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Old 09-03-2013, 07:54 PM   #1
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Cooling Fan talk

So I have an overheating problem in 100 degree heat and hard wheelin. I am changing thermostats for good measure and thinking about changing fans. Right now I have two 8" single fans and they are not moving a ton if air. I have the option of a very thin 14" puller fan or a 13" pusher. The problem I am reading is that you can't trust manufacturer ratings on CFM. Question is what fans have you run that move a crap ton of air and which ones did not get it done? I was told this weekend to go with a SPAL. Any input welcome.


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Old 09-03-2013, 08:09 PM   #3
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I run the dual Taurus fan set-up, an 11" and 13" iirc. I run them individually off 50a switches with no relays. No engine over heating problems.
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Old 09-04-2013, 02:38 AM   #4
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The problem with the Taurus fans is that I don't have 4" depth to work with. I need something low profile.


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The problem with the Taurus fans is that I don't have 4" depth to work with. I need something low profile.


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The volvo one is a little thinner.


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I read it and it takes 4" at the motor to mount that fan. I have under 3" unless I rework my radiator mount which I was hoping to avoid. I have a factory ford shrouded fan in my shop and it will not even come close to fitting.

Anyone using a low profile, high flow fan that will fit in 3" or less depth.
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I will measure mine at lunch, I doubt it's more than 3". Either way, with split fan motors it allows more room around the crank pulley.
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Ill measure mine when I get out there. Didn't think it was very thick.
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Thanks guys. I am strictly judging by the article showing the measurements. My radiator is only 24 wide and it is nestled behind a tiny CJ2 grille with 3" between the engine. To say it is compact is an understatment...lol
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What kind of rad? Sounds too small for a charged V6.
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I have the Volvo fan in my garage and looked at it this morning. It was right at 4" which surprised me that it was that thick.

You say your running dual 8"? Can you post the dimensions / model? I'm looking for a fan for my 13" tall by 22" wide radiator.
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How big is your radiator?

Ill measure my tarus fan set-up to night. i chopped mine way down to fit it in my yota with v6 and 3 core radiator.

Only time i have to use high on mine is 100* days. In a tight area trails..
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Mine are actually 12" & 14". A little wide for your rad set-up.

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My radiator is 16x22 aluminum I believe. I have never looked to see if it is two core or to get an exact measurement.

The small fans I am running are just indepedent fans mounted in a diagonal. I did find a dual 8" setup on Summit racing for a Sirrocco radiator. It is a pretty nice setup, but not quite right for mine.

At this point I was thinking I might mount a 14" pusher in conjunction with the two 8". The one 14 will move as much or more air than the other two. I might just temp it in for the K2 run if I could find a cheap one and leave the grille off. Grille is just held on with a couple screws.

I also picked up a new thermostat today so gonna check that situation out as well.
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K2 in late oct ain't chit. Aug comes and no amount of fan will cool a rig.
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I was very surprised that the new jeep didnt get over 205. Idled around Hidden Falls all weekend with no issues. Good old mechanical fan with an aftermarket aluminum radiator.
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I wish I had a way to run a mechanical fan. They move more air by a long shot. I found Derale 14" low profile fan and ordered it. It is two speed and rated for 2100cfm. Who knows if that is right but it pulls 22 amps which is double what a lot of the others pull so that tells me it also moves more air...weird flashback to fan power curves...anyhow, it is also only 2.65" thick. However the price tag seemed rediculous at $158....luckily I sold some parts to cover it.


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Got the big dog fan in today and it is quite nice. I found that the two fans on it are also derales rated at a whopping 650cfm each. New one is rated for almost 1000cfm over the pair and it covers the radiator top to bottom. I ended up pulling one is the 10" fans off just to be able to get the mounts for the new one on. It is setup pushing with one on 10" left pulling on the outlet side. I am wiring the new one on a switch and leaving the existing 10" on a thermostat for now to act as an auxiliary.


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Got everything wired up and workin today. From what I can tell the new fan is helping with temps. I let it idle and drive around enough today to verify that it will hold about 220 degrees. The sender is right at the water exit so it is the hottest point in the system. I also tried to epoxy a pinhole on the radiator tank....pretty sure it is still leaking a little but it slowed down and holds pressure. Gonna have to pull it after the next two runs and have it welded.


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