Review & Install Video
Hey, guys, Stephanie with americanmuscle.com. Here with a quick overview of the McLeod RXT Twin Disc Clutch, rated to a thousand horse power for the 2015 and up S550 GT Mustang. We're gonna cover a few things in this video like the components of this particular clutch and an overview of the install as well, which I can tell you right now is gonna be a three out of three wrenches in the difficulty meter since a clutch replacement is a lot of work. Most people are looking at taking the car to a professional for the install.
The McLeod RXT Twin Disc Clutch is gonna be something that you should consider if you have an S550 GT with some modifications that's making enough horsepower to overpower the stock clutch. This clutch is rated to support up to a thousand crank horsepower and thanks to the Twin Disc design, it keeps a very light pedal feel. Other heavy duty clutches that keep the normal single disc design that support power numbers this high have a very heavy pedal feel. This clutch, on the other hand, is able to support high horsepower numbers with a very light pedal feel.
If you compare this clutch to the stock clutch, the main difference is gonna be the fact that this clutch has two clutch discs instead of one. The stock clutch has one disc and when you start upgrading clutches over the stock clutch that still maintain only one disc, you see things like different compounds that are more heavy duty and able to handle more horsepower and torque. You also sometimes see changes in design like a puck style clutch or basically more friction surface area to handle the power. As you start to change compounds and materials, you get a different type of engagement and disengagement and a stiffer pedal feel.
The RXT, on the other hand, has 2 clutch discs that are lined with an organic compound, which happens to be a more forgiving compound. The old saying that "two is better than one" comes into play here since these discs may not be very strong on their own, but when you pair them together, they can handle a lot of horsepower and torque. A twin disc clutch is gonna be able to dissipate heat better with twice the surface area to ensure you're getting a more positive engagement when the pedal is released since you now have two discs that are separated by a floater plate. This is especially necessary for the street strip application of this clutch and the best part is the pedal feel.
I keep mentioning pedal feel and a lot of the pedal feel has to do with the material of the clutch disc. Like I just said, these clutch discs are made from an organic compound and they're twin sprung hub friction plates. This means there's a smooth engagement with very little pedal effort. Being sprung hub and have an organic surface material also means that the clutch has a nice release characteristic, which makes it a good clutch for both street and strip applications.
This clutch is designed specifically for the MT82 Trans, which is a 23 spline transmission. It's gonna come with your pressure plate, your clutch discs, a floater plate for in between the discs, an adaptor ring and a pilot tool as well. You will need to figure out what you plan on doing with your flywheel. You can always resurface your current flywheel, but I recommend purchasing a new McLeod flywheel because you know it'll mate with the new clutch perfectly and allow your clutch to function to the best of its ability.
There are a few different types of flywheels that you can choose from, depending on your application and what you build your car for. The only other thing I'd recommend picking up if you don't already have it is a steel braided clutch line. The stock one has all kinds of performance issues and if you're at the point of shopping for a twin disc, I'm sure you already know what I'm talking about.
When it comes to price, you can expect to spend between $900 and $1000 for this clutch. Twin discs clutches do tend to cost more than a single disc clutch, even sometimes a puck style clutch, although they do tend to be close in price. The McLeod is more budget friendly than the Ram twin disc, but the Ram does come with the flywheel while you have to purchase that separately with the McLeod. Depending on which material flywheel you want, you're looking at spending a few hundred dollars more.
I'm sure you guys already expected this, but the install here is not easy. It's a lot of work, so you need some experience to get this done yourself and a lift is gonna be your best friend. If you don't have these things, it might be best to take the car to a shop for the install. Overall, this is a three out of three wrenches on our scale here and should take you about four hours to complete. You've gotta drop your trans, which means you need to unbolt your exhaust and drop it from the mid pipe back and your drive shaft as well. You'll have to drop your starter and unbolt the bellhousing to get to the MT82 out of the way so you get to the clutch. Once the stock clutch is out of the way, McLeod does tell you how to exactly assemble the clutch properly so you don't have to worry about that. The only other thing that I wanted to mention here is to make sure that you follow the break in period for the clutch if you want the clutch to be smooth and have a long life.
Wrapping things up here with the McLeod RXT Twin Disc Clutch, this is a street strip application clutch that can handle a lot of strip time as well. It's capable of holding up to a thousand horsepower and still maintains a very light pedal feel thanks to the twin clutch discs and the organic compound that they're made out of. As always, I suggest you check it out more online for yourself. And for all things Mustang, keep it right here at americanmuscle.com.