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Electric fan conversion

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas' started by FL4x4Taco, May 26, 2009.

  1. May 26, 2009 at 5:15 PM
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    FL4x4Taco

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    Anyone done a Electric fan conversion on the 05+ 4.0V6? On my old early 90's 3.0 I did the Ford SHO 2 speed Electric fan with a flexalite controler box, one of the best mods I ever did. However, I'd like to have something in a kit, with all new parts and not have to fab everything, bolt on ya know. so if I sell the truck in a few yrs I can slap the OEM fan/clutch back on. No permanent mods to this truck (drilling, welding etc). I see Flexalite makes an actual kit for our truck. has anyone done this kit? are there any other kits available?
     
  2. May 26, 2009 at 7:37 PM
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  3. May 26, 2009 at 7:42 PM
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    wat?
  4. May 26, 2009 at 7:45 PM
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    yep comes with thermostat and the aluminum coolant reservoir to take place of the plastic one.
     
  5. May 26, 2009 at 7:47 PM
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    sweet....was an available mod for my 2.2L s-10 that i never got around to doing
     
  6. May 26, 2009 at 7:51 PM
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    do you guys think the horsepower gain is worth the 400 bucks?
     
  7. May 26, 2009 at 7:53 PM
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    will that kit work for the 4cyl as well?
     
  8. May 26, 2009 at 8:01 PM
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    I think two guys on ttora have electric fans

    if it's like on my older car, it gives quite a lot more power (when the fan runs only of course)
     
  9. May 26, 2009 at 8:45 PM
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    Nothing special at the moment just a K&N air filter.
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    Hell, how often does the fan actually run on our trucks? I rarely ever notice it on except for on startup.
     
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    dang, $400. that's up there. at 1mpg gain it'll take a while to pay that back. I paid $30 for the SHO 2 speed fan which could cool a freight train, and like $100 for the controller. Might be going that route again....
     
  12. May 27, 2009 at 12:20 AM
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    Now how well do electric fans hold up. Like for off roading through mud and water.
     
  13. May 27, 2009 at 12:24 AM
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    I never had an issue with them on my last rig, which was a SAS'd daily driver. Everything has to make $sense$. No way I'm going to spend 4hrs + on this kit, or putting one together, messing with my warranty, make the the truck less reliable all for 10HP/1mpg. Hence like I said I'd put my SHO kit on for $130, but i'm not spending $400.
     
  14. May 27, 2009 at 12:33 AM
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    Yea im really not planning on doing this when i could spend $350 on a AFE cold air intake instead.
     
  15. May 27, 2009 at 2:57 AM
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    For off roading and river crossing get a flex-a-lite controller. The one I got for my old Chevy S-10 e-fan conversion had a terminal to connect a dash switch that could be used to make sure the fan stayed off during water crossings. Also, I have no idea if they will fit on a Tacoma or what kind of fabbing it would take, but the GM f-body (Camaro/Firebird) dual fan assembly was a great e-fan conversion for S-10s. Plenty of cooling power, not too noisy, and somewhat available at bone yards. Might be worth a look....
     
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    the single SHO fan was awsome. 2 speed German motor, Bosch I believe. It kept my 3.0 cool in the FL summer when I was running WOT in sand pits for miles and miles long. I had tried 2 other fans from boneyard cars and they SUCKED. and I like the idea of the Fbody Fan kit.... but those are rare in my area's boneyards. And I doubt the motors are German. I used to sell a lot of those motors when I worked parts. I guess it's either the $400 Flex-a-lite kit or piece one together.... dang it.
     
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    I stumbled upon that guy's write up a few nights ago. To much Fab... Uh, Might actually break down and buy the dang Flex-a-lite kit. I just hope the quality is there for that price. I like OEM quality. I'm scared of aftermarket parts, that's why I like making another OEM part fit.
     
  19. May 27, 2009 at 5:37 PM
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    Yeah, I just love that I can switch on the fan to where it'll run full blast to cool the engine down. I had my sisters nissan Xterra overheat on me while I was evacuating for hurricane Rita. I was lucky and saw the gauge and was able to cool it down before it blew. Ever since then, I've been kinda weary... and no I didn't have the air conditioner on at the time! haha
     
  20. May 27, 2009 at 5:44 PM
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    Not much of a HP gain....The OEM fan has a fluid coupling, and doesnt draw too much power, until its enguaged. Nice thing about the OEM fan, water wont screw it up.
     
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