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PA Performance Starter (79-95 5.0L)

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  • Item #95300
  • MPN# 1806

  • Market Price $159.99
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  • 100% New
  • Includes Manufacturer Lifetime Warranty
  • Direct Replacement
  • Smaller Size, More Power
  • Fits 1975 to 1995 5.0 Mustangs
100% New. This High Torque Mustang Starter is 100% Brand New, not re-manufactured like other companies sell and is tested at the time of assembly. The PA Performance Starter Motor is smaller in size, but has a larger output than the stock unit it replaces.

Peace of Mind. Why waste your time and money rebuilding your starter motor again and again when it will only fail, replace it with a brand new high torque starter that includes a Limited Lifetime Warranty directly from PA Performance for peace of mind.

Fitment. The PA Performance Starter Motor is a direct replacement for the 1975-1995 5.0 Mustangs.

Fitment: 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 Details

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  • (1) Starter
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Will it fit my Mustang?
  • Cobra - 94, 95
  • Foxbody - 79, 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 89, 90, 91, 92, 93
  • GT - 94, 95

Fits 5.0L V8's Only

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PA Performance Starter for 79-95

Wired it up according to detailed instructions, no confusion whatsoever! Started up on first try, this is a very strong starter, almost felt like I was running a 16-volt system! I've had many other aftermarket ...

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Starts up every time

My old starter was failing when I ordered this one, luckily I got this in when the old one died. Replacing it was straight forward. Plenty of wiring diagrams out there as well as the instructions that ...

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Overall Rating 4.9 out of 5 stars
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Will the Starter fit on an AODE Automatic Equipped 94 GT ?


  • yes,all starter that are build for same vehicle application wil fit regarless the type of transmission manual, or automatic, if you have a 5.0L you are good to go, but make sure that the housing is the same as the old one.


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Heat? Was just wondering if this was considered a "mini" starter and dealt well with LT header heat been searching for a good starter for when mine finally decides to go and I'd ideally like to only remove the header once to get the job done!! Thanks Pasquale


  • This is not a "Mini" starter. However it is smaller than the older 5.0 starter that does not have the solenoid integrated into it. This starter is also more durable than the Original. Side note, double check if you need to remove the passenger long tube to get the starter out because you may not have to. If you are really worried about heat you can put a heat shield on it or wrap the header.


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Will this starter fit if I have a tko 600 trans?


  • This starter is made to specifically fit the T5 trans and bellhousing. Whether or not it will fit depends on the bellhousing and flywheel you are using for your TKO600.


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Do I still use the starter solenoid on the fender?? The pa starter has a built in solenoid???


  • The "starter solenoid" is attached to the starter. What you see on the fender is the starter relay, and yes you need to keep it.


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Does this work on a 157 tooth or 164 tooth flex plate?


  • I changed from a 164 to a 157 on my manual transmission 1964. Because I have a 157 I needed to order the starter for an AUTOMATIC transmisssion, The 157 flex plate is positioned/recessed 3/8 inch deeper compared to the 164 so you need the AUTOMATIC starter. All of these starters bolt up to every tranny, with either 3 bolt (AUTO) or 2 bolts (MANUAL). But the "AUTO" started protrudes 3/8 deeper. No one told me this so I have ordered 3 different starters until I figured this out. good luck


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will the pa mini starter work with 351 windsor


  • Hi, This PA Performance Starter is only for the 79-95 5.0L

    Chris J

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Overall Rating 4.9

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  • 5/5

    August 24, 2016

    Starts up every time

    My old starter was failing when I ordered this one, luckily I got this in when the old one died. Replacing it was straight forward. Plenty of wiring diagrams out there as well as the instructions that came with it. Starts right up every time and gives it that beautiful sound.


    Year: 1989 Submodel: GT

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  • 5/5

    April 20, 2016

    PA Performance Starter for 79-95

    Wired it up according to detailed instructions, no confusion whatsoever! Started up on first try, this is a very strong starter, almost felt like I was running a 16-volt system! I've had many other aftermarket starters, but NOTHING starts as strong or as good! I highly recommend and will not hesitate to buy again!


    Year: 1989 Submodel: GT

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  • 5/5

    June 13, 2011

    PA Performance Starter Motor

    The new motor is smaller, lighter, and more powerful than the regular '88 motor. If that's not enough, here's more: it's easier to work with and around. A quick tip on getting the OE starter out: take the front passenger tire off and use a 6" extension on a 10" ratchet through the suspension support.


    Year: 1988 Submodel: GT

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  • 5/5

    October 14, 2010

    Very Tidy Little Unit

    Installed on my new FRPP 347 in my 86 Capri. Had ZERO install issues, quality built piece and instructions are clear as day... car turns over very quickly..the best part was it took less than 5 days to ship to my door in Eastern Canada. Buy one.

