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Old March 24th, 2014, 01:03 PM   #1
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Default Suggestions for mounting electric fans to the radiator?

I'm putting electric fans on my Ram. Looking for suggestions to how to mount them on the engine compartment side of the radiator that are not hack, yet simple. Looking at it, I could run 2 pieces of flat steel across the radiator to each of the upper and lower points where the shroud bolts to the tanks. I know I've seen some sort of system that mounts through the radiator, similar to a zip tie. Anyone ever use that setup? How did you like it? Did it mount the fan tight to the radiator, or was there a little gap? Thanks!
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Old March 24th, 2014, 01:13 PM   #2
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I would not use the zip tie type. If it has a shroud built into the fan then verticle bars can work but if not then a shroud that covers the whole radiator is best, mounted to the radiator.
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Old March 24th, 2014, 01:44 PM   #3
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I agree. The shroud should provide some spacing of the fan from the radiator so you don't eventually rub through the tubes and fins.
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The standard thru the fin plastic ties have a foam spacer to go between the 2 pieces. I know no one likes them but I have never had anything rub through............. except when a dumbass (me ) lets a hose clamp rub against a tube.
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Thanks for the info guys. I'm probably going to go with the steel brackets bolted to the shroud mounts on the tanks. That will give me about 1/2 to 3/4 inch gap between the fans and radiator. Wasn't sure about the plastic tie method, just know that I've seen it and wondered if anyone ran it.
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I've always used the zip tie strips with the insulator. They need to be tight though, or they will fatigue and break.
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Screw those zip tie thingies! After doing a sweet wheelie with my jeep the front end came down and the fan ejected off from the radiator and landed on the moving belts. Now I have to buy a new fan.
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or stop doing wheelies.........
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or stop doing wheelies.........

Why on earth would you want to stop doing wheelies?
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Why on earth would you want to stop doing wheelies?
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