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Clutch question
TheBullSchmidt Offline
ok i have an 88 tc i did a 5 speed conversion used a tc t5 a 4 cylinder mustang bell housing, clutch, and preassure plate. i used a summit racing adjustable clutch cable and billet clutch quadrant. now the issue im wondering about is im in need of a new clutch can i order a stock replacement 88 TC clutch n preasure plate kit and just swap it in? if my memory serves me correctly stock tc was a hydrolic clutch or am i wrong?
1988 T-Bird TC auto, all stock

gmaibach Offline
Senior Member
I wouldn't think it would make a difference because the only thing different is the fork
1988 Turbo Coupe 5 speed Red with Red cloth interior, K&N cone filter, Ported IHI turbo, ATR Header ported, Manual Boost Controller at 18 psi.

2013 Focus ST 2.0 Turbo, Buschur green filter, OCD Speed axle back exhaust.

TheBullSchmidt Offline
being that one is hydrolic and one is cable clutch would the preassure plates be any different and if they were could i use the stronger tc clutch with the mustang preassure plate?
1988 T-Bird TC auto, all stock

Not B Anymore Offline
Yes the 87-88 used a hydraulic clutch. 83-86 was non-hydraulic. Both systems use the exact same clutch disk/pressure plate though. I'm not sure if the Mustang pressure plate would be different than the TC pressure plate though I would imagine they are the same. If you haven't purchased a clutch yet I would do a search on here first. There has been a lot of discussion on what clutches people are running over the years. I use the RAM Powergrip clutch myself and am very happy with it so far. Good luck.

Brian Leavitt
'86 TC 5-Speed -- MS2x w/COP | 83 lb. injectors | T3/T4 50 Trim Stage 3 .63AR | Full 3" Exhaust - No Cat | Motorsport FMIC | Ranger Roller | Ported E6 | Walbro 255HP | Kirban | 20psi | 120-amp 3G | 8.8" 3.55 rear | '03 Cobra Wheels

radguy Offline
Junior Member
I would use the 9.25 TC pressure plate and clutch.

85 TC

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thumper Offline
Posting Freak
The 83-86 clutches differ from the 87-88 only in diameter, to my understanding. You can probably use either, but I'd go with the bigger one, as Dan noted above.
A.K.A. Corey Bennett

1988 TC: white, all options, 5-speed swap, K&N cone filter, "Ranger" roller camshaft, .60/.63 T3, NXS (Gillis-style) Boost Valve, Bosch BOV w/ check valve, Stinger 3" with axle dump (18" glass pack), 95A 3G

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TheBullSchmidt Offline
money is definatly an issue just need something to get me going for the time being... autozone list the clutch kit part number NU31051 as the 8-7/8" clutch set as long as the outer diameter and inner diameter matches it should work?
1988 T-Bird TC auto, all stock

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