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Last time I checked the taurus e-fan can more than double the output of the clutch fan, but of course that is on high.

Also for gas mileage, I haven't measured it since I put it on. So when I fill up I'll tell you.
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look any one on here can do whatever they want to their trucks. but i'm on the side of mechanical fans. anyone can say whatever they want, but the FACT is that there is a lot less that can go wrong with a mechanical fan, they push more air, and ford never put one on a ranger stock for the sole purpose of cooling the motor (they have put them in in addition to the mechanical fan, they come on with the a/c).
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Ford did put them in Rangers stock, some of the 2.3s had them. Electric fans can push just as much and more air, obviously you've never seen a Taurus fan on high before.
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My $.02 for the OP, MPS01R6.

A coworker runs his 96? 2.3 Ranger with no fan.

None, nada, uninstalled, removed, simply not there since Fall. Does it every year.

All his driving is rural, he hits ONE stoplight coming to work to make the left turn into work. His other light is a right turn on red out in the boondocks, if he goes that way. So he never sits and idles for long. Even so, his temp never gets anywhere near overheating. He'll be reinstalling it for the summer so his AC will work properly.

My point is simple. Take your fan off and drive it. See if it frees up enough "seat of the pants HP" to make an E-fan worthwhile to you. My guess is you'll stay stock.

The coworker claims he gained about 2 mpg with no fan.
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My $.02 for the OP, MPS01R6.

A coworker runs his 96? 2.3 Ranger with no fan.

None, nada, uninstalled, removed, simply not there since Fall. Does it every year.

All his driving is rural, he hits ONE stoplight coming to work to make the left turn into work. His other light is a right turn on red out in the boondocks, if he goes that way. So he never sits and idles for long. Even so, his temp never gets anywhere near overheating. He'll be reinstalling it for the summer so his AC will work properly.

My point is simple. Take your fan off and drive it. See if it frees up enough "seat of the pants HP" to make an E-fan worthwhile to you. My guess is you'll stay stock.

The coworker claims he gained about 2 mpg with no fan.
Does your co-worker know that the AC compressor runs with heat/defrost?
He may end up loosing some freon, due to high head pressure.
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Yep, we talked about that waaay back when. He looked at me like I had three heads then talked down to me saying his compressor connector is tied back most of the year.

I bet he only runs the ac if his wife makes him. I'm sure he would have removed the belt if it weren't a serpentine.

Runs 40+ psi in his tires too.
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Yep, we talked about that waaay back when. He looked at me like I had three heads then talked down to me saying his compressor connector is tied back most of the year.

I bet he only runs the ac if his wife makes him. I'm sure he would have removed the belt if it weren't a serpentine.

Runs 40+ psi in his tires too.
Sounds like he will be buying a compressor before too much longer....
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[QUOTE=04blackedge;1264513]Ford did put them in Rangers stock, some of the 2.3s had them. [QUOTE]

ya in combination with a mechanical fan. and don't take this as gospel, i only searched for a couple minutes on google, but the taurus fan is supposed to pull something like 3800CFM while a fully locked mechanical fan can pull upwards of 10k CFM.

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Last time I checked the taurus e-fan can more than double the output of the clutch fan, but of course that is on high.

Also for gas mileage, I haven't measured it since I put it on. So when I fill up I'll tell you.
yeah let me know what you find out. thanks again
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My $.02 for the OP, MPS01R6.

A coworker runs his 96? 2.3 Ranger with no fan.

None, nada, uninstalled, removed, simply not there since Fall. Does it every year.

All his driving is rural, he hits ONE stoplight coming to work to make the left turn into work. His other light is a right turn on red out in the boondocks, if he goes that way. So he never sits and idles for long. Even so, his temp never gets anywhere near overheating. He'll be reinstalling it for the summer so his AC will work properly.

My point is simple. Take your fan off and drive it. See if it frees up enough "seat of the pants HP" to make an E-fan worthwhile to you. My guess is you'll stay stock.

The coworker claims he gained about 2 mpg with no fan.
this is a good idea!! i will have to try this out and that will give me a good understanding on how much more power that i will get, and therefore let me know if it is worth the trouble.

i will agree that mechanical is more reliable then electrical.(even though every new car, unless its a truck, has a electric fan stock) the fan clutch on my truck was replaced for the first time at 175K and it still worked, the only reason that i changed it was because i did a entire cooling system overhaul and i did not want to leave anything that was questionable in there.

the only reason that i was considering doing a efan is because i also have a 1984 mustang 5.0 and it had a mechanical fan stock. so when i replaced it with a efan i gained a noticable amount of power. but that is a weekend only car and i dont have to worry about its reliablity too much like i do with my daily driver (the ranger).
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I filled up this morning and thought the pump had popped off early but it haden't and I averaged it and I did 26mpg but half of that being non-normal highway driving (although it was crazy wind which would reduce mpg), I'll probably have to fill up tomorrow or before monday as I'm heading back to the beach and did 200 miles today pretty much all highway (but again with crazy wind that was slowing me down a lot, so all highway numbers soon.
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cool thanks for the information..... let me know about those highway numbers. in your opinion would doing a efan be worth the headache?
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Switching to an electric fan is far more efficient, will free up some horsepower, make your A/C run colder, and increase gas mileage! What's not to like?
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Sorry, got to drag this thread up, if only to address the CFM point of mechanical fans and electric fans.

1) Mechanical fans will only spin as fast as the shaft they're attached to, and that is limited by the engine speed.

2) You're primarily going to need the engine cooling fan when idling or the engine speed is low - an electric fan will be more efficient and able to run faster (higher CFM) during this time.

From the testing doctrine for a clutched fan, i don't believe it fully locks up, even if it does, you're still limited by engine speed, so long as you're doing 6000 RPM you're good
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