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Hey guys, Stephanie with AmericanMuscle.com, and this is my review on McLeod's 6 Bolt Lightened Steel Flywheel that's gonna work for '96 to '98 GTs and late '01 to 2010 GT Mustangs. This 6 Bolt Lightened Flywheel from McLeod is gonna be for Mustang owners that are replacing their clutch, and are looking to replace, instead of resurface, their flywheel as well. So, your two options when you're replacing your clutch are either resurface your old flywheel or go for a new one. And honestly, while you can resurface, I really think it's best to go with a new flywheel, by the time you're done paying for resurfacing anyways. Plus, the flywheel is pretty important to the clutch's performance. It can dictate how well it will perform and for how long. So if you're springing for a new clutch anyways, why not give it the best components to do its job to the best of its abilities? So, a big feature about this flywheel is that it's lightened, but I just wanted to address some things with this here. Having a lighter flywheel isn't going to change the actual horsepower of the engine. But if we think about it as rotating mass, in order to accelerate all of the rotating weight the way it needs to be moved: like your wheels, the driveshaft, the flywheel, all of that stuff, the more that rotating weight is, the more power and rpms it will take to move those items and get the car moving. The less power that your car needs to speed up the flywheel, the more power available to speed up everything else. So, this flywheel isn't going to add horsepower, but there will be more available horsepower to accelerate the car and get it off the line for a second. So this is a steel flywheel, and it's gonna weigh 20 pounds. This is lighter than the factory flywheel, but it isn't going to be as light as an aluminum flywheel is. So, when you're shopping for a flywheel and clutch, you really need to understand what you're looking for from these components. There are trade-offs between going for a lighter or a slightly heavier flywheel, so lighter isn't always better. It depends on the situation. A heavier flywheel is gonna be smoother overall, smoother at takeoff, smoother at idling/cruising. As I explained earlier, a heavier flywheel will mean slower acceleration. This is why the steel flywheel is a good option for street cars, and some recreational racing, and, in general, high performance applications that could see some spirited driving. If you have a car that still sees some street time, but you really want the highest performance possible, then you might want an aluminum flywheel instead, as long as your budget agrees with that.But getting into a little bit more detail about this one here. It does have 164 teeth on the ring gear [SP], it's neutrally balanced, and it has that six bolt main pattern, so if you're shopping for an '01 GT, just check your production date. The middle one with a production date after June of '01, has a six bolt main. And this is SFI certified for you guys that are planning on using this in high performance or for racing applications. As far as price goes, you're looking at between $200 and $300 for this flywheel, which like I mentioned before is less than what an aluminum flywheel would cost. And if we compare it to other steel flywheels, we will see that it's on the less expensive side, even though it's coming from a manufacturer with a name like McLeod. McLeod also has a steel flywheel, as well, so you can always check that out. When it comes to the install, it is going to be time consuming, and I would assume that you're going to be replacing your clutch with the flywheel, so you can combine it all into one install. Also, if you haven't really done anything like this before, then it wouldn't be a bad idea to take everything to the shop for this one, unless you have someone in the know helping you out. I'll call this one a three out three wrenches on the difficulty meter and you're probably looking at about four hours time, if you do decide to tackle this yourself. If you do choose to do this yourself, I would really recommend trying to gain access to a lift. You're obviously gonna be dropping your trans, driveshaft, and exhaust, so performing this on jack-stands could be a little bit difficult, and a helping hand with this install can go a long way. You need a small range of different socket sizes, here, and some other miscellaneous tools, but nothing out of the ordinary. Just make sure to have a torque wrench, though, because you really should be torquing down a spec [SP] in cases like this one here. Lastly, though, as a side note, don't forget about that clutch break-in period, no matter who's installing the clutch. Wrapping things up here, the McLeod Lightened Steel Flywheel is a good middle of the road compromise between the heavy stock steel flywheel and an aluminum flywheel. It's a good option for owners that are looking to keep some of the energy contained in the drive train and have a good street driving experience.As always, check this thing out more online and see what you think for yourself. I'm Stephanie, and for all things Mustang, keep it right here at AmericanMuscle.com.
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January 17, 2020
A “Must Have” for High Horsepower Apps
This flywheel was needed with the McLeod RST twin disc clutch setup. Really happy with the quality, clutch feel, and drive ability of the system. Have a 2.8L-LC KenneBell I can turn up with this clutch and flywheel installed. Time to install will vary based on your setup. I upgraded to a TKO600 with a Quick Time bell housing and I have a lift and trans jack. Only took me about 2 hours out and back in with some prep work prior. Excited for this upcoming season!Helpful (0)
December 22, 2019
Had to modify
It's a great product I haven't installed it yet because I found that the holes for the bolts are a slight smaller than OEM. Had to drill out a small bit to fit correctly. I have a 98 mustang GTHelpful (0)
August 19, 2019
It showed up as described and expected. The fit and performance was perfect. I had no issues with either. Quality product that i recommend if you are upgrading or need a new flywheel.Helpful (0)
June 08, 2019
Flywheel is well worth replacing! This one came in and fits right on to my 06 GT. Glad I bought it.Helpful (0)
May 19, 2019
works like it should , put it when install a 800 Hp McLeod clutch (noisy clutch)Helpful (1)
May 09, 2019
awesome buy, feels much better then the stock flywheel. You can feel the grip when you lease and shift the gears. Great flywheel for the price.Helpful (0)
April 01, 2019
McLeod's do not fail! Ever!
