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.
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- What's in the Box
- Installation Info
Installation Time: (approx) 4 Hours
Difficulty Level:Mechanical expertise or professional installation required.
- Tech Specs
||96-98 & Mid 01-04 GT
- 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