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McLeod Lightened Steel Flywheel - 6 Bolt (96-98 GT; Late 01-10 GT)

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  • Lightened Steel Construction
  • 6 Bolt Pattern
  • 11 in. Diameter
  • 164 - Tooth
  • 0 oz Balance
  • SFI Certified
  • Fits 1996-98 GT, Late 01-04 GT, and 2005-2010 GT

Review & Installation Video

Review & Install Video

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.

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.

Steel Construction. Manufactured from steel for extra strength, this McLeod Flywheel features a ring gear of 164 teeth, an engine balance of 0 oz, and a six bolt main pattern. Steel flywheels are perfect for street and race applications where off the line acceleration is 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 1996-1998 GT, late 2001-2004 GT, and 2005-2010 GT Mustangs equipped with the 4.6L V8 engine and is the perfect companion to your new McLeod Clutch.

Technical Note. This McLeod Flywheel is designed for the GT Mustang's with a six bolt main. 2001 Mustangs with production date after 06/01 have a six bolt main.

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 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 Details

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  • (1) Flywheel
Installation Info
Tech Specs
Flywheel Specifications
Year/Model: 96-98 & Mid 01-04 GT
2005-2010 GT
Manufacture: McLeod
Material: Steel Bolt Pattern: 6 Bolt
Hardware Included: None SFI Certifited: Yes
Will it fit my Mustang?
  • Bullitt - 01, 08, 09
  • GT - 96, 97, 98, 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10

Fits Manual GT and Bullitt Mustangs with a 6 bolt main only

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Conversion of cobra motor to intech motor

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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.


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Can i use a light flywheel on automátic trans?


  • 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.


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Are you able to resurface this flywheel?


  • 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.


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Would the flywheel cause a pedal distance issue? I installed the McLeod Street Extreme clutch in my 2008 Mustang GT and now the pedal goes all the way to the floor to engage. I only have to let it out about 1/4" from the floor and it engages. I am used to (this is my 2nd replacement clutch) the pedal engaging at 1/2 way and not all the way to the floor. I didn't change flywheels, I believe it is the original one.


  • 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


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Will this flywheel work with a McLeod RXT Twin Disc 1000HP Clutch?


  • 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!

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Will this flywheel pair with an Exedy Mach 500 clutch?


  • 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.


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Overall Rating 4.4

out of 5 stars

Installation Time:Full Day

Installation Cost:$250-$500

  • Fit 4.785714 4.8
  • Bang For Your Buck 4.071429 4.1
  • Grip / Bite 4.571429 4.6

  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Full Day

    February 15, 2017

    Great flywheel!

    I paired this flywheel with a Exedy Mach 500 clutch and it is just perfect!


    Year: 2004 Submodel: GT

    Helpful (1)

  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    February 01, 2017

    Conversion of cobra motor to intech motor

    Staff knew which one was needed Little filing but it fit Pilot shaft bearing perfect Mcleod chutch Plate Disc Throw out bearing Suggestion I would include torq settings And install instruction Application Wouldnt take much effort


    Year: 2001 Submodel: Cobra

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Full Day

    November 15, 2016

    Nice alternative to an aluminum flywheel.

    Super high quality and comes with dowels. I haven't noticed any performance increase as of yet by going with a lighter flywheel but I'm still breaking my clutch in. It does seem slightly quicker revving but it's hard to tell at this point. Goes together well with a McLeod clutch kit.


    Year: 2003 Submodel: GT

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  • 1/5

    Installation Time: Full Day

    October 21, 2016

    Buyer beware

    Very unhappy with the product! It is advertised as a lightened steel flywheel but after receiving it I measured the weight of both flywheels to only find out that the new flywheel in fact weighed 2 ounces more than my stock flywheel!


    Year: 1998 Submodel: GT

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    March 28, 2016

    Best setup I've ever had.

    Installed with a Street pro Clutch and pressure plate, FRPP quadrant, FRPP Firewall Adjuster, and MM Cable. This Flywheel is lighter than the stock with out causing and idle stability or stalling issues as you may find with aggressively lighted aluminum flywheels. It comes ready to install with the dowels needed to locate the clutch assembly. My engine is more responsive, and the new clutch setup is smooth in town, and has the crisp engagements you want when out on the strip or putting together a smokey Burnout. This is the best Setup I have ever had.


