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Old 11-20-2011, 08:06 AM   #1
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Short legs vs long depressing of clutch

Drove a new Jeep Wrangler and I am on tiptoes to depress the clutch all the way to shift. If I move the seat forward the wheel will be too close to my body for safety and comfort. I had a 2006 Wrangler and did not have this problem. Help! Does anyone have any ideas?

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Old 11-20-2011, 08:10 AM   #2
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Old 11-20-2011, 08:14 AM   #3
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Not to sound stupid, but years ago IIRC they made a thicker pad to put on clutch pedals for short people. You might be able to locate something to help, or you might have to make something.

Some people might say that fully depressing the clutch is not needed, I don't argee with that statement. Reason being you may or may not be fully releasing the clutch and can cause problems later on, like shorter clutch and syncro life. JMO

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Thats a good idea with the thicker clutch pads.OP.. have you tried reclining the seat so you wont be too close to the steering wheel?
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The above advice is straight forward, but

Except for the FIRST (ignition), start of the jeep, the clutch pedal never has to be depressed more than about 10", to make a shift--doesn't have to go to the floor !

All hydraulic clutchs are ALMOST the same !

Try it, after start and see how it goes from 2nd to 3rd to 4th-etc

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Old 11-20-2011, 09:48 AM   #6
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The above advice is straight forward, but

Except for the FIRST (ignition), start of the jeep, the clutch pedal never has to be depressed more than about 10", to make a shift--doesn't have to go to the floor !

All hydraulic clutchs are ALMOST the same !

Try it, after start and see how it goes from 2nd to 3rd to 4th-etc

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They'll go into gear no problem w/o fully pushing the clutch to the floor when driving. In fact many people shift w/o using the clutch at all. Done properly the clutch will last a very long time. Done wrong the syncros will wear out though. The problem is you really don't know if the clutch is fully releasing or not. Try going into reverse w/o fully pushing the clutch to the floor, that will tell you exactly where the clutch is fully released. At that point you could even put a block on the floor. Hopefully you'll push it that far each and everytime you shift. I don't have a Jeep OM handy but I'm guessing they'll tell you to fully depress the clutch when shifting gears.

All I'm trying to say is if you are new to driving a MT, or you want it to last as long as possible push the clutch all the way to the floor.
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You lower the seat with the lever?
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I had that same experience. I've never chosen a manual over an automatic in my life. I was fully expecting to get a manual JKU but when I drove it I couldn't believe how uncomfortable it was for me to shift it. My wife also felt the same way so we went with the auto.
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Easy. Get a time machine and go back and change your genes to longer legs. And while you are back in time swing by my parents place and grab me by the diaper and give me a few slaps look me in the eyes and repeat get a government job, get a government job, get a government job.......................................
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Old 11-21-2011, 05:57 AM   #10
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Google clutch pedal extenders, not very pretty but they work. I remembered after reading this thread I set one up for my wife so she could drive my 1974 Surburban.

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