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    Thread: Routan Dead Pedal (Foot Rest)

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      02-08-2011 10:58 PM #1
      Hey guys,

      Well my only gripe about the Routan interior is the lack of the Dead Pedal (foot rest). I am tired of the dirty carpet where your left foot should rest while driving. I was originally going to take a plastic foot rest from a Passat and modify it to fit the Routan. But today while working at my father in laws shop I got to thinking about why not grained aluminum or stainless steel???? So I quickly whipped up a template, ran up the street to the sheetmetal guy we use and asked for a piece of 316 grained stainless steel. I traced my template and sheared it to my template then bent it up, attached some velcro to it and slapped it in the Routan. I think it looks slick, the grain almost matches the graining on our door panels and dashboard trim. I really like the look of the R32 ones with the black rubber inserted from behind or even the Audi style with the black rubber lines in them. I could do something like that but it would be out of plastic not rubber. Since the pics, I have already upgraded the velcro to some really nasty stuff, although it's not really needed, it pretty much just lays there. I only have the velcro on there incase your left foot were to grab it for some reason and I didn't want to screw thru the carpets and ruin them. That little incline is only a piece of plastic anyway, so don't put too much pressure on it. Sorry about the pic quality, was in a hurry to get it washed up in 29 degree weather. Let me know what you think!







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      02-09-2011 01:42 AM #2
      nice work on a very cold day! it looks great to me.

      any chance you can post or email me a pdf of the paper template you used to trace and cut the sheet metal?

    3. 02-09-2011 10:08 AM #3
      That's awesome! I would have never thought about doing that until now. Great idea.

    4. 02-09-2011 01:03 PM #4
      Where do I send my money ?

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      02-10-2011 08:33 PM #5
      Quote Originally Posted by napman41 View Post
      Where do I send my money ?
      Ditto - my thread from before

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      02-11-2011 09:55 PM #6
      would love one of these! great idea!

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      02-12-2011 01:40 PM #7
      OK, so it seems others are interested. I'll draw this up in CAD and send it off to the sheetmetal shop and see what it would cost to have 10 or so waterjet cut. Then all I need to do is put it in the sheetmetal brake and bend them up. The most expensive part is the 316 stainless. I'm not looking to make money, so basically whatever our sheetmetal guy is charging me for his time and material is what it will be. Typically he tends to hook me up because I use the leftover from a sheet. Give me a week or so and I'll get some numbers together. As far as the velcro goes thats a few bucks and I can leave that up to whom ever buys them, I got my upgraded velcro form Wal-Mart, but Home Depot and Lowes probably carry this as well.

    8. 02-12-2011 03:37 PM #8
      Thank you in advance for your work. I will definitely purchase one.

    9. 02-14-2011 02:52 PM #9
      Definitely interested in this. I'm not sure why they left it as carpet, cause it's impossible to keep clean.

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      02-14-2011 05:06 PM #10
      Quote Originally Posted by napman41 View Post
      Thank you in advance for your work. I will definitely purchase one.
      me too

    11. 02-14-2011 07:01 PM #11
      I'd love to have one of those too!

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      02-15-2011 06:40 PM #12
      Count me in, looks great and tired of cleaning the carpet.

    13. 02-17-2011 02:54 PM #13
      I'm in - ship to Canada?

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      02-17-2011 04:10 PM #14
      Just waiting on the quote back, drawings have been sent. Hope to hear something tomorrow. I had him quote 10 and 20 to get a better price. If I need to go out on a limb to get the price lower I'll have 20 made then, I'll hop on to chryslerminivan.net and try to sell some there too.

      I can ship anywhere, just would need to get it quoted.

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      02-18-2011 08:03 AM #15
      Thanks for doing this - I've been disappointed that the aftermarket folks haven't recognized the Routan and started making more accessories for it.

      Count me in - I'd like one as well.

    16. 02-18-2011 09:34 AM #16
      Quote Originally Posted by 58kafer View Post
      I can ship anywhere, just would need to get it quoted.
      Sounds good. I'm in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

      Let me know. Thanks for all your efforts!

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      02-19-2011 11:33 PM #17
      OK guys,

      I can get them made for $19.00 plus shipping to you VIA USPS flat rate.

      I need to get to the post office to see what the cheapest option is, even if that means I need to quote each one individually. I usually ship everything UPS because it is easiest for me but they are expensive and I want to keep this cheap for everyone!

      The velcro is $4.00 a box and I can do 2 Dead Pedals with one box. So if you want it complete ready to pop in I can do it for $21.00. The delivery to me is 1-2 weeks. It looks like we have about 8 of them spoken for already---but that was before pricing, but I think it's a reasonable price for keeping the carpet clean! I can take paypal if you like or you can send me a postal money order or however you'd like to get the payment to me. If personal check, that will have to clear before I ship.

