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Posted: Mon Oct 30, 2006 9:38 pm 
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hi all, bought a new adrad radiator 2day and the bloke told me to put a 160F thermostat in for summer. whats the go, why do i need to change it??? thanks

 

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Posted: Tue Oct 31, 2006 7:51 am 
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The idea is so it will run cooler,dont know who to belive :? :? :?

vik...some say "Just do it" others dont :!: :!: :!: FIIK :?: :?: :?:

 

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Posted: Tue Oct 31, 2006 9:08 am 
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You dont need to change it.
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Posted: Tue Oct 31, 2006 9:45 am 
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See what I mean :shock: :shock: :shock:

vik...and why not xr8yoot???

 

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Posted: Tue Oct 31, 2006 9:52 am 
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Because they're setup to run at certain operating temps, you'll find too cold and it will probably run rich, everything is running off sensors.
My AU has stock everything and doesn't go over 1/4 to 1/3 on a hot day with the air on.
If it were a pre EFI car then 160 is fine, but a cold running engine also creates more engine wear.
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Posted: Tue Oct 31, 2006 10:48 am 
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Depends on what temp the ECU has as cold. My AU3 runs a 160 degree and with mods still gets a constant 12.5 L/100km average and down to 10 on a trip. (Au3 Pursuit 5.6 litre) Just opens sooner and stays fully open longer.
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Posted: Tue Oct 31, 2006 3:54 pm 
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vik351 wrote:
vik...and why not xr8yoot???

You dont need to change thermostat temp for different seasons anymore than you need to change the grade of oil for different seasons.

Ideally when changing thermostat, you would also change the temp your thermofans switch on/off. (did EL have thermo's?)
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Posted: Tue Oct 31, 2006 4:02 pm 
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hi
i just chanded from a 192f thermostat to a 180f and unfortunatly i have trouble keeping the temp above 1/4 so would'nt a 160 f be a little to cold??
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Posted: Tue Oct 31, 2006 9:02 pm 
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well i think ill just leave it for now and see how it goes.
thanks for all the help

 

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Posted: Sun Nov 05, 2006 11:32 am 
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You can generally get a power increase by running the engine cooler. The question is for how long? Bore/ring wear increases exponentially with lower temps.

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