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The Kenlowe capillary type thermostat I use to switch the fans on my 110 has died and so I need to replace it. Has anyone got one of these:
Or does anyone have anything else they would like to recommend? The Kenlowe thing has been OK but sealing where the capillary goes into the top hose is a right pain plus the fact that it has died puts me off getting another one.
The X-Fan certainly enjoys a good reputation on another forum I frequent - never heard a bad word about either them, or any of the other X products. Personally I just think they are a little expensive..
Not tried the X-Fan one specifically but I did have a very similar looking one from Merlin motor sport. The range was borderline for a V8 so you had to set it to a value that was really too high before the fans would come on so that it would turn off before the thermostat closed. It died after a year or so.
There is a cheap capillary version available from RS or Farnells that has done the job on Pam's 90 for the last 6 years and costs about a tenner. I'll try and find it and post a link.
Thanks for finding that out Dave, I'll have a think about it but I've gone off capillary ones I think.
According to paddock's shop a carbed V8 has an 82 degree thermostat and the switch X-Eng supply has two sets of contacts, one of which is on at 88 and off at 83, the other on at 92 and off at 87. So I guess using either both or just the higher one of those would be OK on a carbed V8 (no use on an EFi though if paddocks are right and it has an 88C stat). I also like the idea that if it dies the spare switch is only a tenner.
It uses the coolant temperature sensor which is located in the EFi inlet manifold.
Back on topic and to throw even more ideas about.., I was buying some stuff from carbuildersolutions the other day and noticed this, no idea how it compares price wise to the x-eng setup but gives you a few options....
http://www.cbsonline.co.uk/in-line-temp ... 1171-p.asp
Which can be combined with one of their fixed value switches or the variable capillary switch.
It works out about the same as the X-Fan once you include the fiver for retapping the hole to suit the fan switches and the VAT.
I've bookmarked that site though, could be very useful for bits in the future.
An advantage of the X-Switch would appear to be the ability to use two different sized fans. A small one could be set to come on at the lower temp and both would then fire if the temp went too high, similar to the system used on some of the Peugeots fitted with air con.
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