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FloJoe
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From: Port Orange, FL, USA
Registered: Dec 2000

posted 08-07-2002 01:18 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for FloJoe   Click Here to Email FloJoe     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Im thinking about purchasing a 10,000 RPM flex fan from flex-a-lite. Anyone heard anything about them? Has anyone used them, and what spacer did you use?

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Joe Fields
68 Fastback 289ci bored .030 over
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Hemikiller
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From: Clinton, CT
Registered: Feb 2002

posted 08-07-2002 07:26 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hemikiller   Click Here to Email Hemikiller     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My opinion:

It's like having a noisy spinning razor blade in front of your motor.

Go electric, and you'll never regret it.

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Moneymaker
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From: Lyons, IL, USA
Registered: May 99

posted 08-07-2002 10:55 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Moneymaker   Click Here to Email Moneymaker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I like the flex fans on street cars. They will never burn out or fail. Spacer thickness will depend on what you are currently using. IE: clutch fan or regular.

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FloJoe
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From: Port Orange, FL, USA
Registered: Dec 2000

posted 08-07-2002 12:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for FloJoe   Click Here to Email FloJoe     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Moneymaker:
I like the flex fans on street cars. They will never burn out or fail. Spacer thickness will depend on what you are currently using. IE: clutch fan or regular.



It appears that I have the stock setup from 68.

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Joe Fields
68 Fastback 289ci bored .030 over
C-4
"If it wasn't for pick-pockets I'd have no sex life at all."
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skips69
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Posts: 274
From: Catlin, IL USA
Registered: Mar 2001

posted 08-07-2002 01:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for skips69   Click Here to Email skips69     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have had 3 different flex-fans on 3 different vehicles - no problems. You will have to buy the spacer that is correct for your application after you have measured for clearance.

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Ryan Wilke
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Posts: 1539
From: Stanton, Michigan 49707
Registered: Oct 2000

posted 08-07-2002 05:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ryan Wilke   Click Here to Email Ryan Wilke     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by FloJoe:
...what spacer did you use?

Depending on what fan you decide on will determine the thickness of the fan itself. Then you'll wan to get a spacer that gets the fan between 1" to 2" away from your radiator core. You may need to search the junkyards for different length spacers to find the one you'll need. Don't forget: Try to always use a radiator shroud too.

Ryan

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bifs66
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From: Maryland
Registered: Apr 2000

posted 08-07-2002 05:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for bifs66   Click Here to Email bifs66     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I installed a 7 blade, 18" Flex-a-lite fan on the stroker engine in the 66 Fastback. Flex-a-lite specifies that you use one of their spacers (I don't know why) so that's what I use. I don't notice any noise, but the blades are the more rounded than the more typical pointed type. Between the solid roller cam, roller rockers, 4:11 gears, and 40 series Flowmasters, I couldn't hear the fan anyway. The Flex-a-lite was a big improvement in cooling over the original fan, especially while idling in traffic on a 100 deg. day.

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Bernie Frank
66 Fastback restomod project
85 GT (preserved)
82 GT (original)

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66bluefb
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Posts: 456
From: Okla.City,Okla.
Registered: May 2002

posted 08-07-2002 07:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 66bluefb   Click Here to Email 66bluefb     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have a flex fan in my 66 and it does run cooler than the stock blade.I`m switching to an electric tornado as soon as I get it from Summit.I`ve heard a lot of guys say it will even run cooler.I have air and the motor still runs warm in traffic so maybe the electric fan will help.Tony

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