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160 Thermostat? Yes or No and does brand matter

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    160 Thermostat? Yes or No and does brand matter

    Just planning on flushin my coolant system soon and wondering if installing a 160 stat is worth, or should I just replace the stock 180. Please tell me what you think? thanks

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    I wouldn't. These engines like to run hotter than that. 160 is a little cool. Plus you'd never get much heat in the winter, not to mention that could actually give you an overheating problem.

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    My car will be sleeping all winter, its coming off the road in a couple of week. Just a summer toy, so being a summer car is it worh it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BKDZ28 View Post
    My car will be sleeping all winter, its coming off the road in a couple of week. Just a summer toy, so being a summer car is it worh it?
    Please anyone that tells you 180 is better doesn't know shit about cars. Yes I would deffinitly say get a 160 most likely an SLP one. You can pick one up for 20-25 bucks at your local auto store. And 160 is plenty for heat when you start it up in the winter to get the moisture out of it. Just make sure to let it fully heat up and idle for at least 15-20 minutes to get fully hot.

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    and for the pple that will be driving in the winter time, is it still ok for 160?
    im also about to do the flush.
    I also heard that doing a 160 could kill the life of the motor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JwMonE99 View Post
    and for the pple that will be driving in the winter time, is it still ok for 160?
    im also about to do the flush.
    I also heard that doing a 160 could kill the life of the motor.
    Won't harm the motor one bit. You can switch back to the 180 for winter if you live in a very cold place like i do, but I would stick with the 160 if your area doesn't get below 10-20 degrees.

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    Quote Originally Posted by adam3566 View Post
    Please anyone that tells you 180 is better doesn't know shit about cars. Yes I would deffinitly say get a 160 most likely an SLP one. You can pick one up for 20-25 bucks at your local auto store. And 160 is plenty for heat when you start it up in the winter to get the moisture out of it. Just make sure to let it fully heat up and idle for at least 15-20 minutes to get fully hot.
    Idling for that long will kill the motor faster and munch the cam. You only need to idle it long enough for the oil to get moving.

    Ideling can cause oil starvation of splash lubed areas and actually prevents the motor from warming up properly.

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    I think I have either a 160 or 180. My car never gets over 180 while driving and at stoplights in the summer it barely gets to 212 before I turn on my fans. I DD mine and I love the fact that she doesnt run hot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Orcus79 View Post
    Idling for that long will kill the motor faster and munch the cam. You only need to idle it long enough for the oil to get moving.

    Ideling can cause oil starvation of splash lubed areas and actually prevents the motor from warming up properly.
    Somebody that DOES know shit about cars. There's more to it than just a thermostat. Don't forget about the fans on/off settings.

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    slp has a switch so u can control the thermostat and u can switch between 160 and 180

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    depends where u live i thought. I'm in Texas where is doesnt get that cold, so a 160 is good for me.

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    As someone else posted before on this site, the 160 really operates at about 177 anyway. There is no true 160 operating brand, and if you sit at a light for over a minute you will be up about 10+ degrees as I watched mine on a data logger. I don't have the fans reprogrammed yet but if you are stopped alot the temp will rise back to the standard of an oe stat until the fans come on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by slpdablueZ28 View Post
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    slp has a switch so u can control the thermostat and u can switch between 160 and 180
    um no. very inccorrect. that gives you the ability to manually turn the fans on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrr23 View Post
    um no. very inccorrect. that gives you the ability to manually turn the fans on.
    he speaks the truth i own it!

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