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Electric Fan Conversion Worth It?

Electric Fan Conversion Worth It?

Postby thirdgen [OP] » Feb 25 2011, 7:20am

My truck seems to run slightly hot when pulling a load up an incline when the weather is hot out. I Would like to replace my current clutch fan with an electric fan kit. I believe this should free up some HP on the engine, and also free up some MPG's.
I found this Ebay kit: http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayI ... MEWAX%3AIT

I was also wondering if there was a junkyard cheap-o way that would fit. Such as, if I took electric fans off a newer Camaro or something, what would be compatible? Anybody have any experience with doing an electric fan swap? Did you get a positive gain from it? What items would I need?
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Re: Electric Fan Conversion Worth It?

Postby WingNut » Feb 25 2011, 10:40am

There's a whole bunch of electric cooling fans our there at all different prices. I'm looking at a Flex-a-Lite dual fan unit. Also consider what you do with your truck. If your just highway driving and towing, the Flex-a-Lite should do the trick. If you do off-roading, then you have to research which electric fans have control modules to shut off the fan in water crossings and such.
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Re: Electric Fan Conversion Worth It?

Postby Z15 » Feb 25 2011, 11:53am

I considered adding electric fans to a plow truck a few years back and realized it was not as easy as it seemed. I would have needed to replace the radiator for a more efficient and larger one. So adding all the things required to make the change I was looking at spending nearly $1,000 or more according to the maker of the conversion kits.

Its was not as simple as it appeared to be as adding just the fans. Most of the cheaper kits do not assume you will be working the vehicle as in towing or plowing snow. That are based on just getting HP and not increasing your cooling capacity.
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Re: Electric Fan Conversion Worth It?

Postby GMman » Feb 26 2011, 1:07am

Newer trucks have electric fans and adds a few hp, so they don't have to turns the fan / clutch.
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Re: Electric Fan Conversion Worth It?

Postby rdss » Feb 26 2011, 9:50am

I was pretty excited to see that my 2010 Sierra had electric fans. Pulling that fan off the motor just makes sense, but like z15 said, make sure that it is actually up to par for what you will be doing and is properly shrouded.
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Re: Electric Fan Conversion Worth It?

Postby boombox01 » Sep 15 2013, 12:45pm

i did a conversion on an older RX7 and by removing the clutch fan and adding a basic electic fan (30 bux online) we dyno'd it at +11 HP at the wheel. so its worth a looky!
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Re: Electric Fan Conversion Worth It?

Postby gmcultr » Sep 16 2013, 4:33am

I upgraded my radiator to accommodate the 05style oem fans... I bought everything brand new, fans, radiator, temp sensor module.... cost me total.... $350 maybe a little less.

It was extremely simple... took maybe 3 hours. Hardest part is removing the clutch fan.

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