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Old 11-02-2009, 09:24 PM   #1
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So I canned my plans of going spacerless re-route since I didn't want to route up (plug wires in the way) route through the hotside (don't like that routing) and couldn't route to cold side due to oil cooler line port on the head.

I wasn't going to pay 90 bux for begi's spacer. So I started on my own

Took a 1" block of aluminum laying around my dad's garage.

Did this:

Measured the diameter of hole and lip and did this:

Made sure everything fits fine:


Tonight/tomorrow I'll be cutting the outside out to match the waterneck.

I also wanted to throw in a new 180* thermostat in while I'm in there. Anyone know of a good/cheap one? From the "lets argue thermostats" thread I dug up, I noticed Joe mention Pep-Boys or NAPA known to carry them. Anyone can confirm that?

I'll post more progress as I finish it.
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so is this the holy grail?

but seriously, looks good
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Napa, be sure to drill a hole or two in the T-stat. I forgot too :(
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i am running a 180* stant "superstat" that i got at advance auto. always keeps me right at 180*... lifetime warranty too i think
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Napa, be sure to drill a hole or two in the T-stat. I forgot too :(
Where exactly? The same sort of location as the burp valve or somewhere else?
I keep hearing about "drill hole in it" but haven't seen any pictures of this.
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If only it were another 50% done I wish I had access to machine equipment.
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Got my 180 at advance or autozone, can't remember which one. Was a stant like rieldeal had said. Didn't drill any excess holes in mine, but i'm also not running a re-route yet. I think that it had one hole in it already.
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i am running a 180* stant "superstat" that i got at advance auto. always keeps me right at 180*... lifetime warranty too i think
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/\ One of the reasons I want to get a regular and not a "superstat".
That thread/vid really REALLY helped me understand this ish. Thanks again to Mr. Joe "badass" Perez

BTW: I have a fairly good condition Protege thermostat laying around the garage. Anyone know if that is a 180 or not? If it is I'll just use that.
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BTW: I have a fairly good condition Protege thermostat laying around the garage. Anyone know if that is a 180 or not? If it is I'll just use that.
There'll be a mark on it somewhere indicating the opening temp.

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/\ One of the reasons I want to get a regular and not a "superstat".
That thread/vid really REALLY helped me understand this ish. Thanks again to Mr. Joe "badass" Perez

BTW: I have a fairly good condition Protege thermostat laying around the garage. Anyone know if that is a 180 or not? If it is I'll just use that.
boil some water and leave it in there with a temp gauge.

Drill hole(s) on the upper portion so any air can go through the head rather than get stuck inside.
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There is a forum member who can make you a lovely spacer for much less than what BEGi wants....I have such a spacer on my car.

You can see the spacer by the KIA waterneck.

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I was about to put up my miatamania spacer blank and Kia waterneck for price of shipping since I finagled my reroute without either (it's my super secret NA spacerless coldside single sensor mover reroute).

Sorry I could have saved you some machining had I done this earlier.
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One of these days that Old ****** up the road from my Job will get back to me on the mass produced spacers.Then Hyper watch out.Thats how a man gets his reroute on!
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There is a forum member who can make you a lovely spacer for much less than what BEGi wants....I have such a spacer on my car.
Care to share the name?
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Spacer is 80% complete. We made the sensor mount socket to be 1 piece with the spacer. Also welded in the heater hose fitting/tube so everything is 1 piece and there will be no leaks/bullshit to worry about. I'll snap some pictures tonight.

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In for completed pics.. looks badass so far.
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that looks great so far! Also, a quick question for thoes who have drilled the hole in the t-stat, does the size of the hole matter, and are there any adverse effects?
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So far:


Tomorrow I finish cutting it out and its set. Can't see the tube fore the heater feed in this pic. Also haven't yet drilled the hole from it into the spacer.

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that looks great so far! Also, a quick question for thoes who have drilled the hole in the t-stat, does the size of the hole matter, and are there any adverse effects?
The hole to drill, from what I understand, would be into the new thermostat since it wouldn't have the "burp valve/hole". It shouldn't be too big. Not bigger than the burp hole anyhow.
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