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160 Stat in -15F and colder???


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I am currently getting ready to install E-fans on my SS and will be sending out my PCM for a tune in the next couple weeks. I have done alot of reading on here about the 160 stat, seems like a win win idea (with a tune to advance timing)...... in places with mild winters. Where I live a good part of the winter will be below -15F. It seems that lots of people here are saying that it doesn't create a noticeable affect on the heater, and there are others that say it does?! Also Mr. P talked about an arctic heater core or something along those lines to keep the heater efficient, that being said are the gains from the advanced timing and a cooler running engine worth the hassle of installing that?

 

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Hope that you get some input from guy's who live up north, with 160* therms.

 

I live in North Carolina and installed a 160 early this last spring while we were still having temps down to the 40's overnight.

 

I had to boost my heater settings a good bit to stay comfortable, in the cab, and the thought went through my head that "this ain't gonna work out, next winter".

 

Winter is coming so I guess I'll find out, soon.

 

Not too worried about myself, but my GF is cold natured and she rides in the truck a lot.

 

Sure thankful for heated seats.

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Now I see your from Canada, when you say -15 are you talking Celsius or Fahrenheit?

 

I personally live in a fairly cool part of the country. We usualy dont get too much below 0 F, every once in a while we get a few days that go below. But most of the time when i start my truck up in the morning its in the Low teens. I have never had an issue with my 160 stat.

 

I would suggest that you get and engine block heater to make sure its nice and warm when you start it up. I have been thinking about getting one installed on my truck before this winter

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Now I see your from Canada, when you say -15 are you talking Celsius or Fahrenheit?

 

Most of the members are from the US on SSS.com so i converted to Fahrenheit, temperature ranges from 20F to -40F (-5c to -40) in the winter here (yah I know that sucks) Block heater is absolutely necessary!

 

I'm thinking if Downeast Johnny had to crank he heat to stay warm in the low 40's then its probably gonna be cold

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Most of the members are from the US on SSS.com so i converted to Fahrenheit, temperature ranges from 20F to -40F (-5c to -40) in the winter here (yah I know that sucks) Block heater is absolutely necessary!

 

I'm thinking if Downeast Johnny had to crank he heat to stay warm in the low 40's then its probably gonna be cold

 

I was a little rushed when I wrote out my initial response and should have added that I have wondered if my heater system was working as well as it should from day one with my truck.

 

I have not had it checked because it was always good enough, (although it never made me think that it could run me out of the truck), but I have felt that it was surprisingly weak for a modern vehicle.

 

Maybe some others will add their 2 centavos before you give up on the idea.

 

I read a lot of posts on the 160* therm mod before deciding to go for it and I don't remember anyone else mentioning the heater performance suffering because of it.

 

Hope that I am helping more than hurting with my thought's.

 

John

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I have had my 160 stat in my pickup for almost 4 years. I live in interior Alaska. We get cold here. Probably some of the coldest temps an sss is going to see(I have logged iat's of -30f) lol.

I do believe you have to turn the temp up higher to achieve the same previous interior temps. I think the gains are great by way of safety of the motor. The lower coolant temp is mainly to resist knock. Obviously you are not going to gain anything at -40 because you shouldnt be putting you pickup to the floor at those temperatures any way.

 

To answer your question. I think it is worth having.

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