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I just got my '05 4x4 DoubleCab with the 6sp manual...
it's absolutely off-the-charts fun to drive. I feel like that dork in the TV commercial who had his "adrenalitis" cured. Only not quite as dorky.

The only problem is that the friggin' arm that the clutch pedal is mounted on (what's that thing called anyway?) curves to the left almost coming over the footrest. My shoe (above average at size 12, but not out of the ordinary) doesn't fit between the side of the footwell and the arm so it rubs every time I take my foot off the pedal and try to set it on the floor. : /

The arm seems to be some funky composite material and it seems to be a lot thicker than it needs to be, so I'm thinking that it might be possible to shave it down a bit, maybe reinforce it or something with a piece of steel along the non-shaved side. Anybody run into this issue and/or have any suggestions?
 

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On my '04 Taco, the clutch pedal arm also seems to curve **'way** far to the left. I was contemplating installing an aftermarket dead pedal / footrest to help keep my resting foot away from it. Would that be an option for you?...
 

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Thanks for the suggestion, but I don't think that'll work for me. I'm 6'2" and with my "old man knees" I'm only comfortable on long drives if I can stretch my legs out, so I don't think I'd want to install a dead pedal if I understand what you're suggesting. And the floor-mounted footrest is the best around...it's a lot wider than the skinny footrests you find in most cars. Yes, I even like the footrest in my '05! LOL

I really think I can shave it...for some reason the brake and gas pedals are mounted on think steel arms, but the clutch arm is literally 1.5" by 1" thick made of some plastic material that looks easily shavable. :)

(By the way, you tall guys out there will love the legroom in the '05...the seats slide waaaaaay back and the steering wheel telescopes so you can slide 'em all the way back for max legroom...it's way more comfortable.)
 

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EnolaGaia said:
On my '04 Taco, the clutch pedal arm also seems to curve **'way** far to the left. I was contemplating installing an aftermarket dead pedal / footrest to help keep my resting foot away from it. Would that be an option for you?...
I don't have any such problems on my 04, and I have size 13 shoes...
Also, I'm 6' 3" and fit perfectly. I actually prefer the snug 04 to my friend's 05 that I drove. That cab is too big for me.
 

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i have size 14 and i know exactly how u feel, thats one of the main reasons i went with an automatic, expecially when i have on the insulated coveralls and huntin boots.
 

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I wonder if you could make your own clutch pedal from steel, and weld on a rubber pedal from something else. You could position it wherever you feel like..
If you found a good welder, and madeit out of thick 1/4" steel plate, I doubt you'd have any problems with it- it would all depend how tough the pivot is to duplicate.

I'm 6'3" and fit into my '98 just fine. I was good with my '99 Wrangler Sport for the last 6 years, but noticed how tight the legroom was after getting the Tacoma.

I can't say I ever had foot fitment problems- I wear a size 10.5 :) (my Asian side shows its influence- the white side gave the height!)

-Dave
 

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You guys want to talk about uncomfortable on long drives, big feet and wishing for more leg/headroom. Alright..., I am just over 6'5" and have a size 15 foot. Yes, I still choose to drive a manual Tacoma. Honestly, the headroom and leg room feels less cramped than the 2nd generation 4Runner I used to drive, and the seats are way more comfortable. If I could have afforded an 05 4x4 xtra cab TRD with the 4.0 and the 6spd I probably would have gone for it, but I love the 03 I ended up with. I don't have much of an issue with space next to the clutch, I guess I am just use to it from driving a manual for so long.
 

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i definitely know what you mean about the weird composite that seems way thicker than necessary. im interested to see how you solve the problem, maybe a write up?!? i have an size 11, so it isnt that bad, but even my shoe will get caught from time to time...05 double-cab 6 speed w/trd
 
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