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Electric fan conversion

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

  1. May 27, 2009 at 5:52 PM
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    I'm more interested in the MPG gain, that's about it.... if I gain HP, cool. But MPG's are my #1 priority. I refuse to have a truck that gets 12mpg's when I'm done.
     
  2. May 28, 2009 at 3:17 AM
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    I installed the Camaro fans on my old S-10 with a flex-a-lite controler. I really didn't notice any HP or MPG gains. Like Chris said above, the mech fans have fluid couplings so don't drag you down when cooling is not needed. The main differences I found were a lot less noise(mostly lost the startup fan roar), better A/C performance in stop and go traffic on really H&H days, and much better access to the engine with a more compact shroud and no big honkin metal fan in the way. I wouldn't expect any significant mpg gains on a Tacoma. I liked the e-fan on my s-10 but I'm not planning to do one on my 09 Tacoma yet..... Maybe in a couple years depending on how the a/c works in the summers.
     
  3. May 28, 2009 at 4:30 AM
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    Good point Raylo. If you don't even get 1 MPG, it's probly not worth the time/money. I bet removing the mud flaps would do more!!
     
  4. May 28, 2009 at 8:13 AM
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    It's not that water will screw up the stock fan, but if it's running when you go through deep water say bye-bye to your radiator. :2cents: That is the advantage of being able to shut off the electric fan.
     
  5. May 28, 2009 at 1:55 PM
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    How do you figure? I have had vehicles COMPLETELY submerged, and they run just fine.....Never had a radiator problem....
     
  6. May 28, 2009 at 2:11 PM
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    If the fan (fan proper, not fan motor) is running during while it is submerged the blades tend to suck forward like a propeller, and often cut the soft aluminum radiator. More of a problem with metal fans, but you'd be surprised what those plastic fan blades can do.
     
  7. May 28, 2009 at 2:15 PM
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    Ok...Never had that happen, but it makes sense......
     
  8. Jul 19, 2009 at 11:10 PM
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    Not enough
    My old wiring harness/relay for the Electric fan went out....It had a radiator fin probe temp senser..

    My new one sitting on the floor....Is a THREAD-IN (3/8-18 NPT what ever the hell that is).........

    • Anyone use this instead of the Radiator fin probe type?
    • Where do I find this connection...manifold, radiator?
    • Can I make this work somehow?
    • Shouldn't this be a more reliable then the probe?

    Thanks
     
  9. Feb 23, 2013 at 9:24 PM
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    Thread revival. There's no reason the fans mentioned in here wouldn't work on a 2010 is there? I'm looking for it for the water crossing issue mentioned in here.
     
  10. Mar 25, 2015 at 10:54 PM
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    are there any better kits now? I was at a meet and was told there was a new bad ass dual kit for around the same price point and it is all olt on no modifications. Forgot the names and looking again as I type this.
     
  11. Mar 26, 2015 at 10:42 PM
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    I'm gonna be putting on a set of these before Moab......
     
  12. Mar 26, 2015 at 11:07 PM
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    'set' ? All I am able to find is a one fan kit. The ones linked. Or the FFDYNAMICS custom built to order kits.

    Do you have any installed pics so I can see? In an E-Fan kit, I prefer a 2 fan kit just in case of failure. Redundancy.
     
  13. Mar 26, 2015 at 11:46 PM
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    I went to the beach this spring break and did a little high speed offroading, and because I am 2WD it is important I keep in the gas. My engine temps went from the normal 185 to almost 205. Firstly, is this dangerous to the engine (or transmission? I can't monitor trans temps yet) and secondly do I need an electric fan to help with this? Or is $400 not worth keeping the engine that much cooler? Thanks.
     
  14. Mar 26, 2015 at 11:51 PM
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    I'm no expert. But the FFDYNAMICS people and I are emailing back and forth right now. they seem to genuinely want to get you the right gear. Check this out from them

     
  15. Mar 27, 2015 at 12:00 AM
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    Wow. That there is genuine concern. I appreciate that. Maybe I will e-mail them in the future but until I'm actually ready to blow $400 I don't want to waste their time. Especially if they're treating you like that.
     
  16. Mar 27, 2015 at 12:05 AM
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    I saw 200-300 on their site so far for an older taco
     
  17. Mar 27, 2015 at 12:06 AM
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  18. Mar 27, 2015 at 12:11 AM
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    Thank you. I think if I really want a solid solution to overheating engine temps offroad I would need to purchase a transmission cooler as well as an electric fan... IF that is what I need. I am having a hard time finding any information on the dangers of high engine temps offroad.
     
  19. Mar 27, 2015 at 12:22 AM
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    I would say in any off road environment, having a tranny cooler in addition to a better cooling fan system is key. Maintaining a cool engine and tranny will elongate the life of them and performance.

    Damn, your in TX too!

    I am no authority on the matter though.
     
  20. Mar 27, 2015 at 12:25 AM
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    I understand and agree it is key but I am just not sure if I can justify spending hundreds on the cooling components when I may only need them a couple of times per year, not to mention I already have 110K miles on my truck. Do you have any information on tranny coolers? I have had trouble finding info on those as well.
     
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