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Old 07-31-2013, 10:52 AM
JB3 JB3 is offline
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ive currently got no oil thermostat plumbed in on my van, and the biggest thing I notice is the whole engine seems to run a little cooler, more around 160-170F, where formerly it ran 180-190 typically. Its hard to specifically place this on the oil system, as the radiator is slightly larger, but it could have an impact.

I figured it was ok as without the stock oil filter im missing a large volume sump of oil, the volume of which exceeds my aftermarket cooler and lines, so I didn't think it would run over cool. I don't have an oil temp gauge yet though

I did buy an external oil thermostat that has JIC fittings on it, so it would be pretty easy to sort of make the stock arrangement all aftermarket parts and spaghetti if you absolutely need to
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