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How To Upgrade To A SVE 200 Amp Alternator | 1986-93 Mustang

Created by Taylor Ward
Last Updated 3/10/2021

For this install, LMR is going to cover how to upgrade to SVE's latest 200 Amp Alternator upgrade kit. This applies to all 1986-93 5.0L Fox Body Mustangs.

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How To Upgrade To A SVE 200 Amp Alternator | 86-93 Mustang - How To Upgrade To A SVE 200 Amp Alternator | 86-93 Mustang

Fox Body Mustangs were never known for having great charging systems. The factory alternator only had an output of 75 amps, so the addition of electric fans, High output ignition systems, or upgraded stereo equipment only added to your already existing charging problems. To handle the increased demand for aftermarket accessories, SVE has put together a 200 amp alternator kit to supply your accessories with the power they demand.

This kit from SVE will be offered in a standard satin finish and is also available in black as well. When installed with the supplied alternator pulley and the stock crank pulley, this unit will produce 100 amps at idle and just over 200 at its peak under a load. To safely protect the circuit from the additional output of this alternator and suppress audio noise through your electrical system, SVE provides a 10ft section of #4 gauge power wire with a pre-installed in-line fuse along with the two retaining screws.

Wiring up this kit is easy with the included stator and voltage regulator plugs, terminal connectors, and crimp-on connectors. A brand new upper alternator bolt and nut are provided to fasten the alternator into place for the ultimate peace of mind!

Install time should roughly take you a few hours with basic hand tools. Speaking of an easy install, let's head over to our 1990 GT here in the shop today to show you how it’s done.


Removal


  1. Start off by lifting the vehicle via a lift or jacks and jack stands.
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  3. Open the hood and disconnect the battery. Go ahead and set this aside.
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  5. Next, remove the factory serpentine belt.
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  7. Remove both of the attaching bolts holding the factory alternator in place.
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    How To Upgrade To A SVE 200 Amp Alternator | 86-93 Mustang - How To Upgrade To A SVE 200 Amp Alternator | 86-93 Mustang


  9. Pull the alternator out of the bracket and disconnect all of the electrical connections on the backside. Since the 200 amp alternator is a larger size, we opted to capitalize on this opportunity and install one of the 50 RESTO alternator brackets on this car. These brackets will be a direct replacement and are manufactured for extra clearance to allow mounting of larger alternators. If you happen to use our new alternator bracket is not threaded for the factory belt tensioner. You will need to purchase the new tensioner and hardware to complete this install.
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  11. Start off by removing the lower alternator bracket to smog pump bolt.
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  13. Remove The Bolt Holding The Stock Belt Tensioner and remove the tensioner.
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  15. Remove the water pump to the heater hose on the water pump side only and move this out of place.
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  17. Now remove the remaining hardware on the bracket holding this in place. Here is the section where the stock bracket would need to be clearanced if you do not go this route. Check this out and we'll show you how this is done on the 130 amp alternator install.
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    How To Upgrade To A SVE 200 Amp Alternator | 86-93 Mustang - How To Upgrade To A SVE 200 Amp Alternator | 86-93 Mustang
    How To Upgrade To A SVE 200 Amp Alternator | 86-93 Mustang - How To Upgrade To A SVE 200 Amp Alternator | 86-93 Mustang


  19. Reinstall all of the previously removed hardware back in the new bracket and tighten these to spec.
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    How To Upgrade To A SVE 200 Amp Alternator | 86-93 Mustang - How To Upgrade To A SVE 200 Amp Alternator | 86-93 Mustang
    How To Upgrade To A SVE 200 Amp Alternator | 86-93 Mustang - How To Upgrade To A SVE 200 Amp Alternator | 86-93 Mustang


  21. Do not forget to reinstall the heater hose at this time.
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  23. Now let's move over to the wiring section of the install.

