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12coBoss

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Just wanted to see what everyone is running for clutch setups and what throw out bearing they are using.

A bit of history, I put in the magnum XL and McLeod RXT twin disc a few years ago. I fought issues with the clutch not disengaging at times and went through 2 throw out bearings in the first year, before McLeod replaced the unit. Since then it has worked pretty good until it went out last month.

Upon pulling everything apart this time, I found and issue with the bottom plate and the throw out bearing fell part too. So not trying to decide if I should stay with McLeod or go a different route. I have been using stock throw out bearings as I was told they would work.

I have needed to pull the transmission out for a few years as I have had issues with it while cruising. On track no issues, but when cruising at times it does not want to go from 5th to 4th it will grind, or other times cruising in 4th gear it will pop out. So working getting that repaired too.
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I have been very happy with my Spec 2+ clutch... its been about three plus years and countless races, still has meat left on it and its also very affordable. Throw out bearings have been fine but I generally change them with each tranny swap... Lol..Stock MT82's last much less then the Spec clutch...
 

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Exedy Hyper Single has become popular also. I have it with the stock tranny. High pedal engagement has been hard to adapt to on the street.
Good luck on the decision and install.
 

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Just wanted to see what everyone is running for clutch setups and what throw out bearing they are using....
I had a Spec 3 once. I hated it. Worst clutch I ever owned, noisy, chattery, grabby, horrible in city traffic. I have no experience with Spec 2s. I've had several Exedys, all were very good. I have a Mach 500 26 spline for sale, like new, in case you're interested. It will have a slightly higher pedal effort and higher torque rating than stock, but it drives like stock otherwise, works fine with a normal stock throwout bearing, no shims needed, mid stroke engagement point, not super high or on the floor.

https://milwaukee.craigslist.org/pts/d/north-lake-ford-mustang-exedy-clutch-26/6999952357.html
 

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drano38 - consider getting the Maximum Motorsports clutch pedal stop. Such a minor addition has made my car sooooo much easier to drive around town because the RST has a high engagement point like your Exedy.
Thanks, I've been following that post as well. Agree, need to get one. I guess it will be my "winter upgrade" project. Wish it could be installed w/o removing the brake reservoir clutch lines.
 

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I’ll be adding clutch stop tomorrow.

I have a separate reservoir for the clutch and hope I can just move that closer to the firewall and not disconnect.
 

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I would suggest a single disc clutch like the Exedy Hyper single, my GT500 has the Spec version of that clutch (an Exedy wasn't available) and it has been bullet proof. I've seen so many problem with multi disc clutches that I wouldn't go near them unless you maybe had a blown drag car application. The stock Ford multi disc in my Gt500 only went 24K miles.
With regards to the throwout bearings, Phoenix has used the stock Ford one for the most part without any issues (the VIR race a couple of years ago may have been one but not even positive about that) I know they've experimented with other T/O bearings..(I think Quatermaster? ) but not absolutely sure where all of that ended up. For you, the stocker should be fine.
 

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I would suggest a single disc clutch like the Exedy Hyper single, my GT500 has the Spec version of that clutch (an Exedy wasn't available) and it has been bullet proof. I've seen so many problem with multi disc clutches that I wouldn't go near them unless you maybe had a blown drag car application. The stock Ford multi disc in my Gt500 only went 24K miles.
With regards to the throwout bearings, Phoenix has used the stock Ford one for the most part without any issues (the VIR race a couple of years ago may have been one but not even positive about that) I know they've experimented with other T/O bearings..(I think Quatermaster? ) but not absolutely sure where all of that ended up. For you, the stocker should be fine.
I have been leaning to go this way and may do so. Shipping the transmission off to D&D in Michigan tomorrow.
 

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Reviving this since I'm starting to seriously consider a new clutch.
I like what I'm hearing about the Spec 2+ for a combination of track work, hard twisty road drives, and the occasional sunset cruises up and down the PCH.
Hyper Single sounds a little aggressive since I do a decent amount of street driving, plus I would like to support an American business right now.
Any other recommendations? Mach 600? ACT? I want to stay away from organic.
Thoughts on Steel vs aluminum flywheel? Aluminum has the obvious rotational advantage, has anyone had any issues with aluminum?
What about disk vs puck style? Not sure I need the additional clamping pressure of puck for my stock engine.
Planning to go with a Ford ToB as well.
Anything else I should consider?
Thanks in advance!
 

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I worked with D&D performance out of Michigan that rebuilt my magnum XL and he talked highly of RAM. I ended up installing a Ram powergrip. Can't speak to it much as only have put on about 30 miles so far. I will say it grabs hard, not much slip compared to the McLeod RXT that I had in previously.
 

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I really liked my Spec 2+, Replacing it now with with a Spec 3 out of abundance of caution, The old one still looks good even after four seasons. Not to mention I got the Spec 3 for about $350, made it an easy choice.
 

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SPEC 2+ is a good option. Mine performs flawlessly. I went with the lightweight steel flywheel as I heard the aluminum is noisy and at the tyme, my car had shared duty with the street and track.
 

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