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Gutted thermostat???

This is a discussion on Gutted thermostat??? within the External Engine forums, part of the LSx Technical Help Section category; I am waiting for a 160 degree thermostat, in the meantime was wondering if I could gut the stocker and ...

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    Gutted thermostat???

    I am waiting for a 160 degree thermostat, in the meantime was wondering if I could gut the stocker and run it for a few days? The old days we could run without one all summer, now with FI???

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    i did on a ranger a few year ago. it just ran like it was cold. didnt hurt anything. since it is warm weather you dont need the heat so it should be ok for a little while

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    thats how mine is because the ones i would buy wouldnt open so my car would just keep climbing in temp.(i cut it off before it got too hot). But anyhow yea i have mine off i just have to wait like 5 min @ ideal to let it warm up. Its a good thing to do with the comp 918s (so i hear)lol

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    as long as its a normal stat and not a double popit

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    My buddy runs no thermostat on his Trans am GTA, its fuel injected, and everything runs great. I agree ^, let in warm up a little

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    DON'T DO IT
    WILL OVERHEAT YOUR ENGINE! OLDER CARS YES, BUT NIT THE LS1. I PERSONALLY TRIED THIS AFTER RUNNING MANY 454'S WITHOUT T-STATS AND TO MY SURPRISE MY COOLANT NEVER COOLED. MY TEMPS GRADUALLY RISE TILL I HAVE TO SHUTDOWN. LS1 WATER PUMPS FLOW MANY G.P.M.s AND THE T-STAT HAS A COUPLE BYPASS HOLES TO ALLOW COOLANT THROUGH REGARDLESS OF BEING CLOSED. A RESTRICTOR OF SORTS SLOWING THE COOLANT DOWN ENOUGH FOR IT TO COOL.
    I wrote this in big type so you wouldn't do it. If you do be ready for a head gsket repl.,

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    Don't

    That isn't a good option. If you do a couple different worded searches in our tool bar you'll see we have went over the whole 160 T-stat in vast detail.

    When you do that the computer thinks that the motor is just starting and it runs the motor VERY rich trying to get it up to operating temp.
    It will kill your oil quicker also due to breakdown from excessive fuel.

    Change you fan settings and you'll run just as cool if not cooler with a 180.
    Don't be afraid of the bottle!!! Be afraid of your tune!!!

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