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Old 06-22-2011, 04:46 PM   #1
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Default What brand clutch are you running?

Starting to feel like my clutch is getting weak. Doesn't seem to engage till the pedal is closer to the top than it used to be.

Ford wants 600+ just for the kit which would include disc, pressure plate, pilot and hydraulic slave. I can get a Valeo complete kit for 350.00.

I don't race the car or anything but I do want a decent clutch that is up to stock Ford standards...any advice?
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Old 06-22-2011, 04:49 PM   #2
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I am running a Spec Stage 2 in my 06 300 rwhp GT...I hated the feel of the stock clutch so I changed it out at 10k...have 18k on the clutch now and I like it very well...
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Old 06-22-2011, 05:16 PM   #3
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I run a Spec Stage 1 on mine and havent had any problems with it.

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Old 06-22-2011, 10:13 PM   #4
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I'm still running the stocker but when I upgrade it seems that most say McLeod is the way to go.
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I pulled my stock clutch with 2000 miles on it because I knew it would not hold up to the 450rwhp I am getting now. I went with a Spec stage II+ and it engages lower in the stroke and is a bit stiffer feeling. But I could have lived with the stock one but for the increase torque my motor puts out now.
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McLeod Twin Disc RXT; Last car had a Street Twin; Fantastic clutch with better than OEM pedal feel
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Old 06-22-2011, 11:38 PM   #7
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...but when I upgrade it seems that most say McLeod is the way to go.
Not I! Spec 3+ here. Stock pedal feel and engagement...holds lots of power and love it!
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Old 06-23-2011, 04:28 AM   #8
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Be WARY of the SPEC 2 and 2+.
MANY horror stories out there.

I went through a nightmare with mine.
Search on the forums and you will find the same with MANY people.
In my opinion SPEC is GARBAGE on these Mustangs.
Also their customer service is nothing short of insulting I think.

I would STAY AWAY from SPEC.
Mcleod or Exedy is what I would go with.
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Old 06-23-2011, 08:05 AM   #9
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Not I! Spec 3+ here. Stock pedal feel and engagement...holds lots of power and love it!
+1, SPEC 3+.
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Again I'd stay away from SPEC.
Even though the 3+ has had more success than the other models.

Others with a lot of experience on these forums, other forums, and on the S197 in general will tell you the same.

I did not listen to the warning when I received it and I PAID for it later.
Plus SPEC treats customers HORRIBLE. Both me and others as well.
They also did not stand behind their product in my case.

There is another thread about clutches going on here and I said the same thing.
Again I will say if you get a quality SPEC on these Mustangs, I'd say you are LUCKY.
It's that bad I think and again others will say the same.

I wish I had heeded the warning people gave me when they did.
It would have saved me A LOT of both cash, and trouble.
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Ok then, I guess I should consider myself one of the luckey ones here ....LOL
Been running a SPEC Super Twin Disk Clutch and Flywheel for about two years now.
No problems, holds the power, and so things seem well ..!!
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Had a regular Spec stage 3 on my 530 hp 1995 Mustang and the clutch itself was fine. The Spec flywheel, though, had some issues. Removed the clutch once to fix a rear main leak and found about half the bolts attaching the friction surface to the rest of the flywheel had sheared off.
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Old 06-23-2011, 10:59 PM   #13
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Be WARY of the SPEC 2 and 2+.
MANY horror stories out there.

I went through a nightmare with mine.
Search on the forums and you will find the same with MANY people.
In my opinion SPEC is GARBAGE on these Mustangs.
Also their customer service is nothing short of insulting I think.

I would STAY AWAY from SPEC.
Mcleod or Exedy is what I would go with.