    Year: 1996 Submodel: GT

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  • 4/5

    Installation Time: Full Day

    January 23, 2016

    Great Product

    Great product, had professional mechanics install at the local Ford dealer. Be sure to do your homework on which flywheel bolt pattern you are required to have. American Muscle states if your 8th character on the VIN is an "X" you have an 8-bolt pattern. This is not true, at least for my case. I have an "X" as the 8th character and I ended up having a 6-bolt pattern for flywheel installation. Good thing I purchased both, 6-bolt and 8-bolt pattern and will return the other that is not needed. Again, great product by a great manufacturer. In the middle of the break-in period with my new clutch. Once broken-in we will see if she can hold up. Thanks American Muscle. Keep on keeping on.


    Year: 2004 Submodel: GT Garden City, KS

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    November 13, 2015

    Thanks AM!

    From the customer service to install everything was absolutely perfect could not have gone better.


    Year: 2005 Submodel: GT Athens ga

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Shop Install

    Installation Cost: $250-$500

    October 22, 2015

    McLeod racing flywheel

    Just got this and a exedy Mach 500 stage 3 clutch put in my 2010 gt. Being that it's supercharged I knew I would need something to be able to put the power down without worry of it slipping. The overal feel is great. It seems to be working well with the new clutch also. Very happy with the outcome and it is at the right price also!


    Year: 2010 Submodel: GT Virginia Beach

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    January 16, 2015

    Best Pedal Feel From My Experience

    I purchased this McLeod Racing Steel Flywheel along with my McLeod RST 26-spline Twin-Disc clutch. It would be difficult to rate this flywheel without also rating the clutch as you can't have one without the other. The clutch is one of the best I've ever used on my 2006 Kenne Bell Mustang GT - I've also had a Centerforce Dual Friction and SPEC SS Twin-Disc clutch with aluminum flywheel installed in the past. This McLeod combo easily has a better/lighter pedal feel than stock. I'm pushing close to 500rwhp with plenty of room since it's rated at 800hp. The clutch grabs firmly off the line at WOT. The only down side is that the tolerances are so close with this clutch/flywheel set that it doesn't like to be revved with clutch pedal down. You will smell clutch if you do this. Otherwise, an excellent setup.


    Year: 2006 Submodel: GT Virginia, USA

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    July 07, 2014

    Perfect mate for McLeod clutches

    This flywheel is a perfect mate for the friction area on McLeod clutches. The inner diameter is 6.25" (vs. 7.125" for a stock GT flywheel). You do NOT want to sue a stock GT flywheel with a McLeod clutch - the mis-match will create overheating and warp your expensive McLeod clutch with low miles. So...you need this item. Bear in mind that 05-10 4.6 liter GT engines uses 6 bolt cranks (and this flywheel) and forged cranks (Kellogg, etc.) such as those used in the 04/04 Cobra use 8 bolt cranks. Do your homework and make sure you choose the correct flywheel for your application.


    Year: 2006 Submodel: GT Atlanta, GA

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  • 4/5

    Installation Time: Full Day

    July 03, 2017


    I had a bad throw out bearing and clutch was wearing out so I decided to change out the complete clutch system since I would be in there. I Chose the McLeod lightened steel wheel which is 4-5 lbs lighter than stock. This is a well made flywheel and worth the price I would buy it again. All together went with a new ford clutch fork, throw out bearing, pilot bearing, fork stud and matched he flywheel with a street pro McLeod clutch which I'm loving so smooth on the shift nice clutch. Also did a maximum Motorsport adjustable clutch cable, maximum Motorsport quadrant and a ford firewall adjuster all together the shifting is amazing.


    Year: 2003 Submodel: GT

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  • 4/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    March 26, 2017

    Just as described

    Not sure I can give a proper review as have only just installed and my original had no issues, I just wanted the upgrade. Installed at same time as McLeod Pro Street clutch, and McLeod slave/throw-out and OEM clutch master (which was the TRUE CULPRIT of my issue), but so far I have NOTHING negative to say about, just am not sure of the positive I can say either... thats above my level of knowledge.


    Year: 2010 Submodel: GT

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    October 27, 2016

    McLeod fly wheel

    Paired this up with my street pro clutch kit great combo smooth shifts glad I chose McLeod my old fly wheel was in rough shape.


    Year: 2002 Submodel: GT

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  • 4/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    June 24, 2015

    Nice clutch

    Just installed the McLeod street clutch nice engagement lighter than stock but you can feel the difference in grip, for sure also installed light weight billet steel mcloed flywheel can tell the difference in how it holds the revs that along with the Hurst short throw shifter really has transformed the way this gt drives and performs and American muscle had the best price and best range of products for your late model mustang


    Year: 1998 Submodel: GT Everett, WA

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