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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-16-2014, 12:07 AM Thread Starter
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Front Air Dam

Hello, does anyone know the function of the air dam under the front bumper on my 2008 f-450? Mine is missing and I need to know if its important to the cooling system as I intend to tow with the truck.
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Welcome to fordtough.ca, I'm betting you can live without it, but then again, I don't own an F-450 either.

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I'd take that bet, if I were a gambler. Things are built so close to minimum that it may mean the difference. You should have it in especially if your towing. For that matter, I would investigate a higher capacity radiator and a transmission cooler. Standard or automatic. Both have cooling lines and pumps.

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Meh, 50/50 chance, either you do or don't.

I would have thought there would be sufficient air flow through the grille, and the air dam would only be effective at higher speeds.

Higher speeds mean higher airflow, which would mean better cooling, thus my rationale that it wouldn't make a huge difference.

That being said, you'll never go wrong with Destructicon's recommendation for up graded equipment, from a buddy's experiences with his big block powered Cutlass, electric fans would be a help as well.

That pig wasn't bad when it was moving, but idling in traffic you could watch the temp gauge rise.

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The air dam on the superduty's is to help cool the Rad as well as Brakes! On a F-450 your obviously using it for the payload or towing so brakes are pretty important. I would reinstall it.

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Install the damn dam!

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Thanks to y'all. I guess I will be going to the wreckers to find a used one as the new Ford ones are expensive. Thanks for all the great advice !
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