I recently had some work to do on #1986 and decided to also replace the clutch. It's had a "noisy" throwout bearing for the last 80k miles and the pressure plate just didn't seem to be disengaging the clutch. While driving hard I would frequently get some slight grinding into 2nd, and occasionally 3rd. With 110k miles I figured it was time.
When looking for a new clutch I had the following requirements & considerations:
1. Must have an easy
pedal. Most importantly for the wife, as well as myself.
2. Quality part that won't fail. OEM or higher quality.
3. Price that is reasonable.
4. I have very little power mods and the stock clutch took my abuse just fine.
5. I am SUPER PICKY
about what parts go on my car. I have only installed OEM or quality aftermarket on #1986. I have learned my lesson time and time again on other cars that buying virtually anything at a parts house (more so on the big box parts houses) turns out to be touble.
6. Continuing the pickiness, I prefer to get non-China parts. The clutch & disk are made in Brazil but not sure on the bearings.
As I researched I found that Ford wanted around $700 for the stock setup! No way am I paying that! I then started investigating 03 Cobra clutches, which had mixed feedback on stiffness. I also checked out other possibilities such as 10.5 clutch conversions. The turning point for me was when I found a Mustang website selling a Valeo clutch that claimed to be the original part, just not Motorcraft branded. I then turned to Valeo's website for more information. Turns out Valeo makes something like 70%+ of all clutches for OEM manufacturers and own several aftermarket clutch companies, such as RAM. After emailing their tech line to confirm my suspicions, they confirmed that part number 52802005 is the OEM clutch kit for our Bullitts (and GTs). Alternatively the global Valeo part number W0133-1704473 is the same kit.
I then ordered the Valeo 52802005 OE Replacement Clutch Kit for $220 from Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...s_o03_s00_i00)
. I also ordered a Ford Motorsport throwout bearing and pilot bearing at the same time. After getting all 3 items in I found out the Valeo throwout bearing is the EXACT same part as FMS!
A great bonus as this was $55 alone. However, the pilot bearing, while sufficient, was not quite as nice as the FMS one. Therfore I decided to use the Valeo throwout bearing and FMS pilot bearing.
* OEM Stock clutch is Valeo 52802005 (full kit from Amazon is $220). Identical to stock
* Includes FMS throwout bearing
* Pilot bearing is not FMS, but similar and sufficient
* Stock clutch kit from Ford is $700 (before any discounts you may get)
* Very good and light pedal feel. Win++
Hopefully this helps you guys out. I saw no need to step up to an aftermarket clutch at stock power levels. I have seen & heard to many horror stories of stiff clutches, chatter, crappy bearings, and failures that I did not want to mess with that. The stock clutch held up my 70k hard driven miles (40k more by previous 2 owners, one was also a hard driver (BullittMakesThree)), a few track days, and some burnouts with no sweat. Therefore, I knew I would most likely be happiest with a fresh OEM unit, and sure enough I am!
Now for proof!
New pressure plate on left, old on right:
New clutch disc on left, old on right
FMS throwout bearing box on right, Valeo on left.
Which one is the "real" FMS throwout bearing? (hint, we're still playing lefty/righty)
Which one is the "real" FMS throwout bearing?(hint, we're still playing lefty/righty)
Stamped number on FMS throwout bearing.
Stamped number on Valeo throwout bearing (identical)
FMS pilot bearing on left, Valeo on right