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

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      Review & Installation Video

      Hey guys, Stephanie with, 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

      Product Information

      Features, Description, Reviews, Q&A, Specs & Installation


      • 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


      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

      MPN# 463456

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      Customer Reviews (36)

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      Ratings Summary

      4.7 out of 5 overall rating from 36 customers

      Installation Time: Full Day

      Installation Cost: $250-$500

      • January 17, 2020

        5 2000 GT - JeffD Installation Time: Afternoon

        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!

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      • December 22, 2019

        4 1998 GT - Arnold Installation Time: Afternoon

        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 GT

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      • August 19, 2019

        5 2010 GT - MichaelS Installation Time: Afternoon

        No complaints

        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.

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      • June 08, 2019

        5 2006 GT - MatthewD Installation Time: Full Day

        Great option!

        Flywheel is well worth replacing! This one came in and fits right on to my 06 GT. Glad I bought it.

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      • May 19, 2019

        5 2007 GT - MikeR Installation Time: Shop Install

        works good

        works like it should , put it when install a 800 Hp McLeod clutch (noisy clutch)

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      • May 09, 2019

        5 2004 GT - IvanF Installation Time: Afternoon


        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.

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      • April 01, 2019

        5 2005 GT - BradMacK Installation Time: Shop Install Installation Cost: $250-$500

        McLeod's do not fail! Ever!

        It really is that simple! McLeod unit replaced after 100K miles. Very tough clutch.

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      • March 13, 2019

        5 2000 GT - BrightBlueGT00 Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

        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.

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      • February 10, 2019

        5 2007 GT - Hector Installation Time: Afternoon

        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 .?!

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      • January 27, 2019

        5 2004 GT - GC Installation Time: Weekend

        Great product

        Definitely a must when replacing the clutch. I paired it up what a spec stage 1 Clutch. so far so good

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      Questions & Answers (16 answers)

      5 Top Rated Questions

      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.

      Helpful (6)

      What is actual weight, 20 pounds or 21.65 pounds? Both weights are stated.

      • This will weight roughly 21.65 lb yes.

      Helpful (1)

      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.

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      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?

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      10 More Questions
      What size and pitch are the larger ring of bolt holes on the outside? I purchased this for a manual conversion project and I obviously don't have any pressure plate bolts to reuse. 0 answer
      Does this flywheel ship with dowel pins? If not, do you offer a compatible dowel pin/set? 1 answer
      This is probably a dumb question but what is the differences between this clutch and the "McLeod Racing Chromoly Steel Flywheel." I'm very new to the "car" scene and I am trying to learn more about it by building an engine for my 2003 gt and I'm shooting for 700-800whp after I get some forced induction. 1 answer
      I realize it's best to match manufacturer's but with that being said will this work with the Exedy Mach 400 Stage 2 Clutch part# 62502? 1 answer
      will it work with 2010 Mustang ROUSH 4.6 super charged engine? 1 answer
      Can i use a light flywheel on automátic trans? 1 answer
      Are you able to resurface this flywheel? 1 answer
      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. 1 answer
      Will this flywheel work with a McLeod RXT Twin Disc 1000HP Clutch? 1 answer
      Will this flywheel pair with an Exedy Mach 500 clutch? 1 answer

      Installation & What's in the Box

      Installation Info

      What's in the Box

      • (1) Flywheel

      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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