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SR Performance Aluminum Radiator (97-04 GT; 97-98 Cobra; 03-04 Mach 1 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 1997-2004 GT, Mach 1, Bullitt and 1997-2001 SVT Cobra

    Review & Installation Video

    Review & Install Video

    What's going on, everybody? I'm Alex with 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

    Run Cooler. Keep your high revving 4.6L 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 three 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 1997 to 2004 4.6L V8 Mustangs equipped with a manual transmission, including the GT, Mach 1, Bullitt and the 1997 to 2001 SVT Cobra models. Fits manual transmissions only.

    Fitment: 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 Details

    What's in the Box
    • (1) Aluminum Radiator
    • (1) Drain Plug
    Installation Info
    Tech Specs
    • Overall Size: 30” x 20” x 4.25”
    • Core Size: 25" x 16.75"
    • Number of rows: 3
    • Inlet size: 1.5"
    • Outlet size: 1.75"
    • Core Thickness: 2"
    • Material: Aluminum
    Will it fit my Mustang?
    • Bullitt - 01
    • Cobra - 97, 98
    • GT - 97, 98, 99, 00, 01, 02, 03, 04
    • Mach 1 - 03, 04

    Fits manual 4.6L V8's Only

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    Does this work with the stock fan?


    • The SR Performance Aluminum Radiator will work with the stock fan on the 97-04 GT, 97-98 Cobra, and 03-04 Mach 1 with a Manual Transmission.


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    Will this fit with my vortech supercharger you have to trim the fan shroud quite a bit with the stock radiator I just don't want to buy something that won't fit


    • The SR Performance Aluminum Radiator is compatible with the Vortech supercharger, however some additional trimming of the fan shroud may be required.

      Rob D

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    when comparing the overall dimensions of the 96 radiator to the 97 shows that the 97 may fit in the 96. Seeing as the core is larger on the 97 can this radiator be used in place off the 96 on my Cobra?


    • The SR Performance Aluminum Radiator is designed to work with the 97-98 Cobra. It will not fit in a 1996 Cobra.


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    Is there a manufacturers warranty on this product? If so how would i contact the manufacturer?


    • The SR Performance Aluminum Radiator does not come with a manufacturers warranty, but American Muscle does offer a 30 day warranty on all of its products.


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    Where is it made?


    • Unfortunately the manufacturer does not disclose that information to us. If you would like you can contact them directly.


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    Overall Rating 4.5

    out of 5 stars

    • 5/5

      July 22, 2017

      Best radiator ever

      Shipping was super fast on the radiator. after getting it, pulling it out of the box was amazing. It was just like an early Christmas present! It is truly an amazing radiator. When installing the radiator we had to take the battery tray out to help it fit, also had to bend the abs line just a little but not to bad. but it was not difficult at all. After installing the radiator and filling the car up with fresh coolant, I could see a huge difference in the cooling system. I would 100 recommend this product to anyone


      Year: 1998 Submodel: GT

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    • 2/5

      July 14, 2017

      Would not recommend

      Bought this rad end of July and it didn't even last a year before it started leaking on the inside passenger words along the side. It ended up getting worse over a 2 week period and after I took the car to the shopit was loosing 1/2-2/3 a gallon of coolant a day. It ended up being cracked in 4 places. Don't waste your money on a rad that has no warrenty to speak of and only a 30 AM one. OEM is the way to go unless your making big power....


      Year: 1999 Submodel: GT

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    • 1/5

      June 20, 2017

      Would not recommend.

      Bought this last July and didn't make it to December before it was leaking from the welds. I personally love AM products and have spent quite a bit of money on this site over the last few years. I have a had no problems until now. I just would not recommend this radiator as it has no manufacturer warranty and only an AM 30 day warranty. Product should definitely last more than 5 months! Again, love this site and products, but just not this particular item.


      Year: 2003 Submodel: GT

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    • 4/5

      February 17, 2017

      hard to install

      this product looks great but took a while to install had push the abs module back a little but other than the hard work it works great might invest in a slim fan


      Year: 2001 Submodel: GT

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    • 1/5

      February 06, 2017

      SR Performance Aluminum Radiator - Manual

      I bought this product last April and I drove my car 4,000 miles since the installation. I notice that the radiator started leaking few weeks ago and my car never been over heated at all. I drive the car to school and back. I don't know what to do now. I can't efford other $230 and I don't know if it has a warranty on it or not.


      Year: 2002 Submodel: GT

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    • 5/5

      August 09, 2016

      Best fit ever.....

