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SR Performance Aluminum Radiator (79-93 5.0L w/ Manual Transmission)

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    Features, Video & Details

    • Greater Cooling Capacity
    • Lightweight Aluminum Construction
    • Leak-Proof Hand Welded Fittings
    • Direct Fit - No Alterations Required
    • For Manual Transmissions Only
    • Fits 1979-1993 5.0L V8 Mustangs

    Review & Installation Video

    Review & Install Video

    Hey, Stephanie with AmericanMuscle.com, here with my review of the SR Performance Aluminum Radiator, available for your manual '79 to '93 five liter Mustang. This rad is probably going to be for almost any car, from a stock or lightly modded daily that may have a leak, to cars that may see some track time and have a higher demand for cooling. So this rad is an upgrade over the factory radiator, for sure, and for a few reasons. I'll start with the fact that it has a two-row core. The two-row core means that it's going to be able to dissipate heat faster and increase cooling efficiency. Next is the welding on this guy. You're looking at hand welds here on the tank and on the fittings, and SR does that to ensure that the rad will be leak-proof. And who doesn't like looking at some nice aluminum welds? Speaking of that, this rad is aluminum and it's actually pretty lightweight, so you can shave off some pounds as you dissipate heat faster. Another thing I really like about this radiator is that it'll work with either your factory fan or an after-market one, if you're looking to upgrade. And even though this rad has that bigger two-row core, which is about two inches thick, it's still a direct fit product, meaning that no alterations are required to install it. For the install, you're probably looking at about two hours since you will have to drain and remove your old rad first, and then drop this new one in. I'll say that it's a two out of three wrenches on the scale, but just because of the drain and refill, and burping process that you may have to go through. And it's not difficult, it's more of a pain than anything else. You'll need to make sure that you have fresh coolant to fill up with and, of course, a nice catch-can to drain into. Lastly, the price. SR Performance is coming in with the lowest price option for your manual five liter out there at just under the $200 mark. And even though this is the most budget friendly, I don't think that SR skimped on the quality here. It would be nice to see a magnetic drain plug here, but you can pick that up on your own, and the functionality is there with this product. And you can easily compare performance of this rad to other more expensive options out there and not be disappointed. If your rad is damaged or leaking, or you just need to upgrade, either way this guy would work for you. I'm Stephanie, and we'll see you next time, right here at AmericanMuscle.com.

    Run Cooler. Keep your pushrod 5.0L manual Mustang running cooler for maximum power on the street, strip or track, with an all SR Performance Aluminum Radiator. This radiator features a 2-row core to dissipate heat much faster than the stock OEM radiator for increased cooling efficiency and optimum performance.

    Superior Aluminum Construction. Manufactured from high-quality lightweight aluminum, this SR Performance Aluminum Radiator is hand-welded for the strongest and most precise welds possible. The superior construction of this SR Performance Radiator allows it to withstand the high pressures and abuse of everyday daily driving as well as occasional weekend track use.

    Application. This SR Performance Aluminum Radiator is designed to be a direct fit upgrade for the 1979 to 1993 5.0L V8 Mustangs equipped with a manual transmission, including the LX 5.0, GT and SVT Cobra models. Fits manual transmissions only.

    SR Performance

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

    MPN# 100529

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    What's in the Box
    • (1) Aluminum Radiator
    • (1) Radiator Cap
    • (1) Drain Plug
    Installation Info
    Tech Specs
    • Overall Size: 29.25” x 19” x 2”
    • Core Size: 24.5" x 16.85"
    • Number of rows: 2
    • Inlet size: 1.25"
    • Outlet size: 1.5"
    • Core Thickness: 2"
    • Material: Aluminum
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        5 Top Rated Questions

        The video Provided for this product claims that its a 3 row core. But under the description it states that its a 2 row core. Therefore, my question is what is the row capacity of this Aluminum Radiator.

        • The SR Performance Aluminum Radiator is a 2 core radiator, I apologize for any confusion this may have presented.

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        what are the exact dimensions of this radiator: SR Performance Aluminum Radiator - Manual (79-93 5.0L)

        • The SR Performance Aluminum Radiator has overall dimensions of 29.25” x 19” x 2”.

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        Will this item work with factory installed AC on an 1985 mustang GT, manual.

        • The SR Performance Aluminum Radiator will work with an 1985 Mustang GT with A/C without issue.

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        How many gallons of coolant will I need

        • You'll need 14 qts. of coolant.

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        DOES THE RADIATOR COME WITH FAN SHROUD CLIPS?

        • The SR Performance Aluminum Radiator will not include fan shroud clips.

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        Does it come with a drain petcock or just a plug? 1 answer
        Does this radiator have 2 rows of 1" tubing or less than 1"? 1 answer
        How much coolant can I expect to need filling this up? 1 answer
        How much does this radiator weigh? 1 answer
        How many rows is this radiator? 1 answer
        Will this be good for my 82' GT with a 351W? 1 answer
        Will I be able to use this in my 91gt with a 351W? 1 answer
        If my car was a automatic and it was converted to a manual. Would this fit my mustang 1 answer
        What is the country of origin. I read a review fro 2014 that said it was made in the USA, but do not see this advertised as a selling point. 1 answer
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          Customer Reviews (100+) Write a Review

          Overall Rating 4.7

          out of 5 stars




          • 5/5

            June 23, 2019

            SR performance aluminum radiator

            SR performance aluminum radiator Works awesome I recommend

            Ryan12345

            Year: 1991 Submodel: LX

            Helpful (0)

          • 5/5

            April 29, 2019

            Radiator

            Good quality just couldn’t use factory radiator mounts should be described before buying in my opinion

            KolinA

            Year: 1988 Submodel: GT

            Helpful (0)

          • 4/5

            April 04, 2019

            Summer ready

            It's early my first road trip to test temp will be this weekend over a steep grade (I-5 grapevine mountain) in cali. Fingers crossed!

