First and foremost, Happy New Year!!!! Secondly, I wanted to ask anyone out there for advice about getting a new clutch. I got my 2008 Shelby GT500 in January of 2011 in Texas and I was really pleased. It was/is a true blessing from God, and I never knew at 32, I would own a Shelby....let alone a GT500! Anywhoot, a week before Thanksgiving, I was driving back with my 2 year-old daughter from her visit with grandma, and when I was on the interstate, I was behind a minivan, so I just hit the accelerator to zoom past it, but then i noticed that my engine rpm's revved really high, but the car didn't move at first, and then it "caught" and I moved past the minivan. As I was moving past the other vehicle I noticed that the boost gauge didn't move much at all, and the shift light came on....when I was in 6th gear! This alarmed me....especially with my daughter in the car. I got in in the right lane and dropped my speed, enough to downshift the car in 4th gear, and then I punched it to move through gears. I noticed the same thing. As I moved through gears 4-6, I heard and saw the engine revving high, the boost gauge moving lightly, and the shift light coming on in the final gear. I just stayed in the right lane, and I drove home at a safe speed just to make sure my daughter and I would get home safe.
Needless to say, after calling a friend later on that evening, and doing some research about the symptoms, I was lead to the conclusion that I was having an issue with the clutch. I then started doing more research and I found coutless stories on this forum and others about the same issue, and I felt relieved on one end, because I knew even though this was my first car with a manual transmission, I didn't drive my car reckelssly to make the clutch go out in a year, but then I was saddened, because I knew from reading the various posts that it would be on me to get this fixed, and in this economy coupled with 3 kids and a homemaker wife, then I knew money for such a thing would be problematic....especially when I found out after calling my warranty company that a repair of a clutch would not be covered (I have the platinum plan)...if that was determined the problem of the vehicle (I hadn't brought the car to Ford yet, because I wanted to do research before I take it to the dealership and have them tell me anything).
After Thanksgivng and doing some more research, I finally brought the car in the Ford dealership that is right around the corner from my home in Laplace, LA. In about an hour, the service manager called me and asked me if I was "sitting down" and he confirmed my fears, that the cluch was going out and that it would have to be replaced according to the latest TSB. He also said that it would be $3000 to fix. After doing more research, I was stunned to see so many GT500 owners complaining about the same problem....especially to the flagship vehicle of Ford. It just blows the mind!
Anywhoot, I have been reading in various posts about the 2010 replacement clutch, the Mcleod RXT clutch kit, and the Spec 3+ clutch kit. I have read good things and not so good things on all of them, but I have seen way more postive feedback on the Mcleod RXT clutch kit, and that is the one I was leaning toward, but I wanted to know definitively which would be the best clutch to get. My car is tuned, because it has a JLT CAI and it has a Corsa Sport Exhaust and a short throw shifter from Ford Racing and 3.73 gears. I don't want to pay $3000 if I can get a better clutch for less, because I am leary now of getting anything from the Ford parts catalog, because I don't want to have this same problem again anytime soon. I want a reliable clutch that will hold up to daily driving (I don't have stop and go traffic to deal with because I live in the country and I work at a high school less than 4 miles from my house) and will be able to handle any future modifications I do the the car, but most imporatantly will last! Also, if I was to get the Mcleod RXT or Spec 3+ clutch, what other things would I have to get besides a flywheel? And what type of flywheel would I have to get???? Any help would definitley be appreciated. Thanks and God bless!!!
Edited by travesty31, 02 January 2012 - 08:25 AM.