Installation Time: Afternoon
March 17, 2014
Great Clutch, very technical installation on 2003 SVT Cobra
I had to replace my exploded aftermarket clutch on my modified 2003 SVT Cobra. I picked this one to replace mine because of reviews on Mustang forums and the power handling cababilities of the assembly. I have an aftermarket whipple supercharger and it Dynos 550 RWHP and 580 RW Torque. This clutch needs several accessories with the installation, it needs the adjustable clutch pivot ball, and I also needed an adjustable clutch cable to get the clutch to engage at the proper pedal level. American Muscle had the clutch but did not stock the ajustable clutch ball assembly which is absolutely needed for this installation. the factory position of the pivot ball is too high in this case and keeps the Throw out bearing loaded against the pressure plate. the pivot ball will have to be cut down, re threaded and it needs to moved back away from the assembly or would have to be (moved in) about 3/8 inch/ 5 mm to avoid the clutch throw out bearing worn out. This is due to the extra cluch disc height from the extra disc and floater intermediate plate.
I was able to resurface my factory flywheel and I am of the understanding this can only be done one time before it has to be replaced or sent in for a new insert to be installed. I already had an aftermarket firewall adjuster and quadrant on the car and this may need to be fine tuned if the new cable stretches any but at the present it is just about perfect engaging approximately 3 inches from the floor. I only had the transmission out twice to get the pivot ball adjustment right, but felt the need to share this information. This clutch assembly feels like the factory pedal pressure and is very driveable on the street. Mcloed reccomends about 1200 clutch cycles before agressive driving on this clutch or about 200 miles of city driving, which seems excessive but I will try to get this in before any track use.