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McLeod Aluminum Flywheel - 8 Bolt (96-04 Cobra, Mach 1; 99-Mid 01 GT; 11-14 GT, BOSS 302)

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    Features, Video & Details

    • Aluminum Construction
    • 8 Bolt Pattern
    • 164 - Tooth
    • 0 oz Balance
    • SFI Certified
    • Fits 1999-Mid 2001 GT, 1996-2004 Cobra, 2003-2004 Mach 1, 2011-2014 GT, 2012-2013 Boss 302

    Review & Installation Video

    Review & Install Video

    Hey everyone, I'm Justin with americanmuscle.com, and this is gonna be my detailed overview of the McLeod aluminum flywheel which does fit a wide variety of applications including your '96 to '04 Cobra and Mach I, the '99 to mid-2001 GT, and then finally all 2011 through 2014 Boss and GT Mustangs. So this detailed overview is gonna cover my thoughts on making the switch to an aluminum flywheel from McLeod, what some of the benefits are gonna be, and then finally we'll cover some of the bigger points of the installation process. And probably no surprise to anybody watching out there, the transmission will need to be dropped. And while that's not the hardest job in the world, it is a little difficult depending on your tool and lift situation. So I'm gonna knock it up to a soft three outta three wrenches on the difficulty scale with some more detail later on.So the aluminum flywheel from McLeod is gonna be a big time upgrade for the 4.6 and 5 liter owners out there who are still rocking that heavy factory flywheel or maybe a different steel aftermarket flywheel and wanna shed a nice chunk of weight from the rotating mass, help the car pull through the gears a little bit quicker, and maybe help the car just feel a little bit more responsive overall. Your only slight drawback when making the change to an aluminum flywheel like this might be a minor hit to your overall driveability in addition to the possibility of some chatter depending on what clutch you end up going with. That leads me to my next point. You can use whatever clutch you essentially want to here with the aluminum flywheel from McLeod, but it's been my experience in the past that sticking with the same manufacturers for both the flywheel and clutch typically gets you the best results.Now the argument between using a heavier steel flywheel and a lighter aluminum or chromoly flywheel is not exactly a new one, it's been around a long time, but the general rule of thumb to keep in mind is here, the heavier flywheel is gonna be beneficial in two big ways. First and foremost, it's gonna be great to get a big heavy car moving off the line thanks to inertia. In addition to that, it's also gonna make the car just feel a little easier to drive in stop-and-go type situations. Other than that, the lightweight flywheels are gonna shine basically everywhere else. I'm a big fan in removing rotational mass. I think it's nothing but a plus, and by switching to the aluminum option here from McLeod, you certainly are gonna be doing that. Let's get a little further into the construction and materials here with the McLeod option. Again, this is their aluminum version, CNC machined, 6061 T6 aluminum to be exact. Now this is just one of a few different options from McLeod for your flywheel needs. They do have a nodular iron version. They have a lightweight steel version that will be slightly less weight compared to your factory flywheel. We then have the aluminum version that we have in this video. And then last but not least, we have the chromoly steel version which will be the lightest of the bunch. Now all of these different flywheels of course have their own benefits and they will all vary in price slightly. Now McLeod actually recommends using this particular flywheel with both supercharged and turbocharged applications, or in their words, any car that sees rapid RPM levels, which honestly, let's be frank here, this could mean anybody, blown, boosted, naturally aspirated, it doesn't really matter. This thing is also SFI certified which is huge, because if you're serious about competing with your car, this certification is required in a lot of different sanctioned bodies of racing or different racing organizations. Other important things to point out include a ring gear featuring 164 teeth. The McLeod flywheel has also been zero balanced which means there's no need for any external weights or counterbalancing. And last but not least, it has been designed to fit the eight bolt m

    Peace of Mind. When replacing or upgrading your Mustang's clutch you have two options, resurfacing your old stock flywheel, or getting a brand new flywheel. A new flywheel is a much better choice than resurfacing, as it will dictate how well your new clutch will perform, as well as how long it will last.

    Aluminum Construction. Manufactured from aluminum for light weight, this McLeod Flywheel features a ring gear of 164 teeth, an engine balance of 0 oz, and a eight bolt main pattern. Aluminum flywheels are perfect for force inducted applications where rapid RPM levels are desired.

    SFI Certified.
    If you're using this flywheel in high performance or racing applications, SFI Certification is critical so you can run your Pony at the track or strip. And it's great for peace of mind even in a daily driver - at higher RPMs, stock cast flywheels have been known to explode.

