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Week To Wicked 2013 Mustang: Day 3
Bulletproofing the drivetrain
Stepping into day three of our Continental Tire Presents Mustang360 Week To Wicked build, we had a lot on our plate, but the build team was certainly up to the challenge. We had the ROUSH Performance Phase 2 supercharger completely installed, along with JLT Performance pieces for underneath the hood.
For this portion of the build, we needed to get the Derale Performance direct fit oil cooler assembly installed. This package comes with everything you need and mounts directly onto the Mustang’s forward crash bar. However, since we mounted the ROUSH intercooler pump bracket in that location, we had to move the cooler over slightly, which also required custom lines for our Derale setup. Even so, this wasn’t a big deal and Derale came prepared with additional lines and Push-Lok fittings for a quick install. The great thing about this combination is that you have plenty of room to add an additional transmission or power steering pump cooler as well.
From there we made our way to the transmission, where McLeod Racing stepped in to make sure we could transfer all the newfound horsepower to the rear wheels with their line of RST Street Twin clutch kit. The RST setup is perfect for big horsepower street driven applications with its organic-lined clutch discs, which offers an incredibly smooth engagement with a mild pedal effort – something we all want for the street. As for power levels, this gem will easily handle up to 800 horsepower. To further complement the clutch, we added a new SFI-approved and lightened steel flywheel, hydraulic throwout bearing, and a stainless steel high-flow braided line.
Continuing through the driveline, GForce Performance Engineering supplied their one-piece 3.5-inch driveshaft that’s constructed out of 6061-T6 aluminum. Along with the 900 horsepower rating, you can expect no vibrations up to 160 mph; hmmm, anyone else thinking we should hit up a standing-mile event? Another advantage is the weight: according to GForce Engineering, swapping out the two-piece steel driveshaft for the aluminum driveshaft offers around a 7-plus pound weight reduction!
Stay tuned for day four…
For this build, the official sponsors of the Continental Presents Mustang360 Week To Wicked build, includes: E3 Spark Plugs; Holley Performance; Continental Tires; Derale Performance; American Legend Wheels; JLT Performance; EBC Brakes; Wizards Products; Maximum Motorsports; McLeod Racing; ROUSH Performance; GForce Performance Engineering; Covercraft; DiabloSport; Steeda Autosports.
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