Universal LS Swap Radiator Kit with Steam Port Hose Adapter
Universal Fit, Single Pass Radiator Style, Crossflow Radiator Flow Direction, Aluminum, Natural
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If you've decided to add modern power to your ride using an LS series engine, this LS Swap Radiator Kit is the perfect way to protect your investment and ensure proper cooling system function.
We wanted to offer a solution for the budget-minded builder that also kept aesthetics in mind. Instead of an inline hose adapter with an NPT bung for you to plumb in your own fittings, which can look like junkyard parts hacked together and is susceptible to leaks, we created a unique LS Steam Vent Radiator Hose Adapter. This adapter makes quick work of several LS swap radiator hose issues with one simple piece. It features one 1.25" end to match the water pump outlet, one 1.5" end to match the upper radiator inlet, an integrated streamlined 1/4" 90° hose barb fitting for the steam line, and a black finish to blend in with radiator hoses. The combination of this adapter with one of our professional-quality aluminum racing radiators means your search for an affordable and effective LS conversion radiator solution is over.
LS Steam Vent Radiator Hose Adapter Features
- 1.25" end - matches water pump outlet size
- 1.50" end - matches upper radiator inlet size
- Integrated 1/4" 90° hose barb fitting for a streamlined look
- Black finish blends in with radiator hoses
This LS1 Swap Radiator Kit features our single-pass universal aluminum radiator. These high-performance radiators feature furnace-brazed construction, two rows of large 1" aluminum tubes, billet filler necks and a maximum number of fins per inch for great heat transfer. They are not available with transmission coolers and they do not come with mounting brackets.
Universal Aluminum Radiator Features:
- Driver’s side upper inlets
- Passenger side lower outlets
- All-aluminum, furnace-brazed construction
- No cheap epoxy glue or crimped in gaskets
- Maximum amount of fins per inch allows greater heat transfer
- Billet filler necks
Available in 22", 24", 26", 28", or 31" widths (measurements include tanks - suggested sizes for common applications listed below in "Applications")
Unlike the older SBC or BBC, the LS engine family features a thermostat that is located in the water pump housing. While this design allows for temperature and flow to be regulated before the coolant enters your engine, having the thermostat at a low point means that any air in the cooling system can easily get trapped in your engine. Air bubbles in cooling passages disrupt coolant flow, create hot-spots, and can cause overheating issues, pre-ignition, and detonation. None of these are things that your new (or used) LS will stand up to for very long without damage. Fortunately, there are steam ports in the heads that allow this trapped air to flow away from critical cooling locations to a high point outside of the cylinder heads. Since these engines utilize a closed pressurized cooling system, the steam tubes must be connected back into it at some point. Stock radiators in vehicles produced with LS engines feature a port to connect the steam lines to, and a direct-fit LS swap radiator with steam port provision is likely available for your ride - at a high price tag. Our kit allows you to spend less of your hard-earned cash on a cooling solution without sacrificing appearance under the hood.
Learn more about how radiators work and selecting the proper radiator for your vehicle by reading our tech article, Radiator Cooling Performance.
If your application requires additional cooling efficiency, we offer 91604057 which features a double pass radiator for an extra 5°-20° coolant temperature drop versus a standard, single-pass radiator with equal core size.
Recommended Sizes for Common Applications:
**Please note** These are not direct-fit radiators, and will generally require some modification to the vehicle for proper fitment
1966-82 C3 Corvette - Varies by year, see below
- 1966-68 - 28" Width
- 1969-82 - 31" Width
1967-91 Chevy C/K Trucks - 31" Width
- 1967-72 Chevy C10
- 1973-87 Chevy Squarebody C10
- 1969-91 Chevy K5 Blazer
1982-93 Chevy S-Series - 31" Width
- 1982-93 Chevy S10
- 1982-93 GMC S15
- 1982-93 GMC Sonoma
1982-92 GM F-Body - 31" Width
- 1982-92 Chevy Camaro
- 1982-92 Pontiac Firebird
1982-88 GM G-Body - 31" Width
- 1982-87 Buick Regal
- 1982-87 Chevy El Camino
- 1982-83 Chevy Malibu
- 1982-88 Chevy Monte Carlo
- 1982-87 GMC Caballero
- 1982-88 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme
- 1982-83 Oldsmobile Cutlass Cruiser
- 1983 Pontiac LeMans (Canada Only)
- 1982-86 Pontiac Bonneville
- 1982-87 Pontiac Grand Prix
1979-93 Ford Mustang - 28" Width
1973-86 Jeep CJ - 24" Width
- 1976-86 CJ-7
- 1981-86 CJ-8 Scrambler
- 1966-70 Impala
- 1966-67 Chevelle/Malibu
- 1968-72 Chevelle/Malibu
- 1970-77 Monte Carlo
- 1974-77 Buick Regal
- 1966-77 Olds Cutlass
- 1966-77 Pontiac Grand Prix
- 1968-77 Pontiac LeMans/GTO
- 1972-79 Chevy Impala, Caprice, Bel Air, and Biscayne
- 1973-90 Chevy/GMC Truck
- 1967-69 Camaro
- 1970-81 Camaro
- 1968-79 Nova
NOTE: Applications for reference only - measure your existing radiator for proper dimensions. Measurements listed are overall which includes radiator tanks.
Aluminum Fan Shroud Kits for mechanical fans available:
For 22" radiator, fan shroud kit # 917-4020
For 26" radiator, fan shroud kit # 917-4021
For 28" radiator, fan shroud kit # 917-4022
For 31" radiator, fan shroud kit # 917-4023
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What's In The Kit
Speedway Chevy SBC/BBC Universal Aluminum RadiatorsPart # 917347Qty x 1
LS Swap Radiator Hose Adapter w/ Steam Port, 1.5 Inch - 1.25 InchPart # 91717629Qty x 1
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