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Belt-driven Fans

  • The Perfect Fan Shroud Position

    Comments ON 2015 October 1
    by therealcoleq

    Flex-a-lite Flex Fan Shroud ClearanceIf 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

  • Why We're Still Makin' it in the USA

    Comments ON 2011 December 8
    by therealcoleq

    You may have seen the popular posting on Facebook called, "Christmas 2011 - Birth of a New Tradition," urging people to buy American. We like the basic message of thinking about different ways that you can use your Christmas shopping to help the U.S. while minimize the exporting of American dollars to other countries.

    Some of the suggestions offered were Continue reading

  • Flex-a-lite at the 2011 SEMA Show

    Comments ON 2011 November 10
    by admin

    Whether you missed the 2011 SEMA show or you're already longing for the gleam of new products and dull roar of thousands of fellow auto enthusiasts talking shop, we have a video tour of the Flex-a-lite® booth at this year's show to fill your needs. 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?

    6 Comments 2010 February 27
    by therealcoleq

    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:

  • Humble Beginnings That Still Shape Our Company

    4 Comments 2009 December 24
    by admin
    Eddy and Margaret Davis

    My grandfather, Eddy Davis, was born on a farm in Illinois that the family lost during the great depression. In World War II, he served in the Army Air Core and flew troops onto the beach of Normandy. After the war, he settled in Washington state.

    In 1962 he founded our company, Flex-a-lite®, with the original "flex fan" concept. He developed the first flexible fan out of hand-cut fiberglass roofing material. The concept was to create a lightweight fan that would flatten out at high engine rpm. This would reduce the drag or load on the engine, increasing horsepower to the wheels. The heat deflection tests were conducted in his wife's oven. The very first sales presentation consisted of one man with a fan in his wife's suitcase. Flex-a-lite fans are now used all over the world.

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    Eddy believed in getting the job done and committed himself to serving God, his country and his family.

    I dedicate this all-new Flex-a-lite blog in the memory of Eddy Davis. I lead Flex-a-lite with the same determination and perseverance that started on the Davis family farm. You'll find our family values reflected in every aspect of the company, and you'll find it in this blog. In the coming weeks and months, we'll post stories from our company, family of employees and customers. Some will be entertaining, others informative. We hope you enjoy all of them.

    We also invite you to join the conversation. Every company says that they value their customers, but we really want to hear from you. Comment on stories. Give us your input. Tell us how you use our fans, radiators, Mojave heaters and other products. Welcome to the Flex-a-lite blog. We hope it's a cool experience for you and for us!

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