideas what has happened please?

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I wish I would've seen this thread sooner when my clutch started clicking.

Would it be worth it to just get a new clutch pedal and then the bracket? or should i simply just take it out, then take it to a welder and get it fixed that way?

Also I don't know where to buy the bracket? I keep searching for it online and can't find it. Went to BHR and didn't see it there and typing in Fluid gets me well fluids...

But I appreciate everyone's insight!
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Hi, I notice in your post that it says to check the nhtsa website re defects investigation. Sorry to be a bit thick, but what is the nhtsa please?.
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. if you start typing it in it should take you there. And i'm looking it up myself for my own Rx8 but It just keeps loading the recalls. Mine is a 2004 so i'm not sure if it still counts. 2007 still fits the 8 year mark though i believe.
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Old 08-11-2015, 02:06 PM   #117
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I keep searching for it online and can't find it. Went to BHR and didn't see it there and typing in Fluid gets me well fluids...
I do not offer a bracket;
Black Halo Racing Reinforced Clutch Pedal | Black Halo Racing
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Thanks! I'll keep that in mind when making my decision. Still cheaper than the $450-600 they want to charge me for a simple replacement...
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I just completed my clutch pedal replacement using this DIY, but now I can't shift when the car is on. I've gone over the steps multiple times and I don't think I've missed anything... Any suggestions?
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Question, is another symptom of a broken pedal it going straight to the floorboard? My pedal is close to my brake, and I can't engage the clutch at all. I changed out my slave cylinder thinking that was the issue, but it was not. So after a new slave and clutch I still have to clutch pressure. Sorry if I missed any post talking about this.
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remove the clutch pedal and look if its broken. if so straighten it out and weld it. its easier and cheaper than a bracket and takes no time at all. the factory spot welds are a joke
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Is there a way to get the last nut if the pedal is snapped enough to block it? I've tried everything I can think of just before actually snapping my bracket clean off.
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As far as the plunger goes... mine would not engage to allow me to crank the car so, i took some 1/4" plexi-glass and carved out the perfect circle to fit to the pedal's side and used some epoxy glue to hold it in place. It works beautifully, rather than bending the metal and pulling the plunger out too far. Just another idea.
This site keeps saving my sanity. https://www.rx8club.com/images/smilies/bowdown.gif I had an oh so iffy connection if I stood straight up on the clutch when I started her. Then if the phase of the moon changed or a fly sat on the roof of the car NOTHING https://www.rx8club.com/images/smilies/cussing.gif when I turned the key. I was thinking it was probably the neutral switch in the transmission that has failed and I've yet to even jack the car up so I went searching here first. I'm glad I did! You gents have been so nice to document its just the grey switch behind the clutch pedal not getting enough push to push in the neutral safety switch and make contact. To test this I put the car in neutral and reached under the dash and pushed the grey button in and turned the key for a spilt second to see if I had ignition and TADAH!!! I pondered what to do. I figured the switch works so no point in getting a new one. I could bend the metal to force the green plastic button dealy to push the grey switch in further or glue, tape or whatever so the green plastic part was higher but that all seemed kind of non perminant to me so here is what I did. Using a needle nose plyers I pinched the keepers on the green button plastic piece that presses on the grey switch and removed it. Using a small drill bit I drilled a little pilot hole in the middle of the green plastic button and then screwed in a little 4-40 phillips head screw into the green plastic button. I started with it screwed down fully so it was only pushing the grey button in a fraction more then it normally was. *My idea was if it wasn't working 100% I could unscrew the screw so that it gave me more push. I used a phillips simply because they are so smooth at the top it seemed like there was zero chance of it snagging the grey switch (or something) Anyway that worked great and I wanted to post something no matter how simple just to say I did something. *Ala Rocketman in "The Darwin Awards"
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The recoil spring does make a "creaking" noise when the grease on it is no longer adequate. One thing welders need to beware of when welding is to do it quickly so as to not overheat the metal and soften/ruin the plastic spring bushings.
What are those called? Mine broke apart and I cant find any of the plastics anywhere
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