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I don't know why clutch padel is so far higher than gas, and since my legs are the same length (roughly at least), I am either too close to clutch, or too far from gas.<br>The result is I keep having to shift my body, and one week in my car, my back is already killing me.<p>Is there anyway to make the clutch padel closer to the floor? and maybe engage sooner? <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/zeroforum_graphics/screwy.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: anyway to adjust clutch height? (mister2cool)

I had back problems for the first year I had my car, but couldn't figure out what it was from. I have since moved my car seat about 1" closer and my back is fine. My pain wasn't actually in my back but more between my upper thigh and butt cheek.
 

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Re: anyway to adjust clutch height? (steamboatsig)

I have back/thigh-butt issues too.... my best position is:<p>Seat Bottom Aft = max down<br>Seat Bottom Fore = max up<br>Seat Bottom Horiz = best comfort/pedal Position<br>Seat Back = as you like it<p><br>
 

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Re: anyway to adjust clutch height? (steamboatsig)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>steamboatsig</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">I had back problems for the first year I had my car, but couldn't figure out what it was from. I have since moved my car seat about 1" closer and my back is fine. My pain wasn't actually in my back but more between my upper thigh and butt cheek. </TD></TR></TABLE><p>HA.. that's the exact spot of my pain as well!!!!! We need butt support built into these seats.<p>I wonder if we can have a class action lawsuit againt Volvo for defective seat design. (J/K!!!) Maybe we can get some free sweedish massages.
 

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Re: anyway to adjust clutch height? (mister2cool)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>mister2cool</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><br>Maybe we can get some free sweedish massages. </TD></TR></TABLE><p> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/embeer.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: anyway to adjust clutch height? (needsdecaf)

Ok, all jokes aside. I need to figure something out about the problem. There's no reason I should get a bad back from sitting in a $40K car for a week, when a Subaru didn't shake me apart for over 2 years.<p>I think the main problem is actually the location of the clutch padel: it is too far to the left. I have to shift my body slightly every time when I reach for clutch.<p>Anyone else feel this way? <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/zeroforum_graphics/screwy.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: anyway to adjust clutch height? (mister2cool)

I find the biggest problem is the depth requirement for clutch depressions -- You have to put that thing almost on the floor. I have not had any real problems as far as my back is concerned (probably helps that I am 23) but I have always hated the clutch in the R. Is there an aftermarket clutch anyone has installed that has a smaller friction point span, even if it is heavier?
 

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Re: anyway to adjust clutch height? (mister2cool)

I know a guy who has a RX8 and had difficulties depressing the clucth all the way, so he removed the pedal and added a block about 1" thick.
 

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Re: anyway to adjust clutch height? (mister2cool)

The R seat is among the best car seats in the world (although I do like the standard Volvo seat a bit better). I have a rotten back and It's just fine while driving the R.<br>The clutch, (a bit odd and tricky the first time you drive the car), is just fine. Yes, heel and toeing is hard to do but the pedals are spaced <B>just fine</B> for street driving.<br>Perhaps learn how TO drive should be on your agenda
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>JRL</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">The R seat is among the best car seats in the world (although I do like the standard Volvo seat a bit better). I have a rotten back and It's just fine while driving the R.<br>The clutch, (a bit odd and tricky the first time you drive the car), is just fine. Yes, heel and toeing is hard to do but the pedals are spaced <B>just fine</B> for street driving.<br>Perhaps learn how TO drive should be on your agenda</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Yea. The clutch bothers you, so you must be a bad driver! HA! What?? <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/confused.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>JOSBRO</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>Yea. The clutch bothers you, so you must be a bad driver! HA! What?? <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/confused.gif" BORDER="0"> </TD></TR></TABLE><p>"<B>I don't know why clutch padel is so far higher than gas, and since my legs are the same length (roughly at least), I am either too close to clutch, or too far from gas.<br>The result is I keep having to shift my body, and one week in my car, my back is already killing me.</B>"<p>This is what makes little sense, the R's pedal position (for straight, not heel and toe shifting) is just fine. He is THE FIRST to say this
 

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Re: anyway to adjust clutch height? (JRL)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>JRL</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">"<B>I don't know why clutch padel is so far higher than gas, and since my legs are the same length (roughly at least), I am either too close to clutch, or too far from gas.<br>The result is I keep having to shift my body, and one week in my car, my back is already killing me.</B>"<p>This is what makes little sense, the R's pedal position (for straight, not heel and toe shifting) is just fine. He is THE FIRST to say this</TD></TR></TABLE><br>I maybe the first to say that, as you see there are others who also has problem with clutch. <br>I don't know why you have to have an attitude. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/zeroforum_graphics/screwy.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: anyway to adjust clutch height? (JRL)

Something to consider... and I am only like 80% on this, so don't quote me... there has to be a first person to bring up every issue! What about the 1st person to break their angle gear. I bet several people jumped on him... "Learn how to drive, angle gears don't just break!" Now look... They are breaking all over the place. Maybe we should make a rule... "before you bring up any issues with your car in this forum and seek advice or info, make sure it is 100% legitimate"... or how about "If no one else has complained about the problem, it's just you, so deal with it." This way, we could totally eliminate the benefit of actually using this forum at all. So if I feel a jitter in my steering wheel next week, I'll just assume I did something wrong and keep it off the forum.
 

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Re: anyway to adjust clutch height? (mister2cool)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>mister2cool</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><br>I maybe the first to say that, as you see there are others who also has problem with clutch. <br>I don't know why you have to have an attitude. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/zeroforum_graphics/screwy.gif" BORDER="0"> </TD></TR></TABLE><p>Clutch take out, yes absolutely, but clutch <B>pedal height</B> <B>vs gas pedal height</B> for normal driving, no. Never heard any complaints about that in 3 years<br>These clutches are weird at first but the more miles on the car they work much easier
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>JOSBRO</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Something to consider... and I am only like 80% on this, so don't quote me... there has to be a first person to bring up every issue! </TD></TR></TABLE><p>I don't know how many stick cars you've owned or driven but I've personally owned perhaps over 150 and have driven perhaps over 500 in my life,I can assure you that many car's clutch pedals do not match up in height to the gas pedal. Actually most do not
 

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Re: anyway to adjust clutch height? (mister2cool)

The throw on the clutch is much greater than that of the gas or even the brake. If the pedals sat at the same height at rest, they would be at different heights when depressed. I would think that pedal height would be more of an issue at full depression when your leg is at full extension than at rest with a bent knee.
 

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Re: anyway to adjust clutch height? (autoduel)

yea... I've never driven a manual in which the clutch pedal was not higher than the gas. I think the issue is the value of the difference. I personally have no problem with the location of the clutch pedal... I do however, hate the clutch function in the R. It feels like it was built for a 200 hp front wheel drive vehicle. In fact, I take that back, because I like the clutch in my buddies GLI much better. I don't know what it feels like, but it is much less consistant gear to gear than any Bimmer. I want an aftermarket clutch, but I don't know what to go with.
 

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The clutch pedal does not bother me at all. I'm 6'3" for what it's worth.<br>Also, my clutch pedal only requires a half depress when changing gears.<p>Have you tried deadlifts? That will get your hams/glutes/lower back conditioned. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: anyway to adjust clutch height? (JRL)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>JRL</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>I don't know how many stick cars you've owned or driven but I've personally owned perhaps over 150 ...</TD></TR></TABLE><br>You have owned over 150 cars?! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/eek.gif" BORDER="0"> <br>What are you...200 years old?
 
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