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Apr 23

pedal mount.Review from AUS

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took me a little longer due to work commitments but got the new mount setup today. Took a little more tinkering than the original prototype to get the pedals set right but ultimately it has much better customisation and the angle bracket is a great addition too

 

a really cheeky bonus is that by putting the MFGs on the new mount, I can put my driving pedals on the old mount and brace them against each other when not flying haha

 

 

(ignore rats nest of cables and dirty server box)

I'll make a more detailed post once I've had a proper chance to use them

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