Pedal to the Metal—FFP Customs’ new lightweight, customizable pedal assembly

Written By Steve Baur

Photography by the Author

Necessity is the mother of all invention, and FFP Customs’ Ryan Frazier realized he needed to build a product aid in the fitment of drivers who were purchasing his roll cages.

“When I got started on my own business, I was going to build and sell a rolling chassis,” Frazier recalled. “If I built a cage, they might not fit the car, so I started looking at pieces inside so that the car could fit anyone. And just for that reason, most everything I have made since is adjustable.”

Here is the FFP Customs Adjustable Pedal Assembly broken down into its individual components. Where an in-house manufacturing solution is not available, such as with the brake and clutch master cylinders, FFP Customs employs high-quality components from Wilwood Engineering.

That thought process lead to the development of the FFP Customs’ patent-pending, Adjustable Pedal Assembly. In addition to offering adjustable upper and lower seat mounts, Frazier went a step further to design his own pedal assembly to resolve any driver fitment issues.

“In any racing application, driver safety is the most important part of the car. I also think it’s the most overlooked,” Frazier said. “If you’re safely positioned in the car, you’ll be able to focus more on driving the car.”

To make sure racers have the right feel on the pedals, FFP Customs offers different pedal pad options to get it right.

Starting with an automatic setup with just throttle and brake pedals, Frazier engineered the assembly to offer forward/backward movement of each pedal, as well as adjustable placement of the foot pads. Placing the driver in a particular place in the vehicle not only provides added comfort—important for a racer to be comfortable in the car and able to concentrate on racing—but it can also offer safety and weight balance benefits as well.

As the new brake master cylinder is located on the pedal assembly inside the car, FFP provides a shiny billet aluminum block off plate. This one was personalized for the car’s persona, TT Minion.

Frazier began his quest for proper pedal position in the Fox-Body Mustang platform, and currently FFP offers an assembly for that model, as well as the newer SN95 Mustangs.

“When designing this kit, I placed the seat as far back as the seat would go. Me being 6’ 2”, it allowed me to be comfortable and safe inside the car and roll cage,” Frazier said. “I also had my wife, who is 5’ 2,” sit in the same seat position. This pedal system allowed her to remain in the same position of safety within the roll cage. This allowed us both to drive the car, but I am not crazy enough to let her drive my car.”

The installation we followed involved TT Minion, Yandro Ulloa’s NMRA QA1 True Street machine that he also races in stick-shift classes all over the country. Despite running a best elapsed time of 7.47 in the quarter-mile, Ulloa was still using the stock Ford Mustang Cobra pedal assembly, which had been modified and converted to an aftermarket hydraulic clutch setup that worked, but was not quite optimal for his application. “His throttle pedal was on its last leg. It was just worn out,” Frazier noted.

Nearly the entire pedal assembly is fabricated from T-6061 aluminum to provide great strength at a lighter weight than factory components that are often made from stamped steel. To simplify installation, Frazier engineered the assembly to utilize factory mounting points, which also eliminates any fabrication work or welding.

A look behind the wizard’s curtain—or the stock dashboard in this case—shows the front bars of the Cameron Johnson Race Cars’ 25.5 roll cage, and reveals that this street car has become much more race-oriented. Here, FFP’s Ryan Frazier has already removed the factory pedal assembly and moved some wiring to make installation of the adjustable pedal assembly a bit easier.

For the hydraulics, Frazier turned to Wilwood Engineering, and includes several of the company’s components with his pedal assembly. The Wilwood master cylinder is bolted to the assembly, and Frazier engineered the setup so that the reservoirs can be tucked away inside the vehicle, providing additional room in the engine bay for other components, ease of maintenance, or even just a cleaner look under the hood. Frazier also offers a roll bar mount to secure the reservoirs should that placement be optimal for your application. And you can also opt to split where you mount them as well, as you can see in the application pictured here.

The main mounting bracket bolts up to the firewall using the factory mounting solution. No fabrication needed here, just use the provided and upgraded hardware to bolt it in place.

Electrical integration options include a micro switch on the throttle pedal, and neutral safety and throttle cut-off switches for the clutch pedal. And speaking of pedals, FFP Customs offers a few different pedal pad options as well to provide the perfect fit and feel.

There’s no doubt that the FFP Customs Adjustable Pedal Assembly is a trick piece. In addition to the incredible adjustability, the assembly offers on average 2-5 pounds of weight savings, and it has proven thus far to be quite durable, as Frazier said his first one is still in use in a 5.50 1/8-mile race car.

Just below the windshield is another factory mounting point that FFP Customs utilizes, after installing its billet mounting stantion and bracket.

To get a better look at the product and what it takes to install one, we followed along as Frazier installed one in Yandro Ulloa’s TT Minion Mustang Cobra. Ulloa is always improving his 7-second, stick-shift street car and was suitably intrigued by the FFP Customs pedal assembly. To find out more about the FFP Customs Adjustable Pedal Assembly or to place an order, call (813) 928-1449 or visit www.FFPCustoms.com.

FFP Customs can set you up with a number of electrical connections for things like nitrous oxide switches, throttle cut-offs, and more.

Wilwood Engineering has a long, proven history in the braking market, and FFP Customs employs the company’s master cylinder in all of its pedal assemblies.

With the main bracket installed, Frazier then bolted the brake and clutch master cylinders, along with the pedals themselves. Frazier prefers to bench bleed these prior to mounting as it has proven easier than bleeding them when they are installed in the vehicle. The Wilwood components included with the pedal assembly also include a bleeder kit and instructions as well.

Next, it was time to connect the hydraulic lines, which are all braided pieces from Fragola.

The brake hydraulics are run through a bulkhead that is included with every kit and into the left front fender where the line lock is located.

One of the attributes of this system that Ulloa liked is how everything can be hidden. These fluid reservoirs will be hidden underneath the dashboard. All told, swapping to the FFP Customs pedal assembly netted a 7-pound weight reduction while improving performance and reliability.

Ulloa, pictured here with his son, Aaron, has been steadily improving the performance of his Modular-powered, twin-turbocharged Cobra, and his quest continues with the addition of the FFP Customs pedal assembly. “I found Ryan at the NMRA Spring Break Shootout race and the pedal assembly looked cool as hell. It was lighter, about half the weight of the stock assembly, and I liked how it cleaned up and arranged the reservoirs one place,” Ulloa told us. “The ‘79-’04 Mustangs don’t have a hydraulic system—this is the easiest way for anyone to go hydraulic.”

To check the fitment of the new pedal assembly, Ulloa stopped by for a driver fitment session with Frazier. Being comfortable in the car allows the driver to focus on the task at hand, and positioning can also offer other benefits as well.

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FFP Customs

(813) 928-1449

www.FFPCustoms.com

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