McLeod Hydraulic Clutch Conversion Kit with Slave Cylinder for 1979-2004 Mustangs.McLeod Racing has just released a new hydraulic master cylinder kit that easily converts the Mustang stock cable clutch linkage to hydraulic linkage.
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-Softer pedal effort = more manageable and smoother clutch operation
-Cleaner clutch disengagement
-Self adjusting (no more pedal adjustment!)
-Steel braided lines can be routed around exhaust
-Uses stock pedal, mounts through firewall in stock cable location
-Complete bolt-in kit (no modifications necessary!)
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1. The instructions are not very good. Among other things, they don't actually specify the bleed procedure, which is annoying because this can vary a little from system to system. I wound up installing one of the quick-disconnect lines on the master cylinder, bleeding it in-car, then connecting the slave cylinder and bleeding the whole system.
2. The slave cylinder arrangement doesn't adequately account for production tolerances on the bellhousing and release fork. The white plastic bushing has a concave face to hold the end of the slave cylinder, but the face that contacts the front of the bellhousing is flat, and the hole in the bushing is just barely larger than the rod that passes through it. This arrangement allows the slave cylinder to tip from side to side, which is necessary, but doesn't provide much clearance around the rod. In my case, this resulted in a lot of binding and sticking until I finally drilled the bushing out to 7/16" from its original 3/8" size. I have written to McLeod about this and hopefully they will address this feedback in the future.
3. This one is a relatively minor complaint, but the distance between the hole in the bellhousing and the release fork is relatively short in my car. Even with the rod on the slave cylinder shortened as far as it could go, I still had to use the firewall adjuster to pre-load the master cylinder and take some slack out of the system. I point this out because it's easy to extend the master cylinder too far, at which point it won't properly refill from the reservoir when the pedal is released, which can eventually cause the system to fail. I don't view this as a flaw of the kit per se; it's just something to be careful about.
Overall, I'd recommend this kit if you are having trouble with melting cables and want a system that is still easy to service and won't require removal of the transmission if the slave cylinder fails. The parts seem to be pretty good quality; I just wish they'd send it with prettier instructions and address issue #2 in my list above.
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