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Exedy Mach 500 Stage 3 Clutch w/ Hydraulic Throwout Bearing (11-14 GT)

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    Features, Video & Details

    • Ideal Replacement
    • Great Driveability
    • Organic Compound Disc
    • 498 Ft-lbs of Torque @ Rear Wheels
    • Includes Hydraulic Throwout Bearing, Alignment Tool and Pilot Bearing
    • Fits 2011-2014 GT Mustang

    Review & Installation Video

    Review & Install Video

    Hey, guys. I'm Justin with americanmuscle.com, here with my detailed overview of Exedy's Mach 500 Stage 3 clutch with hydraulic throwout bearing, available for your 2011 through 2014 Mustang GT. The Exedy Mach 500 that I have in this video should appeal to the manual S197 GT owners out there, looking to stick with a single organic disk for the clutch material, and one that is capable of holding over 700 foot-pounds of torque at the crank. This makes this clutch appealing to just about anybody out there, street guys, street strip guys. Naturally aspirated setups, and even most forced induction setups will be able to take advantage of this clutch and its holding capabilities. Now, to be honest, guys, this is essentially going to be a very beefed up factory replacement, so it's going to be very streetable. It's going to give you a decent lifespan, and this one will include that brand-new hydraulic throwout bearing, totally freshening up the clutch assembly in the process. But I do want to focus in and talk about prospective buyers really enjoying this clutch on the road. Because in my experience, using a sprung hub design with an organic friction material tends to deliver a friendlier stop and go-type situation or experience while driving, as opposed to the more aggressive materials for that clutch disk, such as the metallic materials or even a puck-style disk. Pricing-wise for the Exedy here is going to fall right in line with some of your other similar options on the site at the mid-$500 price point. But keep in mind, you are getting that new hydraulic throwout bearing here as well. Install, guys, well this one is going to get a full three out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter from me, as that transmission will need to get dropped. But we will have a little bit more detail on that later on. So I'm sure a lot of you guys are familiar with the Exedy name, definitely one of the most popular names in the world of aftermarket clutches. But did you know, they also supply a lot of auto manufacturers with their factory clutches as well. So needless to say, they know what they're doing and have been doing so for a very, very long time. In fact, they're coming up on 100 years since being funded in the early '20s, which is kind of a rarity in the automotive world. Well, let's focus in a little bit more here with the Mach 500, and again the big numbers to keep in mind, guys, are those torque ratings or torque capacity. Just over 700 at the crank, just south of 600 at the tire, making this thing good for a lot of users out there. Obviously, any NA car. Right? Because I don't know of any naturally aspirated car making over 600 foot-pounds to the tire. But even mild forced induction setups as well, this one should be pretty good for you. Nitrous cars, well, depending on how big your shot is, nitrous cars tend to make a lot of torque. So if you're using a small shot, great. You should be fine. If you're really pushing a lot of nitrous through your setup, then you might want to consider a different clutch. But what I'm trying to say is, guys, just follow those torque ratings closely and you should have no issues with slippage using the Exedy. You'll probably notice that Exedy does prefer to use torque as opposed to horsepower when rating a clutch, for a couple of different reasons. But first and foremost, they just think torque is the most accurate interpretation of the engine's turning force, and is just a simpler, easier way to gauge the clutch's capabilities. That's why you'll see all of their clutches rated in torque and not horsepower. But let's talk a little bit more about how the Mach 500 can hold that power, and it all starts with the friction disk. Again, you're looking at the organic material here with this particular clutch, which in my experience has its pros and its cons. The big pros here with that organic material is that it's going to be very streetable, a lot easier in stop and go-type situations. The engagement is a lot easier as well, just a very streetable clutch overall, and it can still hold some power for nearly half the price of those twin disk options. Now, the big con with choosing an organic material is that you will eventually run into a limit or ceiling when it comes to power holding capabilities. At that point, you're left with a choice, go with a more aggressive