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    Default intake modification problem.

    I have a 2000 silverado 1500 4x4. Its got a 5.3L v8 vortec, and I have a k&n air intake which was on it when I bought the truck. Guys from work were saying something about a throttle body spacer really helped in combination with an intake system, so I bought one. I tried installing it today which was not hard at all however, the way the tube on the intake turns and the throttle body sets out plus the extra inch from the space, the front of the intake tube is pushed into the back of the radiator fan. I could cut the shroud and it would be fine, but the fan is flush with the end of the shroud which screws me because then the fan will hit the intake tube.I don't want to cut notches in the blades due to the fact that I dont want to throw it out of balance or weaken it in any way, and I also know that I can't just eliminate the fan due to overheating. I have thought about getting an electric fan as the best overall solution, but the price is a little more than I can afford, and I'm not real sure what kind of "extra" money I will be getting into along with the amount of work that will need to be done. If anyone has any suggestions as to an easier and/or cheaper method, can you please leave some insight.

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    p.s. i bought the spacer from J.C. Whitney and I didnt ask about a return policy, does anyone know if they have a return deadline?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cascott325 View Post
    ...I have thought about getting an electric fan as the best overall solution, but the price is a little more than I can afford, and I'm not real sure what kind of "extra" money I will be getting into along with the amount of work that will need to be done. If anyone has any suggestions as to an easier and/or cheaper method, can you please leave some insight.
    Check out "Electric fan swap Made easy" in the Write-up -- User How-To & Installation guides. It's better and cheaper than you'd think.
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    why not cut down the intake tube some?
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    I thoughtt that JC Whitney would have had a warning that the K&N and the spacer wont work for the late model GM trucks for that very reason. When I bought my MAF sensor, it had a warning on the web that stated that it would/would not work with the K&N FIPK.

    Anyways, they should take it back if you decide to return it. Never had a problem with them in the past.

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    a fan swap done the way i wrote it up is cheap and works well. but i modify the intake or not use the spacer. (my opinion is they are over cost and little return. they make the under the hood sound louder tricking you into more power, but the heat they suck in under the hood actually reduce power (this was dyno proved) a stock drop in filter from k&n or other cotton replacement work better. just use abs pipe and rout a stright line out to cold ait and you have better results and more power and money in your pocket)........mike
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    Quote Originally Posted by collinsperformance View Post
    but the heat they suck in under the hood actually reduce power (this was dyno proved)
    so should i get a sealed box instead of an open box? maybe run lines straight to open air for fresh air
    2000 silverado with a 5.3l v8, shorty headers, upgraded plugs, 10 mil wires, magnaflow high flow cats, flowmaster 80 series muffler(2 in 2 out) w/ 18 inch stainless silverline tips. i have a k&n CIA. its a 4x4 z71 offroad package. Ls model.
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    does anyone know a good website i can get a quality dual electric fan kit specific for my truck? and is there a brand that is any better than another?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cascott325 View Post
    does anyone know a good website i can get a quality dual electric fan kit specific for my truck? and is there a brand that is any better than another?
    why waste your hard earnd money? do the Tarus fan swap and have a better cooling fan and money in your pocket. I done a ton of these and would never go bach to the stupid dual fan system (i had 4 fail at the worst time (Hayden)) if you got something too big then dual the Tarus fans. I cool my 502 motor home with one and not had any issues of over heat. I added a manual over ride so if i think i going to get up in temp or want the raditor to get a head start i just flip the switch to on. i just took a 30' boat over the grape vine with the genset running the AC and i pushed 70 and it never went above 1/2 way on the temp (170 degrees).........i added these to cars/trucks/motorhomes and 4X4s neven an issue.....mike

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    Quote Originally Posted by collinsperformance View Post
    why waste your hard earnd money? do the Tarus fan swap and have a better cooling fan and money in your pocket. I done a ton of these and would never go bach to the stupid dual fan system (i had 4 fail at the worst time (Hayden)) if you got something too big then dual the Tarus fans. I cool my 502 motor home with one and not had any issues of over heat. I added a manual over ride so if i think i going to get up in temp or want the raditor to get a head start i just flip the switch to on. i just took a 30' boat over the grape vine with the genset running the AC and i pushed 70 and it never went above 1/2 way on the temp (170 degrees).........i added these to cars/trucks/motorhomes and 4X4s neven an issue.....mike

    ill try it out man, but i've had some bed experiences with used parts and parts from a junk yard, so im a little gunshy when it comes to putting used stuff on my truck. i dont doubt you at all, im just a little weary.

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    I can understand being a little weary of junkyards, but an air box should be simple to see if it is in good shape. Make sure the lid and clamps are intact, and Look for cracks, if there are none, it should be all good...

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