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Update on mods
Well I got a good part number for a thermostat that will work in our truck. I went to auto Zone and me and the guy that worked there matched up some thermostat's to the factory one. Plus he cross referanced then also just to make sure. They sell Duralast stats and the part number for the 180 is 15478. This stat is a perfect fit and measures out exact I put my digital mic on it. This change alone droped my water temp by 20 degrees. With the a/c on in traffic it ran 215 now it runs between 190-195. The truck is so much more responsive and it cools off alot faster. I feel that this was a great move plus the intake temp droped also. I read the intake temp with my laser reader before and after and it said almost 13 degrees cooler. (thats alot) I bet that air charge senor likes that. Now for my modified factory intake box. I pulled the lower of the box out and removed a piece of the bottom with my die grinder 4" by 5" section. Then I modified the front air deflector by reshaping the way the air comes in. (I opened the front up behind the grill) After that I installed a panel K/N air filter. Then I went for a road test. Let me just say this with these two mods that I did my truck feels alot better. I would have to say atleast 15 hp because any less then that and you couldn't feel it. The other thing is that even after driving the truck around for an hour or so it always has the same amount of pwr and I attribute that to the lower coolant temps.
The throttle response is awesome and my wife could even feel the differance. I can't wait for the cool weather I think this truck could run in the 12s just the way it sits.
Now we need the aftermarket to make a bigger throttle body and undrive pulleys for this truck that could be another 10hp.
Last edited by GRNENVY; 08-09-2006 at 08:12 PM.