(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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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.
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February 20, 2020
Exedy is a must
This clutch is very good. Soft like the oem feel, but I will caution you that it will shudder under low rpms if you don’t apply enough gas.Helpful (0)
December 29, 2019
Good! Gets the job done. No more high rpm lockout. Haven’t had any issuesHelpful (0)
September 03, 2018
Awesome for daily driver/weekend warrior
Got this clutch kit along with the light flywheel after my stock clutch went out. This clutch handles the power WAY better than stock and the light flywheel helps reduce some load. I have FBO with the Boss IM and built my car for auto cross/track days (not drag) and this completely got rid of the high rpm lockout in 3rd and 5th with the mt82 and even chips the tires at 60 mph. (Also added the blowfish trans mount and bushing insert for that issue but still had lockout prior to the clutch). Overall, I'm very pleased. Chatter goes away 90 by 500miles of street driving. Currently at 850 miles and chatter is 99 gone.Helpful (5)
August 15, 2018
great for NA
grabs hard on my cj 5.0 (465whp). clutch feel is different from stock but I believe it’s smoother and more “direct”Helpful (4)
June 28, 2018
The mach 600 is more of a drag stripe clutch. Has great clamping power but running around town it does shudder at lower speeds. Its hard to get the sofe easy take offs. I think i would have bought the 500 if i had to do it over again.Helpful (7)
November 11, 2017
This paired clutch has a light pedal like stock, and bites hard when when shifting. Unlike other racing clutch's it is very easy to daily drive.Helpful (9)
May 29, 2017
took a few hours (had a lift and all the shop luxuries), fit really well, only trouble we had was removing the stock pilot bearing (didnt have the pilot bearing removal tool). as far as the drivability it releases at the bottom end, it feels like stock but under stress it gets even softer. this thing grabs, now i need better tires to deal with my new traction problem lol. yes i already broke the 500 miles and i have FBOsHelpful (8)
October 03, 2016
Real gription for great price
Just broke clutch in after 750 excruciating miles and this things hooks. Releases at bottom of pedal and really holds on. It is a whole new driving experience.Helpful (14)
April 05, 2016
Tight Grip without the crazy pedal pressure
This clutch is great. Had it installed and picked up my baby. The pedal pressure is not crazy like a lot of performance clutches. Slightly tighter than stock but not bad at all. The bite however, is just amazing. I could not ask for a better clutch for the money. While Ford installs a very good clutch stock, if you are going to upgrade your power with a blower or turbo, this is a much needed upgrade. Highly recommend it.Helpful (9)
January 28, 2016
Haven't driven around too much with it but clutch feels great and holds so much better than stock.Helpful (9)
Will this clutch work with the mcleod billet flywheel?
It would be recommended to match the same brand clutch with flywheel but this can be used with the McLeod flywheel.
Do i need to replace my stock Flywheel for this Kit?
It is recommended that you replace the flywheel when upgrading from your stock clutch. I recommend going with the Exedy Lightweight Racing Flywheel - 8 Bolt Item #62510 (http://www.americanmuscle.com/exedy-race-flywheel-9604-8bolt.html) which will work perfectly with this clutch!
Is the pressure plate the same bolt pattern as the mach 500 stage 3???
The bolt pattern would be the same as the Mach 500 stage 3 clutch made for the 11-14 Mustang GT's.
I was sent this specific clutch for my 15 when I ordered the 15-17 item specifically. I was told it would still fit correctly, is this correct? I am having issues now with my throwout bearing ruptured, this was never an issue before the clutch install, could the different clutches be an issue?
This Exedy Mach 600 Stage 4 Clutch w/ Hydraulic Throwout Bearing will fit 2011-2017 GT Mustangs. Exedy's part number is 07959CSC and is is direct fit for all GT's between 2011 and 2017.
How does this one compare to the McLeod RST?
Hello! The McLeod RST clutch is a twin disc clutch, while the Exedy Mach 600 Stage 4 Clutch is single disc. The twin disc Mcleod will give you a bit better performance on the track, but the Exedy would be a better choice for daily driven mustangs. The power ratings are comparable, with the Mcleod being able to handle up to 800 hp, and the Exedy handling 753 tq to the flywheel. However, HP and TQ are not directly comparable, and are often differ car to car.
(approx) 4 Hours
Mechanical expertise or professional installation required.
What's in the Box
|HP/TQ Rating @ Rear Wheels:||734 ft-lbs||Transmission Type:||MT-82|
|Disc Dimensions:||280mm outer diameter||Material:||Cerametallic|
|SFI Approved:||Yes||Hardware Included:||Pressure Plate, Clutch Disc, Alignment Tool, Pilot Bearing, and Slave Cylinder/Throwout Bearing Combo|