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Old 03-12-2013, 07:34 AM   #1
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Question To all you JK manual transmission owners

I tried searching this but could not get a solid answer.

So, I test drove a 2013 Rubicon with the 6 speed but with the short test drive, I could not find a comfortable spot for my left foot when not shifting. I know on the highway I could go behind the clutch pedal, with my leg straight and I know your not supposed to rest your foot on the clutch pedal, where does YOUR left foot go when your "not shifting" through the city ? On the floor board?

I had a WRX STI but there was room on the left of the clutch to rest my foot but the with the Rubicon, there was not enough room for me.

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I don't drive highway much anymore, but I guess I keep my foot on the floor. I never heard not to rest it on the clutch pedal, as long as you aren't pushing it in, I don't see the problem. I guess at times having short legs is a blessing.

In summer, a lot of guys put their foot out the door, and some even put a motorcycle foot peg out there to put their foot on.

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I'm 6'2" tall, and I don't feel uncomfortable at all finding a spot for my left foot. At least not any more or less as compared to any other vehicle I've owned.
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While I can't say I've ever really thought about it, I think I just leave my foot on the floor in front of the clutch. I'm 6'2" and never really thought about it, nor did I ever feel uncomfortable driving, both highway or city. It might take a few days, but I'm sure you'll find a comfortable spot if you get the stick. I guarantee you that it'll take you longer to get used to the clutch/throttle than it will to find a place for your foot though, so I wouldn't worry too much.
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Old 03-12-2013, 08:27 AM   #5
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I'm 6'2" and wear size 14 western boots and never gave it a thought because never had a problem. I have a 2012 Jeep Wrangler Sport.
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I'm 6'6" and have no problem with mine either. Sometimes it will be behind the clutch and other times just flat footed on the floor board. That sometimes causes my knee to hit the door lock/unlock button but not often.
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no problems here. I like to have my legs bent like I'm in a chair if on highway. I just put the cruise control on and feet come back away from the pedals.
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MORE dead pedal and you will have a foot rest (works on stick I believe).
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this is the first manual transmission car I've driven that didn't have a dead pedal. It took some getting used to, but I generally just leave my foot flat on the floor in front of the clutch
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MORE dead pedal and you will have a foot rest (works on stick I believe).
I believe this is only applicable for the AUTO, no room on the 6sp
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Old 03-12-2013, 10:34 AM   #11
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I feel your pain. All my recent vehicles have had dead pedals, but they were all automatic. One of the first mods I did was the MORE pedal, but it is for automatics only. I wouldn't be happy without it.
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you get used to it, reconfigure your seating position and you have other angles to rest your foot
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3 spots for me(I'm 6'1)

-behind the clutch pedal
-straight down on the floor
-on it's side under my right knee/calf area
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I believe this is only applicable for the AUTO, no room on the 6sp
Not enough room. It may mount but once you wear shoes or especially boots there is no chance you can get the clutch in 100% of the time. That could just be dangerous
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I posted this on a different thread, but this issue plagued me as well. My solution was a small bracket that I use only in stop and go traffic. Perfect? No... But so far a vast improvement. No issues of interference.

I'm 6.1, and size 11 shoes, so the footprint is fairly large.

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3 spots for me(I'm 6'1)

-behind the clutch pedal
-straight down on the floor
-on it's side under my right knee/calf area
I actually do the same thing.

I am 6 feet, and I like to have my chair closer so that my knees are bent at all times. From that seating position (up closer), it feels natural to just rest your foot on its side.
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I do a lot of highway driving in mine and do look for the most comfortable spot, or a new spot, once in a while. I wish there was a bit more room down there near the clutch pedal.

Also, the door strap and combined wire loom are right there against my ankle.

This vehicle is so nice that I sometimes compare it to a car! But it's a Jeep and I like the little reminders. Out wheeling I never notice those little comfort items.
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Old 03-12-2013, 01:23 PM   #18
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Everyone thanks for the replies! Looks like I will just have to wait and see what works for me. Thanks you again! Too bad someone couldn't fabricate a bracket for production for the manual. Maybe I will have to be like jeeps and boats and make one, then again lots of you have made it work. Will update as things progress.
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3 spots for me(I'm 6'1)

-behind the clutch pedal
-straight down on the floor
-on it's side under my right knee/calf area


This is normal for me too. Twice I drove from Denver to Las Vegas and was actually more comfortable than expected, and 6'1" with long legs!
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I wear 13 shoes and I hated not having a dead pedal. The Wrangler floorboard and driver's seating position in general is the most jacked up thing I've ever seen. Driving the six-speed with my Justin boots on was a nightmare.

Having said that...the ironic thing about it is that on long trips I never got fatigued sitting in the JKU the way I do other vehicles. Go figure...
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Old 03-12-2013, 02:10 PM   #21
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I'm 5'8 and my left foot is usually flat on the floor. I never leave it on the clutch other than to press in the pedal. When my dad thought me to drive a stick as a teenager, he taught me to always tap the floor with my foot between shifts. (Mainly to ensure that I didn't ride the clutch between 1st gear and 2nd gear.)

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Since everyone is stating their height, being 4'11 (teehee) when on the hwy and there isnt a need for my clutch foot, i just put it between my door and seat. idk what that area is called.
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I am 6 feet tall and my foot is on the floor behind the clutch pedal. I find that the pedal is high enough out of the way that it leaves enough room to have my foot there comfortably, even in long trips.
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I don't drive highway much anymore, but I guess I keep my foot on the floor. I never heard not to rest it on the clutch pedal, as long as you aren't pushing it in, I don't see the problem. I guess at times having short legs is a blessing.

In summer, a lot of guys put their foot out the door, and some even put a motorcycle foot peg out there to put their foot on.
Don't rest your foot on the clutch pedal. In theory your right you arn't pushing on it no damage. But your foot may put a little bit of force on the pedal which may release your clutch just a hair so your pressure plate doesn't have all it's strength pushed on the clutch. It would decrease clutch life slowly by not being fully engaged. Especially if you were to relax your foot on a long drive you would probably put quite bit of pressure on it. I put my foot on the floor it's comfy enough for me.
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I did read somewhere that the computer can record that you are riding the clutch, and if you have a claim regarding the clutch they can void it from the data recorded.

Pretty amazing really...
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I tried searching this but could not get a solid answer.

So, I test drove a 2013 Rubicon with the 6 speed but with the short test drive, I could not find a comfortable spot for my left foot when not shifting. I know on the highway I could go behind the clutch pedal, with my leg straight and I know your not supposed to rest your foot on the clutch pedal, where does YOUR left foot go when your "not shifting" through the city ? On the floor board?

I had a WRX STI but there was room on the left of the clutch to rest my foot but the with the Rubicon, there was not enough room for me.

Thank you in advance.
I have the same problem and I understand coming from an Evo I am still adjusting to not being able to put my foot to the side I think the M.O.R.E pedal doesn't work with the standard, I am getting used to just putting my foot on the floor
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I have the same problem and I understand coming from an Evo I am still adjusting to not being able to put my foot to the side I think the M.O.R.E pedal doesn't work with the standard, I am getting used to just putting my foot on the floor
Yeah, the M.O.R.E. is for auto only

Thanks for all the replies! Do all you tall people like sitting closer or farther away from the pedals?
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asainhulk, remember that you will be sitting much higher relative to the pedals and floorboard than you would be in an STI. Therefore you will have more of a bend in your leg, and less pressure on your heel. I am 5'7" and some change and do not see the need for a dead pedal. It would be like needing a dead pedal for a normal chair.
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6'3" no problem here. Foot on the floor.

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