    Jason Osmond

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  • 5/5

    July 06, 2015

    Killer Starter

    Definitely worth upgrading to this unit, easier to bolt in, a little lighter, and you can hear the quality with each start. Easy install with clear instructions, very happy I chose to get this.


    Year: 1988 Submodel: Other Stuart, FL

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  • 5/5

    October 05, 2014

    Easy Install!

    Swap a wire, run a wire. Done! Solved hot start issue! Sounds strong and catches flywheel well!


    Year: 1986 Submodel: GT Mesa, AZ, USA

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  • 4/5

    November 22, 2012

    A nice piece.

    New in box is important instead of a refurbished unit. Replaced my starter because it would not turn over when hot. So far so good with the PA. Remove bolts from the front with long extensions, up and over the rack and pinion, etc...


    Year: 1992 Submodel: Other Greer, SC, USA

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  • 5/5

    May 21, 2012

    Great Starter

    Pa Performance makes amazing products and this starter is no exception. Installation was a breeze and as always the included directions were easy to read and pretty straight forward. The only tricky part I found was getting to the top bolt on the starter. My advice: Use about 2 feet of extensions on your ratchet and get it from the front of the motor. You won't have to remove any parts and the bolt will come right off. From there this is a basic bolt on replacement that takes no time at all. Once you start your car you'll thank yourself for buying this one and not a refab. Thanks again American Muscle!


    Year: 1992 Submodel: Other New Jersey, USA

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  • 5/5

    June 13, 2010


    Great product must remove header but car fires up nice.


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  • 5/5

    August 15, 2015

    Nice Starter

    My starter was dragging when the engine warmed up (sounded like the battery was dead). I replaced it with this one and now it starts like it should.


    Year: 1991 Submodel: Other NC

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  • 5/5

    January 06, 2013


    Had a standard one i installed from the auto parts store. I was having some issues after my top end and complete exhaust upgrades. This on is smaller, lighter and STRONGER. Fit right in the stock location without and issue. Additional wiring was real simple. Instructions that came with it were crystal clear. Haven't had anymore starting issue. You can hear and feel the difference in this starter compared to the stock one. Highly recommend it.


    Year: 1989 Submodel: GT Williamsburg, VA, USA

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  • 5/5

    April 05, 2012

    Stared up an old '88 like a champ!

    Great starter. Brought an old '88 stang back to life!


    Year: 2000 Submodel: GT New Berlinville, PA

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  • 5/5

    August 01, 2016

    PA Performance Starter

    Installed a PA Performance Starter after experiencing heat sync problems with long tube heaters. Car cranks so much better and I am very happy with this upgrade to my 91 mustang Gt Thanks American Muscle. Kenny G.


    Year: 1991 Submodel: GT

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  • 5/5

    July 13, 2016

    Best product

    Had problems with my old mini starter and decided to go with this pa performance one and now car starts up all the time and fast. Great product


    Year: 1991 Submodel: GT

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  • 5/5

    July 10, 2016

    Heavy modified 89 lx

    I was having slow starting when engine got hot but install a pa performance starter problems went away


    Year: 1989 Submodel: Other

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  • 5/5

    July 06, 2016

    Great product

    It was a breeze to install, and my car starts now! Everything fits like it shoud have and it grabs the flywheel great.


    Year: 1990 Submodel: GT

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  • 5/5

    June 07, 2016

    Performance. starter

    PA. Got. It. Right. With. This. Item. Excellent. Quality. And. Design. Installs. Easy


    Year: 1979 Submodel: Other

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  • 5/5

    June 06, 2016


    ordered starter had it 2 days . great service . would use them again .


    Year: 2008 Submodel: GT

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  • 5/5

    June 06, 2016

    Very happy with new starter

    Weighs about half as much as old starter . Brings 30 year old car back to life Extra wire that came with it had bigger connecter than post so I cut it and put smaller one on . You could use washer as well just be cautious not to touch other posts with washer or starter will not work correctly , other than that great addition to car . With certain long tubes is kind of difficult to reach upper bolt . I did it in parking lot with small jack , if you have lift it will be very easy . Great product overall


    Year: 1987 Submodel: GT

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  • 4/5

    February 23, 2016

    Wooooow This starter Is Impressive!

    This starter is most definitely worth every penny, I love the sound with every start up! The reason of a 4 star is Due to the slow Shipment. Ordered it on a Tuesday and got it on a Tuesday. I have ordered from other places and have received my items in 2 days. Heads up American Muscle, it really makes a different when it comes to NEEDS.... Again the starter Exceeded my expectations..


    Year: 1988 Submodel: GT California

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