Factory retainers are made entirely of aluminum which was prone to wear out prematurely. The after-market upgrade uses a steel sleeve for the throwout bearing to ride on instead of the original aluminum resulting in longer life expectancies.
The Input Bearing Retainer on T5 equipped Mustangs also doubles as a Clutch Release Bearing (Throw-Out Bearing) sleeve. From the factory these Bearing Retainers were made of an aluminum base & sleeve & often developed wear grooves on the sleeve causing the Release Bearing to bind & create all manor of Clutch Engagement & Disengagement issues.
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