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Old 02-06-2014, 04:59 PM   #1
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Solved all the MT82 problems with new Clutch Kit

MT82 Manual transmission owners: Recently replaced the flywheel, clutch, throwout bearing (slave cilinder) and pressure plate. ALL the notchiness and difficult shifting issues are gone forever.

At last I can enjoy shifting my car at high and low RPM's...

In my case I got installed the McLeod RXT Clutch kit with the braided hidraulic cable and exedy throwout bearing. It has a great grip, smoother pedal than the stock one.

It likes more RPM's to shift from a stop, but that is something you can get used to.

An important issue is the unsprung hub, twin disc setup this kit has. It makes a loud growling noise between 1500 and 1800 RPM's when accelerating. It only happens when "lugging" the engine, or going on 3, 4 or 5th gear on low speeds. If you rev our engine above 2000 on all of the gears you wont hear the noise. McLeod says it is normal and a lot of research have shown a lot of people have this problems when going with twin discs and unsprung hubs. This is because the springs (like the one on the stock unit) cushions the vibrations of the crankshaft to the transmission.

My recommendation: If you have a MT82 transmission, get a good SPRUNG aftermarket clutch. It will solve all of your problems and wont have the noise issue.

If you have a high HP car, like to go the strip often, doesn't bother for the noise....go with the RXT, the grip and feel is great.
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Forgot to mention that also the McLeod steel flywheel was installed. When using this kit is almost required to install a new flywheel, because of the clutch disc different diameter.
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Old 02-06-2014, 09:53 PM   #3
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The only gear that is notchy/rough for me is second. is it the same for everyone else?
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Old 02-07-2014, 10:26 AM   #5
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The only gear that is notchy/rough for me is second. is it the same for everyone else?
Most people complain about the 2-3 shift; however, my only issue is the same as your issue. And it's not 100% of the time, more like 60-70%.
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Old 02-07-2014, 10:51 AM   #6
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2nd is a bit clunky for me, and 3rd is every once in a while when I don't line it up perfectly.
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Mine improved drastically with a MGW shifter...much cheaper.
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Old 02-11-2014, 02:37 PM   #8
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I had to change it because it came to a point where I almost cannot get the car into any gear. The clutch pedal was also engaging half an inch from the floor. Ford warranty service said this was "wear parts" and that I needed to cover the costs. This is the first time in my life a clutch-pressure plate on a car with 21K miles on it fails. After taking the transmission down, all was OK including the clutch. The pressure plate was indeed "suspicious". I strongly believe this MT82 is not as bad as all of us thought it is. The problem here is the clutch/pressure plate/throwout bearing assembly. I believe the stock pressure plate is not allowing the input shaft to disengage completely, thus making the shifting difficult (and actually making the synchros suffer in the long run).
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Old 10-24-2014, 11:00 AM   #9
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Ok, So I have read changing the transmission oil helps smooth it out so it that not really true? The article I read didn't say what to change it to either.
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Old 10-24-2014, 01:34 PM   #10
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We are going to try the Spec Stage 3+ clutch with aluminum flywheel. It is good to 875 tq at the flywheel and is a sprung clutch. Tested a McLeod in another car and just as you have stated. Def takes getting used too taking off in traffic and could hear a bit of noise, but it did feel like a completely different drivetrain with that setup. The OEM clutch is fine in this car right now, but I am sure it wont last long with the setup we are running.
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My stock clutch lasted untill I decided to swap it with 700+

People run 800 on stock clutch with no problems.

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The only other thing I changed out was the pilot bearing ,for $35 worth it with the tranny out.also clutch pedal is like 5x lighter,but cured all shifting issues.

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