LMR.com walks you through the basics of how to coyote swap a New Edge Mustang including all of the needed parts, accessories, and modifications.
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If the engine in your New Edge Mustang is tired and on its way out, look no further than the Ford Performance 5.0L 4V Engine. As the New Edge Mustangs have aged, there comes a time for either rebuilding or replacing the factory-equipped engine. It has become more common to see Coyote swapped New Edge Mustangs on the road these days. When comparing different routes, it becomes apparent that the Coyote Engine is a strong contender.
The Coyote engine will fit directly on the 1996-2004 factory K-Member with no issue using stock-style 4.6L motor mounts. Check out our video explaining How To Use Factory K Member For Coyote Swap. Complications are just around the corner when doing so, though. If you intend on using a factory K-Member, you will have to use an aftermarket oil pan (such as Moroso or Canton). The Moroso oil pan is built, so the passenger side pan dimensions allow the use of most aftermarket swap headers.
We could go on for days on why you should upgrade to a tubular k-member, anywhere from weight savings to easier access to work on the car. If you upgrade to a tubular k-member, you can use the factory oil pan with the coyote engine, and there will be plenty of header clearance. Save yourself time and headaches by spending the extra money on a tubular k-member. However, there are numerous routes to take when performing this swap. This will depend on your budget and the parts available. It is common for people to pull the 5.0 Coyote Engines out of the F-150 pickup trucks. There are only slight differences between the Mustang GT Coyote engines and the F-150 Coyote Engines covered in this article.
Once you have decided where to source an engine, you must decide what transmission to run. While a factory T5, T-45, or TR-3650 will work with this swap, any spirited driving or hard launches at the track will reveal the limits of these transmissions.
Depending on the year model, driveshaft and cross-member replacement/modification will be required.
Ford Performance, Holley, and many other companies offer a crate engine control pack to eliminate the hassle of wiring up your new 5.0 Coyote engine. These control packs usually include a PCM and all other needed wiring and harness adapters. Custom tuning is usually required when coyote swapping your Mustangs, so remember this when swapping your Coyote into your Mustang!
From the factory 1999-2004 new edge mustangs were equipped with a return-less style fuel system. Therefore, you must convert to a return-style fuel system to properly run a coyote swap. This fuel system can easily be pieced together or purchased as a complete fuel system.
Some of the major components you will need to purchase to complete a Coyote swap in your SN95 Mustang are the following:
These are just the base-level parts you will need. Below we cover some of the more detailed parts you will need to complete your build. Many of these parts come down to your budget and how you intend to drive the vehicle. Things such as A/C systems can be deleted, and power brakes can be swapped out for manual brakes for Mustangs that will be more of a race car than a daily driven ride.
NOTE: Please keep in mind this is a general list of Coyote Swap Parts. As with any engine swap, you will need to fabricate and source some components independently; however, Late Model Restoration has a fantastic selection of swap parts. To see the complete offering of these parts, click on the following link: 5.0L Coyote Swap Parts.
This section looks at the heart and soul of this swap. We will cover everything from selecting the engine to helping you locate all the engine-related swap parts you need to install one of the 5.0L Coyote motors in your SN95 Mustang. The first step will be determining what generation engine you want to swap into your car. Next will be selecting the correct control pack or engine control unit that matches the engine generation and transmission you want to run.
With the various Coyote engines available, your first order of business when Coyote swapping your SN95 and New Edge Mustang is to choose which engine you will swap. Earlier model Coyote engines will be the best choice if you do a budget-friendly Coyote swap, as the engines can be purchased used from reputable engine recycling companies. If you want the latest Coyote engine available, shop our latest selection of Coyote engines by clicking the button below!
The heart of getting your engine and transmission operating once you have swapped your chosen engine and transmission into your SN95 Mustang will be choosing the correct control pack. There are many options for control packs based on the generation of the engine you are running and what transmission you choose to run. Shop our available control packs, and wiring harnesses below!
SN95 Mustangs come with quite robust cooling systems from Ford. For a cleaner installation, you will want to use a 4.6L-based radiator. Coyote swap engines will require a remote overflow based on 4.6L or coyote engines to install the radiator hoses properly.
Regarding the cooling fan on your coyote sway, you can use the factory cooling fan or opt for a contour fan kit from LMR.com!
1994-1998 SN95 Mustang came with a return-style fuel system that most engine control packs require for your Coyote swap. 1999-2004 New Edge Mustangs were equipped with a returnless fuel system from Ford. Most control packs will require you to run a return-style fuel system meaning that 1999-04 Mustangs will require the conversion to return-style fuel systems.
Depending on the k-member you plan on running on your Coyote swap, some k-members will require specific oil pans for additional clearance. Also, aftermarket oil pans are a great way to increase the oil capacity for racing applications.
