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      12-03-2009, 01:26 PM   #1
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Arrow MRTM Design E9x Pedal Pad Set installed in Titan316's Sick E92 M3 DCT!

As most have seen Matt's awesome Space Gray E92 M3 (it's the COTM), after the latest Photo shoot he had done, he came by to have me install my MRTM Design E9x Aluminum Pedal Pad set...Here are some pics of what the E9x DCT kit comes with & some install pics:

The MRTM Design Pedals are made of T6061 Aluminum, machined & then clear anodized.

Each Pedal Pad comes individually wrapped with the pedal pad & appropriate fixtures:







What makes this kit unique is that they are designed for easier installation and placement with "tabs" machined into the gas & clutch/brake pedals:






Drill bits needed, 9/64 (1/8 can be used instead but will make it a bit snug when screwing into the plastic gas pedal), 5/32 & 3/32:


Also either a 6mm or 5/16 open wrench can be used to hold the nuts when tightening.

Start off with the gas pedal pad. The kit comes with the install bit to tighten the screws, which is in the gas pedal pad bag of fixtures. Note that the longer screw gets installed on the bottom of the gas pedal:


So you simply place the gas pedal pad a little higher up on the plastic gas pedal, slide it down till the top "tab" stops at the top of the plastic gas pedal & slowly swing the bottom of the gas pedal pad toward the driver's side door, until the bottom "tab" hits the plastic gas pedal. Hold in place & using the 9/64 drill bit, drill right into the screw locations on the pedal pad set & through the plastic gas pedal:


Drill both holes & then screw in screws provided & tighten lock nuts from behind the plastic gas pedal. Just be not to fast to tighten or you might strip the front of the screw...tighten until snug!


Next is the gas pedal. Take off the plastic covering or in Matt's case take off the old pedal pad set he had on his car. Then place the MRTM Design Brake pedal pad, utilizing the tabs to place the pedal padon the metal brake pedal. Use the 9/64 drill bit SLOWELY to mark where the drilling needs to be made. (Too fast will cut away aluminum from the MRTM Design pedal pad). Then use the 5/32 drill bit to open the holes to the proper openning size needed to fit the screws through. Also in Matt's case, a dremil tool was needed to open up the hole location on the upper right side to get the screw through:


Then just screw on the lock nuts on the back of the MRTM Design Gas Pedal Pad & tighten. Again, just be not to fast to tighten or you might strip the front of the screw...tighten until snug!

Sorry I didn't get a picture of the brake pedal after install as I wanted to get the job done quickly as Matt's time was limited.

Lastly was the Dead Pedal...To make the installation a bit easier when drilling the needed holes, I took out the plastic trim that goes underneith the driver's dash in the footwell. This is done by using a philips head screwdriver & disconnecting the speaker, light & OBD (I think that 's what it's called).

On the E9x M3s, you just pull up the Metal cover with a screwdriver & then just pulling off with your hand:


Then, just take off the plastic covering off the double sided tape provided on the back of the dead pedal & stick the MRTM Design dead pedal pad into place:


Then, using the 3/32 drill bit, drill into the 4 screw locations & tighten each of the 4 screws provided until snug:



Now just vacuum up the metal & plastic shaving & YOUR DONE! It took about 15-20 min to do this with even taking pictures!

Here's how it turned out:


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      12-03-2009, 02:32 PM   #2
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Those alignment notches are a nice touch!
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Does the kit make you use the nuts for the gas pedal? Thats whats pictured but wouldnt that intrude when you have the pedal pinned to the floor?
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Does the kit make you use the nuts for the gas pedal? Thats whats pictured but wouldnt that intrude when you have the pedal pinned to the floor?
Yes the nuts are used on the gas pedal. NO they do not intrude because the gas pedal doesn't physically get completely against the floor when the gas pedal is "floored". The car is drive by wire also.
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      12-15-2009, 11:14 AM   #5
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MRTM pedals installed

I installed mine yesterday -- love them! Very well made and a little different than the others. They do NOT seem to be slippery with wet soles, which is what I was concerned with.

A couple changes/clarifications to the DIY:
- You will need a small wrench to hold the nuts behind the pedals while you tighten the screws. I used an "ignition" wrench, but didn't note the size.
- The 3 underdash panel fasteners have a 7/64" hex head, not Phillips.
- You do not disturb the OBD connector, that's in the side panel. There are three devices to disconnect from the underdash panel.
- The steel brake pedal is the toughest to drill. You can use a small C-clamp to hold the pedal in place to start the holes, then remove the pedal and finish drilling.

Good job, Marshall!
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looks good.

Im surprised they left the tool marks behind. Thought they would polish them out or something

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looks good.