    Application.
    This McLeod Flywheel fits the 1999-Mid 2001 GT, 1996-2004 Cobra, 2003-2004 Mach 1, 2011-2014 GT and 2012-2013 Boss 302 Mustangs with an eight bolt main. This is the perfect companion to your new McLeod Clutch.

    Technical Note.
    This McLeod flywheel has an 8 bolt main that is found in the 1999-mid 01 Mustang GT's with production date ending on 06/01, 1996-2004 Mustang Cobra's, 2003-2004 Mach 1's, 2011-2014 GT's and 2012-2013 Boss 302.

    Please Note. Romeo built engines have 6 bolt cranks and Windsor built engines have 8 bolt cranks. If the 8th character in the VIN is an "X" its a Windsor block, if the 8th character in the VIN is a "W" it is a Romeo block. There is an exception to that rule as the 2001 Bullitt Edition Mustang feature a Romeo built engine. If unsure please check with your Ford dealer to determine if you have a 6 or an 8 bolt main.

    Fitment: 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2003 2004 2011 2012 2013 2014 Details

    MPN# 563408

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    • (1) Flywheel
    Installation Info
    Tech Specs
    Flywheel Specifications
    Year/Model:99-Mid 01 GT, 96-04 Cobra, 03-04 Mach 1, 11-14 GT, 12-13 Boss 302Manufacture:McLeod
    Material:AluminumBolt Pattern:8 Bolt
    Hardware Included: NoneSFI Certifited:Yes
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        5 Top Rated Questions

        Can the McLeod aluminum flywheel be resurfaced?

        • McLeod flywheels can be resurfaced.

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        Will this flywheel work with a spec stage 3 ? 2012 mustang gt

        • While this will work with the Spec clutch it is recommended to match up the same brand clutch as flywheel for proper wear and tear.

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        Probably a good idea to change the 8 flywheel mount bolts when doing this yes? Which ones to use?

        • When installing the McLeod Aluminum Flywheel it is a good idea to replace the OEM flywheel bolts. We recommend ARP flywheel bolts, such as the ones linked below. Those linked below are for 96-04 4.6L engines. https://www.americanmuscle.com/arp-flywheel-bolt-9604v8.html

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        Would this flywheel fit the Mcleod Street Extreme Clutch for a 2013 mustang with a 5.0L?

        • The 8 Bolt McLeod Aluminum Flywheel will fit a 2013 Mustang GT

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        What's the inside diameter of the friction surface?

        • The diameter of the friction plate will be about 11" in diameter.

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        2 More Questions
        How much weight difference is this compared to the stock flywheel? What's the difference in rotating mass? 1 answer
        Power Handling What is this flywheel rated for Horsepower wise. Also, will this match up with any McLeod Clutch made for 11-14 Manual GTs? 2 answers

          Customer Reviews (16) Write a Review

          Overall Rating 4.7

          out of 5 stars

          Installation Time:Full Day

          Installation Cost:$250-$500

          • Fit 4.9375 4.9
          • Bang For Your Buck 4.5 4.5
          • Grip / Bite 4.8125 4.8



          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Afternoon

            August 30, 2019

            Big difference

            I installed this flywheel on my wife's 97 cobra. There is a huge difference between the steel flywheel and this flywheel. Very simple. Well worth it. Aluminum driveshaft is next.

            StreetSlayers

            Year: 1997 Submodel: Cobra

            Helpful (0)

          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Shop Install

            Installation Cost: $250-$500

            March 24, 2019

            McLeod Aluminum Fltwheel

            So far i just got it back from the shop that did the clutch and flywheel. I paired this with a McLeod stage 2 clutch. It grabs, holds, and goes. I feel a little increased acceleration but it definitely was worth the money over a stock clutch.

            Newman

            Year: 1998 Submodel: Cobra

            Helpful (0)

          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Full Day

            March 21, 2019

            Flywheel

            Very nice!!! With the rxt . See what happens after brake in

            Bigd

            Year: 2013 Submodel: GT

            Helpful (0)

          • 5/5

            April 25, 2018

            03 Cobra Flywheel/Clutch replacement

            Replaced stock Flywheel and Clutch with Mcleod parts. Excellent quality products, car drives perfectly.

            BrookeD

            Year: 2003 Submodel: Cobra

            Helpful (3)

          • 1/5

            April 04, 2018

            Will not work with the stock clutch

            The inside hole of the stock flywheel is 7inch in diameter. The Mcleod flywheel is 6 1/4 diameter. The rivets that hold the clutch back plate to the friction disc keep the clutch from disengaging because rivets touch the flywheel

            CM

            Year: 2012 Submodel: GT

            Helpful (3)

          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Full Day

            October 01, 2017

            Love it!