A note for your swap, the Gen 1 and Gen 2 Coyote will have a traditional oil pan and pick-up tube. The Gen 3 Coyote integrated the pickup into the oil pan. You can also distinguish the oil pans by the material in which they were constructed. Gen 1 and Gen 2 will be constructed from stamped steel, whereas Gen 3 will have a plastic oil pan. The Gen 3 oil pump is specific to the pan and is not interchangeable with the Gen 1 and Gen 2.
If your Coyote does not have the alternator on your engine, we have a couple of options for replacement alternators. Different generations will have different amperage alternators. Throughout the generations, Ford has increased the amperage output of alternators to keep up with the increased accessories on the new Mustangs. The Ford original alternators will provide enough amperage for your Coyote swapped SN95 with accessories like electric fans, radio upgrades, and other electronic accessories.
Custom hoses and lines are required to keep the air conditioning in your 1994-04 Mustang with the Coyote swap. At this time, custom fabrication is required for these Mustangs.
This section will look at the needed parts to swap and install the correct transmission into your Coyote swap. There are a lot of corresponding parts that go along with this, so please follow along and check out the links below to see our complete line of transmission and drivetrain swap parts.
Once you have chosen your engine, the next choice will be selecting the transmission you will be connecting to your engine. You can choose from many options, depending on if you want a manual or automatic transmission. Please use the guide below for more information on the fitment of different transmissions and shop our current offerings of transmissions by clicking the button below.
The below transmissions will bolt onto the Coyote with their supplied bellhousing.
The below transmissions will require the appropriate bellhousings to be able to install on the Coyote block.
Once you have chosen your transmission, you will need to pick up a crossmembers that will match the previous transmission you selected. The crossmember you choose will vary depending on the transmission you decide to run on your Coyote swap. To shop our current offerings of transmissions, click the button below.
Please Note: check all fitment notes on crossmembers for more information on additional products needed for proper installation.
Depending on your chosen transmission, you must purchase the correct flexplate or flywheel to link the transmission and the engine. These items connect the engine's crankshaft to the clutch (manual transmissions) or torque converter (automatic transmissions) to the transmission's input shaft.
The Coyote engine is equipped with an eight-bolt crankshaft, which means you will need either an 8-bolt flywheel or an 8-bolt flexplate. If you are running a manual transmission, you must purchase a flywheel. To run an automatic transmission, you must purchase a flex plate.
Please Note: When shopping for clutches on your manual transmission, your will need to match your spline count on your transmission, flywheel clutch diameter, and horsepower rating needed.
Late Model Restoration offers options to ease your transmission Coyote swap installation. The driveshaft connects the transmission's output shaft to the rear axle assembly. The transmission you are planning to run on your Coyote swap will dictate which driveshaft you will need to use on your swap. There are some off-the-shelf options for the more popular transmission, but some require custom driveshafts to be manufactured.
This section will look closely at what k-member you need to swap a 5.0L Coyote motor into your SN95 Mustang properly. We will also cover some other important modifications and components you will need to finish up your brakes and steering. The links below to shop our full line of Coyote swap parts.
There are several ways to get your Coyote engine mounted into your 1994-2004 Mustang. Usually swapping in a tubular k-member is usually preferred to eliminate excess weight from the Mustang and help to increase room around the engine. This extra room around the engine will come in handy when installing exhaust or other items on the bottom side of the Coyote.
Another option is to use the 1996-2004 Mustang k-member instead of the 1994-1995 pushrod SN95 k-member; please note that many items like exhaust and oil pans are designed on aftermarket tubular k-members.
When Coyote swapping your 1994-2004 Mustang, the taller and wider heads on the Coyote engine will not allow you to reuse your factory vacuum-assisted brake booster equipped on the 1994-1995 V8 or 1994-2004 V6 Mustang. It will be necessary to convert these models to a hydroboost brake system or manual brake system to allow for the installation of any Coyote-based engine. 1996-2004 V8-equipped Mustangs will already have the hydroboost brake system in place and will not require additional swapping modification in the hydroboost brake booster. If you plan on doing a hydroboost brake system swap, you will need to run a power steering pump setup, as the Coyote was not installed from Ford on a car with hydraulic power steering. The hydroboost brake booster will require a power steering pump to provide the power assist on the brakes. Shop our Coyote swap technical articles, hydroboost, and manual brake components below.
Something that will go hand and hand with whether you want to run power steering on your Coyote swapped SN95 is dependent on if you are running a hydroboost brake system. If you are running a hydroboost system, you will need to run a power steering pump to power the hydroboost system. If you are running a manual steering setup on your swap, you will not be required to run a power steering setup.
There will be a couple of options for a power steering setup on your Coyote swap, check our options below!
Another thing to remember is that when changing tubular k-members or coil overs, you will need additional parts like caster camber plates and bump steer kits to get everything in alignment. Shop all our suspension components here!
Late Model Restoration constantly comes up with innovative solutions, stocking replacement, and performance parts to help you complete your Coyote swap. There are many different parts and guides available to help you. Keep an eye on our ever-expanding category of parts for you, SN95 Coyote Swap!
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