View Full Version : Kilby 1700 bracket kit

January 8th, 2005, 06:23
Anyone used this bracket kit to gain OBA and retain the factory AC?

Did the kit work as designed without problems? Brad tells me the fan needs to be moved 1/2" forward, anything else i may have trouble with?

I'll also need to find a solution to my battery location, has anyone relocated the battery outside the engine compartment but not inside the vehicle?

January 9th, 2005, 15:30
do a search for oba i did my own i still have a\c it is a 95. i am going to be doing one on my 90 also

Jeff 98XJ WI
January 10th, 2005, 10:41
It might work, but I didn't feel I had sufficient clearence between the fan and the radiator with a spacer on my '98. I opted to build my own brackets, use a 6 groove pulley and a longer belt. It's been working real well. Look for an article on www.madxj.com in the future. Jeff

January 11th, 2005, 09:51
I have the 1700 bracket setup from Kilby right now. I like it pretty good, but there's a lot of extra little stuff to get it to work right. I had to reroute my A/C lines that head to the condenser which was a pain and then the spacing of the fan. I actually spaced mine about 3/8" and then VERY slightly bent my fan blades out. You'll notice that your fan blades kind of "open up" when it gets going so I had to make sure that the spacing between the fan and the radiator was okay with the car running, not just with it off. I installed M.O.R.E bombproof motor mounts so that I would have less of a chance of getting the fan caught in the radiator. I haven't had a problem yet. I got rid of my factory air box and moved my battery to the driver's side. I tried to get a battery tray from an export model that has the diesel and the battery on the driver's side, but I couldn't get anyone to sell it to me. I ended up modding the factory battery tray, but that took a while to figure out. I put a cone filter on and it barely fits in there --- I'm trying to come up with some sort of external filter --- I'm running out of room under the hood! My tank is in the back area. It's on the opposite side from the factory spare tire placement. I wanted to put it where the spare tire is supposed to go since that section is recessed a little, but there wasn't enough metal to support it good enough. The other side worked better. That's the overview. More specific questions are welcome.