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McLeod Racing Lightened Steel Flywheel - 8 Bolt (15-17 GT)

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    Features, Video & Details

    • Lightened Steel Construction
    • 8 Bolt Pattern
    • 164 - Tooth
    • 0 oz Balance
    • SFI Certified
    • Fits 2015-2017 GT

    Review & Installation Video

    Review & Install Video

    Hi, everybody. I'm Justin with americanmuscle.com. And this is gonna be my detailed breakdown of McLeod Lightened Steel Flywheel, available for your 2015 and newer Mustang GT. The lightweight McLeod Steel Flywheel should appeal to the S550 GT owners out there, looking to make the switch from their heavy factory flywheel to a lightweight option, from one of the most trusted names in the aftermarket. But at the same time, this will be for the owners who don't wanna go too light, like one of those aluminum options for instance, and therefore, suffer some of the drivability challenges that can sometimes come along with that. The McLeod option here is gonna land just south of 300 bucks, and it will be a full three out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter from me as the transmission obviously will need to come out for this one, but we will have some more detail on that later on.So, the steel version of McLeod's flywheel is gonna weigh in at 21-and-a-half pounds, versus the aluminum option also found on the site, which will weigh in at 14-and-a-half pounds. So, yes, obviously, that aluminum will be substantially lighter. However, that being said, I like to think the steel version is the best of both worlds. Yes, you're gonna be shaving some rotational mass off your Mustang here, compared to your heavier factory flywheel, but at the same time, the steel version that we have in this video is gonna be a little bit more daily driver friendly, stop-and-go traffic, things like that.Now, because of that, I would highly recommend this option if your Mustang or your S550 GT predominantly sees road use with maybe a few strip runs sprinkled in for good measure. On the other hand, though, if you are building an all-out, high-RPM, strip-only car, I'd probably steer you more towards that aluminum option instead, but for most owners out there, the steel will be the preferred material of choice. And with all that said, you can still look forward to some inherent performance benefits when lightening up that rotational mass. The car's not gonna be as lazy through the RPM range, it should pull through the gears a little bit quicker, and with the steel option here, you're not gonna worry about those revs dropping as quickly between shifts like you would with an aluminum option. But ultimately, guys, if you are watching this video, then chances are, you probably thought about adding a clutch at the same time as the flywheel. And if that is the case, I do wanna point out that McLeod does state that you can use their flywheel with pretty much any aftermarket or factory clutch you can find, with the exception of a few twin-disc options that do come with a dedicated flywheel. However, it has been my experience in the past that typically sticking with the same manufacturer for both the clutch and the flywheel will yield you the best results.With all that said, let's get a little further into the construction here with the McLeod unit, and again, you are looking at that lightened steel for the overall construction. It does weigh 21-and-a-half pounds, to be exact. The ring gear does feature 164 teeth. It has been zero balanced, meaning, there's no need for any external counter-balancing or external weights, anything goofy like that. And finally, it has an eight-bolt design to fit the coyote crank. Another thing worth pointing out here with the McLeod flywheel is that it has been SFI-certified, so, if you're serious about competing with your S550 GT, this will be important to you as this requirement is necessary for certain racing organizations. Now, even though I would categorize McLeod as a premium clutch offering in the category, their steel flywheel that we have in this video is one of the most affordable in the category at the high $200 price point. Now, 9 out of 10 times, the steel flywheels will be more affordable than the aluminum flywheels per se, and that is the case of course here with the McLeod as their aluminum option is gonna be about 100 bucks more compared to the flywheel that we have here. Switching gears, no pun intended, let's get into the installation with the McLeod flywheel. And because the transmission and clutch will need to be removed in order to access the flywheel, I'm gonna punch this one up to a full three out three wrenches on the difficulty meter. And depending on your expertise and your garage setup, anywhere from a couple of hours to a half a day in the shop or garage to get knocked out. Obvious statement here gang, you're gonna need a pretty solid set of tools to tackle this job, along with some decent mechanical know-how. Now, if you never dropped a transmission before, it's usually not the most difficult task per se, but it can be a little tedious and the steps will add up. You do have to drop the exhaust, the drive shaft, things like that, before that transmission can actually come down. Now, this is even more difficult if you are gonna be doing this one on your back on jack stands. Obviously, having a transmission jack and a lift would make life a whole lot easier. Once the trans is down and you can see the clutch and flywheel, removing them really isn't that bad as long as you have a decent socket set and the correct sockets of course. Now, once you've installed the new flywheel, make sure you have some blue loctite on hand or thread locker as you will wanna use it on the crank bolts here and a torque wrench as you are gonna wanna torque them down to the manufacturer's specifications. Once the flywheel is installed, reinstall the clutch or install your new clutch, re-assemble the car with the transmission, drive shaft, exhaust, and then get ready to pump that clutch pedal a lot because you will need to build pressure back into the hydraulic system. Be warned, it can take a little bit, but that is gonna wrap up your install. Wrapping things up here, the McLeod Steel Flywheel would be a solid choice for the S550 GT owners looking to shed some rotational mass but keep the car relatively street-friendly at the same time. The materials and construction are very good for the price point, and this would make an excellent pairing to any clutch or McLeod clutch on the site of your choosing.So, guys, that is my review here of the McLeod Lightweight Steel Flywheel, which you can grab for your Mustang at americanmuscle.com.