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Spec sucks. Personal experience. Not the Mustang but my last car, '98 TA. Went through two Spec 2+ 's in less than a year before they started a-slippin. Bad. So either their clutch or their press. plate sux or both. Car was never tracked. So it's not just on the Mustangs that they are garbage. They are just garbage. And try their customer service whem the darn thing fails, with less that 10k miles on it. Nope forget it no warranty no nothin, you gotta buy another. Those of you that have Spec and like 'em, I bet you don't have many miles. Cause it won't last, not even 20k then it's gone. Garbage.
Jus tryin to save somebody the grief
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....They are just garbage. And try their customer service whem the darn thing fails, with less that 10k miles on it. Nope forget it no warranty no nothin, you gotta buy another. Those of you that have Spec and like 'em, I bet you don't have many miles. Cause it won't last, not even 20k then it's gone. Garbage.
Jus tryin to save somebody the grief
You have a couple of valid points with regards to the Spec 2+ being junk as well as their customer service (I have no experience with their support, but I have yet to see somebody say they are good, so you win that one), but your claims that all Spec clutches are garbage (basically what you're saying) is just flat wrong and bad information to post. Having your own opinion is ok, but only if you can back it up with some facts. So again....haven't seen to many, if any, people say the Spec 3+ has given them issues. I've got 10k hard miles on mine with no signs of slippage or issues. My dad has a 3+ also with MANY more miles than I and he has had zero issues...plus many others out there with many more miles than I.
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Stay away from the Spec's II and II+ they are huge POS! I had nothing but issue's with mine. I am running the RST Twin disc and love it, but if you car is stock there is not need for the RST.
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Again I'd stay away from SPEC.
Even though the 3+ has had more success than the other models.

Others with a lot of experience on these forums, other forums, and on the S197 in general will tell you the same.

I did not listen to the warning when I received it and I PAID for it later.
Plus SPEC treats customers HORRIBLE. Both me and others as well.
They also did not stand behind their product in my case.

There is another thread about clutches going on here and I said the same thing.
Again I will say if you get a quality SPEC on these Mustangs, I'd say you are LUCKY.
It's that bad I think and again others will say the same.

I wish I had heeded the warning people gave me when they did.
It would have saved me A LOT of both cash, and trouble.
I've heard nothing but great things about the 3+ for the V6, the issues you guys have had may be V8 related.
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His is a V8 hehe.

The 3+ has had a lot more success than the 2, 2+, and 3.
They just have a bad history on these cars.
Of course there have been problems with the 3+ for some people but not nearly as much as the other models.

But when you hear a company has that many problems on their clutches PLUS customer service problems...that is plenty enough to tell me to stay away from them.
The stories of those clutches having horrible problems just flood forums compared to other brands.

Not to mention I was one of the one's with a nightmare story with their clutch, AND their service. When it happens to you... you really don't go back to them lol.
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My spec stage 2 has 18,000 miles on it. I've had zero issues except for some noise in 1st gear a few months back, but it went away.

Who hear has over 20,000 miles on a performance clutch? Anyone?

since when did the stage 2 get bad mouthed along with the stage 2+. there were several shifting issues at high rpms with the stage 2+. I've never experienced that with the stage 2, shifts like butter at high rpms.

Silverhoss, how many years of driving stick do you have? I think that's a better question. I've got 22 years. Any clutch can get smoked.
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Still running the stocker, but I'm going with the Exedy Mach 500 as soon as I save up the cash.
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Still running the stocker, but I'm going with the Exedy Mach 500 as soon as I save up the cash.
This is what I went with in my 06GT after my SPEC nightmare.

I can tell you I LOVED the Exedy.
Gah i can't remember if it was the 400 or 500 though.
BOTH of them are great. Just depends on how much TRQ you plan on having in the future on which is better for you.

I would advise you use their flywheel and not the stock one.
DO NOT use a different aftermarket flywheel. It will void the warranty and often they do not fit well.

The Exedy Flywheel is lighter than a normal steel but not as light as a alum. one. I was worried about the lightness at first but when I got it I felt NO difference in it and the stock flywheel.
No issues at ALL and I was also cammed lol. They flywheel also has an awesome design that actually cools the clutch too. Pretty cool design.

This clutch is an awesome clutch.
Plus it is not as costly as the Mcleod.
The Mcleod is pretty dang awesome from what I hear by 99 percent of those who have owned them.
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