Installation Time: Shop Install
Installation Cost: $500-$1000
October 02, 2017
A combination of Flywheel and Stage 2 Clutch
After blowing the original stock (80 mile) throw-out bearing, it was best decided to save some money and replaced most of the front drivetrain parts since the car had to be in a shop anyway. Before putting the car back on the track, I had replaced the flywheel, full clutch and fluid line and then added a standalone reservoir for the clutch fluid:
Exedy Lightweight Racing Flywheel - 6 Bolt (96-98 GT; Late 01-10 GT)
Exedy Mach 400 Stage 2 Clutch w/ Hydraulic Throwout Bearing (05-10 GT)
McLeod High Performance Hydraulic Clutch Line Upgrade (05-14 V8)
Shelby Iso-Clutch Remote Reservoir Kit (10-14 All)
So it’s hard to give a review of one product, when combined it makes the world of a difference. I’m past the 750mile break-in and already had it back on the track so here’s my honest option:
The combination of Exedy Flywheel and Stage 2 Clutch was a perfect pair! What I significantly notice is how easy it is to get the car rolling. If you release the clutch extremely slow while barely making over 1,000 rpms, the car actually engages and moves rather than the underpowered sputter that used to happen, wonderful for NJ traffic! The combination also helps with the initial launch as well, where if you released the clutch late during an rpm drop the car no longer does the underpowered sputter it used to. There’s noticeably a lot less lag in the lower rpms and the peak level feels a lot smoother going from mid to higher rpm’s. The bite on this combination is hard, and the rear tires spin when slamming it from 2nd into 3rd. Another obvious sign was how quickly the car stars up from a cold-start when sitting outside overnight.
The McLeod clutch line upgrade made a drastic improvement as well. Not only does the clutch petal itself feel much smoother when engaging, but I’m fairly certain that it’s transferring the fluid consistently enough to know exactly where and when the clamping is happening, I seemed to reduce the amount of over-revs I used to have. And lastly I spent a good 6 hour day on Englishtown’s road course and had no problems whatsoever this time with the gears getting “sticky” and difficulties with shifting into 3rd while near redline at high temps. The clutch felt solid and dependable the entire time, I’m assuming this was also due to the fact I installed the Shelby Iso-Clutch Remote Reservoir Kit, which by design was supposed to separate the clutch fluid from the hot brake fluid. It didn’t cut down on the beak fade about 2 hours in but I did have very clean and consecutive shifts which was one of my original problems after spending hours on the track with the stock setup.
I don’t have a single complaint. American Muscle sent everything within days of ordering with no problems, and “Krazy House Customs” who did the install for me said they didn’t have any issues at all. I would definitely recommend these parts to anyone who needs either their stock flywheel or clutch replaced.