            I researched as much as I could on the steel vs. aluminum flywheel for a near stock, mostly street driven vehicle and made the decision to go with the aluminum one. And I'm glad I did! You don't have to rev it to the sky to take off, like what I read. It drives the same as it did with the steel flywheel. The revs climb faster and fall faster. In extremely pleased with my decision. If I have to change clutches in another vehicle, I would do another aluminum flywheel.

            SpenserM

            Year: 2003 Submodel: Mach 1

            Helpful (4)

          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Weekend

            August 10, 2017

            Mcleod aluminum flywheel

            Frist off i did both twin clutch and aluminum flywheel at the same time. The clutch was so light i thought some thing was broken. That being said, I love it. Car revs fast and smooth, pulls harder doesn't feel like car is working as hard. This is a winning Combination, that makes RS3 mustang much more enjoyable to drive.

            CarlM

            Year: 2013 Submodel: Other

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          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Full Day

            August 04, 2017

            Mcleod on the money

            Fit just right along with clutch and pilot bearing and rear seal pivot runs like a new car. Can feel the difference in power when that clutch is popped. Must do mod

            CarlosS

            Year: 2002 Submodel: GT

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          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Afternoon

            July 26, 2017

            Light Flywheel

            It's a nice product light weight I pair it with a RXT clutch n everything fits like a glove

            JoseJ

            Year: 2014 Submodel: GT

            Helpful (2)

          • 5/5

            April 20, 2017

            Great product! Fast shipping!!

            Ordered the McLeod flywheel as a replacement to my stock unit and looks and fits perfectly! Will be installing the McLeod twin disc clutch also

            Duramax

            Year: 2003 Submodel: Cobra

            Helpful (2)

          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Shop Install

            Installation Cost: $250-$500

            January 26, 2017

            Great Product

            I love McLeod highly recommended the best brand ever

            jr

            Year: 2003 Submodel: Cobra

            Helpful (3)

          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Full Day

            December 10, 2015

            McCleod fly wheel pairs great

            Instead of reserfacing the stock one, I decided to get a light weight and with the rxt this thing grabs, I won't be replacing a clutch anytime soon I hope

            Mt

            Year: 2012 Submodel: GT

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          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Afternoon

            November 19, 2015

            Terminator lives again

            Had an expensive billet flywheel for drag racing in my 04 cobra which was good for what I was doing but it ended up needing to be replaced. I was referred to American muscle and they helped me pick out a clutch and flywheel for it that fit my build. They ended up shipping me a 6 bolt flywheel instead of a 8 bolt but the moment I called them they sent me out a new one and told me to send the old one back with a prepaid shipping label they emailed me. Had my good friend who owns a performance shop install it with me and it works great. The clutch is much easier to drive with and te engagement is smooth as can be. I still am in the clutch break in period so I will update once I can start driving it more spirited.

            Greenlightwarrior

            Year: 2004 Submodel: Cobra Sarasota, FL

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          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Weekend

            March 10, 2015

            Awesome fitment

            I have the RST clutch and called Mcleod and they recommended this flywheel even though my car isnt strictly racing they said the aluminum is still a better flywheel for a higher HP car then the billet steel.

            KellyS

            Year: 2003 Submodel: Cobra Malvern, PA

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          • 4/5

            Installation Time: Shop Install

            Installation Cost: $250-$500

            April 03, 2014

            FULL CLUTCH AND FLYWHEEL REPLACEMENT

            Replaced clutch, flywheel, cable, throwout bearing and pilot bearing on my 04 Mach 1. Also added MMR aluminum quadrant. Added firewall adjuster at the same time. Mcleod racing aluminum flywheel and street pro clutch. Love the aluminum flywheel. No driveability issues at all. Car has 4.30 gears. Aluminum flywheel allows it to rev quicker and smoother. Car pulls farther in the high RPM's too. Instead of shifting at 6200 RPM's still keeps pulling to higher RPM's. Gave me a longer power band which is nice with the 4.30 gears.

            StealthFZ1

            Year: 2004 Submodel: Mach 1 Southern Utah

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          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Afternoon

            January 09, 2014

            Great flywheel for boosted Mustangs

            Replaced my Ram Dual disc flywheel with McLeod, lightweight flywheel is working great for my recently Procharged mustang. RPM's come up quick to take advantage of the centrifugal supercharger. Great product, plus it's SFI approved.

            1BAMF50

            Year: 2011 Submodel: GT Vidor, TX, USA

            Helpful (3)

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