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post #1 of 38 Old 11-19-2017, 08:37 PM Thread Starter
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7.3 fan clutch conversion, who has em and how do you like it?

Hey guys. I replaced my fan clutch on my 05 f350 6.0 less than a year ago and im now getting a soft po528 code. Im kind of over the electric clutch and i have been doing some reading about the 7.3 fan clutch conversion. I do tow quite a bit, and its my understanding that it helps keep temps lower when your working the truck hard. I really dont care if it makes more noise as long as the truck runs happy.

What are ur guys thoughts on the conversion? What do you like, what dont you like?

Also, i seem to remember that someone made a kit that had a module that plugged into the stock connector to keep the check engine light off when the stock clutch was eliminated but i dont remember where i saw it.

I appreciate any info yall can offer.

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First, I do not have one installed. I was told with the fan constantly on it noisy and can not help fuel mileage. My mechanic has wired a switch to his electric clutch that engages the fan on demand. I am going that direction.
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First, I do not have one installed. I was told with the fan constantly on it noisy and can not help fuel mileage. My mechanic has wired a switch to his electric clutch that engages the fan on demand. I am going that direction.
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Hahaha...IPR just said this same crap in another thread on here!!

1. That's not how a fan clutch works...its not ever constantly on.

2. Wiring the switch in achieves the same exact function as a fully activated clutch, so your fuel mileage concern is moot. Not to mention that will also require YOU to monitor temps and decide when the truck needs cooling.

3. The minimal drop in fuel mileage all while keeping the tuck cool and comfortable is a less than a wash for me. I (and most diesel owners) didn't buy these 8-9k pound trucks for fuel mileage. We bough them to tow and work.

To the OP. We have installed 6 of these kits this summer alone on 6.0's MOST were on stock 6.0's not ones with BPD products on them. ALL of the owners have said the same thing. They couldn't believe they didn't do this mod earlier. The AC is colder, the Coolant temps stay normal as well as oil. The truck just runs and cools its self like its supposed to. Also unplugging the fan will net a soft code but no light. It will throw a fan circuit code, but the CEL is not illuminated. No real need for a plug in to make the computer think the fan is still there.
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Awesome. Thank you. I could care less about a mpg drop as long as the engines happy. Im running a stock ford oil cooler, but im running a mishimoto alum radiator, oil cooler delta kit, and bpd alum water pump. Im really curious to see how the mechanical setup would work. The elec fan kit looks super nice but im kinda of the old school thinking in that as long as your alternator, ps and water pump are spinning you know that the fan is too.
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@toren302 Do you notice faster warm ups with these setups? I notice my fan spins almost all the time. And when its cold out, with the BPD HD cooler, my oil takes a while to heat up. Would be nice to stop the fan at idle and allow some heat soak to build up.

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Not really, as usually the AC is on and the heat from the condenser will kinda activate the clutch as will the coolant. Basically you would need the cold weather kit for the BPD cooler.
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OP, to echo what Toren said, this mod is amazing. Last year, pulling 16k+ 5'ver, I was hitting 215+ Oil/230+ Coolant temps while sending my Coolant Pressure sky high pulling the paltry hills of Western MD. This spring, I removed added the BPD 7.3 Fan Clutch and replaced my Mishimoto Radiator with a Performance Radiator (Same one BPD sells and rebrands. They're just closer to me, so I bought direct). Now I barely hit 210 Oil/200 Coolant before I hear the fan kick in and it cools the engine back down. My Coolant Pressure barely hits 12psi. It's been an amazing difference. Obviously, it could be a number of different reasons, but I'm actually seeing better mileage (.5-1 mpg) running empty, and about the same towing. The fan can be loud, but I don't find it to be annoying or constantly running.

The switch for the 6.0 OEM electric fan might have been able to give me the same result, but I have no regrets about making this change.
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I love mine and noise is minimal with no loss of mileage. I just pulled my 5er last month for about 2000 miles from KC to Tennessee and temps were perfect. I weighed over 23,000 pulling long grades would recommend it to anyone who tows heavy.
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Sweet, thank you guys for posting your results. Truth be told i like hearing the fan because for me, the noise lets me know that its working like its supossed to. If it was quiet i would worry.
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Heck i can barely hear anything over the sound of the straight piped exhaust when im towing up a grade and im lettin her eat lol.
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