            WillieG

            Year: 1988 Submodel: GT

            Helpful (0)

          • 1/5

            April 01, 2019

            DO NOT BUY

            I got this thing on sale for 80 and thought I got a great deal on it. At first it was good, but now it leaks like crazy where the fins go into the side of the radiator. It lasted about 8 months. At first I thought it was the hoses leaking and I replaced them. But no, the radiator just leaks after 6 months. I tried using k seal (stop leak) and after having it in the system and turning the coolant an orange color, the radiator soon got orange all around the welds/fins area (basically proving every individual fin leaks.) Both sides leak a lot. DONT BUY

            trent

            Year: 1993 Submodel: LX

            Helpful (0)

          • 5/5

            March 17, 2019

            Radiator

            Finish is awsome, waiting for a nice weekend to instal

            EdgarA

            Year: 1990 Submodel: LX

            Helpful (0)

          • 5/5

            March 14, 2019

            Don G

            Fit perfect dropped right in no modifications needed Was delivered in 2 days

            DonG

            Year: 1987 Submodel: LX

            Helpful (0)

          • 5/5

            February 25, 2019

            Best mod yet

            With the performance mods I have done, she was always overheating. This radiator worked like a dream. Nice and cool...

            DonaldH

            Year: 1992 Submodel: GT

            Helpful (0)

          • 4/5

            January 20, 2019

            No Petcock

            Doesn't come with a petcock. Just a drain plug. Other than that fit great.

            JohnS

            Year: 1988 Submodel: LX

            Helpful (0)

          • 5/5

            November 16, 2018

            A start

            This is a start long road ahead my clutch is next hard to get it n gear have to put it all tha way to tha floor

            TroyB

            Year: 1990 Submodel: GT

            Helpful (1)

          • 1/5

            August 27, 2018

            Don't Buy!!! Didn't last 6 months

            If you like replacing radiators every 6 months I say go for it. I bought this radiator several months ago and I would have given it a great review then. Looked great appeared to be good quality. Now a few months later its leaking from the welds. I called American Muscle but they wont replace it. They told me take it to a shop and have it repaired. I guess i'll buy quality parts from LMR from now on.

            MatthewB

            Year: 1993 Submodel: LX

            Helpful (11)

          • 5/5

            August 27, 2018

            Works Great!!

            Cam in a strong box looks awesome and works as it stated I would recommend this to some one.

            JamesM

            Year: 1989 Submodel: LX

            Helpful (3)

          • 5/5

            August 27, 2018

            Very well built

            Nice welds. The only radiator I have ever bought period that came via mail or parts store that has no bent fins . Very impressed with how it looks and cools my Fox down

            JamesE

            Year: 1986 Submodel: Other

            Helpful (4)

          • 5/5

            August 01, 2018

            awesome

            cant beat it, awesome radiator, looks excellent when installed, better than stock.

            MarkB

            Year: 1990 Submodel: GT

            Helpful (4)

          • 5/5

            June 30, 2018

            Radiator

            Great product. Installed this morning. With this radiator and my electric fan. It keeps my Foxbody very cool. I recommend this product 100

            JasonS

            Year: 1988 Submodel: GT

            Helpful (5)

          • 5/5

            June 13, 2018

            cooling a 347

            I installed this radiator in a 89 LX with a 347. I have waited awhile to review to make sure the radiator cooled ok in warm weather. I am very pleased with it. Not only did it fit perfectly but is keeps the car at 180 - 185 with the ac on. I use a 180 thermostat, so all is good. Nice not to have to keep one eye peeled to the temp gauge whenever I come to a red light or make back to back passes at the track.

            RonaldC

            Year: 1989 Submodel: LX

            Helpful (8)

          • 5/5

            June 12, 2018

            Fits good

            Looks good and fits nice. Car is staying very cool

            Christian

            Year: 1984 Submodel: Other

            Helpful (5)

          • 5/5

            June 03, 2018

            Aluminium radiator

            Great aluminium radiator for the price. Looks good with my aluminum fan shroud.

            DanielL

            Year: 1993 Submodel: LX

            Helpful (5)

          • 5/5

            May 06, 2018

            Replacement for stock radiator

            Bolts up, but is a bit thicker than stock. Everything cleared with the SN95 fan mounted on it and the trans cooler on the condenser side. I did have to shift the SN95 fan over a bit to clear the water pump pulley. No leaks and keeps the engine cool.

            NorrisS

            Year: 1989 Submodel: LX

            Helpful (5)

          • 5/5

            May 02, 2018

            Great radiator!

            easy to install car didn't get hot and looks really good in my engine bay.

            AllenW

            Year: 1985 Submodel: Other

            Helpful (6)

          • 5/5

            April 30, 2018

            Worth Every Penny

            Fits Right up no issues, and drain plug is better than stock. For $100, you cant go wrong

            MattD

            Year: 1987 Submodel: GT

            Helpful (6)

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