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Old 02-26-2013, 11:26 PM   #1
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160 degree thermostat

What are the benefits of installing one of these, don't know much about this one..
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Old 02-26-2013, 11:36 PM   #2
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This has been discussed NUMEROUS time. A simple search would have given you your answer.

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Old 02-26-2013, 11:43 PM   #3
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Your going to cause a huge debate with this one. The benefit is to try and keep your car cooler for longer. It opens at 160 degrees and starts cooling the motor sooner. The hotter your coolant the more timing will be taken out resulting in less power. I think eventualy the motor both stock and 160 T-stat will end up at the same temp and timing retard, its just a question of how long it takes to do it. This is good for drag racing after a cool down because while in the staging lanes the cars coolant is circulating sooner. I have 1 in my car. 50 percent of shops recommend it and the other half dont. I think this is one of those debates that will never be resolved.
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Old 02-27-2013, 12:23 AM   #4
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It's mostly a kludge around cooling issues. Really all you are doing it making the engine take longer to get up to temp. If you have cooling issues you should address them.

It actually can damage the engine if you drive short distances constantly and the 160* thermostat prevents the car from ever getting up to temp and burning off the sludge in the oil.

If you drive long distances or distances long enough to come up to temp even with the 160, then really only adds extra wear with all your engine tolerances out of spec since the car takes longer to warm up.

Ask yourself this if coming up to temp fast didn't matter why do cars have thermostats at all? Why not just run the cooling system full blast from engine startup? That will obviosly result in lowest coolant temp for longer...
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Old 02-27-2013, 03:59 AM   #5
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Yet a simple search is can not b done on my mobile device. If I found the answer I would not have asked

Only reason I asked was because I'm about to order a CAI and the company I'm ordering from has a couple "free items" to choose from one was this thermostat
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Old 02-27-2013, 04:01 AM   #6
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Since I do not track the car or drag it, yet, I think its definitely not worth installing for now thanks for ur guys inputs really helps out alot
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Old 02-27-2013, 11:03 AM   #7
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Since I do not track the car or drag it, yet, I think its definitely not worth installing for now thanks for ur guys inputs really helps out alot
i dont think its worth it anyways. if you have cooling problems get a better rad and fans.
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Old 02-27-2013, 11:10 AM   #8
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Can't speak for drag racing, but it's one way to have the car cool down faster between passes at the drag strip. An electric water pump would better but I don't run one of those in a daily driver.
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Old 02-27-2013, 11:11 AM   #9
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Does anyone have a GM part # for the 160 for a ls3?
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Old 02-27-2013, 11:13 AM   #10
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Can't speak for drag racing, but it's one way to have the car cool down faster between passes at the drag strip. An electric water pump would better but I don't run one of those in a daily driver.
electric pumps scare me haha i am not a professional driver and would never have one of those on any of my cars
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Old 02-27-2013, 01:58 PM   #11
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Old 02-27-2013, 02:13 PM   #12
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radiator, fans, cowl hood or some type for ventilation should really help you out. And those dont damage the engine.
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