Pete, Do you think it is a good or bad idea to swap the thermostat to a 180 or will that screw up my chip program? Will there even be a benefit? I just worried that the car won't run as well as it does now come warmer weather.
Yes a 180 is fine and will work with your chip, I think these cars come with a 180 , Mine did from the factory,
A 170 may be better I cant see it hurting, I will do that this week
thanks for bring it up , I forgot about it , Probably because of the cold weather, nitro
If you have a Q ask, I dont mind peace
John - you sure? When i measured mine, it opened around 195. So did the "factory rated" one from NAPA.
On topic, I do not see the value in messing with the thermos - I think it is overrated and a remnant of the early closed loop days, I also see some potential downsides for street driven cars - for drag race only cars it is not a concern to run too cool. Ultimately, I believe that the end state of engine temp will be the same, based on flow rate, heat exchange capability (radiator), etc. A cooler thermo will just take longer to reach temperature homeostasis.