Hey I’m Justin with AmericanMuscle.com and I’m going to be breaking down 4 different clutches, all from Exedy, they’re stages 1 through 4, for the 2005-2012 Mustang GT. Exedy is one of the leading manufacturers of both OE and aftermarket clutches, all of their products have been designed and built from the ground up, unlike other companies, who basically take a factory clutch, beef up some of the components, and rebrand it as a performance clutch. So I have 4 different clutches ranging from the Mach 350 which is basically their OE replacement or a light bolt on clutch, all the way down to the big boy, the Mach 600, which is rated almost 800 ft/lbs torque at the frame. In a second we’re going to take a closer look at what makes each clutch a little different but first, I’d just like to point out something that I noticed with every single clutch. As you can see, every clutch utilizes a sprung hub design, even the big boy here, the Mach 600. That’s awesome, because if you’ve ever driven an unsprung 4 or 6 clutch, you’ll know they’re not fun to drive, especially if your car sees any street duty whatsoever. Not only that, an unsprung clutch can be a little harsher on your drivetrain as well. With that out of the way, let’s take a closer look at each one of these clutches. First up is Exedy’s Mach 350 or basically their stage 1 clutch. This is a perfect OE replacement or for a car which has light bolt ons. The pedal feel is going to be slightly firmer than stock, and the clutch disc itself is made from an organic compound which will hold roughly 430 ft/lbs of torque at the crank, which is good enough to handle most bolt ons and then some. Next up is the Mach 400 or Exedy stage 2 clutch. This clutch utilizes that same organic compound but with slightly more bite, this time holding 510 ft/lbs of torque at the crank. This is still a very suitable clutch that can easily handle full bolt ons, and maybe even a small shot of nitrous, yet still maintain that stock pedal feel, with a slightly firmer engagement. Third in the line up is Exedy’s Mach 500 or their stage 3 offering. This clutch utilizes the same disc found in their stage 2 but with a high clamp load pressure plate, giving it the ability to hold 600+ ft/lbs of torque. Since this clutch still utilizes that organic disc material, you’ll still be able to slip the clutch a little bit and it’s still going to offer that smooth engagement, but it’s not going to wear out your leg and it’s still going to hold a ton of power. Finally we have the big boy, the Exedy Mach 600 which is their stage 4 offering. This clutch, as you might have guessed, is ready to handle just about anything you can throw at it, and is rated at almost 800 ft/lbs of torque at the crank. Since this disc utilizes a ceramic material and not that organic compound, the engagement is going to be very quick, yet still maintain the pedal feel from that stage 3. It’s going to be slightly trickier on the street, but I wouldn’t hesitate to throw it in any street car, especially when compared to those unsprung 4 or 6 options. Installing any clutch is definitely not a job for first time wrenchers out there, it should take you about 4 hours from start to finish depending on your lift situation. All of these clutches from Exedy require a very strict break in period of about 500 miles of city type driving before you really start beating on the car. That means no hard launches, no aggressive driving, and if at all possible, try to shift below 4000 RPM. Doing all this is only going to prolong the life of your clutch. So that wraps it up with these Exedy clutches, as you can see it basically boils down to how much power you’re making, and what clutch would be best suited for your ride, and as always you can check them out right here at AmericanMuscle.com.
Includes Alignment Tool, Throwout Bearing & Pilot Bearing
Fits 1986-Mid 2001 GT and 1993-1998 SVT Cobra Mustangs
Ideal Replacement. If you drive your Mustang like it's meant to be driven, it's easy to burn out your weak stock clutch. If you're starting to feel your Mustang's clutch slipping or are getting that unmistakeable burning clutch smell, an Exedy Mach 350 Stage 1 clutch is an affordable, upgraded OE style replacement that will fit your budget and your driving style.
Great for Daily Drivers. The Exedy Mach 350 Stage 1 clutch combines an organic compound disc with a high clamp pressure plate that delivers superior durability with stock-like driveability. The Exedy Mach 350 Stage 1 clutch is the perfect clutch for the street-driven, mildly modded, daily driven Mustang. Exedy's 350 clutch firms up your pedal for a sporty feel without the on-off characteristics of a true race clutch and is good to 430 ft-lbs of torque at the Rear Wheels.
Premium Quality. The Exedy Mach 350 Stage 1 clutch is designed to offer the durability of an upgraded performance clutch with the main focus on keeping the great street driveability of a stock unit. All of Exedy's discs feature spring center dampers to reduce drive train shock.
