I have used the BIG BOY PEDAL EXTENDER on several of my buggy builds and with great success. My personal buggy was finished in June 2014 and has the Big Boy Pedal EXTENDER and the X-Celerator Speed Wheel on it, and currently has over 43,000 miles covering the North American Continent 3 times from the Atlantic to the Pacific including Alaska. Very good quality items and workmanship. Entering the Yukon Territory, I have literally beat the snot out of your parts all over the US and Canada in my buggy. No failure yet.
In August, in prepping for the NORRA race, I will be pulling every part off of my buggy, including the BIG BOY PEDAL EXTENDER and checking it. I will get to see what 50,000 miles on it looks like. That is why I want to see it and make sure it is ready for more abuse! – Joe
In 2014 I commissioned an extensive restoration of our 1970 Meyers Manx dune buggy. I have had a number of VWs in the past and have often had issues with pedal assemblies. I had seen the ads for the X-Celerator Speed Wheel and Big Boy Clutch Pedal Shaft Kits (I love to wear my Croc’s when driving). I asked the builder (that uses them on all of his builds), and he convinced me that it was definitely worth it. After 2 years of use and many smiles later, I know he was absolutely correct, and I will be using both again on the Manx Resorter restoration that is currently in progress! You have my permission to use for any ads you’d like. Great products deserve it! Brian Giles – Kingsland, GA
I had been having problems with the throttle pedal in my 1972 CLASS11x Bug since I built it over the last 6 years! The clip on the little wheel kept falling off, and then… NO throttle… SO… when I saw your X-CELERATER SPEED WHEEL 2… I knew this was the solution to my problem!!
Well… I figured that as long as the pedal cluster had to be R&R’ed anyway… I will just install the CLUTCH PEDAL SHAFT UPGRADE, as I was tired of trying to hold cable in the “hook” with everything from “bag-ties” to “zip-ties”! ALL went together well, and have performed flawlessly since the install. When I have the time ( to stop driving ) I plan on doing the exact same procedure on my “OldManx” as well. Your products design & quality get an A+ rating from this 45+ year (retired now) wrench & VW lover.
– BILL SCHUSTER aka… OldManx DOS PERROS MOTORSPORTS
I drive my 1972 Meyer’s Tow’d all over town and have started to venture out a little bit farther lately. Last year we decided to drive from SoCal to St.Louis, so I wanted to upgrade a few things. We ordered the CLUTCH SHAFT and X-CELERATOR SPEED WHEEL from ClassicBugParts. I was a little nervous about driving “Lily” that far, but everything worked AWESOME! The pedal assembly from ClassicBugParts was one less thing I had to worry about. Thanks again. – Lori Ann Dario
The shaft upgrade has been likely the reason why I’ve not experienced clutch cable issues at all. With a simple wing nut adjuster added, it’s has been a rock solid setup – 20,000 miles since 2014. – Andy Burger
In preparing my buggy for the Norra 1000 race in April 2018, I am going over every nut, bolt, and part looking for something worn or weak. I have put 50,000 miles on the buggy since building it and have found a LOT of worn parts that will be replaced.
One part I was anxious to see was the Classic Bug Parts “Big Boy Clutch Pedal Shaft” set up, with the revised clutch cable attachment…
ClassicBugParts are awesome! No wear to the clutch cable and only two very small indents on the brass bushing that provides the “bearing” surface. This will get cleaned, greased and put back into service for the race.
As a side note, I run a Kennedy Stage I pressure Plate, so some extra force has been applied to the Classic Bug Parts equipment over the 50,000 miles.
Classic Bug Parts has the PUZZLE MANX stamp of approval.
We bumped into Jaime Flores at the “Meet in the Middle” VW event, where he was sporting his new VW “Thing.” Jamie has ClassicBugParts products in all his VW’s and is planning to install another Clutch Shaft Upgrade in his new ride. Another happy VW enthusiast who loves a smooth drive while making every mile count. Big thanks to Jamie!
“My name is Mark Trevino and this is my 1964 factory sunroof bug. Last year I installed the ClassicBug Parts “Clutch Pedal Shaft Upgrade”. I know that I will never have to replace the cable, unless the butterfly wing nut in back snaps. I just know that it is one of the best upgrades I have installed in my ride. It has a smooth feel and I have recommended it to my friends.”
“A few years ago I bought a hook-style after-market one from a local VW vendor here in town. This new hook-style one had the hole for the clutch pin in the wrong place; so when I got it all together, the clutch shaft was pinched and wouldn’t rotate. The vendor told me to file down the end of the pedal assembly, I said no thanks and called Ron from Classicbugparts and told him my story. Ron assured me that his clutch-pedal shaft would fit perfectly and he was correct. The machining of his shaft was absolutely perfect, so naturally it fit my pedal cluster exactly as it should have.
Installing the new clutch cable was also far easier, because the cable eye cannot come loose from the bearing (it’s held on by a self-locking nut) while working on the transmission end of the cable. The machining was perfect! Call me picky, but I like parts that fit without having to file, sand, whatever. Ron provided that!”