Cooler fan switch


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Cooler fan switch

Postby fastf » Sat May 28, 2011 7:08 am



I would like to know has anyone tried out any of those fan switches on Ebay that starts the fan running at a lower temp and also can't you get one like the one that came on the bike from NAPA auto parts it should cross reference with so Honda autos wouldn't it.Someone made that switch Honda is not in the business to manufacture such a item they have contracts from all over the world who make certain parts for them.



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Re: Cooler fan switch

Postby virgilmobile » Sat May 28, 2011 11:34 am

"In Theory"..You can put in whatever you want as far as temperature switching and 1 or 2 post type.As long as it mounts in the same place it doesn't matter.It's just a temperature switch.I would stay with a switch that turns the fan on at the same temperature as the original.If it is a single post type,you just don't need the ground that's in the original wiring.

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Re: Cooler fan switch

Postby fastf » Sat May 28, 2011 1:23 pm

Yes I know that all you have to do is take the old one off and cross reference it at a auto parts store like NAPA and also know the temp that it turns the fan on.But what I want to know has any one bought one of those lower temp switches off of ebay and bought one from a auto parts store before to replace the old one instead of paying through the butt from Honda?

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Re: Cooler fan switch

Postby littlebeaver » Sun May 29, 2011 3:00 am

You might want to stay with the same temp. on whatever switch you use and I'll tell you why, if you get one of those cooler switches your fan will kick on and run all the time in the summer months, the oem one kicks the fan on anywhere between the half way mark to 3/4 on your gauge..the cooler type will kick on way before it gets to halfway which will make the fan come on and never go off in the summer so in turn you will have hot air blowing on your legs all the time and I just don't think you want that ... :D

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Re: Cooler fan switch

Postby fastf » Sun May 29, 2011 10:18 am

When I come to a stop and have to set the temp starts to climb to hot all the way to the top on my digital dash before the fan kicks in.I do not like that it comes back down once i get moving because air is comming through the radator now I have seen and also know that alot of parts on this old a bike will interchage with some of the Honda cars like Honda Civic.Honda ain't gonna call for one part to put on their engines and not figure out a cheap way to use it on another one to save money they are gonna cut corners anyway they can, Take a good look at the 2012 Goldwing they cut corners all over it.I also know you can put a toggle switch on it and work it manuel but really don't want to go that route but one of my questions is has anyone used one of these low temp switches on Ebay and what kind of results.

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Re: Cooler fan switch

Postby macka » Mon May 30, 2011 11:20 am

Sounds like the switch is on the way out. You can get the switch from NAPA, and use it. Using a cooler switch may not make the fans run all the time, but they may not kick in the way you would like.

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Re: Cooler fan switch

Postby tprender » Tue May 31, 2011 9:21 pm

I did some looking on the internet the other week for fan switches. I came up with a Borg Wanger switch that should work. Have been to busy to get it put in. the of the switch is TFS500, only paid $24 and it has the 2 studs. Got it at the O'reillys store. I think that it is the same temp, but not sure.

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Re: Cooler fan switch

Postby virgilmobile » Tue May 31, 2011 9:36 pm

Let us know the results.Were always interested in finding off the shelf that do the same job as the "special order,we'll see if we can still get that,outrageously priced thing,well let you know in a week or so"
I'm currently waiting for fork bushings for the gl1100 and gl1200.Honda was about $100 (same story).I ordered for both wings at $40.(made for harley fat boy and a sportster)

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Re: Cooler fan switch

Postby fastf » Wed Jun 01, 2011 6:40 pm

I went by Autozone part number is SW-504 got my buddy to check with 1985 Honda Civic well didn't match he went all the way back to 1982 Civic Carb. engine bamb nailed it this part is made by Wells Manufacturing.What is neat is it has a lifetime warranty is if it goes bad or doesn't work take it back and get your money back for $18.99 you cannot go wrong.

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Re: Cooler fan switch

Postby tprender » Wed Jun 01, 2011 8:02 pm

Went an tried the switch tonight and it didn't fit. Looking at it, it looks the same size but it must be 1mm to small. Hope that they take it back and I can get my money back. Had to put the old switch back in and hook up the toggle switch again.

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Re: Cooler fan switch

Postby littlebeaver » Wed Jun 01, 2011 11:37 pm

If you want, send me a pm and I'll send you a oem one that works, after you install it and see that it works you can send me the old one ...ok..? :D

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Re: Cooler fan switch

Postby fastf » Thu Jun 02, 2011 6:35 am

I bought one last nite I believe you can buy a adapter you can screw the adapter in the motor and then screw the switch into it.I will know when I get it as far as getting your money back you still have the receipt don't you? If it doesn't work what can they say .

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Re: Cooler fan switch

Postby littlebeaver » Thu Jun 02, 2011 3:52 pm

this is my mod. a little bit sloppy but it works like a charm...It's the 94 geo metro fx fan switch i got from O'riley's auto parts, it's the correct temp and the threads are correct..had it on my bike now a few years with no issues.. I made a direct plugin..

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Re: Cooler fan switch

Postby ron0339 » Wed Aug 03, 2011 6:35 pm

Anyone know the part # for the fan switch that will fit a 78 GL1000 at autozone?

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Re: Cooler fan switch

Postby fastf » Thu Aug 04, 2011 4:13 pm

Don't buy it the hole that it screws into on the thermostat is bigger than the switch that comes from Auto Zone if the 1000 is like the 1200.Don.t do it yes it is cheaper but cheaper ain't always the best way to go. I bought one from Auto Zone won't fit then bought one from off Ebay they said it would fit 1000 to 1200 Goldwing got it in and broke the bike down wouldn't fit because the switch is to small to fit the thermostat housing hole is too big.

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Re: Cooler fan switch

Postby twostrokes48 » Sat Sep 17, 2011 8:23 am

What is the correct temp that the fan should come on???

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Re: Cooler fan switch

Postby littlebeaver » Sat Sep 17, 2011 12:32 pm

My 1100 is 208/216 degrees F it closes..And the fan kicks on, I'm not sure about other models...For the 1100 guy's the temp. gauge is just over the half mark on my 81 and the fan kicks on...I call it 5/8 the way up...

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Re: Cooler fan switch

Postby fastf » Sat Sep 17, 2011 2:37 pm

Don't go to auto zone the housing for the fan switch is too big the switches dia. screw is smaller than the housing.Don't go to Ebay I did that and it was advertised as one to fit 1000-1200 would not work too small luckly I got my money returned and I sent the switch back to the people I bought it from. If you cannot get one from Honda then look on ebay for one that came off a used bike and ask was the bike running before it was parted out .




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