Cooling systems for a racecar are always an important part of making and finishing the show. As the hot, dog days of summer roll in, cooling systems (especially the radiator) become even more important. If the radiator fails, you fail. Sometimes, radiator failure may be due to something as simple as a clamp that wasn't put on properly or a hose that breaks. Whatever the cause, radiator failure has race-ending ramifications for any racer. With that in mind, Circle Track decided to take a look at the basic techniques of radiator installation.

Although there are many ways to skin this cat, we decided to look at a late-model stock type install. Throughout the process, we learned a few techniques and tips that may be of assistance to you.

As a quick overview on radiators, it's important to note that if you have special needs regarding a unique size or outlet location for your radiator, many manufacturers can accommodate those special needs. Otherwise, radiators in standard sizes and outlet configurations are readily available from many high-performance parts warehouses.

Follow along as we go through a basic radiator installation procedure.