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post #1 of 21 Old 07-14-2018, 04:57 PM Thread Starter
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Bilge fan location

Thinking of installing a bilge fan. Where is the best location for it ? Under console or tap into cvt duct ?

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post #2 of 21 Old 07-17-2018, 11:13 AM
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I am not sure what others have done. But I think around the steering colum area. I think about installing one. But i am worried about it having enough cfm so the restriction isn't an issue with the original flow.
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Thinking of installing a bilge fan. Where is the best location for it ? Under console or tap into cvt duct ?

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post #3 of 21 Old 07-17-2018, 07:29 PM
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Here's the location I picked on my Max. Put it as high as I could in the tunnel, pretty much under the gear selector. I don't run mud or deep water, so it isn't much of a concern for that. I just needed to try and further reduce some of the cab heat. Already wrapped the exhaust and Thermotec'd the panels. Wanted one of Troy's covers, but was a little late to the show for one that fit a Max. For next to nothing I thought I'd give this a try.

I put a piece of closed cell foam under it to try and reduce any vibrations and also to protect the hoses that are just above it. It's a 4" marine bilge blower fan that I have hooked straight to the battery with an intermediate switch and fuse. Not fancy but it does move a little air. Its a little noisy when you are stopped, but you can barely hear it when you are traveling.
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post #4 of 21 Old 07-18-2018, 07:10 AM
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Do you feel that this mod was worth the time? Can heat is a big problem in these commanders

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Heat is a big issue because of the bed, it's deep which keeps the heat in. The least you want to do is line the panels with something. I mounted my fan higher because I ride mud the inlet is close to the hood scoop and points towards the motor
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I just installed one.

I just put one in my Limited 2 seater last night. I still haven't even put it back together yet. Its hard to find a spot for the fan on a 2 seater. So, I used some ducting hose and ended up mounting it on the "firewall" near the right front wheel well. Then I ran more ducting hose to get the inlet up higher in the wheel well. Im not sure how well it will work but talked to a guy that said that it really helps. I didn't now whether to use a 4 inch fan or a 3 inch. I went with the 4.
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I just put one in my Limited 2 seater last night. I still haven't even put it back together yet. Its hard to find a spot for the fan on a 2 seater. So, I used some ducting hose and ended up mounting it on the "firewall" near the right front wheel well. Then I ran more ducting hose to get the inlet up higher in the wheel well. Im not sure how well it will work but talked to a guy that said that it really helps. I didn't now whether to use a 4 inch fan or a 3 inch. I went with the 4.
Did you fit it in the cvt duct work just let it blow through the tunnel ? My fan will be here this week.
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Duct location

I ran the ducting into the cavity in front of the engine. It is about 4-5 inches in front of the exhaust pipe curl as it comes out of the engine. I should've taken pictures but i didn't. The kids drove it around the yard a little today so no real testing yet but so far it seems to work well.
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I ran the ducting into the cavity in front of the engine. It is about 4-5 inches in front of the exhaust pipe curl as it comes out of the engine. I should've taken pictures but i didn't. The kids drove it around the yard a little today so no real testing yet but so far it seems to work well.
Thank you and sounds good. Update us up when you take it for good long ride.

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I used the Attwood 4 inch for the higher CFM, and then used a rubber adapter and 2.5 inch wet/dry vacuum hose. It's been working like a charm.

The blower is zip-tied under the original intake, pointing down, so I don't suck any water in.




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