Thermal Vs. Non-Thermal Fan Clutch

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Thermal Vs. Non-Thermal Fan Clutch

fords4life
From what I've seen both options are available for the 302.  I've never had a vehicle with a non-thermal clutch.  Wondering if anyone has compared the two as far as fuel consumption is concerned.  I will never tow(except my BBQ), with this truck or have any kind of heavy loads in the bed, that's what my F-250 is for.  More interested in any potential gains in mpg going to a thermal clutch vs. the non-thermal
1986 F-150 SC 2wd 4spd 302EFI Base Model all OEM motor/trans/emissions equipment.
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Gary Lewis
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Thermal is the best.  It doesn't run the fan much unless needed, and that helps MPG as well as reduces noise.
Dad's: '81 F150 Ranger XLT 4x4: Down for restomod: Full-roller "stroked 351M" w/Trick Flow heads & intake, EEC-V SEFI/E4OD/3.50 gears w/Kevlar clutches
Blue: 2015 F150 Platinum 4x4 SuperCrew wearing Blue Jeans & sporting a 3.5L EB & Max Tow
Big Blue: 1985 F250HD 4x4: 460/soon-to-be ZF5/3.55's & EEC-V MAF/SEFI
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Re: Thermal Vs. Non-Thermal Fan Clutch

85lebaront2
Amen to that. Towing with Darth in hot weather with the A/C on. the fan would sound like one of NASA Langley's wind tunnels leaving a stop light on US 301 passing East of DC, once the air coming through the radiator cooled down a bit, it would just taper off.
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