Review & Install Video
Hey, guys, Stephanie with AmericanMuscle.com, here with the McLeod High Performance Hydraulic Clutch Line Upgrade for the 2005 to 2014 V8 Mustang. The McLeod hydraulic clutch line's going to be for the manual S197 V8 owners that are looking to get away from the weak factory plastic line and replace it with a durable line that's not going to fail or stick and will improve pedal feel. This is a direct fit for the S197s that have a V8, including the 4.6L, the 5.0L, and the 5.4. It's gonna give some piece of mind, as well as a little performance improvement.
So this is a braided stainless steel hose. It's going to take the place of the plastic clutch fluid line that the Mustang comes from the factory with. This right here is your factory line, and you can see the difference between the two with the braided line. The factory line does have the potential to expand, fail, or split over time, or even under high heat. The additional pressure in the line that's created by aggressive driving can also cause a line to start sticking or fail, and I'm sure you can imagine this is not a fun experience. It also creates a sloppy feeling clutch.
The braided stainless steel line is going to work to resist to that expansion under pressure, and it's also a high flow line that will give better flow, which is how this line is superior over the factory line, especially if you're an aggressive driver. The braided stainless steel is also gonna give protection and reinforcement against heat, abrasion, and road debris. It's 36 inches long, which is not too long to have too much line, but it is long enough to route nicely and away from the headers. Because this line is going to increase the fluid flow capacity and because this line does not have the unwanted expansion capabilities that the factory line has, it's also going to improve clutch pedal feel.
No expansion outwards of the fluid means only a direct pressure, and that means a firmer pedal feel and you can expect to feel a noticeable improvement in grip and bite of the clutch. As far as price, you're looking at just over $60 for this line right here. There are other versions of this line available if you didn't want to run the McLeod. Both Ford Racing and SR Performance have clutch line upgrades. Of course, Ford Racing is gonna be more expensive, and the SR Performance is going to have a more affordable price, so those others are definitely something to consider.
The install here is not very difficult. It's actually pretty easy. All that you're really going to need is a few basic tools and a small pick. I'd also have a shop rag or two for the drips, and maybe some extra fluid in case you end up needing it. You might have to move your intake tube away from the firewall so you can get to the clutch line, and the top connection on the firewall can be removed using the metal pick and then you can pull the line out of its fitting.
I would just slide the clip back into its place after you get the line out, and then you'll need to raise the car on a lift or on jack stands, either one. Once you locate the lower connection from the underside of the car, on the driver side of the trans, the line comes out the same way. Just slide the retaining clip back until it releases the line. You can pull the line out of the elbow, and that's all it takes to get the stock line out.
The new line is best installed by fitting it into the firewall first and then install the bottom, which pushes into the metal retaining clip in the fitting. After this, it's just a matter of bleeding the clutch, which is a lot of pumping the pedal. Just make sure to check the fluid reservoir and refill it if it needs it. Once the pedal feels normal, you're set for a test drive, and then just check the fluid level again once you get back. It's as simple as that. It's a pretty easy install that should take an hour or two, and is a one out of three wrenches on the scale.
Wrapping things up here, the McLeod High Performance Hydraulic Clutch Line is stainless steel and has increased flow capacity. It's good for both piece of mind and a touch of performance improvement from the clutch. The line doesn't allow for expansion, and its braided stainless steel is a definite upgrade over the factory plastic line. You can check it out more online right here, at AmericanMuscle.com.