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cooling upgrades?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by KGsK5, Dec 24, 2006.

  1. KGsK5

    KGsK5 1/2 ton status

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    hey guys, ive done a bit of searching on this topic but havent really found exactly what i need to answer my questions.

    i want to upgrade the cooling on my K5... thinking dual electric fans and possibly a new rad.

    after some searching i found that some people like the electric fans and others dont. what are some pros and cons?

    if i do go electric whats the simplest way to go? windstar? i dont really want to spend a whole lot here if i dont have to. could probable get one from a yard for next to nothing.

    im thinking that i would wire it up with a switch and not have it come on automatically. is there anythign wrong with this, besides forgetting to turn it on?

    also, any recomendations on a new radiator? is it necessary? im not sure of the condition of mine. what are you guys running?

    thanks and merry christmas
     
  2. roadnotca

    roadnotca 3/4 ton status

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    Yes, Merry Christmas. Reply with some specs on your rig, and how its running, and you'll get some good and accurate input.:xmas:
     
  3. supersize75k5

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    also..


    I live in az, and mine wont go over 180 no matter what, I have a crazy factory fan that pulls some serious air,


    are you having cooling problems?
     
  4. KGsK5

    KGsK5 1/2 ton status

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    like the sig says... its a 6.2 L diesel. im not sure how accurate my temp guage is but it shows a reading of 190-200* most of the time.

    i wouldnt mind getting this down a little bit or just being able to ensure that it doesnt go any higher. maybe a new t stat is in order too.

    the added hp of going to electric wouldnt hurt much either from what i have read.
     
  5. MaxPF

    MaxPF 1/2 ton status

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    Your temps are fine. If you really want it cooler, start by changing to a lower temp stat. Seriously though, that is a good operating temp range for any engine, diesel or gas. Keep it under 210-220 and you're fine. I think a lot of folks go a bit overboard trying to get their engines to run too cool. They need to be good and warm (180-210) to run most efficiently.
     
  6. KGsK5

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    what about the hp gains by removing the belt driven fan? is it enough to make it worth it?
     

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