Im surprised they left the tool marks behind. Thought they would polish them out or something

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The CNC marks on the face are not objectionable, IMO. Actually, there is a slight patttern on the raised portions that aids grip.
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...not to be critical, but the MRTM design is quite plain looking and the color does not coordinate very well with other interior surfaces. What's the fascination?
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MRTM pedals are some of the best quality I have seen in person Titan316 is a good guy hope he loves the new pedals.
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...not to be critical, but the MRTM design is quite plain looking and the color does not coordinate very well with other interior surfaces. What's the fascination?
Not fascination, but I like tha plainess; my other choice was going to be Ultimate Pedals. As far as coordiantion, almost all aftermarket pedals are aluminum. If you add a couple other aluminum bits to the cabin like e-brake handle or such, I think they go well and dress up an otherwise mostly black footwell. It's all personal taste, though.
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my other choice was goint to be Ultimate Pedals.
Those are much better looking IMO, and if you choose anti-slip (like mine), they should provide much better traction than those. Picture doesn't do them justice (need to take a better pic, now that are perfectly aligned and dead pedal polished); they look OEM, especially with the '///M' engraved on each pedal. And on DCT you can opt for a bigger pedal for the same price. Or you can also make them custom without extra charge. Here are mine:



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Those are much better looking IMO, and if you choose anti-slip (like mine), they should provide much better traction than those. Picture doesn't do them justice (need to take a better pic, now that are perfectly aligned and dead pedal polished); they look OEM, especially with the '///M' engraved on each pedal. And on DCT you can opt for a bigger pedal for the same price. Or you can also make them custom without extra charge.
As I said, it's a matter of personal taste. Both of these are fine, IMO. However, your dead pedal really needs to match the rest. Having two different styles and materials looks like a mistake, I believe.
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As I said, it's a matter of personal taste.
Obviously true; basically ALL posts are about personal preferences . And no aftermarket dead pedal looks OEM, so left mine alone. Looks great now that it's polished like the others. No car I've ever owned had a matching dead pedal anyway. Again, a matter of preference. I prefer OEM look than a perfect match. Later.
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looks good.

Im surprised they left the tool marks behind. Thought they would polish them out or something

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The "RAW" look is what the design concept was from the beginning. After they are machined, the pedals are Clear Anodized for a surface protection. Any Polishing to these pedals would take away most of the grip that the initial angled design provides. The angled design was inspired by the "///" in "///M"
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The "RAW" look is what the design concept was from the beginning. After they are machined, the pedals are Clear Anodized for a surface protection. Any Polishing to these pedals would take away most of the grip that the initial angled design provides. The angled design was inspired by the "///" in "///M"
I happened to notice the angle recalls the angle of the pattern apparent in the CF leather trim, BTW.
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Those are much better looking IMO, and if you choose anti-slip (like mine), they should provide much better traction than those.
From your picture, I'm pretty confident that the MRTM Design Pedals WILL provide better traction than yours! Until you personally either drive someone's BMW with the MRTM Design Pedal Pads or buy them for yourself to compare...a shot-in-the-dark comparison and posting a picture of what "you" think are the best pedal pad set is just making us assume you have a personal gain and interest in trying to push that pedal pad product.

I was asked by Matt to post the install process since he is very busy, we did the install at my house & and I had taken the pictures with my digital camera. Opinions & comments about the MRTM Design Pedal Pads are always welcome, good or bad, but the posting of pictures & pushing of a different product is definetly inappropriate.

You can see that the MRTM Design prices are VERY competitive at www.horsepowerfreaks.com

Also...And its JMHO...having a larger brake pedal for the SMG/DCT makes the M3 definetly look like it's an automatic!
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Also...And its JMHO...having a larger brake pedal for the SMG/DCT makes the M3 definetly look like it's an automatic!
You must really hate the GSP one for the E46 SMG then - I think it's pretty cool and funtional.

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ehh I would go with ultimate pedals.
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they dont look right to me for some reason.....
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I feel like either of those would be ridiculously slippery if it was the least bit wet out.
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Guys. Seriously. The ultimate pedals, IMO, are very bland. I wanted something that was very clean, but when you looked hard at it, you saw great detail. These pedals are the shit. It wasn't a money decision, it was a performance(grip and feel) and aesthetic decision. How anyone can say these pedals don't look amazing is as crazy to me as someone telling me the 335 has more styling cues than our M. Come on. Favoritism on this board is blatantly obvious, whatever anyone has, or has in mind for themselves, is the best. If you have a Vorstiener trunk, or are planning on getting one, then the Amuse trunk or ACS lip etc are sub-par. They "suck" in comparison. That is the frustrating thing on this board, to me, and is why I post rather sparingly.

Adding mods to our cars is something we all do differently, it's almost an expression of ourselves, our tastes and our passion for cars. So, in regards to these pedals...

I had the ultimate pedals before I switched to these. I had the stock pedals before(DUH!!), I also checked out(in person) two other sets. These are the best. Period. Hands down. The only thing that would make these pedals PERFECT would be the ///M logo being stamped in there. There is zero slippage and it is completely douching here in S. FLA right now. If anybody has any opinions otherwise, let's hear a good argument!!
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