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This is a discussion on 160 thermostat within the External Engine forums, part of the LSx Technical Help Section category; Im looking at a few upgrades for my TA. the 160 thermostat is pretty cheap, but what is the advantage ...

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    160 thermostat

    Im looking at a few upgrades for my TA. the 160 thermostat is pretty cheap, but what is the advantage of running one over the stock one. i realize it will make the engine run cooler, but how much of a difference will i feel?

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    ur not guna feel any difference........

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    Quote Originally Posted by V8MUSCLE View Post
    Im looking at a few upgrades for my TA. the 160 thermostat is pretty cheap, but what is the advantage of running one over the stock one. i realize it will make the engine run cooler, but how much of a difference will i feel?
    You will also have to get a tune to turn your fans on earlier or a manual SLP fan control switch or this mod is useless.

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    i realize that about the fan, i should of worded the question a little better.

    ive read online that running cooler is better for power, not life of the engine.

    con: running below 212F you will not get hot enough to boil any condensation out of your oil, leaving water in your oil which is never good.

    con: a cooler piston will be slightly smaller than it would at normal operating temps. much like on cold days when we start up, lots of piston slap. wouldnt be as bad, but i guess any slap is bad.

    pro: perkier throttle response. slightly more power, with fan mod.

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    when replacing the thermostat, how much fluid is lost? i just flushed my entire system with new fluid so i wouldnt want to lose it all and i dont see how id catch it in that tight engine bay

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    just drain the coolant into a catchcan of some sort, when its swapped fill it back up with the fluid you took out
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    Quote Originally Posted by Siciliano15 View Post
    when replacing the thermostat, how much fluid is lost? i just flushed my entire system with new fluid so i wouldnt want to lose it all and i dont see how id catch it in that tight engine bay
    Go here! http://www.installuniversity.com/ click LSX vehicles, the click install documents on left. scroll down and you will find 160 deg. t-stat in cooling section. You guy's should read because you neeed to be careful about leaving air in the cooling system in aluminum blocks. Especially read the end of step 13, about the air it says "Removing all the air from the cooling system is CRUCIAL for aluminum blocks."
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