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View Poll Results: What thermostat are the track guys running?
Factory 195 degree themostat 5 17.24%
Optional 180 degree thermostat 16 55.17%
No thermostat 3 10.34%
Replace coolant with liquid helium 5 17.24%
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Old 05-17-2012, 09:32 AM   #1
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Question Track thermostat?

Did some searching with no definative answer. I put mine in yesterday but wanted to see what you guys are running and why. Factory 195, optional 180 or no thermostat? What are you running why you are?
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Why in the f would you not run a thermostat?
I learned a long time ago that running colder than stock was stupid and pointless. But perhaps there's something different about track that I don't know about. Doubt it.

Takes longer to warm up, and if your heat exchangers are not up to task, you'll still overheat.
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Old 05-17-2012, 09:40 AM   #3
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Ha, I agree but just thought I would throw it out as an option as I know some cars that do not run thermostats (not miatas)
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NA's actually had a 180 degree thermostat stock. I seem to remember reading that the switch to 195 was emissions related. I've always run a 180 in my miatas, since I feel like that was what it was designed to run.
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I think mine is a 180*f. I never, ever go over 200*f.
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You should just not run a thermostat (ie, just remove it completely). Its "better" for flow
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Flow is power.

I only use my thermostat when my engine is cold. After it warms up I turn it off.
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Gutted thermostat on my track cars with a reroute. I am told it is not the same as no thermostat by people who know more than me about this kind of thing, so I go with it.
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Wow harris, sounds like you're trying to pass visual inspection or something.....lol. Let's keep the BS to a mimimum guys, dont want the noobs to get confused.
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So you're getting confused?
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I am pretty sure that you should run the Stant 180 degree thermostat on the miata, no matter what the car is doing.
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Can you share why youd run the stant single valve unit over the OEM double valve unit?
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Wow harris, sounds like you're trying to pass visual inspection or something.....lol. Let's keep the BS to a mimimum guys, dont want the noobs to get confused.
You are "the newbs".
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Gutted thermostat on my track cars with a reroute. I am told it is not the same as no thermostat by people who know more than me about this kind of thing, so I go with it.

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Wow harris, sounds like you're trying to pass visual inspection or something.....lol. Let's keep the BS to a mimimum guys, dont want the noobs to get confused.
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Run a thermostat. If you don't...

at speed, coolant might flow in and out of the radiator without having time to cool.

Do what you want (because racecar). And *uck you know who.

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Contact hyper...
...He will hook you up so good your engine will freeze
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lol @ this thread.
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NA's actually had a 180 degree thermostat stock. I seem to remember reading that the switch to 195 was emissions related. I've always run a 180 in my miatas, since I feel like that was what it was designed to run.
The stock thermostat in my 1990 was 195. The stock thermostat in a 2002 I changed recently was a 180.

I think the 180 reduces thermal spikes on track for me over the 195

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Theseus has a gutted thermostat because it doesn't have any other coolant lines (no heater core, no oil warmer, etc).

Rover has an M-Tuned reroute with the factory oil warmer lines capped, but it still uses a heater core which allows flow before the thermostat opens.
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