We're in SA at the moment, slowly making our way down the Stuart Highway. Haven't seen much more than pesky little flies at the moment, but we've had thousands of those since we crossed into Queensland a couple of weeks ago.here in sa in summer the bugs seem to be made of superglue and asbestos fibres, sticky and impossible to budge
Thats got me thinking. Is there an issue with large spotties in front of the radiator? Judging by the number of people who have them on their bull bars, suggest that it isn't a major concern, but they do block and disrupt a fair amount of airflow that would have gone into the radiator/intercooler.I think because it's been so dry for so long now the bugs are thinning out..
That said i pulled a massive locust off my spottie yesterday
If I'm setting up my tourer for desert conditions, then putting spotties on the front might not be a good idea. I think I'll just make do with lights on the roof rack or maybe put a smaller lightbar on the front.Spotlights definitely reduce airflow through the intercooler/radiator
Its only really noticed on a hot day, towing or sand driving or climbing a big hill, which is obviously when things are going to overheat
Is that a clutch that makes the fan run faster than stock or more often?I compensated by replacing my fan clutch, and adding extra silicone oil to the reservoir in the new fan clutch, which makes the fan drive at a cooler temperature
Thanks Czechmate for the tip.I put two extra little bottles of the silicone oil into an aftermarket Dayco fan clutch before installing it
Was this easy?I've opened my fan clutch (also called a viscous hub) and poured more silicone oil in it. Works a treat.
It was easy, I used a large Philips drive bit in an impact driver to undo the screws that hold it together. Just lift the front away, pour the oil in and put the front back on. Obviously try not to damage the screws, and definitely make sure you don't put anything (like a screwdriver) between the halves - you don't want to damage the face, or it could end up leaking.Thanks Ericcs
Was this easy?
Also Tony, did you get a specific D40 transmission cooler kit for your D40?
I'm looking at a davies craig cooler and wondering if there is a kit with the vehicle specific mounting brakets?
The reason I'm looking at this is that I may as well fit one before I fit a bullbar and under body protection on.
Czechmate, did you get the 300x300 davies craig cooler? and is there room to fit the 10inch fan? I think all up DC say it will be 70mm thick with the fan, but I know that the engine bay is really tight.The STX already has another external trans cooler in addition to the one in the radiator. So by adding the big Davies craig oil cooler you've actually got 2 external coolers then
i did realise you lose the warmup and the equalising factor when you no longer have the auto trans fluid running through the radiator, but as it never really gets below 0 degrees here i wasnt too worried
The trans fluid definitely doesnt get too hot with this arrangement , i did some sandy beach driving on a 40+ degree day, and had a suss of the fluid and it wasnt too hot at all