material, such as your cerametallic, metallic, or even Kevlar, which aren't usually as forgiving on the street. Or if you can afford it, go with a twin-disk clutch, which is ultimately going to give you the best of both worlds if you can fit it into your budget. So we know that the Exedy Mach 500 or Stage 3 equivalent will feature that single-disk organic compound, once again. You are looking at the sprung hub design here, which will help reduce drivetrain shock with engagement, and this isn't something that's unique to Exedy, by the way. It's something a lot of manufacturers do incorporate, and it does help reduce the shock and helps smooth out the engagement overall. Now, this particular Mach 500 does feature their high clamp load pressure plate, but with an ungrooved surface. They do offer the Mach 500 on the site with a grooved surface for the pressure plate and, in Exedy's words, it's going to help you maintain or hold a little bit more power. In fact, just north of 600 foot-pounds with the grooved option, about $30 to $40 more if you wanted to check that out on the site instead. Or you could just check out the standard Mach 500 that we have here. Finally, you are receiving the brand-new hydraulic throwout bearing here with this particular clutch. If I can be completely honest, this is something every owner should do every time a new clutch is installed, because you're going to be in there. You're doing the work. You'd hate to cheap out, not install a new throwout bearing, and then have it fail on you a few thousand miles after the new clutch is installed, have to rip everything out again. You get where I'm going with this. So yes, it's going to add to the price, roughly $100 extra to the actual clutch kit. But it's just one of those things you do for peace of mind and a little preventative maintenance. While we're on the topic of price, the Exedy Mach 500 that we have in this video, at first glance, will seem to be the most expensive in the category at the mid-$500 price point. But that is a little bit misleading, considering you're getting that new hydraulic throwout bearing included as well. If I can take that a step further, I believe this is going to be one of the most capable in the category of its kind, in addition to being one of the most streetable as well. So a couple factors to keep in mind there. As far as flywheels, well, you can use the Exedy with your factory flywheel if you'd like. But while we're on the topic of upgrading, probably not a bad idea to check out some lightweight flywheel options on the site if you can fit them into your budget. Switching gears here, let's talk about the install, no pun intended, and this one obviously won't be for the faint of heart if you're not really into wrenching. However, if you don't mind spending some time in the garage or shop, doing a trans or a clutch really isn't all that big of a deal. Nevertheless, I'm going full three out of three on my Wrench-o-Meter here, and anywhere from a few hours to a half a day or more in the shop or garage, depending on your level of expertise and your setup. I say "setup," because this will be a hell of a lot easier doing on a lift with a transmission jack, as opposed to doing it on your back with a set of jack stands. Trust me. We've all been there. It's not fun. Now, you will need a solid set of tools, in addition to the lift, jack, or jack stands, of course, and if you do plan on swapping those flywheels, just make sure to grab a torque wrench and some blue Loctite to help you with you install. Now, we're not going to run down step by step, bolt by bolt here. But some of the big steps will include dropping the exhaust, dropping that drive shaft, and then of course, dropping the physical transmission itself. Again, on a lift with a transmission lift, not that bad, or a transmission jack, I should say. But if you are doing this one on your back, it's not going to be that fun. We've all been there and we all speak from experience on that one. At the end of the day, if you're not feeling too confident with this one, give your local shop a call. I'm sure they'll be able to blow this one out rather easily for you in a couple of hours. Wrapping things up here, guys, the Exedy Mach 500 will be one of the strongest in the category, when looking at a single-disk organic compound, will be good enough for any NA build out there and most mild forced induction setups, and is going to be very streetable. So that is my overview of the Exedy Mach 500, which you can grab right here at americanmuscle.com.

    Ideal Replacement. If you drive your Mustang GT 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 unmistakable burning clutch smell, an Exedy Mach 500 Stage 3 clutch with Hydraulic Throwout Bearing is an affordable, upgraded OE style replacement that will fit your budget and your driving style.

