'91 5.0 needs new clutch

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  1. 5point0dude

    5point0dude Member

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    My 1991 5.0 LX has around 92,000 miles and the original clutch, and it's time to get a new one. The clutch pedal is very heavy and it shifts like junk. I have to mash the pedal to the floorboard and put it in 5th before I can go to reverse, if I don't, it grinds. I am looking for help on which is the best clutch for the money, reliability, and durability. I plan for my car to be in the 300-350 hp range as well. Thanks.
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    cenok is family Active Member

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    king cobra is a great clutch, especially for the price. centerforce dual friction is an even better clutch with less pedal effort but costs a bit more. both will hold 300-350hp. sounds like you might need a new clutch cable as well.
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    I personally don't like the king cobra clutch on my car. It was cheap but wore out too fast. Currently I have the centerforce dual friction and this is the best clutch I have ever had. My buddy also has it in his 03 cobra and its awsome. Highly reccomend it.

    Kyle
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    BK_CAULEY it's built for speed not longevity, woman

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    ive had a king cobra and i hated it. as stated above it wore out way to fast. but if ya want a good clutch but there a little more pricey get a fidanza clutch. i had one in my 300 rwhp gt and abused it badly for a little over a year and its rock solid still.
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    wow, seems like people dont like the king cobra, but i think its a nice bang for the buck
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    A good bang for the buck is the King Cobra for around $180.

    A softer pedal is the Centerforce Gold Class (same class as King Cobra), Stage II and Dual Friction.

    I have had both kinds, and prefer the Centerforce ($300 though), for the softer pedal.
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    Turkey Sammich I can't fap normal. I cracked a rib, then my ankle

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    I have a king cobra as well. Never had an issue. It's good for a mild set up :nice:
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    I've had a king cobra on my lx hatch for 3 years or so and abuse the hell out of hit. Even put a 125 shot to it at the track, holds it all. Good bang for the buck!

    I just put a Stage II Spec in my 93gt on fri, with no testdrive at all I drove it to spokane, managed at 14.73, burnouts, and smoke shows, drove it back on sunday and works awesome still!!! So much for the 450mile break-in time... little more spendy though.

    Matt
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    I just put a centerforce dual friction in my 93 gt and it definitely hooks up now it spins on the 2nd - 3rd shift and chirps the 3rd - 4th shift with my street tires my old king cobra couldnt hold like that
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    I think the king cobra is a good deal for the money...and it is a solid clutch. I think if i were going to build a mild street car and not intend to race it/launch it on sticky tires....it will probably be fine for you. If you have bigger aspirations for the car i would step up to a stronger clutch. I am currently running the Spect Stage II and i love that clutch. The pedal action is very precise (almost hydraulic like) and it grabs like crazy. I think if i didnt get the spec i would have gotten the centerforce dual friction. The one complaint i have about the spec is the heavy pedal. It does become tiresome in traffic...and i hear the centerforce is lighter. Either one of those two will really wake your car up!
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    Not sure what your money situation is but you might consider just replacing the cable and adjusting the clutch to see where that leaves you. I've melted a couple of cable jackets and then they will rust and get hard to operate over time. Get a Ford OEM and aftermarket firewall adj and quadrant
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    SVT32VDOHC waiting for the next hack atta Founding Member

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    I always like the CFDX. I have done 3 Mustang clutch jobs...(all my personal cars) That is the only clutch I have used...I love it.
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    SVT - Are you talking about the lightweight version of the dual friction?
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    I've got the FRPP Heavy Duty clutch, I paid $165 for it about 2 years ago, and it is a great clutch. It is supposed to be similar to the King Cobra, but a little more pedal effort. It's also cheaper.

    Your reverse should grind even with a good clutch and cable unless you stick it in another gear first because there are no syncros in reverse, unless they are in a 91 tranny and I just don't know. I have an 85 with a T-5 and that's always been the case for me.
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