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> Any issues if I remove this part of the chassis?, I want the room...
tygaboy
post Jul 17 2017, 09:50 AM
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I'm working on the installation of my pedal cluster (Tiltons) and I could greatly improve the ergonomics if I could shift them left.
'Cept there's that bit of chassis in the way... pictured below.

Any reason I couldn't remove the whole thing?

I figure I could fab up some reinforcement but I wanted to ask if anyone has info on the potential impact if I lose this section of material?

Thanks in advance for any help.


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post Jul 17 2017, 10:48 AM
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It's actually a hollow channel that runs all the way to the front trunk.
It reinforces the front half of the pan and follows the curve of the steering rack cavity.

If you cut it, you probably want to add some strength back in there somehow.
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post Jul 17 2017, 11:10 AM
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Cut it out and add something stronger...I fought with that stupid thing when doing
the install on my pedal system. Coincidentally, the same unit you are installing now. Make life easy-r - move it!

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Here is mine right up against that support...
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post Jul 17 2017, 11:10 AM
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QUOTE(SirAndy @ Jul 17 2017, 09:48 AM) *

It's actually a hollow channel that runs all the way to the front trunk.
It reinforces the front half of the pan and follows the curve of the steering rack cavity.

If you cut it, you probably want to add some strength back in there somehow.
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Andy - thanks! I'm confident I can work something that will add back support. I just wanted to see if there may be something special about that area and that I don't create some sort of additional problem.


Tony - Yep, I was pouring over pics I have of your car wondering "well, he made it work without moving it... do I really need to?"
Yes, it turns out, I really do!

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post Jul 17 2017, 11:41 AM
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That piece is critical and transfers the load from the longs to the strut tower. It is a major structural component. If you take it out, then the load path will be through the inside fender wall and it will weaken your car. However, if you decide to take it out, you will need to provide something in its place that will transfer that load. You may be able to provide a strut that will transfer the load from the long where your front hoop is welded to the long and then straight up to the strut tower. Also, you will need to insure that the added strut will be able to transfer the load trough a shear connection and not a tube butt welded to a convenient flat spot on your strut tower. It is difficult to transfer loads from tube struts into a sheet metal body. I see people do it all the time but It doesn't mean that it is really transferring 100% of the load.
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post Jul 17 2017, 02:12 PM
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Another option ... you could do even more cutting and welding and do hanging pedals instead of floor mounted ...
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post Jul 17 2017, 03:52 PM
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QUOTE(stownsen914 @ Jul 17 2017, 01:12 PM) *

Another option ... you could do even more cutting and welding and do hanging pedals instead of floor mounted ...

Sorry to hijack the thread, but I would be interested in that. I'm at the point where I need to make that decision myself.
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post Jul 17 2017, 09:14 PM
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