This is a discussion on Thermo_160 within the GTO forums, part of the Vehicle Specific category; The thermostat 160 claims 5-10 hp...Is this really true..Anyone have this mod in there car??? This is a brand new ...
09-04-2008, 04:53 PM #1
The thermostat 160 claims 5-10 hp...Is this really true..Anyone have this mod in there car???
This is a brand new 160 degree thermostat made by Mr. Gasket This new thermostat is made of copper and brass for trouble free and high flow coolant applications. Replaces the 195 degree stock thermostat for greater performance and horsepower. Gain 5 to 10 horse power with this thermostat.
09-04-2008, 05:05 PM #2
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I hate "claims" so lets stick with a sealed/pressurized cooling environment in an internal combustion engine.
The coolant cools about 60% of the motor heat generated....Oil cools about 25%...and the rest is blown out the exhaust or radiated through the engine bay and out....
Op temp for most motors is 212f or 100c. Closed loop expires at around 90-100f.
So what do we do when we lower a t-stats opening temp? Simply put it opens earlier. Your engine still reaches op temp. But it does not have to tax the coolant system so hard as it got a head start on the cooling process and just cruising around when your t-stat opens earlier it can probably maintain the opening temp without much effort. This will give you cooler engine temps/less chance of "knock" or detonation if your tuned for it. Mine runs around 180-190 just cruising...but much of that is attributed not to a 160f t-stat but I run a big ass oil cooler and my oil temps stay cooler than a stock motor....I rambled....but the bottom answer is I wouldn't make any claims of horsepower.....by installing a lower t-stat...but it will "help" in maintaining a slightly lower temp when just cruising around.....get on it...and your motor is going to 212 or better regardless of what temp the t-stat opened at. Did I make sense?
09-04-2008, 05:50 PM #3
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