View Full Version : Which starter for Mustang Aluminum Flywheel

05-24-2003, 10:56 AM
I've got A Fidanza aluminum flywheel for a 5.0 mustang application. It's drilled for the 11" and 10.5" clutch and bolts up fine. However the starter gear is offset different than the SC flywheel. I heard that an F150 starter or something like that is the one that will work with this setup.
Does anyone know which starter I need to get?

XR7 Dave
05-24-2003, 04:12 PM
Is it a 157 tooth or 164 tooth?

05-24-2003, 06:10 PM
It's a 164 tooth, 11", zero balance flywheel. The only difference is that the ring gear for the starter is further forward on the flywheel and I'll need a starter which will reach out further.

I heard about somebody doing this before but I can't remember which starter they used.

XR7 Dave
05-24-2003, 09:07 PM
Just making sure because when most people say "Mustang" they are referring to the Fox or SN Mustang. All those bodies used a 157 tooth flywheel. Only the early Mustangs used the 164.

Regardless, the starter you need is a 92-96 F150 4.9-5.0-5.8 5spd. It has to be a 5spd. You will know as soon as you see it as it looks identical to the SC starter except that the gear does not protrude into the nose cone like the SC one does. You will also need to trim down the circle flange that fits into the steel shim that goes between the motor and the transmission. The F150 is slightly larger. I used a die grinder, it took about 15 min.

I got my starter from a junkyard for $30, but they are about $100 exchange new.

BTW, you will see if you look closely that you need a starter that does NOT extend as far as the SC one does.

05-25-2003, 09:27 AM
You da man!

08-04-2003, 10:31 PM
i am going to get one of those alum flywheels but i need to know where the cheapest place to get it is....also i am using a 95' 5spd trans and i bought the 95 clutch which is 11.5'' can i still use the mustang flywheel.....thanks alot

XR7 Dave
08-04-2003, 10:55 PM
No, the Fidanza will accept only an 11" clutch. You need an 11.5" clutch. Check this link for one that you need which is for sale. Mcleod Flywheel (http://sccoa.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=28552)