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Old 07-12-2013, 03:23 PM   #1
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Thermostat?

I'm going to order a new 3 row radiator next mouth but for now can I put a 160 degree stat in to help with cooling till new radiator gets installed ?

Reason I asked is some people don't like the 160 stats
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Old 07-12-2013, 07:02 PM   #2
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I have one in mine but I'm planning on replacing it because I think it's running too rich.
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Old 07-13-2013, 08:49 AM   #3
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It may hurt your fuel mileage a bit I believe 160 is the point when the car switches to closed loop fuel. But if you aren't too worried about the mileage and its only temporary until you get the radiator I wouldn't worry about it
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Old 07-13-2013, 01:26 PM   #4
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I ran a 160 for a few months and ran into some problems. Seemed like the car wouldn't even get to operating temp and ran slightly rich. Swapped it for a 180. Fixed everything and runs at perfect temp now.
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Old 07-13-2013, 06:06 PM   #5
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I have a 160. I'm in Texas where temps get to 100 very easy. This all said, I have noticed it running .5 "richer" on my wideband with the 160 vs stock. However, the peace if mind that comes with not heating the block and internals too hot ( metal fatigues...) is somehow worth it for me on my 200,000 mile plus engine too

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And as far as fuel mileage goes, I have not noticed any serious drawbacks as my car still manages 20 mpg's ( if not a little more ) on road trips.


It should be said though I have 3.08 gears lol.

Only thing that'll really suck about the thermostat being a 160 is that the heater will never be good and hot. Just barely warm... :/
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Old 07-13-2013, 11:19 PM   #6
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Well the reason I ask is since the weather here is in the 90's my car is running hotter then normal ! Looking for a quick fix until new radiator comes next month !
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Old 07-13-2013, 11:52 PM   #7
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Just put in a 195 degree thermostat today, I thought I had a 160 because my stock temp gauge never went above the first two ticks. I thought my car was running rich. Well upon inspection I found out I actually have a 192 degree thermostat already. New sending unit for me! Yeah stock gauges are terrible, I wont trust them for *****. I am just going to try out the sending unit to see if that helps any until I get some autometer gauges (I live 5 minutes from their production facility, hopefully I can get a deal if I walk into building lol). My fox already has a new water pump, 3 row rad, and electric fan so I am not worried about overheating, I just would like to have somewhat of an idea of the temp of the motor. As many have said already, Moral of the story stock gauges are nowhere near trustworthy.
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I had the top half of my motor done last year and a 160 tstat was put in and a "chip". I got 10mpg around the city and no real heat from the heater even after a 2 hour trip. A 160 doesn't let the ecm go into closed lope. I switched this year to a 180 or 182.? And now I get 12mpg around the city. So a 160 definitely makes the car run rich. Driveablity was never an issue with me. Just the very poor mpg and no heat. I forgot to add I have a 3 row rad and a heavy duty fan clutch.
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I always tell ppl 180. As far as your stock gauge, as I've said in other posts, get an aftermarket water gauge and get some accurate readings. The stock gauges are called "idiot gauges" for a reason. None are very accurate and the oil gauge isn't even a real gauge, its just an on/off switch that kicks on at 6 psi. I'm going to convert to the Florida 5.0 setup myself here in a year or two.
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Old 07-29-2013, 07:28 AM   #10
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Ordered radiator and fans this morning , hopefully this will keep me cool !!
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