Originally posted by BlackOnBlackCobra96
I'm still trying to figure out why some '96's have this problem and some don't. My cooling system works perfectly. Did Ford make a change mid-year, or is this a random occurence for all '96 Cobra's.
Do you ever see mid 90s or even 100s with extreme high humidity (aka Atlanta, Tennessee). How about the weather compared to Texas to OH? That's why some people complain, and others don't. Also if the coolant system is just slightly low (not topped off in the coolant bypass area), and running in mild 90s, it will get pretty damn hot.
All I have to say about this thread is, "WTF?!?!" You mean I could have gotten Ford to pay for some of this? Jesus...
I just got done (last weekend FYI) putting in a 98 A/C Condenser, Steeda UltraCool radiator (for 97-98, not 96 as the condenser won't fit 96 model radiators), and '98 Cooling fan.
I had to replace the cooling fan because the 97/98 radiators (and the Steeda) have different mounting positions then the 96 did. So, I nixed my 96 for a 98. It is a bit larger.
I also had to buy two 98 radiator brackets (they are the same on both sides). Witht he Steeda rad in, it wouldn't line up witht he bottom brackets. Nothing a hack saw and a bit of welding can't fix. Fyi, you want to move the PASSENGER side lower bracket over, 1.5" to 2", not the driver's side. DOH! This is to make the top radiator support brackets line up with the existing holes. Also the lower radiator mounts are not wide enough in the 96 to fit the 98 radiator.
One last thing, the Steeda Radiator (the 98 Radiator I had next to me seemed ok, if I just got a 98 rad instead of the steeda) is about an inch too tall. So I had to crush the top brackets to get them to fit.
And FYI, I have an ATI ProCharger D-1SC. And this radiator, cooling fan, condenser and intercooler tubing all fits. Tightly, but it does fit.
As far as your question of, "is it worth $550?
". Here's my price, plus my own labor to do the work:
Steeda UltraCool radiator (97-up) $380
1998 Ford Mustang GT/Cobra Raditator $240 (if I remember)
1998 Ford Mustang GT/Cobra A/C Condenser $180
1998 Ford Mustang GT/Cobra upper radiator bracket $11 ea X2
Take down and recharge of entire A/C system.
Prices are via http://www.fordpartsnetwork.com