    Wiring Installation


  24. Trim back the wiring loom on the factory stator and regulator plug.
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  26. Clip both of the black with orange tracer wires from the stock stator plug.
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  28. Trim away the factory white stator wire from the factory harness.
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  30. Cut the yellow and the green wire from the stock stator plug. Discard the old regulator and stator plugs.
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  32. Strip both ends of the two black with orange tracer wires.
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  34. Crimp-on both of the supplied ring terminals.
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  36. Now you can strip the yellow and green wire and completely cut the white stator wire away from the factory harness.
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  38. Trim down the new regulator and stator plugs a few inches and stagger the wires.
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  40. Strip all of the wiring on the new stator connector, and the new regulator connector.
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  42. Using the supplied butt crimp connectors match the white with the white, green with green, and yellow with the yellow.
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  44. Once you have all of these connections secure, take a heat gun and seal off each of these connections.
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  46. You can now take this time to wrap these up with some electrical tape to help seal them off.
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  48. Now you can slide the new 200 amp alternator into place.
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  50. Install the factory lower bolt and the supplied bolt and nut on the topside. Tighten both of these down to spec.
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  52. Next, install both the stator and the regulator plugs on the backside of the alternator.
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  54. Remove the nut from the rear lug on the new alternator.
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  56. Install both of the black wires with orange tracers and the eyelet from the 4 gauge power wire on the rear lug and tighten the nut down.
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  58. Due to the routing of the new power wire, you will need to remove your factory airbox and the radiator hold-downs.
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    How To Upgrade To A SVE 200 Amp Alternator | 86-93 Mustang - How To Upgrade To A SVE 200 Amp Alternator | 86-93 Mustang


  60. Route the new power wire beside the old harness. Zip tie this every 6-8 inches to make sure this is secure.
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  62. Remove the factory coil cover if it is still equipped.
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  64. Position the fuse holder over the factory battery location. I went ahead and marked this and drilled out a few small pilot holes to make the self-starting screws install a little bit easier.
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  66. Remove the nut off of the factory starter solenoid closest to the bulkhead.
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  68. Install the eyelet of the power wire on this lug and reinstall the nut
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  70. Since we are using the 50RESTO alternator bracket, these will require the use of the new tensioner and the bolt kit. If you did go this route, make sure to go ahead and install this at this time.
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  72. Reinstall your coil cover, radiator hold downs, hose on the water pump, and the factory air box at this time.

  73. Now reinstall the serpentine belt.
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  75. Top off any fluids, and reconnect your battery.
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  77. Check over your work and you are all done!

    Conclusion

    Well everyone, this is an awesome upgrade for any 1986-93 5.0 Mustang. If your charging system is not up to par, you can experience many different issues from idling problems to dimming lights. Even a worst-case scenario of a dead battery when you are on your way to work. It is important to note that if you do have to clearance your factory alternator bracket, you may want to source a cutoff wheel or a Dremel to get this portion of the job done.


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Published on 2021-01-28
Eliminate all guesswork with your Fox Body Mustang charging system with the help of SVE's 200 amp alternator upgrade kit! Originally equipped with a 75 amp alternator, 1986-1993 Mustangs were notorious for their small wiring, melted power wire plugs, and low power output. By adding modern accessories such as a radio or electric fans, the factory alternator simply can't keep up. To provide a complete solution to this common problem, SVE has put together this 200 amp alternator kit to supply your accessories with the power they deserve!

SVE Quality
Utilizing a 100% brand new alternator, this kit requires no core charge and is backed by a limited lifetime warranty. Finished in a sleek silver or black housing and completed with a gold anodized pulley, this alternator will give a fresh appearance to your Mustang's engine bay. When installed with the factory crank pulley and the installed alternator pulley, this unit produces 100 amps at idle and just over 200 amps at peak! To safely protect the circuit from the additional output of this alternator and suppress audio noise through your electrical system, SVE provides a 10ft section of #4 gauge power wire with a pre-installed in-line fuse along with the two retaining screws. Wiring up this kit is easy with the included stator and voltage regulator plugs, terminal connectors, and crimp on connectors. Brand new upper alternator bolt and nut are provided to fasten the alternator into place for the ultimate peace of mind!

What's In The Box?
(1) 200 Amp Alternator (Silver or Black)
(1) Voltage Regulator Plug
(1) Stator Plug
(1) #4 Gauge Power Wire
(3) Butt Crimp Connectors
(2) Ring Terminal Crimps
(2) In-Line Fuse Retaining Screws
(1) Upper Alternator Retaining Bolt
(1) Upper Alternator Retaining Nut

Application
Fits 1986-1993 Mustang 5.0 & 5.8
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