Should I use Universal Electric fans with my new Radiator

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Our universal fans will be seen on our website as related items to many of our all aluminum radiators made for classic and older vehicles.  Most of these vehicles has engine or mechanical fan setups.  Electric fans provide a boost in horsepower and are a recommended aftermarket upgrade if you are upgrading your radiator.  To use these fans, you would first remove all of the existing fan setup.  You can then use one of our aluminum shrouds to mount your universal fans, or core mount the fans with the supplied straps.  We also sell wiring kits that you will use to power the fans from your battery.


Some customers ask if they can use additional fans on newer vehicles.  Most of the new vehicles 1990's and up already have electrical fans under the hood.  If your fans have failed, as if we sell the electrical fan assembly kit (which includes the plastic housing, fans and motor). 

To use aftermarket fans, you may need to remove the existing fans that are attached to the radiator.  In certain circumstances this would not be a step forward for cooling.  There is not much reason to remove an existing electric fan setup to replace with a universal setup unless you are rebuilding an engine and have an open blueprint and certain goals in mind for cooling and setup.

We do offer some high CFM fans that can increase cooling, but again if your vehicle is newer, it may be a lot of work to accomodate the space to use them.


Below is an example of a 2007 Mitsubishi Eclipse Engine.  One of our recent customers asked to purchase an universal fan to added cooling.  From the front end design it would be very hard to put this fan on the outside of the grill (which in this case would be the most useful place).  If able to remove the grill, one may be able to fit a universal fan to the front of the radiator/condenser unit and push additional air out of the engine.  If the vehicle had more of a square grill and was used in parades, then a universal fan could be mounted to the outside of the grill to push air out of the engine when idling as well.  The radiator in this vehicle is very tightly setup with a condenser and dual radiator electric fan.  Adding an auxiliary fan could be hard in certain instances and we strongly suggest consulting a mechanic.  If you can find space, then you can pick the size of universal fan and core mount or bracket mount to the desired area and splice into existing wiring or purchase a stand alone wiring kit to attach to the battery.


Below is an example of an older vehicle with a mechanical fan.  Mechanical fans work off the energy of the engine.  There are 2 types of fans, clutch and flex.  In this article we won't get into the difference between them, but rather focus on how installers will remove these from the vehicle and replace with core or shroud mounted electric fans. 

When you remove the clutch or flex fan, you'll want to purchase an electrical fan and wiring.  You'll run the wiring to the battery and most often plug a sensor to regulate the fans into the block or inlet port of radiator.  Most of our universal electric fans come with core mounting kits.  These are straps that you can tie the fan right to the radiator.  We also sell many shrouds for our radiators.  With those setups you sheet metal screw the fan to the shroud and mount the shroud to the radiator.  This gives a finished performance look like below

Below is a picture of a 17 inch fan mounted to an aluminum radiator using straps.

Below is a picture of a shroud and electrical fan kit.  It gives the radiator a finished look and will help with drawing the air through the fan.