Video: Mustang Radiator Air Deflector - 5.0Resto (Fox Body)
Published on 2013-10-22
Product: 1987-93 Mustang Radiator Air Deflector
Brand: 5.0 Resto
Fits: Mustang LX, GT, Coupe, Hatch and Convertible
Year Models: 1987 (87) 1988 (88) 1989 (89) 1990 (90) 1991 (91) 1992 (92) 1993 (93)
LRS Part #: LRS-8349A
Having the Radiator Air Deflector intact & properly installed on your 87-88-89-90-91-92-93 Fox Body Mustang is essential to proper cooling. It attaches to the bottom of the Radiator Core Support & helps direct air up through the A/C Condensor & Radiator.
This air dam is usually ripped off when you hit a speed bump or a flooded street in your Mustang. Don't keep driving with it missing, replace it the right way, with an OE quality replacement from LRS!
A common complaint we get here latemodelrestoration.com is that even after you replace all of your cooling system, you still may get a little bit of over-heating on your Fox Mustang. Typically you can trace that back to a completely missing radiator air deflector. Now this bolts on the right here to the bottom of the core support. And these typically get torn off by parking bumpers, speed bumps, anything like that. Any type of front-end collision, they may not get replaced. Or they just completely crack up, and nobody even notices they're gone.
Now there's four attaching bolts with clip nuts. Now a couple of these clip nuts are missing. But luckily, we have a complete 50resto Replacement Hardware Kit that comes with new bolts and new clip nuts. So I'm going to go ahead and take me a small flat blade screwdriver and get these remaining clip nuts out of the way, and then slide the new hardware into place. And you can take your new clip nuts and slide them in each of their respective places.
All right. Now you can take your radiator air deflector. Notice it's L-shaped here at the top. That L needs to be pointing back, flat to the front.
You want to start all of your bolts loosely. And don't tighten any of them until you get all four started. And this is because the bottom of the core support is not perfectly flat. And your car may be just like this one, where it's actually suffered a little bit of core support damage and is bent in one area, making just a little bit more difficult to line everything up. Luckily, this plastic is pretty forgiving so you're able to get it pretty well where you need it to go.
And these will take you either a 7/16 or 11 millimeter socket to tighten them up. I'm going to go ahead and use my air ratchet and suck all these down.
All right. Everything's lined up. Now, we'll be forcing the air up through the condenser in the radiator, keeping your Mustang a little bit cooler. For more engine cooling tips for your Mustang, check out latemodelrestoration.com.