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gina
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4/20/2003
10:58:05

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97 5spd 5.2l v8 reg cab dak 2x4
i want to remove this "clutch" fan, where is it? also is gettin a shorter belt and not running it on the ac actually do something? thanks



franlofter
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4/20/2003
12:42:43

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Getting a shorter belt and not running it on ac will do something, give you a hot cab in the summer, I think you get a little Hp gain not much I used to do that when i was a kid but now at 40 and living in AZ I need my AC. the cluch fan i think might be a better option.



Evil-Doer
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4/20/2003
15:12:26

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The clutch fan is located on the front of the motor and is belt driven. Removing it frees up a little horsepower that would have otherwise been used to turn the fan.

Don't remove it unless you have an electric fan on your radiator.

Same with the accessories like air cond compressor, alternator, power steering, etc. Some drivers bypass these at the track with a shorter belt to free up a little extra power.

I'd consider that a 'track only' mod unless you can live without your A/C, which I doubt really uses much power unless it's on.

BTW, when you run your defroster, your A/C compressor is engaged, so turn off the defroster when you want a little extra oomph.



Fubar512
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4/20/2003
15:12:55

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Gina, I believe you meant that you want to remove the engine driven cooling fan, which is a clutch fan.

Replacing it with an electric fan, such as a Flexalite Black Magic 150, will net you about 5-10 HP.

Click this link
to see what's involved in mounting a Black Magic 150, on a Dak.


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franlofter
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4/20/2003
16:08:26

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I was thinking about removing my Clutch fan but I am worried about overheating, Anyone done this in Hot AZ got through summer with only electric fan?? What if Electric fan fails Kinda risky in my opinion just for a few HP gain.



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4/20/2003
19:35:55

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I removed my clutch fan in june 2002, a couple months after i got my truck and it never goes over the half way mark. i live in Phoenix with the air on the elec. fan comes on when you turn on the a.c. I will however be putting the clutch fan back on since i just finished my turbo project saturday im kinda scared to run without it it gets a little hotter with the turbo franlofter where are you in az?

4.7 liter
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franlofter
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4/21/2003
10:01:45

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I am in peoria, did you notice any more power from no fan??



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4/21/2003
13:59:30

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franlofter,
to tell you the truth i didnt see a whole lot of gain. it reved a little quicker but not noticable try it. take it off drive it if no change then put it back on it only takes like 5 minutes with the turbo im not risking overheating with the added power i dont think i will see a big difference form it being installed. i live in P.V.



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