    Peace of Mind. When replacing or upgrading your S550 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 an eight 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 2015-2017 GT Mustangs with an eight bolt main. This is the perfect companion to your new McLeod Clutch.

    Fitment: 2015 2016 2017 Details

    MPN# 463458

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    What's in the Box
    • (1) Flywheel
    Installation Info
    Tech Specs
    Flywheel Specifications
    Year/Model: 2015-2017 GT Manufacture: McLeod
    Material: Steel Bolt Pattern: 8 Bolt
    Hardware Included: None SFI Certifited: Yes
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        Questions & Answers (9)

        5 Top Rated Questions

        What is the weight of this flywheel compared to Mcleod's aluminum flywheel?

        • This McLeod racing lightened steel flywheel will weigh 21.5 pounds compared to the McLeod racing aluminum flywheel will weigh 14.35.

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        Is a tune required when upgrading to this flywheel from a stock flywheel?

        • A new tune would not be required with the upgraded flywheel.

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        Is it ok to pair with the stock 2017 gt clutch or should I upgrade the clutch as well

        • The McLeod Racing Lightened Steel Flywheelis only manufactured an intended for use with the McLeod Clutches. Although it can be paired with some other aftermarket brands, this is not recommended for use on the original OEM clutch assembly.

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        What is the weight of the stock flywheel for a 2015?

        • The stock flywheel weighs 23 lbs.

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        will this fit 18-19 model GT's?

        • The McLeod Racing Lightened Steel Flywheel will not fit 18-19 models

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        4 More Questions
        Will this flywheel work with the exedy stage 2 clutch kit? Or do i have to get an exedy flywheel. Just asking because this is cheaper than the exedy flywheel 1 answer
        If i buy an exedy clutch kit. Would this mcleod flywheel work with it? Or does it all have to be the same brand 1 answer
        What is the weight difference between the McLeod Lightened Flywheel and the Factory Flywheel? 1 answer
        Hi, is this cast or billet? 1 answer

          Customer Reviews (15) Write a Review

          Overall Rating 4.9

          out of 5 stars

          Installation Time:Full Day

          Installation Cost:$250-$500

          • Fit 5 5
          • Bang For Your Buck 4.928571 4.9
          • Grip / Bite 4.857143 4.9



          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Afternoon

            May 23, 2019

            Great product

            Great product quick shipping easy to install works perfectly

            ShawnK

            Year: 2015 Submodel: GT

            Helpful (0)

          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Weekend

            March 04, 2019

            McLeod racing flywheel

            Shipped fast , looked great and seems to be good only have right at 400 miles on this and the McLeod rst clutch which is also very good, one thing I don’t see being mentioned is having to do a crank relearn

            BrandonB

            Year: 2015 Submodel: GT

            Helpful (0)

          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Afternoon

            October 07, 2018

            lightened steel flywheel

            Perfect fit for the S550. Alignment studs were a bit tricky to install. Factory needs to mark the holes for the studs to make it easy to identify. They fit very snug and you run the risk of mushrooming them out if you don't use a brass drift or hammer.

