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Top ways to cool your engine?????????

This heat down in GA can be hell on engines
is there any good ways to cool them and get the heat way from the engine, with out killin your wallet
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4.0 radiator

my 2.9 has a rebuilt top end(did it myself) new thermostat and newish radiator, and it mostly stays below the N in NORMAL unless I try to take off quick or don't shift when I usually do
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Low temp thermostat and make sure your fan clutch is good. The stock thermostat is 190. I run a Failsafe 180 degree thermostat and it helps. They also make a 160 degree one.
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Low temp thermostat and make sure your fan clutch is good.
are thos flex-a-lite fans good, the ones that you don't need a fan clutch and it suspositly cools more the faster your engine goes, I had one for my supra but I never put it on and I've been wondering ever since..my guess is its lould and doesn't work as good as the normal fan
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you can get a 4 core radiator from a 4.0 exploder. that will double the cooling over your stock radiator.
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are thos flex-a-lite fans good, the ones that you don't need a fan clutch and it suspositly cools more the faster your engine goes, I had one for my supra but I never put it on and I've been wondering ever since..my guess is its lould and doesn't work as good as the normal fan
Never tried one. I would go with a efan if I were going to mod my truck at all.
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you can get a 4 core radiator from a 4.0 exploder. that will double the cooling over your stock radiator.
yeah but will it fit or will it be a bich to put in
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you can get a 4 core radiator from a 4.0 exploder. that will double the cooling over your stock radiator.
o and what year model
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A open hood (i.e. Cowl Induction, Ram-Air) will help keep the underhood temps down a bit.

You can also try a additive like Purple Ice. I put that in two trucks, my 97 and my dads 98. No difference at all in my Dads truck, and for mine, it takes a little longer to get to running temp (+/- 15 min extra) and it keeps it a little cooler. Maybe 5 or 10*.
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screw efans. Nothing but bad experiece on my end with them on my ranger.




You could always take out your inner fenders... or at least the flappy gap gaurd thingys attached to the inner fender.
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yeah but will it fit or will it be a bich to put in
i just put one in my 93 before i sold it. the ranger radiators havent changed much over the years. hell im quit sure i could take the one out of my old 86 2.9 V6 and put it in my 2001. i paid $40 for the exploder radiator from a junkyard and compaired it to the stock one before i installed it
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screw efans. Nothing but bad experiece on my end with them on my ranger.
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You could always take out your inner fenders... or at least the flappy gap gaurd thingys attached to the inner fender.
if you take out the inner fender and the wheels are exposed to the engine bay wont it get really dirty and during rain get your engine bay all wet...doesn't seem like a good trade off even though my engine bay isn't super clean
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i just put one in my 93 before i sold it. the ranger radiators havent changed much over the years. hell im quit sure i could take the one out of my old 86 2.9 V6 and put it in my 2001. i paid $40 for the exploder radiator from a junkyard and compaired it to the stock one before i installed it
Are the necks in the same place? Or do you need to make some hoses up?
Might be interested in putting on in my truck.
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Are the necks in the same place?
Might be interested in putting on in my truck.
the necks are in the same place but they were angled different but i had no problem getting the hoses on it.
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if you take out the inner fender and the wheels are exposed to the engine bay wont it get really dirty and during rain get your engine bay all wet...doesn't seem like a good trade off even though my engine bay isn't super clean
I understand the portion of the country the OP is at, gets pretty damn hot and not wet in the summer.
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if you take out the inner fender and the wheels are exposed to the engine bay wont it get really dirty and during rain get your engine bay all wet...doesn't seem like a good trade off even though my engine bay isn't super clean
your engine bay gets wet regardless of having those fender aprons, i have them and my enginebay gets wet when it rains or when i used to poser offroad before i dropped my truck
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No-body has mentioned what year radiator from the Explorer should we be looking for. thanks
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screw efans. Nothing but bad experiece on my end with them on my ranger.




You could always take out your inner fenders... or at least the flappy gap gaurd thingys attached to the inner fender.
thats not a bad idea man...the truck doesnt see offroad hahahaha STX ..yeah no offroad
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No-body has mentioned what year radiator from the Explorer should we be looking for. thanks
good point ...
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prolly anywhere from 94 on
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if ford removed one of those inner guards then you know its fine... proved that it reduced engine heat when they tested these trucks in the dessert...
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i live in florida drive fast with your heat on thats cheap ( unless you get a fast driving award)
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