McLeod Clutch

Who is McLeod?

For over 43 years, McLeod has been a well-known and trusted distributor of aftermarket clutch and driveline equipment. Known to provide only the finest of products and services, they cater to automotive, light truck, and racing enthusiasts. Their high standards for excellence and decades of experience providing innovative clutches to the market make McLeod the premier clutch supplier.

Globally known as one of the top performance clutch manufacturers, they offer race-ready clutch components. Their extensive product line includes clutch kits, hydraulic bearings, bellhousings, aluminum and steel flywheels, racing clutches, and a wide range of other performance driveline parts. Their iconic red clutches are manufactured for optimal performance and maximum durability.

As you read on, we will cover McLeod Clutches in more detail.

How does a clutch work?

A clutch disc is part of your vehicles manual transmission system. It’s responsible for delivering power from your engine to the transmission.  A clutch disc is a steel plate covered in friction material and goes in-between your flywheel and the pressure plate. In the center of your clutch disc is a hub that is splined to fit the transmission shaft.   When the clutch is engaged, the disc is pressed between the pressure plate and the flywheel.  Thereon, the power from the engine is transmitted through the hub and into your transmission.

It’s important to know the signs of a failing clutch disc.  When your clutch is failing it will begin to slip against the flywheel. This will not allow your power to properly transfer from the engine to your transmission. A common sign that lets you know the life of your clutch disc is coming to an end would be if your transmission is not going into gear.  Wear to your clutch disc can be caused from overheating. Other signs your clutch may be on its way out could include grinding, or any change in your clutch pedal. 

Key factors when upgrading your clutch.

When upgrading to a McLeod clutch kit there are several factors to keep in mind when making a decision.  First and foremost, you need to know the year make a model of your vehicle, as well as the engine size. Next it’s important to think of your engine, is it stock or modified? It’s important to know the HP and torque of your engine to help you make a better choice.  The diameter and spline on the input shaft of the transmission will need to be known if the transmission is not the stock trans.

Other factors to take into consideration would be your tires. Will you have stock tires or something more aggressive? The more aggressive the tire, the more clutch that will be needed. The weight of your vehicle must also be considered, especially if you have significantly increased it.

Lastly, one of the most important factors to think of is how you intend to drive your vehicle. Will you be towing with this vehicle? Will you be using this vehicle on the track or for street use? Some clutch kits are designed for street use only while others are designed for street and occasional track use. If you’re looking for something more aggressive there are race only units available. It is extremely important to match the recommended use of the clutch to the way you will be using your vehicle.

Types of McLeod Clutches

Tuner Series Clutch
McLeod Tuner Series Clutch
McLeod Tuner Series Clutch

The Tuner Series line by McLeod now gives sport compact and European car owners McLeod legendary quality at an affordable price. Supremacy Clutches are sold as complete kits. Additionally, they are available in different performance levels to suite different driver needs.

Street Level Clutch
McLeod Street Level Clutch Kit
McLeod Street Level Clutch Kit

McLeod Street Level Clutch Kits are now available for a wide range of applications. Street Level clutch kits include a high clamp load pressure plate for increased holding power. The disc is an organic material for smooth engagement. If your vehicle has mild bolt on upgrades, this is the clutch for you.

Street Pro Clutch

The Street Pro clutch kit is the perfect choice for an entry level performance clutch for the street. We recommend it for cars up to 400hp (may vary based on application) with mild engine mods and street tires. Included is a high clamp load pressure plate, an organic disc for smooth and even engagement with increased holding power over stock. They come with pilot tool, throw out bearing (where applicable) and pressure plate bolts (where applicable). If you are looking for a clutch that’s a great step up from your stock set up, the McLeod Street Pro is the way to go! McLeod® - Street Pro Clutch

Super Street Pro Clutch

If you are looking for a street friendly yet track proven clutch, the McLeod Super Street Pro is the way to go. The Super Street Pro clutch kit is ideal for both the street and the track. Recommended for vehicles up to 550 hp (may vary based on application) with moderate engine mods and street tires. The kit is SFI approved. Included is a high clamp load pressure plate, a dual faced organic and metallic disc for smooth engagement and awesome holding power. Additionally, they come with pilot tool, throw out bearing (where applicable) and pressure plate bolts (where applicable).

Street Extreme Clutch

The Street Extreme clutch kit is ideal for both the street and the track. It is recommended it for vehicles up to 700 crank hp/tq (may vary based on application) with moderate engine mods and street tires. The kit is SFI approved. Included in this kit is a high clamp load pressure plate, a dual face ceramic disc for smooth engagement and awesome holding power. Additionally, they come with pilot tool, throw out bearing (where applicable) and pressure plate bolts (where applicable). McLeod® - Street Extreme

RST Street Twin Clutch
McLeod RST Street Twin Clutch Kits
McLeod RST Street Twin Clutch Kits

This clutch is ideal for the high horsepower street fan. The McLeod RST Street twin clutch kit is an economically priced twin disc clutch kit that does not require a dedicated flywheel. That means you can use your existing flywheel in most applications. This clutch has the ability to handle 800hp depending on application. This organic lined clutch disc will provide smooth engagement with a soft pedal effort to make this clutch kit ideal for the street performance enthusiast. Additionally, this kit includes the pressure plate, two organic friction discs, floater plate, adapter ring and pilot tool.

RXT Street Twin Clutch
McLeod RXT Street Twin Clutch
McLeod RXT Street Twin Clutch

This clutch is ideal for the high horsepower street/strip fan. The McLeod RXT Street twin clutch kit is able to handle 1000hp depending on specific application. The organic lined clutch disc will provide smooth engagement with a soft pedal effort to make this clutch kit ideal for the street performance enthusiast. Additionally, this kit includes the pressure plate, two organic friction discs, steel flywheel, floater plate, adapter ring and pilot tool.

Original Street Twin Clutch
McLeod Original Street Twin Clutch Kit
McLeod Original Street Twin Clutch Kit

This series of McLeod clutch kit is manufactured for high horsepower street enthusiast. This clutch has capabilities of handling up to 1,200 while still remaining street friendly. Whether it’s NOS, Supercharger, Turbocharger or a Big Inch mountain motor the “Original Street Twin” can handle it.

Workhorse Truck Clutch

McLeod understands the need for clutches in the diesel truck community. This clutch is designed for truck owners that need more holding capacity then the stock clutch while keeping smooth stock-like engagement. The Workhorse has a high quality pressure plate with stock clamping pressure along with a heavy duty organic disc. The Workhorse kits are available in different diameters and disc material options.

Final Words

If you still have questions about what McLeod clutch is best for your vehicle you can always reach out to one of our experienced associates at Sport Compact Warehouse. One thing for certain, your vehicle will greatly benefit from any clutch upgrade you decide to go with. Just remember to always keep the key factors in mind when choosing a kit.