It really is that simple! McLeod unit replaced after 100K miles. Very tough clutch.Helpful (0)
March 13, 2019
Great for a quick buy
I have a 2000 GT located in Korea. This car is the fastest 2v on Pen. the engine has a Kenne Bell 2.1 SC and the motor blew. Needless to say its hard to find parts for American cars here. After running down all available options to save the original block, I had to switch to a 4.6 out of a Lincoln. I had a 8 bolt crank on the original block, and the new block had a 6 bolt. I needed a flywheel quick and AM delivered. It came to me within two weeks and is making it possible to ship the car back to the states.Helpful (1)
February 10, 2019
Stage 1 clutch w/
Installed this myself along with a Stage 1 clutch, pilot bearing, rear main seal and throwout bearing, all using no lift, installed and GT has not given me any issues since, if anything my stang sounds and feels as mustang should. Had to get the h-pipe welded, the borla stingers sound as should, plan to perfect my 07 Ford even more. Next on the list, plugs, shifter, tires again, and more items if I can find, hard to find item ** wire harness for connections to fuel injectors, pretty much all the wire harnesses .?!Helpful (0)
January 27, 2019
Definitely a must when replacing the clutch. I paired it up what a spec stage 1 Clutch. so far so goodHelpful (0)
How much does this flywheel weigh, and in comparison to OE?
The McLeod Racing Lightened Steel Flywheel - 6 Bolt (96-98 GT; Late 01-10 GT) weighs 21.65lbs which is going to be less than the stock flywheel weight which is 25lbs.
What is actual weight, 20 pounds or 21.65 pounds? Both weights are stated.
This will weight roughly 21.65 lb yes.
My 2002 GT has the X engine code in the VIN and it has a 6 bolt pattern. Do they have the X and W reversed in the description or are there exceptions to the rule?
The McLeod Lightened Steel Flywheel will fit all 6 bolt 4.6L's. While the vin code is a generally accepted guideline, unfortunately 01 and 02 had some oddballs where they did not quite conform to the normal standards.
In talking with the folks at Exedy - I was assured that their Exedy Mach 500 Stage 1 clutch with any flywheel that has the same bolt pattern as stock. I am looking for a steel flywheel closer to stock weight (25lbs) than the Exedy steel flywheel (16.1 lbs). This McLeod flywheel at 21 strikes a good balance yet your reply to an earlier question by another shopper indicated that The McLeod would work with the Exedy but would not be the best match. Do you have experiences that differ than what Exedy told me? Thanks
would purchasing a new flywheel and clutch require the engine to be re-balanced with an upgraded and already balanced rotating assembly?
The McLeod Lightened Steel Flywheel does not include new dowel pins (Sold Separately).
One is manufactured from chromoly steel for extra strength.
We cannot guarantee that the McLeod Lightened Steel Flywheel will fit with the Exedy Mach 400 Stage 2 clutch.
As long as you have the 6 bolt pattern this McLeod Lightened Steel Flywheel will fit your car no problem.
This Flywheel will not work on the automatic models as they do not have a clutch and flywheel. You will want to look at a torque converter for your automatic.
The McLeod Racing Lightened Steel Flywheel is able to be resurfaced if needed. However we would recommend a new flywheel as the clutch will last longer with a new flywheel then a resurfaced flywheel.
Hello! The McLeod Racing Lightened Steel Flywheel won't affect where the clutch engages. In most cases, this issue can be fixed by installing a firewall adjuster. Please give us a call at 1-844-494-7745 so we can help trouble shoot further
Hello! Yes, the McLeod RXT Twin Disc 1000HP Clutch will work great with this McLeod Racing Lightened Steel Flywheel - 6 Bolt. Just make sure to check your VIN to make sure you have a 6 bolt crank!
This will work with the Exedy mach 500 clutch however it is not the best fit. When replacing your clutch and flywheel, it is always best to match brands. With this being said, I would recommend purchasing item #62511 for a 6-bolt flywheel and item #62510 for the 8-bolt flywheel.
(approx) 4 Hours
Mechanical expertise or professional installation required.
What's in the Box
|Year/Model:||96-98 & Mid 01-04 GT |
|Material:||Steel||Bolt Pattern:||6 Bolt|
|Hardware Included:||None||SFI Certifited:||Yes|
Fits Manual GT and Bullitt Mustangs with a 6 bolt main only