(approx) 2 Hours
Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
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- How to Install a Mishimoto Radiator for a 1979-1993 Mustang 5.0L
Hey everyone I’m Justin with AmericanMuscle.com and I’m checking out a way to keep your ride cool, all while making a dramatic visual improvement under the hood as well, talking about these Mishimoto performance radiators for your Mustang. Mishimoto has become one of the industry leaders in terms of performance radiators, this direct factory replacement is a great solution for an old or leaking radiator. Now some of our customers have mentioned that this rad has been their cure for their motor running a little hot when adding different performance mods, especially superchargers which can notorious for making any motor run hot. This radiator has been designed to keep your street or strip Mustang much cooler thanks to their unique design, which allows a 25% increase of cooling capacity over your stock radiator. These radiators are manufactured from lightweight aluminum, feature leak proof brass fittings, and are all hand welded to ensure top notch quality, and a perfect fitment. On top of all that they also feature a limited lifetime warranty, no questions asked. The install may be slightly more difficult than bolting up that new cold air intake, but honestly it’s not that bad, think of it as a giant oil change. The first step is you need to drain all the coolant out of the factory radiator, but you want to make sure you have something large enough to hold all that fluid, we recommend at least a 15 quart drain pan. Once you’ve done that, yank the hoses off, then unbolt your factory radiator, removing it from your engine bay. Once you’ve done that, reinstall the Mishimoto in its place, reattach the hoses, and fill it with a 50-50 mix of coolant and water. That’s it, install should take you about 2 hours from start to finish. This would also be a good time to check out Mishimoto’s performance radiator hose kit, not only will they hold up to the heat and pressure better than your stock hoses, but they’ll also make a nice visual improvement under the hood. Every gearhead knows that heat is one of the worst enemies for performance, it can drain power, hurt your fuel mileage, or even damage your motor. So if you want to help your Mustang keep its cool whether it’s on the street or the track, then you’ll definitely want to check out these performance radiators from Mishimoto
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Lightweight Aluminum. Mishimoto Radiators are crafted of lightweight high-quality aluminum. Each radiator is hand-welded to which ensure a perfect fit and great underhood appearance.
Leak-Proof Design. Other aftermarket radiators have a design problem that causes leakage from the outlet to the overflow reservoir. Unlike other manufacturers, Mishimoto uses specially designed brass fittings to ensure leak-free performance. And all of their radiators are pressure tested twice before leaving the factory so you can install your new radiator with confidence.
Application. This Mishimoto Mustang Radiator is designed for 1979 to 1993 Mustangs with manual transmissions.
Mishimoto's "No Questions Asked" Limited Lifetime Warranty
Technical Note: If you have an automatic transmission, you would need to purchase the required Mishimoto Transmission Cooler from the drop-down ordering options above. May require custom work for proper installation.
Fitment: 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 Details
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January 05, 2020
Installed simply with a perfect factory fit! Look goodHelpful (0)
September 24, 2019
Fast shipping and great price!
Nice looking and functioning radiator. I ordered it and it was on my doorstep within days.Helpful (0)
September 13, 2019
Fixed my radiator probablem. Fit perfectly. Also am using mishimoto dual fans.Helpful (0)
February 10, 2019
Great quality and and packaging was great as well keeps the car coolerHelpful (0)
September 19, 2018
So far I’m very happy with the products I’ve purchased, aluminum radiator and dual electric fans.Helpful (0)
September 06, 2018
All aluminum. Comes with cap. Very good cooling capacity. Dont waste your money on a cheap one!Helpful (0)
July 17, 2018
Amazing difference in temp.
This radiator lowered the operating temp of my supercharged 87 Saleen in a major way. It used to come close to overheating on hot days in traffic and at stoplights now it stays at a normal temp!!!Helpful (2)
June 18, 2018
Quality part and great performance. I would highly recommend Mishimoto.Helpful (2)
May 29, 2018
Very good quality radiator, well needed on my 347 strokerHelpful (2)
May 11, 2018
Great looking! I used my factory lower rubber insulators and condenser rubber insulators to mount this radiator. What did you all use?Helpful (3)
How much fluid does this hold?
Two gallons of 50/50 radiator Coolant was all it took.
will this radiator fit a 1993 2.3l mustang?
Unfortunately, this will only fit 79-93 5.0L Mustangs with a manual transmission.
Is this a dual core?
The Mishimoto Performance Aluminum Radiator is a 2 row radiator.
could this fit into a 94 ranger?
We can only guarantee fitment of this Radiator on a 79-93 5.0L Mustang. You can do some research to see what you would need to do in order to install this Radiator on a Ranger.
My Mustang has AC will the condenser hurt the performance of the Mishimoto radiator?
Hi,we will need more info about your build to help you with your question about this MISHIMOTO PERFORMANCE ALUMINUM RADIATOR please feel free to give us a call or send us a email so we can help you with your question. http://www.americanmuscle.com/contact.html
We have not tested the Vortech kits with the Mishimoto Performance Aluminum Radiator, however, this radiator core is 50MM thick. If measure the difference in radiator thickness and use that distance to measure from your current core toward the motor, it would be the best way to check the clearances for any set-up.
Get the manual version, the Automatic radiator has the Automatic Trans Fluid cooler ( and fittings) that you do not need.
Bro, your Fox will probably benefit from the Mishimoto radiator. Should be the same mounting as my 92.
THEY ARE ONE INCH AND THE FITMENT IS GREAT. YOU JUST HAVE TO USE THE OLD CLIPS ON YOUR ORIGIONAL RAD. TO HOLD UP YOU SHROUD
Yes, you will need the model fitted for the automatic transmission lines for cooling the transmission fluid. Or you could go with the manual model and purchase the transmission cooler separately.
My car is a 1983 Manual Fox-body fit very easy without any mods. Should be the same for 1988 easy out easy in.
To make this work on an automatic transmission, you would just need to purchase the required Mishimoto Transmission Cooler from the drop-down menu on the product page. It may require some custom work for proper installation.
(approx) 2 Hours
Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
What's in the Box
Will not fit automatic transmission unless combined with the Mishimoto Transmission Cooler.