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Opinions on cooling fan possibilities for 83 EA81T wagon with 3" lift kit
Posted 07 June 2004 - 11:53 PM
Option A: I use the stock clutch fan on the water pump.
Downside #1 is it is 3" lower than stock and requires that I do some moving of the wiring loom and maybe chop a little bit out of the front radiator support along the bottom edge of the car.
Downside #2 is also that the fan runs continually even during water crossings but I dont know that I will be doing much of that anyway.
Plus # 1 is that it turns as fast as the engine does and runs all the time.
Plus # 2 is I dont really have to buy anything
Option B: Put an electric fan on it.
I do gain the fan blowing directly on the radiator but I have to use a very thin fan as it needs to clear the PS pump and the AC compressor pulser and bracket. Will it push as much air as the clutch fan?
Downside: Seems servicing the belts will be harder with this setup. Right now the fans I have are not going to work; they are too wide. I tried the 84 Ea81 carb model AC fan and it has 3 brackets that secure it to the radiator and these are interfering with the pulser AND the powersteering pump reservoir. I managed to make it work with the pulser but barely and I am not 100 percent sure of its worthyness and now the PS reservoir is hitting a bracket too.....
Ideas? Anybody know what was done on the Mudrat lifted Silver wagon? (closest thing to mine out there).
ea82T experts chime in too Im sure some of this is the same.
Posted 08 June 2004 - 06:49 AM
Posted 08 June 2004 - 11:48 AM
The lift lifts the body but not the engine so you have a situation where the engine is no longer lined up with the things it normally does. The space between the engine and the radiator fans on an unlifted ea81T car is pretty tight as it is.
Posted 08 June 2004 - 12:40 PM
Posted 08 June 2004 - 01:59 PM
My buddy just turbo'd his 86 VW Scirocco with a Saab 900 turbo. He also pulled the radiator and the dual electric fans with it. He showed me the radiator and fans the other day and WOW, these fans are heavy duty!!! They are made of plastic BUT they are thick and heavy, great for any sort of off-road use. Just a though:D
Posted 08 June 2004 - 02:36 PM
all i can say is if you modify the front end, make sure the wiring harness wont melt on the exhaust cross pipe! anyway that is what killed mine.
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