Review & Install Video
Hey, guys, Stephanie with AmericanMuscle.com here with the SR Performance Braided Stainless Steel Hydraulic Clutch Line for the 2015 and up Mustang. The SR Performance Stainless Steel Hydraulic Clutch Line is going to be for the manual S550 owners that are looking to get away from the weak factory plastic line and replace it with a durable line that's not going to fail or stick and will improve pedal feel. This is a direct fit for S550s that have the MT82 trans and will give some peace of mind as well as a little performance improvement. So this is a Teflon-lined braided stainless steel hose that's going to take the place of the plastic clutch fluid line that the Mustang comes from the factory with.
The factory line does have the potential to stick, fail, or split over time or even under high heat. And if the plastic line gets hot enough, it can expand and contract, causing a lockout and a missed shift. The additional pressure on the line that's created by aggressive driving can also cause the line to start sticking or fail, and I'm sure you can imagine that this is not a fun experience. It also creates a sloppy-feeling clutch.
So, like I said, this line is a Teflon hose that's encased in a braided stainless steel covering. The inner Teflon hose resists expansion under pressure, and the braided stainless steel covering gives additional reinforcement against this expansion, which is how this line is superior over the factory line, especially if you're an aggressive driver. The braided stainless steel is also going to give protection and reinforcement against heat, abrasion, and road debris.
This line is also going to increase the fluid flow capacity, and because this line does not have the unwanted expansion capabilities that the factory line has, it's also going to improve clutch pedal feel. No expansion outwards of the fluids means only a direct pressure, and that means a firmer pedal feel. You can expect to feel a noticeable improvement in grip and bite of the clutch.
As far as price, you're looking at just over $50 for this line right here, or if you feel like springing for the Steeda version, you can expect to pay about double. The SR Performance option, though, has all of the same benefits at a more affordable price, so it's definitely something to consider. The install here is not very difficult, and it's pretty easy. All that you're really going to need is a 10-millimeter socket and a ratchet, or a wrench, some long needle-nose pliers, and some small picks. I'd also have a shop rag or two just for the drips and maybe some extra fluid in case you end up needing it.
The top connection on the firewall can be removed using the metal pick, and it's just going to be a metal-retaining clip that comes all the way out, and then you can pull the line out of its fitting. Just be careful when removing the clip, because you will need it for the new line. I would just slide the clip back into its place after you get the line out, so you don't lose it, and then you'll need to raise the car on a lift or jack stands, either one.
The lower end of the clutch line is going to be located on the left side of the bell housing. The line comes out the same way here. You just slide the clip back, but don't try to pull it all the way out, because this clip slides back but stays in the elbow. This end of the line pushes up and out of the fitting, and that's all it takes to get the stock line out.
The new line is best installed by fitting it to the firewall first and then install the bottom, which pushes into the metal-retaining clip in the fitting. After this, it's just a matter of bleeding the clutch, which is a lot of pumping the pedal. Just make sure to check the fluid reservoir and refill if you need to. Once the pedal feels normal, you're set for a test drive, and then just check the fluid level again once you get back. It's as simple as that. It's a pretty easy install that should take an hour or two, and it's a one out of three wrenches on the scale.
Wrapping things up here, the SR Performance Braided Stainless Steel Hydraulic Clutch Line is a good little mod for both peace of mind and a touch of performance improvement from the clutch. It is a Teflon-lined braided stainless steel that is a definite upgrade over the factory plastic line that does not allow for a sticking pedal, line swelling, or cracking, and you can check it out more online right here at AmericanMuscle.com.