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Old 09-24-2010, 02:34 PM   #21 (permalink)
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If you know the coolant temp that turns the fans on you should aim to have enough flow to stay below that at all times when on the highway. For example on a 95F day cruising at 65-75mph going up and down hills my ECT will move between 197 and 204F the thermostat is a 195F. If I stay in that range my fans will never turn on when moving since the fan turn on temp is set to 212F.

One thing you will need to watch out for is Air intake temp as some cars have a fan turn on temp for that also on my car the turn on temp for that is 122F. So if it gets to hot at the intake or the sensor gets heat soaked showing high temps it can cause the fan to turn on.

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Old 09-24-2010, 11:37 PM   #22 (permalink)
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I did a bit of an extreme hot air intake on my Max last week, and with our normal driving, it wasn't a big deal, but after driving it more than the normal ~10 miles the intake air temp rose precariously close to the water temp (maxed about 150') so I adjusted it to simply warn the air a bit. The engine didn't sound too happy to be pulling in that hot of air.

I hadn't considered how much air would be needed for the fans to work properly, sadly though my physics math is a bit, um, nonexistant. But it would seem opening the under belly pan under the front bumper would be sufficient to allow air in without needing to cause the aero drag of the front openings.

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