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160 degree thermometer

This is a discussion on 160 degree thermometer within the GTO forums, part of the Vehicle Specific category; ive lived in texas my whole life so i know how effin hot it can get in the late spring ...

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    160 degree thermometer

    ive lived in texas my whole life so i know how effin hot it can get in the late spring and summer months. from what i have read a lower temp thermometer accompanied with a tweak on when the fans kick on is a great way to counter act this blistering hell. the only thing i would like to know is how to put the damn thing on (slp 160) and if it would be better to take it out during the winter months.

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    i have a 160 stat......if your worried about winter.....get a 180..........i have both

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    Texas winter really isnt winter. I personally think you will be fine but i am far from an expert. I also have a 160 but im in hawaii but going back to texas in 2013. So i am anxious on the right answer to surface about this topic
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    If you get a 160 stat, get the car tuned to take advantage of the cooler stat.

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    sounds good mr. goat. im prob going to get that done the same time as my longtube install to knock it all out at once

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    thermometer? you mean thermostat? lol

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    Just remember that 160s in cool weather, specially on short drives can mess an engine up over time.
    You want to boil off any water / moisture in the oil so that you do not generate rust internally.
    A 180 in texas should work fine as long as you have good coolant in the radiator and your fans are in good shape.
    Use a good oil, I'm not going to tell you what kind because I don't want to start another oil war...LOL
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    Quote Originally Posted by jiveass View Post
    thermometer? you mean thermostat? lol
    yeah yeah tracking lol. i posted that after a 15 hour mission

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    You will be fine with a 160 in tx. I've had one in for a few months now here in fl, I was previously running a 180. With the 160 I run a fairly consistent 175-200(it mostly runs about 180) coolant temp. On hot days it does creep up but I have my fan settings adjusted and have yet to see over 205 even in 90+ temps. I know everyone seems to talk crap about the 160 because its apparently to cold blah blah but like I said even with a 160 you will run 180-200+ if you leave stock fan settings it will probably run much hotter on a warm day. From my own independent testing I found that my mr. gasket 160 does not fully open until 185. Over all I am very pleased with the 160 it no longer gets that nasty power robbing heat soak, even after driving for an hr on a warm day the car still feels good and responsive where it use to feel slow and sluggish.
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    The 180 degree thermostat and reprogrammed fan settings generally keep our car running around 183-186 at speed and no more than 196 in slow moving traffic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pajeff02 View Post
    The 180 degree thermostat and reprogrammed fan settings generally keep our car running around 183-186 at speed and no more than 196 in slow moving traffic.
    Which is just about perfect..

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