(approx) 4 Hours
Mechanical expertise or professional installation required.
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.
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November 01, 2019
A pain to install
A buddy of mine ordered this for me as a birthday gift, got it, tore out the transmission, replaced and installed. Just to do it all over again.........The splines on the clutch disc had this odd almost like bed liner type coating that was preventing the mating of the clutch to transmission. Ended up taking some sandpaper and getting rid of the coating. Slid in perfect after fighting with it. Double check before installing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Helpful (0)
May 16, 2019
I've only had the clutch in the car for around 500 miles and it has been great so farHelpful (0)
March 20, 2019
Exedy Mach 400 stage 2 clutch
The Exedy Mach 400 stage 2 clutch I got for my 2000 mustang gt, I love it, it feels great! Not to hard of a clutch to press. it is perfect If you want a upgrade from stock!Helpful (1)
January 01, 2019
Clutch works amazing and shifts nice and smooth. Would definitely recommend if you’re looking for simple upgrade from stock!Helpful (2)
December 21, 2018
I have only driven my car once since installing this clutch, but so far it seems really weak! Has plenty grip seems like, but there is no pedal! So soft compared to the SVT clutch that was in there! We will see how it performs, but for now, just three stars!Helpful (2)
November 25, 2018
To big for transmission
Transmission shop said the pressure plate was to big for my transmission it didn’t fit i have a 2001 mustang gtHelpful (2)
November 10, 2018
Nice feel even though I found out my previous clutch wasnt bad and it was just the bearing after installing the new one lolHelpful (2)
September 26, 2018
Long story short, mechanic said it looks like the wrong clutch. I told him to try and make it work, big mistake! I ended up buying another clutch plus labor! Just buy local from parts store for a clutch.Helpful (2)
September 12, 2018
Clutch feels great. I drive the car hard and i have no issues.Helpful (3)
September 01, 2018
Exedy Mach 400 Stage 2 Clutch
Excellent purchase and very affordable. Just got it broke in and it bites so much harder than stock and way better than ram clutches also. Best money I have spent on a clutch in years. The pedal is way stiffer than stock.Helpful (2)
Why do you list this as a stage 2 clutch when Exedy lists it as a stage 1 clutch? Will this clutch hold up to a supercharged 302?
The Exedy Mach 400 Stage 2 Clutch is indeed a stage 2 clutch and is rated to hold 438 Ft-lbs of Torque at the Rear Wheels.
Why do you have 2 different torque ratings listed? In one spot it says "365 Ft-lbs of Torque @ the Rear Wheels", and in another it says ".. is good to 438 ft-lbs of torque at the Rear Wheels". I am looking for a new clutch but I need to know that the parts I get are the correct ones. Thank you.
This can handle 365 Ft-lbs of Torque @ the Rear Wheels, the 438 number is incorrect.
I have a 1988 Ford Mustang gt 5.0 with a Tremec TR 3550 manual transmission that has a 10 tooth spline, will this clutch work on my car?
This Exedy Mach 400 Stage 2 Clutch is designed for the 1986-1995 5.0, the 1993-1998 SVT Cobra, and the 1996-Mid 2001 GT with the T-5, or T-45 manual 10-spline transmission only.
Will this work on my Tremec T170FT-RTS TRANSMISSION?
This Exedy Mach 400 Stage 2 Clutch will only fit models with the T-5 or the T-45 transmission.
Flywheel So I asked a mechanic and he said I can re use my stock flywheel unless it's missing teeth, he also said a fly wheel is a flywheel as long as the bolt pattern is the same it will work, also you can get a light weight one or a steel one ( I can get stock flywheel re surfaced for 60$) what do you guys recommend ?
It is all about opinion! Yes you can get your flywheel resurfaced, but i would not if i were you. I dont like resurfacing flywheel because they tend to develop hotspots. Hotspots are metal deposits on the surface of the flywheel that heat up faster and hotter then the rest of the flywheel and they cause uneven wear and faster wear to your clutch disc. A flywheel is not a flywheel when it comes to you car. There are many different things to take into account as far as clutch diameter and application. So not only does your flywheel have to match the bolt pattern to the crank it also has to match the dowel pattern on the outside of the pressure plate. There is also a big difference in metals. There is steel, iron, and aluminum. These are the common choices. you want to do your research. If you are building a daily driver Iron will work fine, it is the cheapest, but i have heard of them exploding with high power/high rpm engines. If you are building a high power motor or have a decent amount of bolt ons you are going to want to go aluminum or steel. Steel is more durable but aluminum is lighter for a faster rev. Its all about what is good for you. Also last but not least it is best to go with the flywheel recommended by your clutch provider, because they specifically build that clutch to go with that flywheel. I got the exedy lightweight flywheel to go with my mach 400
We strongly recommend a matching Exedy flywheel for proper fitment. Mismatched flywheels will likely cause fitment problems.
This Exedy Mach 400 Stage 2 Clutch will not fit the TR 3650 transmissions. You will need to get the link below that is attached! https://www.americanmuscle.com/exedy-stage1-clutch-9604gt.html
We would recommend the Exedy Lightweight Racing Flywheel with 28 ounce weight or the 50 ounce wait, which ever one would need to be balance. The item numbers for the complimentary flywheel to this Exedy Mach 400 Stage 2 Clutch are 62525 and 62526 respectively. https://www.americanmuscle.com/exedy-flywheel-8695-6bolt-28oz.htmlhttps://www.americanmuscle.com/exedy-flywheel-8695-6bolt-50oz.html
The Exedy Mach 400 Stage 2 Clutch has successfully worked with the OEM flywheel as long as it is within spec, however, there have been some occasions that it has not functioned properly - for this reason we would highly recommend the appropriate Exedy flywheel for your application.
You can absolutely use your stock clutch cable with this clutch.
The Exedy Mach 400 Stage 2 Clutch will include an Exedy Throwout bearing, and Exedy pilot bearing. We do recommend upgrading to the more reliable Ford Performance bearings.
Hey Dipped Cobra! This clutch will not work with a stock flywheel nor a resurfaced one. It would require the purchase of the Exedy flywheel to properly install and use the clutch.
The Exedy Mach 400 Stage 2 Clutch will fit your 99 GT.
Depending on the transmission you have, as long as you have a 10 spline input shaft this clutch will work in your vehicle.
(approx) 4 Hours
Mechanical expertise or professional installation required.
What's in the BoxHardware included:
|Year/Model:||1996-mid 2001 GT|
1993-1998 SVT Cobra
|HP/TQ Rating @ Rear Wheels:||438 ft-lbs||Transmission Type:||T-5, T-45|
|Disc Dimensions:||265mm outer diameter||Material:||Organic|
|SFI Approved:||Yes||Hardware Included:||Pressure Plate, Clutch Disc, Pilot Bearing, Throwout Bearing, Alignment Tool|
Fits 1986-1995 5.0L, 1993-1998 Cobra, 1996-Mid 2001 GT, and 2001 Bullitt Mustangs (with the T-5 or T-45 transmission)