(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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December 26, 2019
Installed everything to manufacture spec w torquing everything to the proper ftlb and I have slight chatter. If your like me it would bother you a great deal considering time put into doing it yourself. But it hooks, good clutch just a slight chatterHelpful (0)
November 04, 2019
Great price for the quality
I have 1500 miles on this clutch right now and hasn’t slipped or given me any issues I will say you’ll need to update your flywheel as it won’t fit correctly to the oem flywheel that ford put on the car I did pick up a flywheel from my local autozone for about $100 Which matches up to this clutch perfectly you will also need To pick up a pilot bearing as this kit doesn’t come with oneHelpful (0)
September 11, 2019
Got a McLeod lightened flywheel with this clutch and all Ford Racing bearings and I couldnt be any happier..no more slipping. Clutch feels a tad spongy and grabs and lets out almost immediately which will take some getting used to. But overall very happy with my purchaseHelpful (0)
August 06, 2019
what a clutch
So far i have put about 500miles on it so im still in the break in process but so far doesnt slip and car runs greatHelpful (1)
June 17, 2019
I recently replaced the stock clutch in my 2001 Mustang GT with the Exedy Mach 400 Stage 2 clutch. My car only has 23,000 miles on it but it needed some transmission work so I replaced the clutch and flywheel as well. The Exedy clutch is much smoother and lighter than the stock clutch. The only word I know to use to accurately describe the clutch is that it is crisp, very, very crisp. It grips smoothly and I can really tell the difference between it and the stock clutch it replaced.Helpful (2)
June 16, 2019
This was my second one. Only replaced it because after 7000 miles of hard use (mostly track days) i replaced the transmission and flywheel. The old clutch still looked new. Also the peddle pressure was no harder than stock oem.Helpful (0)
June 09, 2019
Not the best not the worst
It got my car going and driving seems to be fine am having some squeak and some bouncing in the clutch pedal at high rpm don’t know if it was install error or how it is but I’m just glad to have my car and for the price it’s not bad at all.Helpful (0)
June 07, 2019
Great clutch with a great feel. Perfect for my bolt on mach1Helpful (0)
June 01, 2019
Bad throwout bearing
I should have listened to everyone's warning about the junk throwout bearing that comes in the kit. I had this professionally installed, everything was good for the first 50 miles, and then the throwout bearing squeals nonstop. Mechanic will charge me another 600 to rip it out because it "wasn't the clutch he was have recommended." So thanks alot, exedy.Helpful (0)
May 20, 2019
Endurance road racing
This isn't the clutch if you're planning to do any sort of endurance road racing. Ours basically disintegrated the friction material over a period of five races. After the fact, we found various manufacturing tolerance errors that shouldn't have existed as well. Unfortunately, you get what you pay for so consider spending more if you're doing this type of racing.Helpful (0)
Do I "need" a performance throw out bearing or is the one it comes with good enough?
You will not need a performance throw out with this clutch. The throw out bearing that comes with this kit will work out greatly for you!
Do I need to use an Exedy flywheel or would a McLeod steel flywheel work?
Thank you for your question about the Exedy Mach 400 Stage 2 Clutch (Late 01-04 GT, Mach 1; 99-04 Cobra). We would recommend using an Exedy flywheel to minimize the number of issues that you could possibly encounter in regards to the clutch and flywheel components of your transmission. Depending on your application, you would want to use the Exedy Lightweight Racing Flywheel - 8 Bolt (96-04 Cobra, Mach 1; 99-Mid 01 GT; 11-14 GT) or the Exedy Lightweight Racing Flywheel - 6 Bolt (96-98 GT; Late 01-10 GT). Exedy Lightweight Racing Flywheel - 8 Bolt (96-04 Cobra, Mach 1; 99-Mid 01 GT; 11-14 GT): http://www.americanmuscle.com/exedy-race-flywheel-9604-8bolt.html Exedy Lightweight Racing Flywheel - 6 Bolt (96-98 GT; Late 01-10 GT): http://www.americanmuscle.com/exedy-race-flywheel-9604-6bolt.html
If i change my original clutch is this clutch the perfect replacement for my almost stock 04 GT? I really like my OEM clutch right now but i must change my throwout clutch bearing so while im changing the bearing why not i change the clutch also, i only have pypes O/R x-pipe, pypes violator cat-back and BBK CAI right now and planning to add a throttle body + plenum later!
Ah yes, the notorious Mustang throwout bearing. I too changed out the entire clutch assembly when mine went bad. (It just makes sense to do the whole thing.) I chose this clutch kit and paired it with the lightweight racing flywheel and can testify that it does great on my 2003 Mach 1. You'd do well to choose this clutch kit as well. However, if you ever plan to make more hp/tq than this kit is rated for, you should keep that in mind before making a choice.
would this cluth fit on my 03 roush stage 2? what cluth is recommended for my roush? i need a new cluth asap.
the stage 2 roush mustangs are pretty much the same as a stock mustang gt just with bolt-ons so this clutch should do good for your car
Does this work with a stock 2003 Mach 1 flywheel? Any fitment issues? And how is pedal feel from stock. Thanks.
If you have a stock Mustang in the year range/model advertised to work with this clutch, you will have a 10 spline setup.
We recommend to allow 500 city mile or 1,000 highway miles for the break in period. During this period the vehicle should be driven easily with no high rpm shifting, no quick shifting, and no launching.
You are correct, a GT with the K transmission code would have the TR3650 transmission, which will use 11" clutches like the Exedy Mach 400 Stage 2 Clutch.
This Exedy Mach 400 Stage 2 Clutch will fit the stock flywheel. However, when doing your clutch it is highly recommended to replace your flywheel as well.
If you don't plan on going above 510 horsepower and would prefer a comfortable clutch pedal during your drive, this Exedy Mach 400 Stage 2 Clutch would be perfect.
Yes, after review we noticed that the torque description is incorrect on the website, the torque rating for this clutch is 408 ft lbs.
Whenever changing out your clutch, it is recommended to get either a new flywheel or have your stock one resurfaced if possible. Also, a new throwout bearing is recommended because the stock one can be worn.
It is not required, but getting the adjuster kit will help you get your clutch pedal adjusted to your driving style and can make the clutch last longer as adjustment will be much easier.
This is an 11" clutch so it MUST use an 11" flywheel.
If the clutch isn't engaged then you can Rev the car all you want. I just reach my 750 miles break for for my stage 2 cluch and I have not been easy on it and it's held up fine. 5 miles after installing it I dropped it in at 6000 rpm and shifted hard until 3. Clutch has held up great with zero problems.
(approx) 4 Hours
Mechanical expertise or professional installation required.
What's in the BoxHardware included:
|Year/Model:||Mid 2001-2004 GT|
1999-2004 SVT Cobra
2003-2004 MACH 1
|HP/TQ Rating @ Rear Wheels:||510 ft-lbs||Transmission Type:||T-5, T-45, T-56, TR3650|
|Disc Dimensions:||280mm outer diameter||Material:||Organic|
|SFI Approved:||Yes||Hardware Included:||Pressure Plate, Clutch Disc, Pilot Bearing, Throwout Bearing, Alignment Tool|
Fits 2001 Bullitt, 2001-2004 GT, 1999-2004 Cobra, and 2003-2004 Mach 1 (with the T-45, TR-3650, or T-56 transmission)