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Old 09-14-2004, 05:50 PM
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What are the advantages of running a 180* thermostat vs a 195* thermostat?

What are the advantages of running a 180* thermostat vs a 195* thermostat?Does the engine work harder running a 180*thermostat?thanks bm

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There are too many varialbes to give a quick and easy answer.
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No...it just runs cooler....180 is a good temp to run. You may want a little hotter in the winter when using the heater.

Some engines do run a little better with a hotter thermostat. What motor is it?
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its a gm 350 sbc crate motor?
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180 will be fine.
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ya 180 or 195 either or
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what should i run in my 383 stroker? i have a 160 right now should it be hotter?
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Heater works better w/ 195F.

Extensive study showed increased engine wear as operating temps dropped.

As I recall, wear started increasing at 180F or so and got progressively worse as engine temps declined.
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