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How To Install Mustang Distributor (86-93)

Posted 4/1/2013 by Jonathan McDonald

Need help replacing a 86-93 5.0L Mustang Distributor? Watch our install video & read the tech article to help you remove and install a new distributor in your Stang.

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How To Install 86-93 5.0L Mustang Distributor

Tools Needed:

  • Ratchet Wrench
  • Swivle
  • 1/4" Socket
  • 1/2" Socket

    Installation Instructions

    1. Disconnect the battery and remove the distributor cap by releasing the two spring clips. (Make note of the direction the rotor is pointing as well as the orientation of the TFI module.)

    2. Unplug the TFI module connector.

    3. Grab you a specialty distributor wrench or a 1/4" ratchet, long extension, swivel joint, and a 1/2" socket to remove the distributor hold down bolt and clamps.

    4. Lift the distributor out of the engine.

    5. Lubricate the camshaft gear along with the gear on the new distributor.

    6. Slide the distributor in to the engine, aligning the rotor & TFI module at the previously noted positions, and fully seat the distributor in the block.

    7. Re-install and tighten down the hold down and bolt.

    8. Plug in the TFI module connector.

    9. Transfer the spark plug wires to the new distributor cap.

    10. Start the car & verify timing!


    About the Video

    Mustang Distributor Install: Performance Distributors Hot Forged Aluminum Distributor 86-93 5.0L

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    Published on 2013-04-01
    Are you replacing your worn out ignition coil and wires? Or do you have a worn out stock distributor giving you issues? Then you are in need of the Performance Distributors Inc (PDI) 1986-93 Mustang 5.0L Hot Forged Aluminum Distributor. This drop in ready distributor will ensure you get the most out of your Mustang ignition coil and plug wire upgrade. If you are currently having TFI module issues or have a worn rotor and cap then this makes a great upgrade for your 5.0L Mustang.

    In the video Jmac walks you through removal of your stock Foxbody Mustang distributor and shows you how to install the new PDI Hot Forged Aluminum Distributor. The 1986-93 Mustang 5.0L Hot Forged Aluminum Distributor features a hot forged aluminum housing, new cap and rotor, includes a Dyna-Mod TFI Module and is compatible with roller cam.


    * Mustang Livewire Plug wires
    * Mustang Screamin Demon Ignition Coil
    * Mustang Hot Forged Aluminum Distributor
    * Mustang Wire Looms by Taylor

    Fit Ford Fox Body Mustang LX, GT, Cobra 5.0L - 1986 (86) - 1987 (87) - 1988 (88) - 1989 (89) - 1990 (90) - 1991 (91) - 1992 (92) - 1993 (93)
    JONATHAN MCDONALD: The Performance Distributors Hot Forged Distributor features a hot forged aluminum housing that's CNC machined versus a billet aluminum housing that allows for a lower cost unit with higher strength. It's loaded with an oil impregnated bronze bushing that the shaft rides on for a long service life. The shaft also is fitted with a steel distributor gear for use with roller camshafts.

    The cap has brass terminals which are better conducting than the aluminum terminals found on the stock distributor cap. The Dyna-Mod ignition module, also called a TFI module, gives you a longer coil saturation time which allows for a longer spark duration that helps give you the better idle, fuel economy, and higher horsepower.

    To remove the distributor from your 5.0 liter Mustang, you want to go ahead and remove the distributor cap, and then make a note of where the rotor is pointing and where your TFI module is pointing because you want to line up the new distributor in the same location. Unplug the TFI module, then grab you a half inch socket with a ratchet, and completely remove the hold down bolt and hold down bracket for the distributor, then lift the distributor up and out of the engine.

    Every hot forged distributor includes a package of camshaft lubrication. This packet is to be used. Drizzle some down onto the camshaft and put some on the steel gear on the end of the distributor. And then you can go ahead and install it into place.

    Slide the distributor down into the block lining up the rotor with the oil pump shaft and the camshaft. And rotate it around to where it's pointing back in the same direction as the old distributor. And then line up the TFI module to where it's pointing the same direction as on the old distributor.

    Reinstall the hold down clamp and bolt. Plug-in your TFI module. Now on top of the cap, the firing order is 1, 3, 7, 2, 6, 5, 4, and 8. The coil is in the center. Transfer your spark plug wires over to the new distributor cap.

    Swapping out your distributor was fairly straightforward and it'll provide years of trouble free service. Now whenever replacing your distributor, it's a great time to go ahead and change out your spark plugs and upgrade your plug wires and ignition coil. For these ignition parts and more, check out latemodelrestoration.com.