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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, 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

Run Cooler. Keep your pushrod 5.0L manual Mustang running cooler for maximum power on the street, strip or track, with an all aluminum SR Performance radiator. This SR Performance radiator features a two 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 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 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.

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

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
Will it fit my Mustang?
  • Foxbody - 79, 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 89, 90, 91, 92, 93
  • Cobra - 93

Fits 5.0L manuals only

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high quality and rock bottom price

I was a little skeptical about the SR Performance radiator for my 89 Notch, but upon arrival and inspection of said part what I found was amazing to say the least. Thick core and hand welded tanks were ...

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SR performance radiator.

Great fit. Great price. Highly recommended. Took about 15 minutes to install. Just as good a fit as radiators costing double.

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Overall Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars
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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.

    Rob D

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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.

    Rob D

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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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How much does this radiator weigh?


  • The SR Performance Aluminum Radiator weighs approximately 18 lbs.


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How many rows is this radiator?


  • The SR Performance Aluminum Radiator - Manual has a two row core.


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Will this be good for my 82' GT with a 351W?


  • The SR Performance Aluminum Radiator would not work for your 82 GT. It is specifically designed for 79-93 5.0s with Manual Transmissions.


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Overall Rating 4.7

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  • 5/5

    May 23, 2014

    high quality and rock bottom price

    I was a little skeptical about the SR Performance radiator for my 89 Notch, but upon arrival and inspection of said part what I found was amazing to say the least. Thick core and hand welded tanks were done perfectly. No fitment issues or leaks. Radiator is of high HIGH quality. Throw in the fact its made in the USA and we have a winner ladies and gentlemen. I look forward to buying SR Performance products in the future and will not hesitate when doing so.


    Year: 1989 Submodel: Other Albuquerque, NM, USA

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  • 5/5

    May 27, 2014

    SR performance radiator.

    Great fit. Great price. Highly recommended. Took about 15 minutes to install. Just as good a fit as radiators costing double.


    Year: 1993 Submodel: GT Bethlehem, PA, USA

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  • 4/5

    July 23, 2014

    Good Quality Radiator

    The design and such of this radiator looks as good as the one I replaced, which lasted 12 years. So far, cooling is working in AZ we are seeing 113 degrees and my Stang is not overheating. On recommendations from the prior manufacturer, I will add an electrical ground from the radiator to the chassis. Water running through the aluminum will create a charge and without the ground, certain deposits will build up and crack joints.


    Year: 1989 Submodel: GT Mesa, AZ

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  • 5/5

    July 25, 2014

    cooling is superior

    My fox has never ran cooler. Radiator looks great in car. Was a very quick and easy installation.


    Year: 1993 Submodel: Other Texas

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  • 5/5

    March 09, 2017


    I almost hesitated in buy this because of the price. I am glad I did. The quality is real good. It's advertised as a three row but is actually a large two row but cools as good with my electric fan. I almost feel like I stole this radiator. After one month so far no leaks and cools great. Thank you AM!!!


    Year: 1991 Submodel: LX

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  • 2/5

    October 12, 2016

    Radiator finish

    Radiator seems to be working but if your looking for show quality the finish is not the greatest. It has a silver paint over the aluminum and it comes off on your hands. It looks like they are hiding something with the paint.


    Year: 1990 Submodel: Other

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  • 4/5

    October 01, 2015

    Nice enough 2 row radiator

    I bought one of these. It is a nicely built aluminum radiator. It is advertised as a 3 row, but the radiator I received was a 2 row. I returned it and AM handled the return very quickly and nicely.


    Year: 1993 Submodel: Cobra So Cal

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  • 5/5

    October 11, 2017

    SR Radiator

    After doing a HCI swap was worried something was wrong due to the fact of a bit of overheating. I was willing to try anything rather then ripping back into the motor so I purchased SR Radiator thank God.I have a electric fan set at 180 with new Radiator vehicle will not pass 185 in traffic in Florida drops to 178 on highway quality is great no complaints


    Year: 1993 Submodel: LX

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  • 5/5

    September 24, 2017

    American Quality from American Muscle

    Delivered when promised! The radiator is a work of art, I wouldn't mind buying one and putting it in my man cave. First off, It is a true 2 core radiator, fits using the stock clamps, and sits perfectly on the bottom rubber mounts. Make sure you remove the mounting clips and pull thru clips from your old radiator. About the bottom mounting clips, I had to open up a little to slide on the radiator. This radiator is beefy and amazingly welded, I would think it has $90.00 in welds alone. Thanks American Muscle.


    Year: 1991 Submodel: LX

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  • 5/5

    August 13, 2017

    Nicely built radiator.

    Solid construction and quality welding. It has large dual core tubes.


    Year: 1991 Submodel: LX

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  • 3/5

    March 22, 2017

    Sr aluminum radiator

    It's OK, but finish looks like it has been sprayed painted on. (Not true polished aluminum)


    Year: 1988 Submodel: GT

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  • 4/5

    March 18, 2017


    BEAUTIFUL WELDS !!! it comes coated with a silver paint, just wipe with lacquer thinner to expose the aluminum.


    Year: 1983 Submodel: Other

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  • 5/5

    February 28, 2017

    Great quality and even better Price!!!

    Finally replacing my original radiator and glad I choose this SR performance radiator. Why bother spending a couple hundred $$$ more when you can get this high quality radiator which will perform the same. Highly recommend this radiator!!


    Year: 1988 Submodel: GT

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  • 5/5

    February 28, 2017

    Manual transmission

    This radiator is very well built and the price is great. Would definitely recommend


    Year: 1989 Submodel: LX

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  • 4/5

    February 24, 2017

    sr performance aluminum rad

    great radiator for the price only problem is the top rad. hose tube is a little small


    Year: 1981 Submodel: Other

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  • 5/5

    December 01, 2016


    This radiator fit great and looks great under the hood of my 86 GT. It came fast too. Ordered it on a Thursday and it was here waiting on my door step Monday when I got home from work. Will definitely be buying from here again....let's be honest there's always more upgrading.


    Year: 1986 Submodel: GT

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  • 5/5

    September 16, 2016

    Great radiator!

    Arrived promptly (with 2 day shipping) and easily installed. Took about 30 minutes. Everything bolts right up but you'll have to open the clips off your old radiator a little bit because the aluminum is thicker than the original but a great product and great cooling for the money. Also is a 2 core but they're twice as wide as the regular so it's really equivalent to a 4 core. This thing is great


    Year: 1983 Submodel: GT

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  • 4/5

    September 01, 2016

    Good radiator

    Easy install no mods needed. Stcock radiator ran hot at 210. This cooled it down to 180


    Year: 1984 Submodel: GT

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  • 5/5

    January 21, 2016

    Great Radiator!!

    This radiator is beautiful! As soon as I opened the box I was amazed of the quality. I was having cooling issues with my factory radiator in my 88gt. After installing no more cooling problems! It fit perfect with no issues. I highly recommend this radiator if your replacing your factory radiator!


    Year: 1988 Submodel: GT Queens,NY

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  • 5/5

    August 10, 2015


    This radiator is a perfect fit and is built very well. I would definatly recommend or buy another one


    Year: 1989 Submodel: GT Hammond,La

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