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A 180* T-stat is going to keep the engine 20* cooler than the stock 200* T-stat but to get the full effects of the T-stat you need to adjust you fan high, low settings so they come on 20* sooner than before. Because of this if you're in stop and go traffic your fans will be working a lot more. Once I think your over 33mph your fans don't even come on anyways. Putting in a 180* t-stat shouldn't be put in because you think it will be a performance mod because you won't even know you have it in. You might get maybe an extra degree of timing but that's it. It will only help the longevity of the motor.
This was what I learned from Cliffyk on the subject.
Oh and even though running the fans more is bad and they will mostly likely fail sooner, they are only like $50-60 from your local parts store to replace.
The PCM will see the cooler engine as an opportunity to increase spark advance. It may not do this to any great extent depending on the tune, however it will not retard it. Beyond that you will gain very little with regard to resistance to detonation by changing the thermostat. The real fix is to alter the timing (and/or AFR) in the tune.
Running a lower temperature t-stat can often allow a bit more aggressive spark advance in climates with high ambient temps. Here in Florida with 93 octane fuel it let's me go another 1° or so on the global spark adder in the summer; and it doesn't get cold enough in the winter for the 180° thermostat to have any downside (this may be true where you live as well).
If the fan speeds are not changed there will be no gain from the faster opening thermostat in situations where the fan runs (this only happens on my '03 GT during periods of extended idling, such as in stop-and-go traffic, etc.). At any speed over 33 the fan typically doesn't run anyway, over 40 the it won't run at all as tune won't allow it.
I ended up reducing the fan on/off settings by only 10°; because with the 20° decrease it ran unnecessarily, far too often, and was annoying. There are 4 scalars that need to be changed low speed on and off, and high speed on and off.
If you have an SCT chip the fan settings/tune was designed for a 180 thermostat unless someone turned the fan settings back to stock.
I would have thought that Bama would tune my car for the stock thermo since I told them my car was stock....if it is tuned for a 180 thermo then that might explain some of my ping, correct me if I'm wrong. I get no ping when I first take off, only after I've reached operating temperature, but I get it with all settings (87 Street, 87 Performance, 93 Race).
I've changed my plugs and fuel filter, also ran some fuel injector cleaner and still getting ping. If I can't sort this out in the next day or two I'm getting rid of the chip.
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