    Street or Strip. The Exedy Mach 500 Stage 3 clutch is a performance oriented clutch upgrade, offering higher clamp loads without sacrificing driveability. It's perfect for the Mustang that stretches its legs on the street, strip, and track, since it offers smooth engagement with a firm, not rigid, pedal feel.

    Premium Quality. The Exedy Mach 500 Stage 3 clutch is designed to offer the durability and performance of a racing clutch with the driveability of a stock piece. To make the Mach 500 kit, Exedy combines an organic compound disc and a powerful, high clamp load pressure plate for crisp yet smooth engagement and great wear. All of Exedy's discs feature spring center dampers to reduce drivetrain shock.

    Application. This Exedy Mach 500 Clutch with Hydraulic Throwout Bearing is designed for 2011 to 2014 Mustangs with a MT-82 manual 23-spline transmission.

    Specifications:
    • Disc Dimensions: 280mm outer diameter
    • 23 Spline
    • Torque Rating @ Rear Wheels: 498 ft-lbs
    • Includes Hydraulic Throwout Bearing, Alignment Tool and Pilot Bearing

    It's recommended that you add an SR Performance Braided Stainless Steel Hydraulic Clutch Line during your new clutch install. Stock plastic clutch lines can fail during aggressive driving. Stainless steel clutch lines help prevent gear lockout and provide superior clutch pedal feel, even under the toughest conditions.

    Fitment: 2011 2012 2013 2014 Details

    What's in the Box
    • Pressure Plate
    • Clutch Disc
    • Hydraulic Throwout Bearing
    • Alignment Tool
    • Pilot Bearing
    Installation Info
    Tech Specs
    Clutch Kit Specifications
    Year/Model: 2011-2014 GT Manufacturer: Exedy
    HP/TQ Rating @ Rear Wheels: 734 ft-lbs Transmission Type: MT-82
    Disc Dimensions: 280mm outer diameter Material: Organic
    SFI Approved: Yes Hardware Included: Pressure Plate, Clutch Disc, Hydraulic Throwout Bearing, Alignment Tool and Pilot Bearing
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    will this prevent gear lockout that is said to be caused by the factory clutch?

    jaker

    • The Exedy Mach 500 Stage 3 Clutch can help to cure high RPM lockout, however this can be caused by a combination of the clutch and shifter, so we recommend using an aftermarket shifter as well to completely cure the problem.

      AMRobD

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    Overall Rating 4.7

    out of 5 stars

    Installation Time:Weekend

    Installation Cost:$250-$500

    • Fit 5 5
    • Bang For Your Buck 4.8 4.8
    • Grip / Bite 4.7 4.7



    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      November 09, 2017

      Great clutch

      The clutch performs as described. I like how pedle feels as if it was stock but with that performance grab...

      JerryG

      Year: 2012 Submodel: GT

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      November 06, 2017

      smooth

      Was installed at 15k miles and now at 30k miles. Still strong and abused every mile, no lift shifts and drifting every time. One heck of a product

      Goblin

      Year: 2013 Submodel: GT

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Full Day

      October 20, 2017

      Awesome

      Waited to review this clutch until after the 500 mile break in. I am very pleased was having problems shifting onto 3rd and 5th gears with stock clutch at high rpms no issue now with new clutch. Also bought light weight flywheel

      Shane9484

      Year: 2012 Submodel: GT

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Shop Install

      Installation Cost: $250-$500

      August 22, 2017

      Solid Clutch

      I really like how the new clutch feels so far and cannot wait for my break in time to be over. My old clutch (stock) slipped a little under hard pulls so I am anxious to see what this one does. I read a lot of comments saying that the pedal was basically on the floor which I found to be true. All that needed to be done was to adjust the clutch pedal mechanism under the dash a few clicks and problem solved. I would highly recommend this clutch kit and flywheel for anyone with bolt-ons like me.

