We've covered the various parts of the clutch system, but now comes the difficult part: choosing which clutch is best for your application. Choosing the correct aftermarket Mustang clutch for your application means taking into consideration several operational features, including: clutch feel, operating temperature range, wear characteristics/durability, clamping force, the break-in period, and the clutch material.
There are a lot of people that believe that if you choose a clutch made of extremely aggressive material, it will be better for the Mustang, no matter what situation you drive in. This is actually not true. Choosing a clutch that is too aggressive for the driving you do means compromising on some of the above features.
TIP: Every clutch, regardless of type, has a break-in period. This means you need to be careful not to overheat from excessive slipping. Always follow the suggested break-in guidelines, or you risk clutch failure.
Before you buy a clutch, you need to ask two questions to understand the characteristics of your Mustang:
How much power does your Mustang make?
How is it used? (street driving or track use, or a combination of both)
You’re also going to want to know which type of disc you will need – puck-style or full disc? Should I get one with or without a torsion dampener? And what material should the clutch disc be made of? Should you go with a compound or Kevlar, or a Carbon-Kevlar mix? What type of flywheel should I get: steel or aluminum? The amount of information out there can be dizzying, but we’re here to make sense of it for you.