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    Quote Originally Posted by SD_GR View Post
    could you use a modified retainer bracket? The one from Subaru has a fixed screw hole on the car side and a "wobble" fitting (I don't know how to say it) on the rad side, and it only bolts onto the car side. Could you grab a spare bracket and experiment with a different hole placement? Just throwing out ideas.
    What is this modified retainer bracket? I'm not familiar with it.

    I did not realize it until yesterday the Koyo core is substantially thicker than OEM.

    Edit: I just measured them; OEM = 27mm, Koyo = 53mm.
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    I was thinking you could buy a spare set of brackets and drill "oval" holes to allow you to tilt the rad away from the car if need be. Just a thought.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sasquatch View Post
    Yes, but am unsure about the lower 160 degree spec.
    I run a 160 degree thermostat but I also run 1.3 bar radiator pressure. I don't have any issues in the winter with the car running to cold (172-180 operating temps) but warm up time is slightly longer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SD_GR View Post
    I was thinking you could buy a spare set of brackets and drill "oval" holes to allow you to tilt the rad away from the car if need be. Just a thought.
    Great idea!
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    Don't most new(er) tstats fail "open" anyways? Just curious.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by dttruax View Post
    Don't most new(er) tstats fail "open" anyways? Just curious.....
    The OEM thermostat seems to fail closed, at least according to the makers of a replacement thermostat designed to fail open (and also designed to cost... $70, which is why I never bought one and never will). I've not heard about that T-stat in years though, don't know if they are still around.
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    Motorad makes a failsafe one for Subaru that runs about $20
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    Quote Originally Posted by Donkey View Post
    Motorad makes a failsafe one for Subaru that runs about $20
    Since they can be had that cheap was why I was wondering if most OEM thermostats would operate the same way. Would make sense to me. Of course that doesn't mean anything with my 2004 car....

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