            AnthonyR

            Year: 2017 Submodel: GT

            Helpful (1)

          • 5/5

            September 20, 2018

            For the McLeod RXT

            My factory flywheel would not bold to the RXT 1000hp clutch. This was the one I chose. Love it so far

            DanielC

            Year: 2015 Submodel: GT

            Helpful (1)

          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Full Day

            September 13, 2018

            Racing flywheel

            Very awesome product ! The car feels so much better from my stock flywheel that could not hold the power.

            JavierB

            Year: 2018 Submodel: GT

            Helpful (1)

          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Shop Install

            September 09, 2018

            2017LFP Mustang

            I am happy with this selection. I cn;t wait to get some track time.

            EugeneC

            Year: 2017 Submodel: GT

            Helpful (2)

          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Afternoon

            March 22, 2018

            Great product

            Much better then factory flywheel definitely see the difference with this , I also paired this with a McLeod twin disk clutch and it’s honeslty the best

            Laz

            Year: 2017 Submodel: GT

            Helpful (6)

          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Full Day

            January 25, 2018

            Get one with clutch pack

            Had to replace my factory 2017 GT 6 speed clutch since having the Roush phase II kit installed new with vehicles purchase. It just can’t hold up under 750 HP and started slipping in 3rd and 4th around 4300 miles. Replaced with new McLeod flywheel, 1000HP RXT clutch and pres plate kit, t-out bearing and a braided hydraulic line. Since doing so it’s been a big improvement however it’s still in the breaking it in so it’s still too early to fully evaluate. Installed at a local Ford speed shop and labor took the whole day. Smooth and easy shifts with a factory feel too no jerking or slamming at all.

            Jonathan

            Year: 2017 Submodel: GT

            Helpful (9)

          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Full Day

            November 24, 2017

            Great product!

            Very light weight, holds up better then the factory flywheel!

            JosephS

            Year: 2017 Submodel: GT

            Helpful (5)

          • 4/5

            November 11, 2017

            Good adapter

            I only bought this flywheel as an adapter for my clutch. I would recommend this for daily driver

            Arabia4mustang

            Year: 2015 Submodel: GT

            Helpful (5)

          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Afternoon

            November 09, 2017

            McLeod is the best

            This was a great choice. No more clutch slippage. Great for street use and in daily driven applications. More power to the ground.

            RichardJ

            Year: 2015 Submodel: GT

            Helpful (7)

          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Full Day

            October 05, 2017

            Great product

            This was a great purchase. The rpm gets up so much faster now. Great for street use and in daily driven applications.

            ReyT

            Year: 2016 Submodel: GT

            Helpful (7)

          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Shop Install

            Installation Cost: $250-$500

            June 22, 2017

            review of 8 bolt fly wheel

            it took 6 hours works real fine but have get use to the cuclch grabbing at the of pedal engagement but it is cool because it 's my second time I had it in 14 gt. had in a saleen with an aluminator with vmpsupercharger pushing 800 hp. to thewheels. also backed by a Mcleod twin dish clutch it area winner.

            WayneG

            Year: 2017 Submodel: GT

            Helpful (11)

          • 5/5

            July 22, 2016

            Great product

            Great fly wheel for anyone putting power to the ground

            Jack

            Year: 2015 Submodel: GT

            Helpful (8)

          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Afternoon

            May 19, 2016

            As always great quality products from Macleod

            This is my second coyote motor Mustang, put this flywheel and the rxt in both cars. There is no more clutch slippage LOL

            Redblighting

            Year: 2016 Submodel: GT

            Helpful (10)

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