(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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September 09, 2019
Definitely worth the money clutch feels great after breaking it in feels almost stock but runs great would recommend definitelyHelpful (0)
May 04, 2018
Ok, let's start with installing the clutch set. The pressure plate was smaller than my factory one. I had to relocate guide pins and use different mounting bolt holes. Of which the bolt holes where smaller than mine on my 2001 gt. I had to get 6 new bolts and lock washers for the installation. Since installed, I've had great service from the clutch set. Would like to see these set have everything you need for installation in the box in the future.Helpful (5)
February 22, 2018
Great clutch kit
So far works great just breaking in still, but a nice upgrade from stage 2Helpful (4)
December 10, 2017
Exedy mach 500 stage 3 clutch
Well even though i only got to drive my stang twice because of snow i have no complaints nice and smooth shifting grips nicely will give another update when 2018 season starts and im able to brake her in moreHelpful (5)
November 17, 2017
Car kicks yet smootly delivers power for great feel and accelerationHelpful (5)
October 07, 2017
Just installed this with the Ford Racing flywheel, clutch cable, and adjustable clutch.Helpful (6)
September 25, 2017
Exedy Mach 500 Stage 3 Clutch
This is the second Exedy clutch. The clutches themselves work well. I am not happy about the throwout bearing. First clutch throwout bearing only lasted just over 21000 miles. I decided to replace the entire clutch since they had to do the throwout bearing anyway. Daily driver and no issues with clutch bite nor the aluminum flywheel. Pedal effort is minimal.Helpful (6)
July 11, 2017
Bang for the money
Item came with all nessasary parts didn't seem as stiff as my stage two did it with the motor already pulled to it made life easyHelpful (5)
February 24, 2017
Great value for money spent.
Great kit. Designed well and came complete. Has great holding power and is effortless when engaging.Helpful (5)
December 13, 2016
Changed entire driving experience for the better
4 months after installing a positive displacement supercharger I toasted my oem style clutch. I'm surprised it lasted that long, but anyhow... I did all kinds of research as to the proper clutch setup for my driving needs, and decided on the Exedy Mach 500 paired to a new Exedy lightened steel flywheel. The service from American Muscle was outstounding as usual. I had the clutch professionally installed and used the included throw out and pilot bearings. In addition I also purchased new Ford Performance bolts / dowpins, adjustable clutch cable quadrant, firewall adjuster, clutch fork, transmission mount, and serviced my T45 with a fluid change of fresh Mercon ATF. After 267 miles as of today on the new clutch, this product has exceeded all my expectations. Clutch pedal effort is only slightly more than stock. Engagement is very quick, but also smooth. My 99 GT is a fair-weathered fun street cruiser, but I wouldn't hestitate selecting this setup as a daily driver. Though I haven't punched the throttle in full boost as I'm still in my break-in period (500 city miles per Exedy), I can tell this clutch will have no problems holding my 420rwhp/400 lbs of torque on the street. I do recommend to anyone replacing their clutch...do it right the first time and get everything you need such as the clutch fork, pivot stud, and change your transmission fluid at a bare minimum. This is a great setup for my application and I couldn't be happier with my purchase.Helpful (7)
I have a 1994 Mustang GT, I don’t know if it will fit it, there seems to be conflicting info
The Exedy Mach 500 Stage 3 Clutch will fit the 1994 GT Mustang equipped with a manual transmission. This Exedy Mach 500 Stage 3 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.
I am building my 2004 mustang GT 4.6 with an MMR 8 bolt crankshaft and I will need to get the 8 bolt exedy flywheel for the rotating assembly. Do I need to get this clutch and pressure plate for the 8 bolt flywheel or will the late 01-04 one work?
The Exedy Mach 500 Stage 3 Clutch will work with an 8 bolt flywheel.
Will this clutch kit work with the stock flywheel on my 95 svt cobra
The Exedy Mach 500 Stage 3 Clutch will work with a stock flywheel. however, we suggest getting a new flywheel so that they wear evenly but also to avoid any issue with your old flywheel. An issue with using your stock flywheel can be causing premature wear on your new clutch.
Can this product be used for drag racing ? What about safety standards.
Hello Ken, this clutch will work well for drag applications because it'll be able to hold all the power your pony is putting out after some upgrades. When upgrading to this clutch you will absolutely need the brand matching flywheel so that the installation will run seamless and without hiccup.
Will this fit my 01 cobra?
The Exedy Mach 500 Stage 3 Clutch (86-Mid 01 GT; 93-98 Cobra) will not fit the 2001 Cobra. This clutch will only work for the 93-98 cobras.
This Exedy Mach 500 Stage 3 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. 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 and is good to 498 ft-lbs of torque at the flywheel.
you might as well upgrade your flywheel do a lightweight
(approx) 4 Hours
Mechanical expertise or professional installation required.
What's in the BoxHardware included:
|Year/Model:||1993-1998 SVT Cobra|
1986-Mid 2001 5.0L
|HP/TQ Rating @ Rear Wheels:||498 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-Mid 2001 GTs, 1993-1998 Cobra