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whats better to do get a e fan or get a program

whats better to do for my next up grade a e fan or get a program? what are the gains on a efan on a 4.0 sohc and if any suggestions would be nice thanks
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do both... it only cost me 26 bucks with tax to do a e fan upgrade

just find a free fan off a p.o.s car . then buy the temp switch at the parts store there about $26 . and put it in. so far i did 2 and i have everything to do my 3rd one on my mazda. and every one i did it was only $26..
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I vote efan. Its typcially cheaper than a programmer depending on what fan and controller you go with, but it free's up power by reducing parasitic load and can help increase your mileage as well.
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Programmer hands down. I did the e-fan and felt no difference and no mpg change. Bought an xcal from bamachips and couldnt wipe the smile off my face.
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i vote programmer. i have no personal experience with the e-fan but the power and mileage gains, as well as the ability to adjust for tire size, gear ratio, change shift points, spark advance speed/ rev limiter as well as the ability to read trouble codes is well worth the money spent for the programmer IMO.
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what does a good programmer go for?
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programmer hands down.
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also, dont even consider a tuner for your ranger that isnt custom tuned, and as far as i know the SCT X-Cal is the only tuner avialable for the ranger with custom tunes, i may be wrong about that though. its been a few years so i dont remember what i payed for my X-Cal2 but i think it was around the $375-400 range but it was worth every penny.
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I've done e-fans a few of my trucks. I never noticed much of a gain (if any) in mpg nor power (that brick of a V6 will still feel like a brick), however, I have noticed one major negative effect: even with dual batteries and a 130a Explorer alternator and a 4 ga charging wire, it still doesn't like the fan. If you have anything else running with it (lights, stereo, ect) it will draw your system down. Of course, you only need to run your fan when stopped, so if you're always on the highway then its fine, but if you're stuck in stop-and-go traffic or crawling around offroad it sucks. Even with my previous 2 speed Taurus fan it still didn't pull anywhere near the same amount of air as a stock fan (and its a lot noisier). The only time I found that I liked it is cruising on the highway, you can get a little more top end power to pass (over 3000 rpm). I've only ever swapped mine to replace a worn out stock clutch fan, mostly because it was easier to do the e-fan swap and cheaper.. because I'm cheap and lazy.

I want to put a programmer on mine to try them out, just basic common sense would tell me that being able to set your engine parameters would do more than replacing a clutched fan that really doesn't draw a lot of power to begin with. LR
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if don't plan on running higher than 87 octane- don't think programmer worth it...also had bad luck with a jet handheld wiping my computer's memory...am in same position am enquiring about efans and/ or headers myself
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if don't plan on running higher than 87 octane- don't think programmer worth it...also had bad luck with a jet handheld wiping my computer's memory...am in same position am enquiring about efans and/ or headers myself
i disagree with that 100%, all i ever run is 87 in mine, i actually get the best mix of performance and mileage from the 87 tune. also, there is no comparison between the jet POS and an x-cal.
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was told 11hp on a 4.0 ohv running 93 octane so on 87 can't see how worth it.. granted was considering it for the ability to be able to run flex fuel..also depends if stick or auto imo, in my case stick so has less benefits in my case- if mine was auto would most likely already own one

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Programmer. E-fans are notoriously unreliable.
You will get a much better response from a programmer with an automatic trans, but either way it is a good improvement.
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I've done e-fans a few of my trucks. I never noticed much of a gain (if any) in mpg nor power (that brick of a V6 will still feel like a brick), however, I have noticed one major negative effect: even with dual batteries and a 130a Explorer alternator and a 4 ga charging wire, it still doesn't like the fan. If you have anything else running with it (lights, stereo, ect) it will draw your system down. Of course, you only need to run your fan when stopped, so if you're always on the highway then its fine, but if you're stuck in stop-and-go traffic or crawling around offroad it sucks. Even with my previous 2 speed Taurus fan it still didn't pull anywhere near the same amount of air as a stock fan (and its a lot noisier). The only time I found that I liked it is cruising on the highway, you can get a little more top end power to pass (over 3000 rpm). I've only ever swapped mine to replace a worn out stock clutch fan, mostly because it was easier to do the e-fan swap and cheaper.. because I'm cheap and lazy.

I want to put a programmer on mine to try them out, just basic common sense would tell me that being able to set your engine parameters would do more than replacing a clutched fan that really doesn't draw a lot of power to begin with. LR
have you ever ran the Spal controller V3 on any thing it a PWM (Pulse-width modulation unit) which should be a lot better because its not just on or off if anyone has a comments on the Spal V3 i would love to hear them
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I've never run any controllers. I am a simple backwards hillbilly who avoids technology when I can Its even amazing that I tolerate my computer and fuel injected truck.. I'm lazy and hate carbs lol.

I want to try a controller on my '09 and see how it works. LR
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