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blade
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 34
posted February 22, 2004 02:21 PM  
YOU RUNS A THERMOSTAT OR NOT? I'VE HEARD SOME GUYS JUST RUN A WASHER IN THE HOUSING DOES THIS WORK JUST LOOKING FOR IDEAS.

trynmods
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 53
posted February 22, 2004 03:00 PM  
What I did was take the thermostat take the gutts out of it and put it back in. All you need is a something to restrict the fluid flow.

racer17j
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Total posts: 5390
posted February 22, 2004 04:15 PM  
I go to hardware store and get a 1/2 inch sae washer. Beat the edges a little and it will fit in place.

amonett3rdgen
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 31
posted February 23, 2004 04:54 PM  
we use a 180 degree balance stat.

Leadfoot#8
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 44
posted February 24, 2004 12:36 PM  
We run the washer with the hole in it ....normally can buy a kit with three different sizes in it . Start with the biggest or smallest and see waht your engine needs to run cool. T-stats will stick and they do have tooooo much restriction when open.

19J
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 370
posted February 24, 2004 01:52 PM  
I run totally homemade. It is the same thing as a washer tho. My engine wouldnt run with the Tstat gutted it got hot. I would run a washer. Depends what size motor radiator water pump and all that between 5/8" and 3/4" is a good starting spot.

doughboy1153
Dirt Newbie

Total posts: 1
posted February 24, 2004 07:18 PM  
i use a 5/8 resrictor from moroso with a flow cooler pump five blade fan four core raidator three inches from fan to rad.this works great for me

[This message has been edited by doughboy1153 (edited February 24, 2004).]

WesternAuto17
Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 569
posted February 25, 2004 08:25 AM  
I run a stat because it helps the motor warm up about 2.6 million times faster than a washer.

If you're overheating, its not the presence of the stat. Obviously, if the stat is sticking, thats no good.

Now, if you're overheating with a stat, but not without it, you have some other problem and really should figure out what that is. Removing the Tstat on a street stock is a crutch, there's something else wrong.

19J
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 370
posted February 25, 2004 02:25 PM  
Heres what was going on with my car. The tstat was brand new and good. it warmed up fine but once you started running it around the track it didnt let it flow fast enough. When we gutted it it went too fast. It was like a water fall just gushing it went straight through the rad and wasnt cooling. So we made a custom one and it works fine. Yeh it takes a lil while to warm up but let it run for a while before you go out then after a lap or so running it hard it gets warm and stays there. I guess it is just choice and opinion. I dont know anyone that runs a Tstat.

WesternAuto17
Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 569
posted February 25, 2004 03:15 PM  
When it comes to Tstats and alternators, do whatever works.

If your car overheats, how did you know it was because the water was too restricted and not another problem? Just curious, maybe I could learn something.

19J
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 370
posted February 25, 2004 10:05 PM  
Well. We knew it was too fast. A water fall like I said. Then we put in a regular thermostat and it slowed it down alot. We did all of this without the radiator 100% full. When i ran it in a race it was full though. We was just checking the flow of it. So my brother an excellent mechanic made his own one day while i was at school. Came home and the car was perfect. Ran cool and everything. Then changed radiators and it was gettin hot again so i put in another version of his "washer" but smaller and it runs cool again. Other than that we havent changed anything. At the beginning of the season the head gasket did blow but we changed that. So all this was on a fresh gasket and a pressure check head.

rico 08
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Total posts: 1139
posted February 26, 2004 01:55 PM  
I usually run a 5/8 restrictor with smog pulleys and the 3/4 with 1-1 pulleys,if you run more reduction you can eliminate the restrictor.

Cally66
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 65
posted March 05, 2004 01:06 PM  
I have used both the washer takes along time to warm up the engine to correct temp and I use a therm and drilled 2 5/16 holes on the side so you get flow and cooling at the same time it works A good Radiator is the fix for colling Problems I know alot of poeple us both it's just what you perfer

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