Application. This Exedy Mach 350 Stage 1 Clutch is designed for the 1986-1995 5.0, the 1993-1998 SVT Cobra and the 1996-Mid 2001 GT Mustangs with the T-5 or T-45 manual 10-spline transmission.
Disc Dimensions: 265mm outer diameter
Torque Rating @ Flywheel: 430 ft-lbs
Includes throwout bearing, pilot bearing & alignment tool
51996 Cobra -
Motomike1975Installation Time: Full Day
Always had gts. This was my first cobra. After researching what clutches are best suited for what I’ll be using my car for, I was more confused then when I started. Called American muscle for a recommendation. Rep was very knowledgeable about my car, and the goals I was trying to meet. Installed the clutch, and it’s far better than king cobra, easier for a daily(peddle feel) and way more responsive then the king cobra. If it makes any sense, it’s a smooth and grabby clutch all in one. Plus it’s rated 100hp more than anything remotely close in price. I would completely recommend this clutch for a lightly modded cobra. From the customer service, to the price and the shipping, I’m all around satisfied. American muscle doesn’t have a ton for the sn95, but they’re still one of the first places I check.
DOES THIS CLUTHC KIT INCLUDE BOTH THE THROWOUT BEARING AND THEROLLER PILOT BEARING? IM REPLACING MY CLUTHC AND I WAS GOING TO BUY A SEPARATE ROLLER PILOT BEARING AND THROWOUT BEARING ... BUT I DONT WANT TO IF THIS KIT ALREADY INCLUDES BOTH THROWOUT NAD PILOT BEARING.
This Mach 350 Stage 1 Clutch comes with the pressure plate, clutch disc, throwout bearing, pilot bearing and the alignment tool. Hope this helps!!
The kit does come with a new throw out bearing and pilot bearing. Keep in mind though a lot of guys like to use Ford Racing Parts throw out bearing and pilot bearing when doing this repair job because the ones supplied in the kit sometimes start to squeak. Which can be annoying to fix after doing a job like this one.
Pilot and throwout bearing are both included with this kit.
Can I use this clutch with an OE style replacement flywheel? Or do I have to upgrade the flywheel? I'm looking at replacing my clutch and flywheel. The flywheel I'm looking to use is a Sachs. It's an OE style replacement. Can I use that with this clutch?
Yes it will work with a oem style flywheel
Yes, you can use it with the OEM flywheel, it will fit just right, no modifications will be needed.
im on a budget and i am wondering would it be a big deal if i just resurfaced my original flywheel with this clutch? ive seen the exedy flywheels are pretty expensive and i need the extra funds for the install?
had the same issue myself. i did some research and napa auto was the only place i could find around my area that would resurface the fly wheel. my mechanic suggested a resurface if i couldnt afford to replace it and said it would be fine. i know guys that have just put the stock one back in with no resurface and had no issues. my opinion if its out then get it resurfaced or replace it. it will help save you any issues down the road. i think replacement would be best option but i dont think its always needed depending on fly wheel condition.
Steadyrockin97, this clutch won't fit the tr3650 transmission. It's made for the t45 transmission which was made for the mid 90's cobra and mid 01 mustang gt made up to February of 2001. Your looking for the [Exedy Mach 350 Stage 1 Clutch (Late 01-04 GT, Mach 1, 99-04 Cobra)]
It's highly recommended actually, to use the matching Exedy Lightweight Flywheel with the Exedy Clutches to prevent any problems and to prolong the life of your clutch. They are designed to be used together for optimum performance and are a great combination. Hope this helps!
Of course you can use exedy flywheel, in fact I recommend you using it. You won't have any slipping problems as long as you follow the break in procedure. And you should have a bit longer lifespan with the new flywheel. I have a stage 2 and exedy lightweight flywheel. Great combo
500 city miles. This means you should not drive 500 miles down the highway. The clutch needs to engage and disengage, and rotate several times to break in properly. Avoid wide open throttle pulls, dead stop launches, and power shifts during break in periods. Failure to properly break in a clutch will result in premature life and poor clutch operation.
Exedy recommends 750 mi. People will usually say any where between 500-1000 mi. I followed Exedy's recommendation of 750 mi.
500-750 miles of city driving. You need to be using the clutch. Highway driving will not help much as the clutch will not be engaging as much.
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