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Discussion in 'Driveline' started by SVT5.4L, Nov 30, 2010.
I have the same clutch and love it. Paddle feel is alot softer then the stock clutch.
You know working at a local mustang shop for a year, I put in just about every clutch available for these cars. Exedy, centerforce, Ram, Fidanze, Spec I have seen and driven just about them all and the best one I have ever driven is the rst-rxt Mcleod is so quiet smooth and efortless its almost like having a hydralic clutch without the spongy feel. We sold the hell outta these things and every customer came back with the infamous "what have i been doin with that old junk all this time" speech. Thats why I threw my exedy in the trash and now have an rst I love it to death. CONGRATS
I agree with you. I cant believe Eaton cars, spray or not, are taking out clutches rated for 800+
I plan on running the rst also.
Kevin, you'll have to report back to us if you hear any odd noises from the floater disc like others have experienced. Thats the one thing that kept me from going that route. Supposedly the only dual disc out right now that doesnt make any extra usual "dual disc" noise is the new centerforce one. Hopefully it all works out for you though and you're happy with it.
Also, most of these clutches are rated in torque capacity instead of horsepower and the rating for the T56's...well, lets just say its slightly under rated...LOL
I have some noise from the floater disc after the car/tranny warms up. It bothered me at first, but I've been getting use to it. I've been meaning to install one of those shifter gaskets which should help quiet the noise as it comes straight through the shifter area. I'm sure once I have the T-trim on, I won't even hear it at all. Like others have said though, the clutch is super light and the tranny engages and shifts great.
I've got 25k total and about 9k since my Whipple on my stock clutch, it still holds WOT in 6th at full boost.:shrug:
Yet after driving a friends 04 with one of these and then reading this thread, I AM READY TO RIP IT OUT and put in this McLeod RST!
I am killing this 58 year old KNEE!
I need to do this, I will probably fall in love all over again with this car!
Did the same install about a month ago... The 500 miles couldn't go by any slower. Took it to the track and performed amazing. Great product
Great to know, I planned on going with mcleod in the future when I need a clutch and this just makes me feel better about going this route over the spec clutches.
I'm not so sure I want my clutch to be super soft or easy? I like the way the stock clutch feels but have never driven a diff clutch in a Cobra to compare. However I don't want my Cobra clutch to feel like the clutch in my VW Jetta, it's like there's nothing there, way to soft for a muscle car.
im almost ready for a new clutch , what fly wheel are you guys using with this clutch
In my mind there is no advantage to a high pedal effort if the same or greater clamping force can be achieved with less effort.
As long as you can still easily detect engagement and allow for some slippage a light pedal would carry no negatives for me at all.
It's science at work. The stock design is old technology.
Perhaps something psychological going on here?
I am definitely doing one of these McLeod twins when my time comes. It felt GREAT!
As for the fly wheel question, I will be using my original since I have not burned anything up. I'll just scuff the surface real good, like I do on rotors and bed it in per the directions.
If any of you guys have a hurt friction insert that is beyond resurfacing, our factory flywheels are a McLeod flywheel. They will put a new insert for you or you can buy one and have it put in yourself. Or at least that is what I have been told.
i have the rxt and its all true whats been said above. i did not even know i had this clutch. i test drove the car at the dealer and thought it was stock. luckily i tracked down the former owner using the search function. i felt how hard a dfx was to push in and wonder why anyone would want that. like the mgw shifter, some never know until they try it.
I have had BOTH the RXT and RST's in my car. I must say they are GREAT clutches. But if you plan on running more than 550 RWHP in our cars and plan on doing alot of track duty I would go with the RXT. My RST was good, pedal feel and everything but it even though the rating is for 800 HP the clutch cannot take that much power especially in these heavy cars. My RST lasted one year and then it was slipping. That was with 570+ HP and several trips to the track. I called the rep at McLeod and He was very eager to help me get my car back up and running and that sold me as a permanent customer with them. The rep even recommended not using the RST in these cars because of the organic discs do not like heat and with the weight these cars they are hard on clutches. I sent the clutch away to McLeod and for a reasonable fee they sold me a set of Ceramic RXT discs and rebuilt the clutch for free. After I got my RXT in and did the proper break in procedures and then I made a point off putting it to the test. That was 2 years ago and LOTS of abuse later it is simply a beast of a clutch if anyone has seen my videos they can see I drive my car to the fullest and this clutch has proven to be one of the best purchases I have made on the car besides the whipple of course. So to anyone looking into these clutches do yourself and favor and spent the extra 200 bucks on the RXT you will not be disappointing.
Edit: One more thing DO NOT use an aftermarket clutch cable. It will be the very stiff. I had a BBK cable in my car for a season and it sucked. Put a OEM cable in and it is like a feather.
I appreciate your feedback, but I am still going RST. Seeing how the stock clutch is still fine and knowing my driving habits, I'm sure it will be just fine.
Thanks for the input for others who may race their cars.
i will most likely buy this clutch after This new Fidanza 4.3 wears out. I havent installed it yet but the price is unbeatable so im gonna try it.
Mine would slip on street hits. HP ratings are generic guidelines the "800HP" is not specifically base off the 03/04 cobra. Even McLeod Doesn't recommend the RST for High HP cobra's. It's not your driving habits it's the Power/weight of your car. Full weight cobra with more than 550 HP this clutch is not the right choice. The RXT feels the SAME and costs only 200 bucks more. It says you are selling your 2.3 whipple so your either Upgrading to more power or going smaller. If it is upgrading I have not idea why you would put a weak link into the car on purpose? But either way it is your car and if you can make a 2.3 whipple car last on a stock clutch you obviously don't drive your car enough anyway. so with that said the RST will work great for parking your car in your garage. :beer:
450HP rating on the T56? Mine must have never got that memo.... :rockon:
Glad to see some info on this. I went with the RXT with this build and I'm sure I'll love it. I heard the RST was slipping at higher RPM's as well, so with my plans and 700+ HP, my tuner made the change from my original order to the RXT. Should have the car back next week.
No shit. I hope mine doesn't get that memo either cause I'll be pushing over 700 on a turbo sys. I have seen them handle close to 800 on daily drivers with no problems yet, and I mean it's been a couple of years and still running.
I have been running the stock T56 with a 26 imput shaft for 3 years now with the twin screw. Shifts like the day I bought it. :rockon:
So would it be ok to go with the RXT at only 450rwhp level? And would the pedal still feel softer than stock? Not in the need of one right now, just thinking for the future, as I may end up throwing a 2.9 whipple on one day.