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OEM Aluminum Pedals and M3 Dead Pedal Install
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Why change your pedals?
There really isn't that good of a reason, but I must say they look great! It really adds something to the interior of your car. You can check out the before and after photos to get a good idea of how things look when you're finished.
This is not really a difficult job and if you're handy with a drill you can complete this DIY pretty easily, as long as you have some good drill bits!
(Choose you're interior color for the coupe's dead pedal. Note I didn't get the normal aluminum dead pedal kit because it involves drilling and the fact that the M3 dead pedal is cheaper! Go figure! Note: These are part numbers for the coupe only!)
Beige BMW OEM M3 Dead Pedal (BMW P# 51-43-7-894-624 ) $49
Black BMW OEM M3 Dead Pedal (BMW P# 51-43-2-695-411 ) $49
Gray BMW OEM M3 Dead Pedal (BMW P# 51-43-7-894-565 ) $49
BMW OEM Aluminum Pedal Kit (BMW P# 35-00-0-304-642) $64
5/32" Metal Drill Bit
T15 Torx Socket (Or equivalent)
Phillips Screw Driver
Aluminum Pedal Instructions
The aluminum pedal kit
Remove the old pedal covers
Prepare the new pedals and Remove the pedal covers
1. Open up the pedal packages and place the rubber inserts into the pedals.
2. Remove the rubber pedal covers on the brake and clutch pedal. Just grab one side and pull until they come off.
Clamp the new pedal on for drilling
Finish drilling your last holes
Clamp, drill, and bolt on the aluminum pedal covers
3. Using a clamp to properly orientate the pedal how you would like it to be positioned, drill one of the holes on the clutch pedal.
4. Install one of the torx bolts to also help hold the pedal using the T15 torx driver and a 7mm wrench to hold the nut steady.
5. Drill the other three holes, install the pedal. Follow the same procedure gas pedal. It will be harder to hold the 7mm nut with the brake pedal, but it's definitely possible.
6. The brake pedal is made of metal and will take more effort to drill through, but if you have good bits, it won't be a problem. (The drilled holes should correspond to the bumps in the pedal. This will make sense when you are doing the install.) Follow the same steps and finish up the brake pedal.
7. Make sure all of your torx bolts are nice and tight since you don't want them slipping off later.
M3 Dead Pedal Instructions
Remove the bottom dash cover
Let the top clip out
Remove the bottom dash cover
(Although it is possible to do this without removing the cover, it will just make things easier. I originally started without removing it, but eventually I removed it, so if you're feeling daring, don't remove it!)
3. Remove the screws and the various connectors around the pedals and center console. Be careful when removing it to properly detach the light and OBDII connector. Trust me that this will make the job easier in the long run.
4. The second picture shows the clip that holds the dead pedal into the dash cover, so this needs to be showing as well.
Pop up the trim
Slide the dead pedal out
Pop up the door sill trim and slide the dead pedal out
4. Being careful not to break the clips, pull up on the inner door sill trim. You can remove the whole thing, but you only need a little bit.
5. Slide the bottom of the dead pedal out by prying the interior felt trim out of the way so that the dead pedal is hanging.
Undo the trunk release wire
Wiggle the dead pedal all the way out
Remove the dead pedal and disconnect the trunk release switch
6. To undo the clip holding the dead pedal, pull the dead pedal towards you while rotating it counter clockwise (push the dead pedal part away from you). It is hooked in the upper left, which can be seen in the picture. This step is going to take some finagling, but it will eventually come out.
7. Carefully detach the trunk release switch and finally remove the dead pedal.
Review and Conclusions
It looks and feels great, not to mention the fact that it's pretty cheap. I highly recommend you do this modification to add that extra bit of look and pleasure to the driving experience! You won't regret it whether you're looking inside the drivers side window or sitting down to go out for a spin!