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1999-2004 F-150 SVT Lightning Fluidyne Heat Exchanger - Install & Review
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Published on 2018-08-31
SVT Lightning Fluidyne Heat Exchanger.
Improve the cooling on your 1999-2004 SVT Lightning with this black Fluidyne heat exchanger exclusive from Late Model Restoration! Fluidyne's heat exchanger is over twice the thickness of the stock unit which provides a cooler, more stable coolant temperature to the intercooler even when the engine is being pushed to its limits. This provides more consistent performance on the street and lowers ET times at the strip. With a black powdercoat finish applied, this reduces the visibility behind the bumper for a stealth look on your Lightning!
Featuring a 5 row, single pass design; this Fluidyne heat exchanger is sure to improve the cooling of your Lightning supercharger! Surface area is king when it comes to cooling capacity, and no other heat exchanger on the market gives you the functional surface area that Fluidyne does. Unlike double pass designs, this single pass heat exchanger keeps your factory hose routing intact, so there's no relocation required! An integrated drain valve provides quick and easy fluid changes. Fluidyne's signature stencil logo is applied to display the quality you've installed on your Lightning.
- Core Size: 20.5Wx 7.88"H x 3.15"D
- Overall Size: 25.5"W x 8.1"H x 3.5"D
- Core Style: 5-row
Application: 1999-2004 SVT Lightning
Black Heat Exchanger Item # FHP-35LIGHTNB
Silver Heat Exchanger Item # FHP-30LIGHTNING
Fluidyne High Performance has a 1-year warranty from the date of purchase against manufacturer's defects or flaws. Any radiator or heat exchanger used in a race application is null and void of this warranty. Radiators or heat exchangers repaired or altered by anyone other than Fluidyne High Performance are not covered by this warranty. This warranty does not cover the effects of physical or chemical properties of water, steam, or other liquids used in the radiator. Claims for internal damage of the engine, components, or the user's vehicle are not covered by this warranty. All warranty work is handled by Fluidyne directly.
To begin the install, support the entire truck with a lift or just the front with some jack stands.
Open the hood and loosen the cap on the intercooler tank.
This will allow the system to vent.
Remove the lower air deflector if you truck still has this in place.
It attaches to the bumper and lower heat exchanger bracket.
If you have a rubber hose that is the appropriate size for the drain nipple on the factory heat exchanger… position it over the nipple.
Open the valve and allow the coolant to the drain.
Once the coolant has drained… close the valve and remove the rubber hose.
Depress the clamp and slide back the lower outlet hose.
Be ready for coolant to run out of the hose.
Do the same for the upper inlet hose.
If you have trouble removing the hose from the heat exchanger… simply remove the hose from the intercooler pump.
Of course, be ready for coolant to run out of this hose as well.
Loosen and remove the 8mm bracket retaining bolts… there is one per side.
Push up on one side of the bracket… then, pull the bracket toward the front of the truck to remove it from the tab.
Do this for the other side as well and then the heat exchanger is free to come out.
Remove the hose from the heat exchanger if you had to remove the hose from the pump.
Spray WD-40 on the top of each insulator.
Remove them from the upper bracket.
With the new heat exchanger on a work bench… remove the pre-installed brackets.
Make note of how they installed over the studs in the rubber grommet.
Remove the lower washers and then reinstall each bracket.
Reinstall the frontward hardware and loosely tighten.
Position the new heat exchanger into place and reinstall the previously removed 8mm retaining bolts.
Position a washer over each open stud and thread on the nuts.
Fully tighten these nuts with a 10mm wrench.
Fully tighten the 8mm bolts followed by the frontward 10mm nuts.
Reinstall the lower outlet hose.
Ensure that the inlet hose is orientated correctly if you fully removed it.
Make sure the drain valve is closed.
Reposition the lower air deflector.
Fill the reservoir to the indicated mark.
Start the truck and add additional coolant.
Reinstall the cap.
You’re all finished!