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post #1 of (permalink) Old 01-27-2001, 09:32 PM
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Fan Clutch Question

While I was down there in Mexico some fellow off-roaders took me to task for having a bad fan clutch. So I've been shopping around Phoenix and only Pep Boys has a fan clutch and they want $138 for it. The same part # is on carparts.com for $78. What are my alternatives in this situation and am I facing possible imminent disaster by tweaking off the fan and ruining the rad? (Ignorance has been bliss!)

By the way, here's a totally unrelated Zuki Note: The Rocky Point Mexican cops PREFER '87-'88 Zukis for their beach patrols. They recently got a chance to "upgrade" when the new mayor was elected but chose to remain with their old Zukis. Cool!

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For about two years after I bought my Samurai I had nothing but troubles from numerous different new and used fan clutches. I threw those pieces of junk out and got an electric fan. At first I had an electronic thermostat, but it didn't hold up to the first water crossing. I replaced it with a mechanical adjustable thermostat, and I haven't had a bit of problems in the last 5 years. The 12-inch fan pulls much more air than the stock fan clutch could, and best of all, it does it reliably.

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do you happen to know the part # you used or what you got them off of thnx

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Thanks for your reply and yes, here is the part #. It's a Beck Arnley # 130-0138. Pepe Boys uses teh same brand and part number as carparts.com with "only" a $60 price diff.

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i did the same thing i put the electric fan right in the shroud where the old fan would have been sticking through fit like a glove with a little bit of pop rivets

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i guess i asked wroung i was looking for the electric fan part # and were to get it. sorry

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I went with the 12" elec fan with a manual switch to shut it off when the water is over 4'.I've busted several stock fans in the water.No problems since.If I remember right the elec fan cost about 55.00 and it came with all the wire to connect it.Some advertise that your hp will improve.

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Geoff, Thanks for that note earlier in this thread. Would you mind recommending a specific part # for that 12 inch fan and the mechanical thermostat? Myself and at least one other poster sure would appreciate it! THANKS for your consistent help and wise insights. John P. in Rimrock, Arizona.

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Re: Fan Clutch Question/note to Geoff Beasley

Sorry bud, I can't give you a specific part number, or even a brand name. It was 5 years ago that installed that fan!

I'll tell you what though, all I did was go to my local auto parts store and picked up both the fan and the thermostat. As I said, don't bother wasting any money on an electronic thermostat. A mechanical one is much more reliable. You can also wire it with a 3-way switch to manually override the automatic operation of the thermostat, either on or off.

If you can't find a fan or thermostat at a reasonable price locally, you can order them from J.C. Whitney. A 14-inch fan fits, but a 12-inch gives better clearance at the water pump pulley. Make sure you mount the fan very securely to the radiator, but don't damage the radiator fins. My fan has 4 mounting holes in the shroud, so two of them I bolted through holes that I drilled in the flat metal at the side of the radiator, and the other two I mounted with the supplied hardware that pushes through the radiator fins. If you don't mount the fan securely, it'll blow in the wind and chew up the radiator fins.

After removing the stock fan clutch, you can "double-nut" the four water pump studs to remove them and replace them with some regular bolts. This will give you another 1/2-inch of clearance. Also, remember to remove the stock fan shroud. You won't need it with an electric fan because it should have its own shroud. It really frees up a lot more room to work on the front of your engine!

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Re: Fan Clutch Question/note to Geoff Beasley

Is there a "junkyard equivilent for this fan? Does a sidekick or tracker have one that will pretty much bolt in? I really want an electric fan, but here in backwardville, the autoparts stores don't know much or carry much for them "foriegn jobbies"(spits out some terbacca juice after saying this).

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