Review & Install Video
What's going on, everybody? I'm Alex with americanmuscle.com. Today, I'm bringing you my detailed review and breakdown of SR Performance's Aluminum Radiator, fitting your '97 through '04 Manual GT, the '03 and '04 Mach 1, and the '97 through '01 Cobra. So the SR Performance Radiator that we're taking a look at today is gonna be a great option for any Mustang owner out there that's either looking to replace their old, worn-out equipment. Or get into something that's gonna increase your cooling capacity, be it keeping your car cool in traffic or keeping those temps down runnin' it down the track. So from bone stock to basic bolt-ons all the way up through a monster turbo kit, this is gonna be a great option for any Mustang owner out there that's looking to keep their car that much cooler in comparison to what you're working with with the factory unit. And the great thing about most, if not all, radiators for the Mustang is that they're gonna install with little to no effort at all, and for that, we're gonna be giving this an easy one out of three wrenches on our difficulty meter here. And I'm gonna have more for you coming up on that later.But taking a closer look at the rad itself, we're gonna see that it's gonna feature a three-row core, which is gonna help dissipate heat that much faster, increase your cooling efficiency, as well as just making your Mustang run that much better. And aside from that three-row core, we're gonna see it's manufactured out of a lightweight, but durable aluminum. It's gonna have hand-welded end tanks. Not only that, it just looks that much better as well as being that much beefier than the factory equipment.But in terms of the pricing here, this is gonna be a very budget-friendly option, and you should expect to be spending about $230 bucks to get into this setup in comparison to OPR's offering that we have on-site. You're gonna see that's gonna fall around $100 bucks, but that's gonna be more of a stock replacement setup, something that's not gonna be geared towards any mild bolt-on build. And in comparison to Mishimoto's offering, this is really gonna be that much more of a better buy as you're damn near getting the same cooling capacity, but at a fraction of the price.And switching gears to the installation portion of the video, just like I had said a little bit earlier, you're gonna be lookin' at a very easy one out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter and about a two-hour job. But looking ahead, here are some things I'd make sure to have on hand. It's gonna be a full socket set, a Phillips-head and a flat-head, set of pliers, a drain pain, and lastly, you're gonna need some fresh coolant. So you're gonna wanna begin by pulling your negative battery cable followed by the positive battery cable, and then you're gonna wanna get your hold-down out of the way and then pull that battery out of place.So after that, you're gonna wanna then remove the three bolts holding that battery tray in place and then remove it, just because it's just gonna give you a little bit more wiggle room, getting your old rad out and the new one in. So once you're done there, you're then gonna wanna get your drain pan in place, get all your fluids out, and then move back up to the rad reservoir tank. So in order to get that out, you're gonna need to pull a harness, a couple of hoses, and then three bolts to then remove that out. After that, you can then remove the upper rad hose, along with working over to your fan wiring harness, but just make sure to take your time removing that as it's a little bit on the brittle side.Your fan wiring harness is gonna be held onto the rad shroud with press end fasteners. Those are gonna be very, very brittle, so just make sure, again, to take your time removing them either with a flat-head or something that's gonna have a little bit of a hard edge on it. So after that, you can then remove the two upper mounting brackets that are holding your factory radiator in place and then pull that up and out of the car. But after that, guys, you're damn near done. It's more or less just gonna be getting everything back into your car in the reverse order, and you're good to go.So I'm Alex, and that's my detailed review and breakdown of the SR Performance Aluminum Radiator, fitting your 1997 through '04 Manual GT, the '03 and '04 Mach 1, and your '97 through '01 Cobra, which can be found right here at americanmuscle.com.