(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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March 12, 2020
Inconsistency in Features Tech Specs
It's an Exedy clutch and if you're doing a mild build probably a non-issue I've had good luck with their clutches over the years. I do see some inconsistencies though in the Stage labeling (url vs page) and also some inconsistencies in the HP/TQ rating. Which is it AM is this rated for 622lb @ Rear Wheels or Flywheel? You know Mustang owners are OCD we want answers!Helpful (0)
April 07, 2018
So far so good
Very happy with the clutch! Easy engagement and not exhausting to drive! My car has a 10.5 inch clutch stock but with my upgraded flywheel I could do the 11 inch upgrade, only problems I had was clutch bolts was the wrong size so I had to go to auto zone and get new bolts! I’ll save you some time! Order new bolts when you get the clutch! It will save you time in the long run!Helpful (4)
March 26, 2018
Took some time to complete installation due to difficulties pulling trans but once done clutch grips hard! Couldn’t be happier with it.Helpful (5)
February 15, 2018
Excellent product, put in a 2003 Cobra and the clutch performs really well; much better than stock.Helpful (5)
January 23, 2018
Stage 1 Clutch
This in not a "Stage 3" clutch, it's actually a "Stage 1". With that in mind, make sure you choose the appropriate sized clutch for your build. I ordered this believing it was a Stage 3, cross-reference the MPN# 07802 on Exedy's website. I would NOT have ordered this clutch had I known what I know now. AM needs to correct this marketing/advertising error asap...Helpful (20)
September 07, 2017
This clutch is well built and the installation was easy, especially since I also ordered and installed a new flywheel also from AM. Great company.Helpful (4)
August 27, 2017
Great clutch way better than the stock one well worth the price as wellHelpful (5)
July 18, 2017
It is a great clutch for all around use, and track useHelpful (5)
June 29, 2017
good fit pedal feel is great and no slip at all very happyHelpful (4)
June 17, 2017
Seedy Mach 500 clutch
I had just installed this clutch with the McLeod Lightened steel flywheel and I have a little over 300 miles on them and so far they work perfect together with no chatter or any other funny nosies. Now only time will tell if they hold up to my 03 Cobra but so far so good. Now there is one thing AM calls this clutch a stage 3 but on every other website it is just a stage 1 with the part number that is on here so I'm not 100 percent sure which one it is and thats why only 4 stars but seems to be working pretty good in the car.Helpful (6)
Now why is it that the online stores like LMR and a couple other ones with this clutch and same part number MPN# 07802 only call this a stage 1 clutch while on AM they call it a stage 3? Just wondering...
Thank you for your question! Unfortunately it looks like this is a typographical error on our website, we apologize. We will have this information updated as soon as possible to reflect this as the "stage 1" kit.
Are the pilot bearing and throwout bearing ford performance parts?
The Exedy Mach 500 Stage 3 Clutch would include an Exedy Throw out bearing, and Exedy pilot bearing.
2001 Cobra. Planning to do bolt-ons and I know a Stage 1 or 2 would be OK for those. But eventually, down the line, I plan on putting in a Kenne Bell s/c and why swap the clutch twice? So I'm wondering if this will be able to handle full bolt-ons and a KB?
As long as your Mustang is pushing under 622 Ft-lbs of Torque at the Flywheel, Exedy Mach 500 Stage 3 Clutch (Late 01-04 GT, Mach 1; 99-04 Cobra) would be a great fit.
Would I have to change out my fly wheel as well?
Not necessarily, if your just trying to save a few bucks you can have it refinished but it would be smarter to just buy a new flywheel to avoid problems in the future.
Daily drive? I understand this clutch is supposed to be alright for daily driving, but I was wondering if anyone had tried this. If you have this clutch, how is it for daily driving? I want to expand performance later in life, but I need it for daily driving right now. Thanks for the help!
Yes it's a great clutch for a daily driver. I have it on my 04 Cobra, this clutch will also handle the extra Hp from your bolt-ons
(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:||622 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)