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JoeyD 11-18-2013 09:58 PM

Minor Durango Surgery: Parking Brake Cover
 
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Alright, so after installing the Mopar Pedal Kit, I decided that the parking brake pedal looked a bit out of place.

Knowing that it's not a factory fit, I went ahead and spent the $20 on a parking brake pedal cover that is meant to fit certain Mercedes and dodge vehicles, but not the Durango / Grand Cherokee.

I've seen someone else install the brake pedal on a Grand Cherokee, but I did not like how he did the "horizontal" installation, since the curvature of the pedal is the opposite of the other pedals.

Now that I received the part, I know why he did it that way. It's a better fit if you install it on the pedal that way. You can get away with just trimming some of the rubber on the pedal and them just install it. If you want it installed in the direction it was meant to, it just won't fit....unless you are willing to perform surgery on the Durango.

Well, I haven't used my Dremel in a while....

So here's what I did.

1) Remove the existing brake pedal cover. (Not hard, though there does appear to be some adhesive used, so it takes a little force.)

2) Trim off 1/4" of the brake pedal on the left hand side. This leaves 1 1/8" pedal width. This is done with a dremel. I put some cardboard down on the floor to catch the gridings as I cut. Please make sure you wear protective eye wear if you do this.

3) Vacuum foot-well to clean up metal shavings

3) Trimmed off sections of the rubber on the pedal. (This was done with the dremel and a razor blade.)

4) Apply epoxy adhesive and install

5) Use a clamp to hold the pedal cover in place while the epoxy sets. Turns out this was fairly difficult because the back of the pedal stalk is not flat but rounded, which made it difficult for the clamp to get a firm hold without moving.

Pics attached in the next few posts. The pedal itself is a perfect match for the Mopar parts in terms of materials and finish.

With the cutting that was done, the fit is good, but it is not "secure", in that the pedal will move if pressure is placed on it. So my main concern at this point is whether the epoxy will be strong enough to withstand the pressure needed to apply and disengage the brake. Time will tell and I'll keep you posted if the cover loosens up.

JoeyD 11-18-2013 10:00 PM

Re: Minor Durango Surgery: Parking Brake Cover
 
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Pedal Cover...

JoeyD 11-18-2013 10:02 PM

Re: Minor Durango Surgery: Parking Brake Cover
 
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Finished product to test fit (prior to applying epoxy.)

Mlodybaranek 11-18-2013 10:20 PM

Re: Minor Durango Surgery: Parking Brake Cover
 
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Originally Posted by JoeyD (Post 932376)
Finished product to test fit (prior to applying epoxy.)

Nice job !!:thumbsup:

Immo 11-18-2013 10:25 PM

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Originally Posted by JoeyD (Post 932376)
Finished product to test fit (prior to applying epoxy.)

Looks great!!!! Want to help me with mine? ;)

fk186 11-19-2013 06:55 AM

Re: Minor Durango Surgery: Parking Brake Cover
 
Looks complete now, great job.

JoeyD 11-19-2013 07:32 AM

Re: Minor Durango Surgery: Parking Brake Cover
 
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Originally Posted by Immo (Post 932389)
Looks great!!!! Want to help me with mine? ;)

Sure...as soon as I can track down one of these...:cool:

davewg 11-19-2013 08:18 AM

Re: Minor Durango Surgery: Parking Brake Cover
 
Nice work. Looks great, and good to have a fully matched set.

Now how about a matching cover for over the dead pedal area behind the brake pedal :D

JoeyD 11-22-2013 07:51 AM

Re: Minor Durango Surgery: Parking Brake Cover
 
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Originally Posted by JoeyD (Post 932370)
...With the cutting that was done, the fit is good, but it is not "secure", in that the pedal will move if pressure is placed on it. So my main concern at this point is whether the epoxy will be strong enough to withstand the pressure needed to apply and disengage the brake. Time will tell and I'll keep you posted if the cover loosens up.

Well, it's been a few days now and with normal brake pedal use (I try and make a habit of using it all the time)....so far so good. Everything's holding up and I'm really happy with the end result.

Gtaz19 11-22-2013 07:59 AM

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Originally Posted by JoeyD (Post 934152)
Well, it's been a few days now and with normal brake pedal use (I try and make a habit of using it all the time)....so far so good. Everything's holding up and I'm really happy with the end result.

I installed the Mopar pedals last night. I thought everyone was being a little dramatic about how much of a pain the brake pedal install was, that was until I actually tried it and wanted to stab the car with the screw driver I was using. After regrouping and boiling some water, to which I added soap, I threw the pedal in and gave it a minute. The rubber became very pliable making it much easier (still a pain though).

JoeyD 11-22-2013 08:17 AM

Re: Minor Durango Surgery: Parking Brake Cover
 
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Originally Posted by Gtaz19 (Post 934157)
I installed the Mopar pedals last night. I thought everyone was being a little dramatic about how much of a pain the brake pedal install was, that was until I actually tried it and wanted to stab the car with the screw driver I was using.

I know...right?! ;) Felt the same way after stabbing myself with the screwdriver a few times.

It's one of those things that after you do one or two of them, you "figure out" what works and would probably only take a few minutes to do subsequent installs...but that first time is a killer!

The end result was worth it though. :thumbsup:


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