(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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Application. This Exedy Mach 600 Clutch is designed for the Late 2001-2004 GT, 1999-2004 Cobra, 2001 Bullitt, and 2003-2004 Mach 1 with the T-45, TR-3650, or T-56 transmission with a 10 spline input shaft.
Note: Because Ford made changes to the Mustang GT and Bullitt in mid year of 2001, be sure to check and see what kind of transmission type you have before ordering. Wondering what kind of transmission you have? Click Here to find out!
Fitment: 1999 2001 2002 2003 2004 Details
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October 07, 2019
According to the exedy website this is only a stage 2 clutch kit with a 587 ft-lbs of torqueHelpful (1)
November 18, 2017
So far so good
This clutch works great, a bit stiff but that is okay, the addition of the 3.90 gear and what some might describe as "excessive power" really made this type clutch necessary as anything less would look like my last set of Nitto street rubber in no time (can you say shredded?)... My next concern is the previous upgrade to the IRS will probably need to step it up again or do a 9" solid axle swap.Helpful (5)
June 03, 2017
Doesn't let gears go in properly
Gears don't go in good from a start I have to force gears in from a start. I have trouble getting first second and reverse. I hear a grinding noise like if it its the bearing but i just finished putting a new one on.Helpful (6)
May 02, 2016
This is one best clutch that I have had in both my mustang it has a smooth shift response and it's not real tight when shifting I'd recommend this clutch can anybody that wants a high performance clutchHelpful (6)
August 04, 2014
The way to go
I have a heavily modded gt well over 500 hp running the Exedy Mach 600 Stage 4 Clutch (Late 01-04 GT.with the Exedy Lightweight Racing Flywheel - 6 Bolt (Late 01-04 .And have had no issues as of yet love the setup.Helpful (6)
July 23, 2014
Installed with an exedy flywheel. Better response and You can feel the power when accelerating.Helpful (6)
May 17, 2013
Thank you AM for the outstanding Customer Service. Overexcited the Stag 3 first and seen that it was goin to be to weak for the Termi. AM refunded it and sold me the Stage 4. The Clutch it self is High quality made and does a great job for my application. Heavy track duty and light street for a cruise every once in a while. It has not let me down. I know I will wear it out faster than most but I will buy this same one over and over. If you have medium to heavy mod this is the clutch for you.Helpful (6)
March 26, 2013
Good clutch for a good price
Good so far, I don't have to many miles on it yet but so far no chattering and not to stiff. Stiffness seams to be getting better as I use it. Definitely recommend it with an exedy flywheel.Helpful (8)
input shaft if i get my transmission rebuilt with a 26 spline input shaft can i still use this will i have to upgrade anything ???
The clutch disc will have to have the same number of splines as the input shaft.
I have a 2003 cobra with a 2.2 kenne bell at around 600 hp Would this clutch be able to handle the power HP? Also what is the HP rating on this clutch? Thank you
I have an 03 cobra with a tvs blower from Vmp making around 600 hp and this clutch works great. The drive ability is still really good too. You have to use a steeds clutch cable as well.
What clutch kit would you recommend for my 2004 gt mustang? I was looking at the Exedy Mach 600 Stage 4 Clutch but im not sure if its the best for my car. My car doesn't have many performance parts in it. Its a relatively stock car and I don't know if it will cause damage to the car or it will fit just fine. What are your recommendations? Thanks
This clutch would not cause your car any harm. However, for a mostly stock Mustang, you definitely do not need something of this caliber. You want to take into consideration what mods you have and plan to do in the near future when shopping around for a replacement clutch so your car and clutch can grow together. If you only plan to do a few mods, I would suggest opting for the Stage 2 - it has great street driveability, but can handle up to 510 ft/lbs of TQ giving you the best of both worlds. I would suggest giving us a call though so we can get a real feel for what you have in mind for your Mustang and we can make the best recommendation for your application!
(approx) 4 Hours
Mechanical expertise or professional installation required.
What's in the Box
|Year/Model:||Mid 2001-2004 GT|
1999-2004 SVT Cobra
2003-2004 MACH 1
|HP/TQ Rating @ Rear Wheels:||734 ft-lbs||Transmission Type:||T-5, T-45, T-56, TR3650|
|Disc Dimensions:||11” x 10T x 1-1/16”||Material:||Cerametallic|
|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)