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I used a 2 layer radiator in my 89 Bronco. Now my fan rubs against the shroud. Should I go electric? Cut the shroud? Find a smaller shroud? I need the ac , so can anyone think of a solution?
 

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Hey! Sorry that no one has answered you! I personally would go electric. I used a Flexilite 31163 fan controller. And two amazon electric fans. Works great with my extra thick radiator. And its relatively easy to install.
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I had that issue in my f150, I just put a small fan spacer on. I’ve never seen electric fans beat the cooling of properly sized and shrouded mechanical fans. I’m sure others have electric fans that work good, but in my experience there is eventually a reliability issue with electric fans
 

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I had that issue in my f150, I just put a small fan spacer on. I’ve never seen electric fans beat the cooling of properly sized and shrouded mechanical fans. I’m sure others have electric fans that work good, but in my experience there is eventually a reliability issue with electric fans
I agree with this. If you plan to be offroad a lot and not moving very fast then mechanical is a much better choice as it is simple and wont easily fail. However if you want more space up front or wont be offroad at very much then electric will work well. Just dont be 200miles from anything in the desert because if the electric fans fail youll be in some trouble. In conclusion. If your offroading like mad max use a mechanical fan. If your a street warrior use electric or mechanical its really personal preference.
 

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@Artgon65 , moved your thread to the noobie section for better visibility. Can you post up some picture of your set up that might help us determine what's going on. You say it's rubbing, are you using an aftermarket shroud, I know from experience that their fitment is not always the greatest.
 
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If it’s the same as the issue I had, the thinner radiator sets the shroud further forward, pulling the fan further out of the shroud. Then the fan contacts the edge of the shroud, where when the fan was deeper in, it was past that contact point
 

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Agree with the above. The OEs spwndaGazilloin $$ on electric fans. I'm not a fan of retrofit ing. Been there..
 

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When using a Fan Shroud the Fan should sit half in the Shroud and half out and there should be an Inch of clearance all around the edge of the Fan.
 
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