Community Member Credit: 9BlackMaxMS
I figured I would take everyone through a step-by-step process of how to do it. It is really an easy job and anyone can do it.
(1) Nissan 350Z Footrest Assembly: Part # – 67840-CD00C ($23.68)
(2) Nissan AE Maxima Clutch/Brake Pedal Cover: Part # – 46531-AB000 ($19.14 ea.)
(1) Nissan AE Maxima Gas Lever Assembly: Part # – 18005-4Y900 ($27.76)
(1) 8×1-3/4 Flat Philip Head Zinc Finish Screws ($1.03)
I got the OEM parts from Dave Burnette at Southpoint Nissan at cost, and after shipping my grand total of parts came to $99.50 with the screws added in.
- Bench Vise
- Metal Hack Saw
- Bench Grinder
- Power Drill
- 1/8″ Drill Bit
- 10mm Socket
- Small Philips Head Screwdriver
- Long Flathead Screwdriver
- Stubby Flathead Screwdriver
Step One: Preparing The Dead Pedal
The 350Z does not come from the factory with an elevated spot for a dead pedal, therefore there is a lot of unnecessary plastic that needs to be cut away.
First, remove the five (5) screws (four silver metal ones at each corner, and one black one in the center). Put the aluminum cover in a safe spot as it is very bendable.
Once separated, clamp the black plastic base to the bench vise and start sawing away. Leave about 1/2-3/4″ of clearance between the top and the side of the pedal. Next, use the bench grinder or a sander/sandpaper to finish the edge of the pedal and to even out the base. It should look like this when finished:
Step Two: Positioning/Mounting The Dead Pedal
Now that your dead pedal is correctly cut and finished to your liking, use the small Philips head screwdriver and screw in the small black screw to secure the aluminum plate to the base.
Go outside into your car and place the pedal where you would permanently like to place it. Rest it in place and begin drilling. You can drill directly through the carpeting. After drilling the four holes, take one 8×1-3/4 screw and fill in the four holes you just drilled. Voila, your dead pedal is installed and secured safely.
Step Three: Clutch/Brake Pedals
First off, if you have an automatic, you complete this task with only one pedal (clearly) but can use the same method as I did.
Begin by peeling back the old clutch and brake pedals. They should come off with little effort. I found it best to reinstall the new pedal cover in a specific order, making each corner/side easier to slip on. Using the stubby flathead screwdriver, slide the top right corner and right side on. Next, use the flathead to flip the backing away while you set the top left part of the cover in place. Continue this process until you get the entire cover on.
I found it best to install the cover in the following order:
Continue on and do the same for the brake pedal.
Step Four: Accelerator Pedal
Begin by removing the throttle cable from the very top of the pedal assembly. It is kind of tricky, but if you wedge your long flathead screwdriver between the plastic clip and the metal on the pedal arm, it will pop free. The cable is located where these two red arrows are pointing to:
Next, unbolt the two 10mm nuts holding the pedal bracket in place (located on the firewall). Once these are taken off, the whole gas pedal assembly (pedal and arm) will fall out.
Continue the re-installation of the new pedal in reverse order of taking out the old one (first bolt in the two 10mm nuts that hold the pedal to the mounting bracket, then clip in the throttle cable).
You are finished. Put back your floormat and enjoy.
Additional Photos (2002 Maxima)