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electric cooling fans

hi everyone im new hear. i have a 1987 ford ranger xlt with the 2.9 v6. my clutch fan has had it and im thinking about switching to an electric fan. i was looking at a Flex-a-lite 40 Electra-Fan II. witch says its for a Ranger or Bronco II. i was wondering if anyone has used one or if any one knows of a better fan. please let me know everything you know Thanks and very cool site everyone
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I had an 85 ranger w/2.9 5spd. I put some junkyard 16" e-fan on mine w/ an aftermarket auto cutoff switch i bought from advanced auto. Never had any overheat issues even here in fl w/100+ temps, but my engine ran so cool that in cold temps i had to put cardboard in front of the radiator to get lukewarm air in the cab. Btw my truck did not have factory a/c.hope this helps.
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i went to my local parts source (canada) and bought a standard electric single speed fan and adjustable controller. it has a probe that goes into the radiator fins at the rad inlet and it is adjustable to turn the fan on at what ever temp you set. been running this set up for almost a year with no problems. i think it cost me around $130
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E-fan is one of those topics people hate. LOL

if done properly, they are 10x better then a clutch fan. someone who says otherwise is a fool.

with this said, i like my topaz fan, but any v6-v8 E fan will work.
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taurus 2-speed fan...like 06RangerXLT said...IF DONE PROPERLY...you cant just wire up the fan to a toggle....you need relays and temp sensor, Ive been running my taurus fan for 2-3yrs now, no problems. Im running heavy duty wiring, relays, breakers and a reliable temp sensor. Ive got about $200 into my fan including relays, wire, sensor and new fan motor

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yes, remember that wire under load and heat, handles less. im runing 10 guage power wire, 2 relays and a adjustable temp sensor. about 9 months in, only issue i had was the main power wire w/ fuse overheating, melting the glass fuse. Upgraded that and no troubles.

my system is fully self sufficent, i dont touch a thing on it. it cycles with AC, and it runs on high, with a ac cut off during high.
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mines a 2 relay setup...LO is on a temp switch and HI is manually activated. I have a 3 position toggle ON-OFF-ON (AUTO-OFF-HIGH). I never found it necessary to run HIGH with AC on and didnt want the fan on at highway speeds if the AC was running.

So around town its always on AUTO...At highway speeds I turn it off...Only use HIGH when im idling for long periods with the AC on.

Nathan, could you post a diagram of ur setup? Would like to see how you wired it up
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i can explain it, i dont have a drawling.

temp sensor into radiator, hooked up to turn on with key then to high relay coil to turn on high speed when too hot. (also touches AC radiator, so it can kick to high if not enough)

AC pump to low relay coil to power low speed when ac pump cycles

positive power to high relay, then through to low relay.

high relay to fan high, low relay to fan low.

When truck is running, power goes through high relay to low. if AC cycles, low relay turns on with AC pump and fan low speed. If truck gets too hot while on low, high relay is activated (temp sensor), removing power from low and applying high speed power (same thing happens if ac isnt on). When it cools down it returns power to low relay to cycle if needed with pump.

if the truck is off all relays drop to off and no power goes to the fan.

basically removing any need to remember a switch, and it does the thinking for itself based on temps you set, and the AC pump.

I will be refining the system in the spring, and making a shroud for the fan to pull tons more air. I dont mind if it runs at highway, it doesnt bother me at all.

if that doesnt make sense ill draw something
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Heres mine. forgot the dual 30amp fuses off the battery terminal

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got it...my setup is completely independent of each other minus the toggle switch. Did that just in case a relay crapped out on me, I could still run the other one but so far theyve held up...might use a version of ur setup but with a toggle so I can turn the system off at hwy speeds...no real need for it then.

Thanks for sharing! I'll look for mine....I know I posted it here...its just been a while
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