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Unread 02-05-2014, 06:18 PM   #1
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Electric Fan Conversion

For those of you running electric fans on your TJ's, what kind if setup do you have?

I was thinking just a universal fan and temp probe but are there better solutions that aren't a fortune?

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Unread 02-05-2014, 06:46 PM   #2
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If that's the setup you are going to use, don't even bother. I have a Volvo fan with a delta current controls controller on mine and it works great, but that controller is not cheap.
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Unread 02-05-2014, 08:37 PM   #3
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For those of you running electric fans on your TJ's, what kind if setup do you have?

I was thinking just a universal fan and temp probe but are there better solutions that aren't a fortune?
Keep the OEM fan cooling setup... IMO
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Unread 02-05-2014, 08:52 PM   #4
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Stick with the OEM or spend the money on a nice setup.
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Unread 02-06-2014, 08:37 AM   #5
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For those of you running electric fans on your TJ's, what kind if setup do you have?

I was thinking just a universal fan and temp probe but are there better solutions that aren't a fortune?
Why, it's not going to cool any better than stock.
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Unread 02-06-2014, 08:54 AM   #6
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I put a Ford Taurus fan in my last Jeep (03 Rubicon).
I picked up a junkyard fan and shroud which turned out it had a bad motor. I bought a new motor for the JY shroud, picked up a nice controller with a temp sensor that I installed in the thermostat housing after drilling and tapping for the proper pipe thread.
I probably had the parts for 6 months before finally installing them and was pretty excited about the perceived better cooling along with increased power and mileage increase.

I remember I completed the install on a Monday evening and the following Thursday ripped it all out and went back to stock.
Complete waste of time and money.
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Unread 02-06-2014, 09:21 AM   #7
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I put a Ford Taurus fan in my last Jeep (03 Rubicon).
I picked up a junkyard fan and shroud which turned out it had a bad motor. I bought a new motor for the JY shroud, picked up a nice controller with a temp sensor that I installed in the thermostat housing after drilling and tapping for the proper pipe thread.
I probably had the parts for 6 months before finally installing them and was pretty excited about the perceived better cooling along with increased power and mileage increase.

I remember I completed the install on a Monday evening and the following Thursday ripped it all out and went back to stock.
Complete waste of time and money.
What was it you didn't like about it? Ive been running one for almost ten years now with no problems.
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Unread 02-06-2014, 09:40 AM   #8
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One reason I have read about for installing an electric fan that makes sense is for use in combination with a snorkel.

The electric fan can be shut off when making a deep water crossing whereas the stock belt driven one cannot.

So, got snorkel?
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Unread 02-06-2014, 09:51 AM   #9
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It's wet up here and we get into a lot of deeper water, mud, and occasional beaver dam. I want the option to shut it off.

I'm not that worried about it cooling better...I'm in Vermont and it's rare we see temps above 90.

I'm also doing away with my AC compressor...I'd like to free up as much power and do away with anything mechanical constantly running.
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It's wet up here and we get into a lot of deeper water, mud, and occasional beaver dam. I want the option to shut it off.

I'm not that worried about it cooling better...I'm in Vermont and it's rare we see temps above 90. I'm also doing away with my AC compressor...I'd like to free up as much power and do away with anything mechanical constantly running.
I wish it were that way here. Water crossings are the only reason to go electric. So, I wish you luck.
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Unread 02-06-2014, 11:11 AM   #11
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I've seen a few people do the conversion using the fans from a cherokee and a temp probe.

Any insight on going that route?
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Unread 02-06-2014, 11:16 AM   #12
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I've run electric for a lot years because I have no choice. My diff hits the bladed fan at full bump, so I had to install an electric to make room.

If I could, I would go back to mechanical all day long. Keeping simple and low maintenance.
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Unread 02-06-2014, 11:22 AM   #13
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I've got the Novak Radlock with shrouded fan. Wired it in with a 3 way switch. I can manually activate it, let the PCM control it or kill it in heavy miss/water.
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Unread 02-06-2014, 12:10 PM   #14
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what pcm is controlling the e-fan? your jeep pcm?

to the OP. i have a american eagle radiator with a flex a lite fan with a simple probe and a manual cutoff switch, above 40, its always switched off. this june will be a year with it, no problems.
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Unread 02-06-2014, 01:54 PM   #15
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No, I've got a 6.0 LS in mine now.
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