      I was going to start a list of who wants one but I think it may be easier to just PM me. Let me know in your PM if you want it with or without velcro, and your mailing address. Then I can get you a quote on shipping and once we have that done we can work out the payment details. I tried to poke around on the USPS website to get shipping rates but I don't know all the terminology so if you want to get an idea my zip is 18914.

      So they are:

      $19 Without Velcro + shipping
      $21 With Velcro + shipping

      *I'd also like to apologize in advance if this is not allowed to take place on the VORTEX. This is not done to make money for me, just trying to have a part manufactured that has not been done so by any aftermarket company. If any of the moderators need to contact me please feel free to do so.

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      02-20-2011 12:29 AM #18
      Sign me up, PM sent!

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      02-21-2011 10:28 AM #19
      Just ordered 20 Dead Pedals, should have some ready to ship in a week or two. Looks like I have 4 spoken for already. I'm giving everyone here first crack at them. If your interested shoot me a PM.

    20. 02-21-2011 08:46 PM #20
      In for one with Velcro.

    21. 02-22-2011 01:34 PM #21
      PM sent!

    22. 02-22-2011 09:31 PM #22
      PM sent, thnx!!!

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      02-24-2011 08:23 PM #23
      I guess my lack of knowledge is showing with this question, but what is PM? Payment?

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      02-24-2011 08:46 PM #24
      Quote Originally Posted by VWroutanvanman View Post
      I guess my lack of knowledge is showing with this question, but what is PM? Payment?
      Private Message! Like the one I just sent you.

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      02-25-2011 08:37 PM #25
      Just a quick question/suggestion if it's not too late. Any chance of putting a small lip on the bottom of the front edge that would slip under the floor mat? Less chance of there being a sharp edge digging into the carpet.

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      02-26-2011 12:41 PM #26
      Quote Originally Posted by Row1Rich View Post
      Just a quick question/suggestion if it's not too late. Any chance of putting a small lip on the bottom of the front edge that would slip under the floor mat? Less chance of there being a sharp edge digging into the carpet.
      I'll call over to him on Monday. If the material has been ordered I'm not sure if there is anything I can do. He uses "nesting" software (precisely places the parts on a piece of material minimizing waste). He maybe squeezing them out of a sheet he already has. Only thing I can suggest is possibly put some of that door edge moulding on the bottom. I never tought it to be a problem as I actually wanted it to catch the carpet so as not to slip. Plus with the Monster mats, they lap over the dead pedal a bit. I never tried it with the stock mats.

      IF I can make a change, I'm not sure if he would change the price. But if I can get it done, I would like to know how much of a lip your looking for.

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      02-28-2011 11:27 PM #27
      I stopped by the sheetmetal shop this morning, and IF all went well today they would have all of them cut. So if were lucky I can probably take orders by Friday or sooner! I'll keep everyone posted.

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      03-07-2011 09:37 AM #28
      Any update on availability? Just wondering - have you received my PM of the 28th?

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      03-07-2011 12:35 PM #29
      Quote Originally Posted by cscsc View Post
      Any update on availability? Just wondering - have you received my PM of the 28th?
      Yes I did get the pm, I hope to be able to shop by the end of the week.. I'll keep everyone up to date.

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      03-07-2011 10:11 PM #30
      Here's who's on the list:

      jschloer
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      Tax Consel
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      Row1Rich

      I didn't want to really post up a list, but at least this way everyone knows they have theirs spoken for. I hope to have the first one in my hands tomorrow evening so I can do a test fit just to make sure everything is O.K. If all goes well we can start the paypal'n or however is easiest for you. If everything checks out O.K. I can start to ship this week. I'll hit the post office in the AM to see what a flat rate is going to be to any where in the U.S., for our Canadian friends I'll get that priced out for you too (as cheap as possible). I don't want to take any paypal or payments until I get the parts in my hands, unfortunately this job is not a high priority at the shop so I get bumped down the line, but I get a good deal in the end for waiting a bit.

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      03-07-2011 11:15 PM #31
      Excellent, looking forward to getting it! 

      PayPal info?

    32. 03-08-2011 12:28 AM #32
      How come I fell off the list, I still want one.

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      03-08-2011 06:04 AM #33
      Sounds great! Thanks for the update.

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      03-08-2011 10:04 AM #34
      Quote Originally Posted by TCM GLX View Post
      How come I fell off the list, I still want one.

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      TCM GLX (made the list, my bad)

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      03-08-2011 02:15 PM #35
      *UPDATE*

      I will be picking one up in the morning (3/09/11) for a test fit, they are being cut this afternoon. I really appreciate everyones patience!

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