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Postby adams99z71 [OP] » Sep 10 2011, 4:44am

so my baby has 202,000 miles and i seem to get about 15mpg unless i go for a lonnng hwy trip it'll jump to 17.
the fan has always been a little on the loud side but it has the severe duty fan clutch due to the 4wheel drive, 4:10 gears, tow package and z71 suspension. so my question is can i get away with a lighter duty fan clutch is it time to replace the original fan and how are those of you with electric fans liking them?
nbs99 z71 325ci v8, stock 4wheel disc brakes, no cats, flow master classic 40 series, rhino line, custom fog lights, cb, bully dog tunner, 4:10 locker, airbag load leveling, 205,000miles.
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Re: fan clutch life span

Postby lzn197 » Sep 14 2011, 11:51am

If you want to install a lighter duty fan because you thing it will consume less fuel, you are wrong. Replace it with a good quality part that is supposed to fit your vehicle.
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Re: fan clutch life span

Postby SilverSurfer » Sep 16 2011, 4:49am

I wouldn't downgrade my fan, but I do like electrics though they're not cheap. And unless you're going to manually operate a switch, you'll need a controll unit. You can do it with relays.
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Postby Jrluz14 » Sep 16 2011, 1:34pm

Black Bear Performance sells an electric fan harness that's very easy to install. You need a custom tune to have them turn on at a certain temp. The other way is to buy a thermostat with a switch that will kick on the fans when it reaches a certain temp. And yes, electric fans increase fuel mileage. Not drastically, but noticeable gains in some applications. They produce no drag on the engine unlike a conventional clutch fan.
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Postby lzn197 » Sep 16 2011, 3:00pm

I've never been really happy with how the aftermarket electric fans control the operation with the ac on. They usually turn on full blast when the compressor kicks in. Driving at speed or at rest. Do you really need a fan to run while you are driving at 70 MPH?
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Postby SilverSurfer » Sep 17 2011, 3:33am

While at speed, air being pushed through the radiator and condensor helps push the fan causing the motor not to work as hard. At this point the fan uses less electricity meaning less drain on the alternator, stealing less hp from the motor. The same happens with clutch fans, but they are heavier and rob more horsepower.
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Re: fan clutch life span

Postby adams99z71 [OP] » Sep 19 2011, 3:49pm

well i researched California fuels and while none of the pumps here say 10% ethanol, cali requires an oxygenate which most company's call ethanol. so im thinking that im going to be hard pressed to get any more mpg from my truck. thanks for the feedback guys.
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Postby lzn197 » Sep 19 2011, 4:25pm

SilverSurfer wrote:While at speed, air being pushed through the radiator and condensor helps push the fan causing the motor not to work as hard. At this point the fan uses less electricity meaning less drain on the alternator, stealing less hp from the motor. The same happens with clutch fans, but they are heavier and rob more horsepower.


Interesting. It would be fun to check that out with an ammeter.
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Postby SilverSurfer » Sep 21 2011, 3:35am

Tough to do it driving down the road but if you put a big fan in front of the truck you should be able to see the current draw go down.
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Re: fan clutch life span

Postby msalvatorre » Dec 06 2011, 4:32am

adams99z71 wrote:so my baby has 202,000 miles and i seem to get about 15mpg unless i go for a lonnng hwy trip it'll jump to 17.
the fan has always been a little on the loud side but it has the severe duty fan clutch due to the 4wheel drive, 4:10 gears, tow package and z71 suspension. so my question is can i get away with a lighter duty fan clutch is it time to replace the original fan and how are those of you with electric fans liking them?


well actually you cant compute the lifespan of a fan clutch it depends on how you use it and how is the quality of the part so it will last longer

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