from where the linkage is, there's only about 2 inches of empty space before it hits the engine bay. i could tie it against the bay. it has to bend period. the pedal is pretty firm, similar to how i had it when it was efi. it does slip, it keeps its tension all the way to full throttle. I'd love to make another hole on the fire wall, but that's going to go right behind the dash and that's not gonna work, i doubt a cable could fit through there. in the kit, it came with this lever that has a pivot, for the obvious reason. to have the cable be pulled from an angle.