** Disclaimer** I take no responsibility if you perform this modification, use at your own risk!!!** Ok now with that out of the way.....
Here's what to do if you are having the same problem as me. (The first three pictures are not mine they are from a user called black03 from svt performance. his pictures will be marked with a *)
1 medium size flat head screwdriver.
1 work light.
Approximate time: 15 Mins.
Ok the first pictures are showing the difference between a GT500 pedal assembly and a 5.0 mustang.
* Gt500 on the left note the spring on the pivot point. 5.0 note the valve spring looking setup.
* A closer look at the gt500 pivot spring.
* A closer look at the 5.0
Ok I looked at my pedal setup and I have both springs. One spring on the pivot and the valve spring.
Ford put this "Assist Spring" on there to help reduce pedal effort. The problem is this assist spring Binds when the pedal is pushed all the way down. It binds to the point of sticking the pedal on the floor. I checked the binding problem by disconnecting the clutch slave and pressing the pedal.
The assist spring works against the pivot spring and the assist spring is stronger. So you get the result of a sticking pedal.
The Pins holding the assist spring.
Ok now for removal.
STEP ONE: Locate the top pin. (DO NOT REMOVE THE BOTTOM PIN FIRST AS THIS WILL BREAK THE PLASTIC SECURING THE TOP PIN!)
When you find the TOP PIN it feels like its threaded but rest assured its just a very tight press fit.
You may find it easier to press the pedal down to take pressure off the TOP PIN But only back the pin out enough to get the flat head under there because if the pin is sticking to far out it will hit the pedal assembly when you release the pedal ( And possibly breaking the plastic!)
Ok now that you have your gap slowly release the pedal and make sure you have clearance. Once the pedal is released you can start backing out the TOP PIN with your flat head.
STEP TWO. Remove the TOP PIN
You will find it harder to push the pin out because the spring has tension on it. Patience you will get it.
Just be careful take it slow and use solid points to help you pry the pin out. ***(Be careful when the pin is close to coming out because this sucker will shoot out! Maintain positive control of it so you don't lose it!)**
Remove the pin. Now the only thing holding the assist spring on is the bottom pin.
STEP THREE: Removing the assist spring assembly.
Use caution because the spring has grease on it and you don't want that crap on your carpet. So once again work slowly and press the pedal down to remove spring tension.
Grab the assist spring assembly and rotate it down and pull it off the bottom pin and remove.
Now it's just like the GT500 setup!
Ok now this modification will increase pedal effort about 15% BUT the pedal feel is now linear with no dead zone. It feels great!
Now go out and test your 7500+ shifts and enjoy a 100% functional pedal
Edited by Yankee-eight, 06 April 2012 - 05:28 PM.