5th Gear Poster
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: Lake Forest, CA
Another 5 speed swap option
5 years ago when I swapped a T-45 into my 95 TBird the McLeod internal hydraulic slave/throwout bearing was the only game in town. Now there's a new game. It's from Johns Mustang (JMC) in San Diego. Their set up uses an external hydraulic slave cylinder. You use a stock Mustang GT clutch fork & throwout bearing. The JMC package consists of a slave cylinder bracket that mounts to the outside of the tranny, a 7/8" slave cylinder with the pushrod & 3/4" master cylinder. The slave & pushrod push the clutch fork which disengages the clutch. I was surprised at what a difference it made. First of all the pedal effort was much lighter than with the McLeod unit. As you, who have the same set up I had, know the smallest master you can use is a 5/8". Even with that size the pedal effort is still a bit heavy even with the mildest clutches. If you get into heavier duty clutches the pedal effort gets worse. With my McLeod unit I would experience the clutch not completely disengaging from time to time, especially when stopped. I would have to put it in first before I got to a stop sign and then if I pulled it into neutral I would have to force it back into first. No one, not even McLeod, could figure out why. That problem has completely gone away. Not only is the pedal effort light but the clutch take up is smoother. It's an all around better driving experience. Another advantage is that if you have hydraulic issues you don't have to pull the tranny to fix it. The stock Mustang fork & throwout is basically trouble free so the only time you would have to drop the tranny is whan the clutch wears out.
From a cost standpoint the whole JMC system is about the same price as the McLeod unit by itself.
I will post some pictures soon.