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SVE Mustang Radiator Installation How-To Guide (97-04 4.6L)

Posted 12/16/2013 by Jeff Jimenez

Watch as I walk you through how to install an SVE aluminum radiator in your 97-04 4.6L Mustang. The perfect upgrade for any performance SN95 or New Edge Mustang! Installation is super easy and will have your Stang ready for those performance mods and hot summer days!!

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If you have been considering an upgrade for you SN95 Mustang’s cooling system, the SVE Radiator is a great buy! I opted to replace the puny factory radiator on my 2004 New Edge Mustang GT and went with the SVE-8005D 97-04 4.6L Mustang Aluminum Radiator. I was very surprised at how well the radiator fit. The cooling system gets nearly an extra gallon of capacity with this new radiator and best of all it fits both manual and automatic transmissions. See below for the full list of Mustangs it fits. Read along and let me show you how to install this SVE aluminum radiator.

Fits:

  • 1997-2004 GT
  • 1997-2001 Cobra
  • 2001 Bullitt
  • 2003-2004 Mach 1

Things need before installation :

  • Plenty of coolant
  • large catch can for coolant
  • tool box with metric sockets

Steps I took:

  1. Start install on a car that is cool or has been sitting for a while. The coolant will burn you if the car is hot. Start by removing the plastic radiator cover by unscrewing the pins.

    SVE Mustang Radiator Installation How-To Guide (97-04 4.6L) - SVE Mustang Radiator Installation How-To Guide (97-04 4.6L)
  2. Next remove the battery and the battery tray. This will ease the installation of the radiator later on.

  3. Jack up the driver side of the vehicle and support it with jack stands.

  4. Place a bucket under the radiator drain plug (You will need a larger bucket to catch all the fluid). Remove the plug and drain the fluid. You may want to let the set for a few minutes to insure it completely drains.

  5. While it is draining you can take loose all the clamps on the radiator hoses that are attached to the radiator.

  6. Disconnect the radiator flow tank hoses and mounting hardware; however, before starting make sure all the fluid is drained out of the overflow tank.

    SVE Mustang Radiator Installation How-To Guide (97-04 4.6L) - SVE Mustang Radiator Installation How-To Guide (97-04 4.6L)
  7. After all the fluid is done draining, remove the lower radiator hoses. Make sure you keep your bucket under the hoses because the will still contain some radiator fluid. Once they are removed you can push the to the side. Repeat this process with the upper radiator hose.

  8. You will now need to disconnect all the wiring from the electric fan. Next unbolt the fan from the radiator and remove it.

    SVE Mustang Radiator Installation How-To Guide (97-04 4.6L) - SVE Mustang Radiator Installation How-To Guide (97-04 4.6L)
  9. Now that everything is disconnected you can now remove the radiator support brackets and pull out the radiator.

  10. I had a little bit of a clearance issue with the ABS lines. To solve this I disconnected the bracket of the ABS box. I installed four small washers behind the bracket on the side closest front bumper and one on the the back side of the bracket. This caused the bracket to lean backward just enough to give me room for the radiator and fan to drop right in. I am sure there are plenty of other ways to do it but this was the easiest way to install it for me.

    SVE Mustang Radiator Installation How-To Guide (97-04 4.6L) - SVE Mustang Radiator Installation How-To Guide (97-04 4.6L)
  11. Install the fan onto the Mishimoto radiator and drop the radiator in. Before putting the radiator in make sure the drain plug is tight. If you have someone handy to help with the lowering of the radiator can make this step easier. The area where the brake lines are located is a tight fit. I had to play around with washers two or three times to get the extra room. (again the combo the worked for me was four on the front and one on the rear)

  12. Once the radiator falls into place, reinstall the radiator support brackets.

  13. Now you can redo all the steps of removal just in reverse.

Picture of the radiator installed.

SVE Mustang Radiator Installation How-To Guide (97-04 4.6L) - SVE Mustang Radiator Installation How-To Guide (97-04 4.6L)

This installation took around an hour to do in my garage. The radiator holds roughly an extra gallon of fluid and nearly half the price of its competitors. The construction on it was nice as well; the all-aluminum construction gets rid of the plastic tanks that come on the GT and Mach 1 radiators.

When Installing don't forget the Royal Purple Purple Ice (RP-12600) additive, the aluminum Coolant Expanision Tank and the replacement hose kits for the extra cooling piece of mind.


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