      NickL

      Year: 2013 Submodel: GT

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Shop Install

      Installation Cost: 0-$100

      July 11, 2017

      Great cluth

      For the money it is a great clutch....feels firm but still as easy to use as the stock clutch. Grips very well even when launching at 4k off WOT box 2 step on 10.5 hoosier slicks. Clutch really is great for a daily driver that also sees the track and agressive driving. Had installed by Ford for $50 as they had car in for mt-82 work...done JUST before warranty expired lol.

      silverfox

      Year: 2012 Submodel: GT

      Helpful (5)

    • 1/5

      Installation Time: Shop Install

      March 10, 2017

      Will never buy from exedy again

      So I bought the exedy clutch about a month ago and had it in the car only about 1700 miles before I knew something was wrong I noticed that the clutch was releasing really low to the floor so I took it up to the dealership to get a diagnosis and they told me that the pressure plate was indeed broke so then I decided to call exedy and talk to them about it and all I've done is left countless messages over and over and no one has returned my call so I guess I'm just out of 500 dollars things to a poorly designed clutch

      BlakeM

      Year: 2011 Submodel: GT

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    • 5/5

      September 27, 2016

      Great quality clutch

      Pedal greatly improved and shifts are much smoother

      Graycoyote

      Year: 2014 Submodel: GT

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    • 5/5

      September 02, 2016

      This clutch bites!!!!

      So I ordered this clutch kit and when it came in I was missing the hydraulic clutch bearing. I called customers service they confirmed and shipped it over night next day thanks AM!!! So I got this clutch installed at shop and this is must for any one who wants a clutch that bites and performs amazing. Smooth shifting no noise or rattling. The car is much more responsive as well and clutch pedal is not stiff at all. I actually jst finished breaking it in so I will be going to the drags soon!!!

      3ddie

      Year: 2012 Submodel: GT

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Full Day

      April 22, 2016

      A better clutch

      This clutch is well made and for the price you just can't pass it up. Went in easy and has a firm pedal.

      Boss1322

      Year: 2012 Submodel: Boss

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Shop Install

      Installation Cost: $500-$1000

      March 29, 2016

      Good Clutch

      Recently my stock clutch began to chatter on my 2011 GT so I decided to just replace my clutch and flywheel. I ended up going with the exedy 500 clutch kit with the exedy Chromoly flywheel. So far Im 100 miles in and havent had any problems. Engagement is very smooth. I am hearing a slight rattle during engagement when the rpms are between 1k-1500 however, but I'm hoping that'll be gone once it's broken in. Clutch engagement point is now lower for me. Stock engagement was very high off the floor. This one seems to engage right when you start lifting the clutch off the floor. Slightly heavier pedal feel than stock the further you push in the clutch pedal, but great feel. Feels confident and solid. Car even starts a bit quicker and is quieter at start up. Sounds very nice. Exedy's website claims that this is their stage 1 replacement for the OEM clutch for the mustang. American Muscle states its a Stage 3 so I dont know whats going on there. Overall, great replacement over your stock clutch.

      GrabberBlueCoyote

      Year: 2011 Submodel: GT

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      February 19, 2016

      Clutch

      Perfect upgrade over stock without going extreme. It has a very nice feel

      RTRstang

      Year: 2012 Submodel: Other Orlando, FL

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Full Day

      September 06, 2015

      Great Clutch Kit that Every MT82 Needs

      The Exedy Mach 500 is an excellent clutch for those who never plan on going F/I. Quality is top notch, the clutch bites well and the pedal effort is only slightly more heavy. Shifts are much smoother and no longer notchy on quick shifts. Definitely recommend this clutch kit, however, the slave cylinder is the exact same as the OEM slave cylinder which can be purchased for much less $. Also, the included pilot bearing is identical to the FRPP pilot bearing, so no need to purchase it either.

      JDos1

      Year: 2011 Submodel: GT Greenville, SC

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