Engines that produce giant horsepower numbers can create issues with clutch, transmissions, and rear-end differentials. You have to have a driveline assembly that can not only withstand all that amount of power, but also transfer that power to the ground efficiently. This is the reason we were so excited to stop by the folks at McLeod Racing to see what the Placentia, California based company had new for street and performance applications.
Our goal is to provide those with hot rod or muscle car projects with a complete drive lines solution, meaning we can provide you everything from the back of the crank to the driveshaft with one kit
The first thing we noticed was a new complete driveline system on a future McLeod project vehicle. The ’70 Hemi Cuda already is a rolling chassis that features the McLeod driveline system. “Our goal is to provide those with hot rod or muscle car projects with a complete drive lines solution, meaning we can provide you everything from the back of the crank to the driveshaft with one kit,” explained Paul Lee of McLeod. “This means you get flywheel, clutch, hydraulic bearing, pressure plate, bell housing, shifter, and our recently completed M800 5-speed overdrive transmission.”
These kits can be customized to fit your project, and means that you can leave McLeod with everything you need to get your chassis rolling.
Mcleod is also know for their clutch systems, and at the 2011 PRI show they did not disappoint. The latest performance clutch that McLeod now offers is their Pro Series 1 Clutch. The clutch is designed for serious horsepower vehicles and comes in both a single and dual disk design. “It’s a full billet CNC’d clutch that can handle up to 2500HP that’s fully adjustable,” said Lee.
Here are just a few of the benefits of the Pro Series 1:
6061 Billet Aluminum
Adjustable stands, spring pressure, and counter weights
Single disc good to 1,500 hp
Double disc good to 2,500 hp
Also debuted recently from McLeod was their 1980-2004 Mustang Hydraulic Conversion Kit. This kit “If you live in a cold weather state, the cable linkage will get rusty and get tough on you. This takes away the cable in 45 minutes,” said Lee.
The kit comes in 2 forms, one of which can be performed externally that mounts through the firewall in the stock cable location that takes 45 minutes to install. Or you can purchase a complete hydraulic bearing kit that requires a little more time as you have to pull the transmission. Regardless of which way you go, the benefits are clear:
Softer pedal effort: 30% less pressure to engage clutch
Cleaner clutch disengagement
Steel braided lines that can be routed around exhaust
Uses stock pedal
Complete bolt-in kit – no modifications necessary.
McLeoud Racing had a lot going on at their booth, more so than what we could list in here. So make sure you head on over to their home on the web at McLeodracing.com to see the complete product line up for 2012.