      I ordered the SR Performance radiator and was a little worried about how well it was going to fit. When it arrived, I went right out to install it.....all I can say is,...PERFECT... it went without any modification at all. After the install, I noticed right away how much lower my temperature gauge was reading. The design and construction of this item was second to none. Everyone should upgrade their cooling system, because a cool running a happy running Mustang. Thanks American Muscle. I look forward to my next purchase.


      Year: 2002 Submodel: GT

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    • 5/5

      August 04, 2016

      Great radiator

      What a difference this radiator made, after replacing everything else in the cooling system I finally caved in and bought this radiator. I have not had any more issues with overheating and am enjoying my car once again !


      Year: 1997 Submodel: GT

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    • 5/5

      June 30, 2016

      Sr performance

      Sr performance is 100 . The radiator fit like it was factory .


      Year: 1998 Submodel: GT

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    • 5/5

      December 03, 2015

      Great looking radiator

      I went to install this radiator and like a few others I had issues getting it to drop right in. When I went to install it the top brackets were out by about an inch. I removed the large rectangular wire harness conduit that runs along the top of the radiator support and wrapped the harness in some 3/4" black loom. Once that conduit was out of the way the brackets fit no problem. I also had to bend back my abs lines about half an inch to clear my stock fan. All in all it was a great purchase for the money.


      Year: 2002 Submodel: GT Regina SK CANADA

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    • 5/5

      November 19, 2015

      Great Product

      Not only did the radiator arrive sooner than expected, it also exceeded my overall visual and performance expectations! Every weld looks great, it's keeping out stand cool, and it looks amazing under he hood!


      Year: 1998 Submodel: GT Mount Airy, NC

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    • 5/5

      November 22, 2014

      Performance 100525 SR Performance Aluminum Radiator

      I bought this SR Radiator for my turbo Mach 1, because the stock Ford one couldn't keep up with the heat generated by the turbocharger. This radiator is much thicker than the stock unit! so dont expect it to drop in without modifications! After removing the stock radiator, i proceeded to install the SR Performance radiator, it wouldn't fit! because it was interfering with the ABS unit! I removed the bracket holding the ABS assembly, I then redrilled the the ABS bracket so that it would move the assembly 1/2" back towards the engine. I then test fit the radiator and it was no longer hitting the ABS unit, but the top radiator mounting brackets would not fit in there stock locations! they will also need to be drilled and taped if you want this thing to fit. Overall the radiator keeps my car much much cooler. Thanks American Muscle:)


      Year: 2004 Submodel: Mach 1 Washington, USA

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    • 5/5

      May 27, 2014

      Great radiator

      This radiator is an awesome bang for the buck. Great build finish on it.


      Year: 1997 Submodel: GT Almont, MI 48003, USA

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    • 5/5

      August 12, 2017

      runs smooth

      all though i did need to tamper with the abs module it runs nice and looks really good in the engine bay


      Year: 2001 Submodel: GT

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    • 5/5

      July 25, 2017

      Keeping it cool with the sr radiator.

      The radiator fit perfect. I add a trans cooler, and sr 16" fan with shroud. everything went in nice and easy.


      Year: 2002 Submodel: GT

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    • 1/5

      April 19, 2017

      started leaking

      Installed last fall. Only driven a few thousand miles. I started to notice a small pool of coolant after running. Recently it has gotten worse. I'm now afraid to drive my car for fear of overheating. Guess I should have just kept the oem radiator!


      Year: 1998 Submodel: GT

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    • 5/5

      September 12, 2016

      Looks great, tight fit!

      Radiator looks great and fit well, other than the tight squeeze getting the stock fan tucked between the radiator and the ABS module. Went for a test drive after install and everything seems great so far! I'll probably get the slim fan with shroud soon.


      Year: 2000 Submodel: GT

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    • 5/5

      July 07, 2016

      SR Perforamnce Radiator

      I installed this because i was having problems with my car heating up . So i decided to go big or go home and got this radiator. Dropped it in with ease and now my car stays cool in this hot summer wheather and im worry free. And American Muscle shipped it out right away and it arrived on time. Couldn't be more satisfied.


      Year: 1997 Submodel: GT

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    • 4/5

      June 17, 2016

      Takes some work

      Once I was able to get the radiator in, it works great! Had to move the ABS module back about an inch and bend the A/C hoses in order to make it work though


      Year: 1999 Submodel: Cobra

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    • 5/5

      June 10, 2016

      Great product

      Customer service was great. When the stock radiator couldn't handle the turbo I went to America muscle to get the best. Got my kick butt radiator today. Installation was a breeze. Car is running much cooler. Ready to go race!


      Year: 2001 Submodel: Cobra

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    • 5/5

      December 18, 2014

      good fit

      This radiator was a very easy install. It appears to be well made and the welds look very professionally done. No leaks.


      Year: 2000 Submodel: GT Oregon, USA

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