The mostly forgotten SN-95 Mustang V6 gets some love; Ram has a new range of billet aluminum and billet steel flywheels for V6 Mustangs from 1997 to 2004.
One of the easiest ways to make an engine feel perkier is to reduce the mass it has to spin, and Ram’s new billet aluminum flywheel has the decisive advantage of carrying minimal weight. Lower mass means a lower moment of inertia, which translates to faster response—faster acceleration and deceleration. In this case the flywheel rids itself of half the stock mass—tipping the scales at only 16lbs vs. 32lbs. That’s a very noticeable drop.
Constructed from 6061-T6, Ram’s aluminum flywheels use 1/4in thick steel inserts to avoid distortion. To maintain flatness, the inserts, which mate with the clutch disc friction surfaces, are fastened to the flywheels by 18 rivets.
If you’ve got a beast of a V6, Ram also has a new billet steel flywheel that weighs the same a stock (32lbs), but is significantly stronger and more resilient to aggressive clutches and high clamping loads.
To prevent clutch snatch or chatter and provide minimal run-out, the flywheels are Blanchard-ground for a perfect friction surface. It also ensures the flywheel is parallel to the mounting flange. In addition, Ram counter-bores the flywheels for button-head cap screws that secure the starter gear ring to the flywheel.
Ram’s new flywheels replace the original cast iron units on all 3.8 liter V6 Mustang models of the following years: 1997-1998; ’99-’00; and both 3.8 and 3.9 liter models 2001-2004. The flywheels on model years from 1997 to 2000 are externally balanced; the later units from 2001- ’04 have zero balance. All flywheels are fitted with 164-tooth starter gear rings.
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