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Belt-driven Fans

  • The Perfect Fan Shroud Position

    Comments ON 2016 July 4
    by therealcoleq


    If you’re running a belt-driven fan, there are a few things you need to do in order to maximize the engine cooling that the fan can provide. It’s critical that the fan be positioned properly within the fan shroud and that there is just enough clearance around the fan blades. The first thing we want to make sure is that you actually have a fan shroud. If you rely on a belt-driven fan for engine cooling, a fan shroud is a must to pull the air through the radiator. Without a shroud, air will take the path of least resistance, pulling air from over and under the radiator instead of through it. Continue reading

  • Why We Require the Use of a Flex-a-lite Fan Spacer

    Comments ON 2014 April 3
    by therealcoleq

    Have you ever wondered why we require the use of a Flex-a-lite® spacer with our belt-driven fans? The answer is simple: we saw the damage other brand spacers were causing to the star of the belt-driven fan! We can easily tell when one of our Flex fan or other belt-driven fans has been used with one of these off-brand spacers; it will leave the imprint right in the star. In fact, we won't warranty damage done to one of our fans if another brand spacer is used. Continue reading

  • How We Would Hot Rod Santa's Sleigh

    3 Comments 2010 December 22
    by admin

    Christmas is upon us, and in between trying to finish up production details on next year's new products, our minds have wandered into wondering about things. Things like how long is the naughty and nice list? How does Santa travel around the world in one night? We track him every year on the NORADsm web site, and we still don't get it. And why Mrs. Claus doesn't join the big guy for his annual present-delivering trip around the globe? We think it might be because it's too darn cold in that sleigh! Continue reading

  • Which is Better - an Electric or Belt-driven Fan?

    8 Comments 2010 February 27
    by admin

    This debate is as old as the electric fan itself. We manufacture both, so we're pretty unbiased on this topic. In fact, we created the first high-performance belt-driven fan in 1962, and we were the first to introduce an aftermarket electric fan to the U.S. in 1978.

    We'll jump right into the heart of the matter: An electric fan is the better performance solution, freeing up maximum horsepower and mpg. But it's not always the better cooling solution. The full answer to this question is that both electric and belt-driven fans have their place. Which one is better depends largely on the specific application. Continue reading

  • Cool New Year's Resolutions

    1 Comments 2009 December 31
    by admin

    It's that time of year when people set lofty personal goals for themselves that they will most likely abandon before Valentine's day. So why not set some goals for your favorite car, truck or Jeep instead?

    We're here to help, so we penned some thought starters for you:

    • Shed some pounds. From your car that is. Flex-a-lite® offers both molded and flat lightweight polymer windows. Click here for more information.
    • Shed some more pounds. There are quite a few options for lighter-weight belt-driven fans which are lighter than factory fans and free up horsepower. Continue reading
  • What You Can Do on the Flex-a-lite Blog

    2 Comments 2009 December 26
    by admin

    Welcome to the Flex-a-lite® blog! The word blog doesn't fully tell you what you can expect to find here and what you can do. So we thought it would be a good time to share a little more info on these topics.

    What you'll find on this site is information and stories that relate to Flex-a-lite. It seems like we've run into just about every cooling situation you could imagine, and we've helped thousands of people with their special engine-cooling needs. That's quite a bit of knowledge and experience, which we'll start sharing with you on this blog. What works better: a belt-driven fan or electric?  Should I use an electric fan in push or suck mode? What's the best material to make radiators from? We have plenty more, and plan to share our opinions with you as well as some interesting data from our testing. Continue reading

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