We might need to split this off into two threads later on but I don't mind the discussion at all. Seems there is some interest in the fans so someone please get me the measurements I need.
As far as the radiator being designed for over the top clearance. See the attached pic. That's an Alradco radiator in a CTSV. I'm not seeing much room for an over the top intake.
To answer the other question, yes we can provide pipe, clamps, etc.
Hope that helps.
Can you tell me what measurements you need exactly?
It would have to be smaller or with a U taken out if the top. They did something like that for the CTS-VR
The next trick after the radiator is how to get it down in front of the radiator efficiently to get filters in there. looking at my car quickly, i think you have to go out form the throttle body, quickly do to the mass air sensor, then fan out widely over the radiator, then split into two pipes to go on either side of the hood mount and run two smaller filters. While conceptually i like the idea I am not sure that you are really going to gain as much we would like. (unless you could do a really deep U, or have a hole in the middle of the radiator... to get below the hood latch release)
The better plan may be radiator clearance to allow a more gradual entry into the throttle body.
Also looking at that pic of the CTS-VR, it appears the engine is further back? Look at how much room there is between the radiator and pulleys. Or am I seeing it wrong?
I simply do not understand the fascination with an over the top intake tract. What will this provide over and above placing the air inlet behind the drivers headlamp or even from the fender well?
Anyhow, would absolutely love to have an Alradco for my V, however I don;t think it will fit since the E-Force puts the throttle body right where the top tank looks to extend. Would the upgraded fans be able to mount to the OE radiator?
I could meet you at your Concord location for measurements. I have your radiator in my car.
Yeah the CTS-VR has the engine set way back. Plus with hood pins you don't have to deal with the hood latch right in the middle of the intake.
I agree with alradco that this is a much larger undertaking than I think any of us really would want to do (or at least enough to sell and make money on the radiator)
The shroud is 3.5" thick and the back of the fans add a bit more about 3/8" approx. I had a hard time getting the exact measurement that 3/8"