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I just replaced mine(on a 2000 Vulcan) when I did my transmission. The entire assembly with hoses and clamps was about $90. It's a pain to get straight hose to stay clear of the back of the engine(exhaust manifold). It's not that hard to drain the coolant-the drain is at the bottom of the radiator. Once drained, I used a shop vac to suck out the coolant in the heater core so I did not get it in the face when I disconnected it. Remove the top hose connection by the firewall, then (with a pan under the engine) remove the hose at the back of the engine. Place end of shop vac hose near the end of the hose from the back of the engine. Use just enough suction to get it to flow (don't create a perfect seal with duct tape) and draw air through for a little while to get as much as you can out. I was able to get most of the coolant out, but a little dripped on my shirt when I disconnected the bottom heater hose. Wear goggles when you disconnect the lines from underneath. Don't put too much force on the heater core fittings. FYI I had the transmission out so access was easy, the hardest part was manuvering the part out and back in to place. There are 2 nuts that secure the assembly to the firewall. I also flushed the heater core in both directions since I was there anyway. Here's a few pics. Good luck!
 

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I bought the assembly at the local Ford dealer. I did not replace the heater hose to the water pump as it was in good condition. I did replace the upper radiator hose earlier this year as preventative maintenance (since I had the radiator out anyway).
 
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