Anyone run electric fans? I haven't seen any sign of it using the search feature.
I live in the great white upper peninsula of Michigan. I don't need a fan most of the time (can you say "cold"?). I have a high volume fan and heavy duty clutch due to the fact it's a plow truck (you want a fan roar, I've got a fan roar enough to make the grass lay down under my box).
Why? Keep the truck cool when I need it. Save gas by not having the clutch one run so much. Better throttle response. More horsepower. Be able to turn it off if I park my truck up to the headlights in the water again. Easier to change belts. Easier on the water pump. More room. Won't have to take off the radiator shroud when swapping motors.
Anyone have pictures? Do you run dual fans? If so, how big? Will a pair of 16" ones fit? Did you modify the shroud?
How well do they hold up to being submersed?
What are my plans? I want to run two of them off an adjustable switch. A single high-volume one isn't enough for me. I see they're getting inexpensive, Perma-cool ones in the Summit catalog are ~$90 each. That'd be around $250 for a pair of fans and a thermal switch. They'd probably pay for themselves in about a year if I can get 1mpg out of them. If my truck will warm up more quickly in the morning that'd be a bonus. Even 1 minute would make a world of difference.
I figure since I'm postponing a lift until spring I'd spend my money on something else (hey, I've already got all the bushings I need--I'm getting there). A Lock-right for the front axle is still in the near future but I want something to get my gas mileage past 10mpg.