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Short people driving manual tacoma

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Tacomabaja12, Jan 19, 2020.

  1. Jan 19, 2020 at 10:52 AM
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    Tacomabaja12

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    Hey guys so I have a 6 speed manual taco and I have no problem driving it. How ever my wife wants to drive it from time to time, she’s 5”1 and can reach the pedals but she has to max out the seats adjustment forward. When ever she does this though her knees are hitting the plastic lower trim making it hard to shift. Anyone have any suggestions ?
     
  2. Jan 19, 2020 at 10:53 AM
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    Yeah bit of a predicament for sure
     
  4. Jan 19, 2020 at 10:54 AM
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    Dents and scratches...
    Cut the plastic lower trim
     
  5. Jan 19, 2020 at 10:58 AM
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    Sounds like a great way to keep the wife out of the drivers seat. I'd be fine with it.
     
  6. Jan 19, 2020 at 11:04 AM
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    Yeah I don’t wanna chop up the truck, and sometime I want her to drive it so I can keep the miles off of it, when I take her car lol
     
  7. Jan 19, 2020 at 11:36 AM
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    They make blocks for that exact problem. Not sure if having them easy to put on and remove has been addressed though.

    Certainly wouldn't want the block on the brake pedal to pop off or come loose while driving.
     
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    Sketchy AF if you ask me. Unless this is just a joke that I didn't get lol.

    OP, how straight is her leg when the clutch is all the way in? If she still has a decent bend in her leg she can scoot the seat back a couple clicks. It feels weird to some people right at first but you get used to it. Otherwise I wouldn't have her driving your truck, she's got exceptionally short legs.
     
  11. Jan 19, 2020 at 11:49 AM
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    They're designed for people with mobility restrictions and the good ones are fully legal. It wasn't a joke. Obviously, the easy answer is to say don't let her drive the truck, but there aren't really many options based on what OP stated he would/would not do.
     
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    Oh ok. I think I would modify it so it was bolted to the pedal somehow, but in this case those could be the answer. Just wonder what would happen in a wreck or something.
     
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    Googled "Short people driving pedal extenders" got lots of results including some from forums. While not common, this problem has to be out there.
     
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    I don’t know what the clutch pedal is like on a Taco, but this is what it’s like on my RX8. Even though I’m 6’, I still have to move the seat forward a couple clicks to reach the bottom of the clutch travel. I have strongly considered either welding another pad on the pedal or doing lots of adjusting on the pedal adjustments, however, it would take some work to figure out the upper and lower stop points so the travel remains the same.

    ———l Dead pedal
    —-l—————>l Clutch pedal
    —-l->l Brake pedal
    ——-l—>l Gas pedal
     
  15. Jan 19, 2020 at 12:06 PM
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    Yeah my biggest issue is her taking the blunt force of the airbag being so close if she ever was in an accident
     
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    Yeah I never thought about that. That is a legitimate concern.
     
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    Might be better off not having her drive to be honest
     
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    Yeah, that'd be the safest option as long as her car is in good working order. I daily drive my Tacoma and the only real con is the fuel mileage.
     
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    I have a delrin block bolted to my clutch pedal with hex head screws in the face. The pedal positions on this truck are all out of whack as delivered. You should also consider seat spacers to raise the seat, unless that would create a problem for other drivers. In the stock seating position she could get hurt if the airbag deploys.
     
  20. Jan 19, 2020 at 1:02 PM
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