LoneWolf04 wrote:I followed your V8 build. Have you towed much with it after doing the V8 swap? Only saw mention of driving it around. Pushing these 4.3l to pull 4k pounds in the summer heat and humidity couple with AC puts a lot of strain on the motor, which builds up a good amount of heat. I would guess more so than a V8 because the V8 wouldn't have to work as hard.
LoneWolf04 wrote:Finally had a chance to get this KKS radiator in. I must say I really like the fit in the truck, no modifications were needed. The only thing I would suggest is use the factory cooler quick connects. I didn't have a problem with the engine oil cooler ones but the trans ones both leaked badly. I'll kee everyone updated on how well it holds up. Opted to purchase the 2 year warranty from eBay on auto parts for it in case it leaks. Ended up just over $210 for it and the warranty.
KennyB wrote:On the Intrepid fans did you do a write up on it by chance?
Thanks for the update, always worried about quality on ebay at times...
I'm running a 195 degree stat. Your stat temp is simply the temperature it opens fully so running a lower stat temp once you get over that value it will not help cool the motor anymore.
As far as your comment on checking for electrolysis in the cooling system. At NO time should you see over 3/10 of a volt as it is extremely damaging at that point, let alone you recommending 2-4volts as being normal on an s10. The cooling system in my truck has not seen a 1/10 of a volt when those all aluminum radiators failed. That voltage reading in the cooling system is a direct result of the acidity level of the coolant.
Thus far with this new radiator and NO ground strap attached to it I have had ZERO issues. The two failures from the "custom shop" were poor builds, PERIOD. I am running 50/50 green as well. Have been since I bought the truck 70k miles ago.
Also, as far as your trans temps go, you are reading them in the wrong location if you're looking for a factual number of what the trans temp is really running at and how well overall your cooler is doing its job. You need to measure the fluid temp in the pan as that is where the fluid temp that will be going into the trans is at, not directly after a cooler as it will warm back up as it gets closer to the pan and once it dumps back in. When manufacturers test for cals on vehicles as well as even where the trans has its own temp sensor is located in the pan because that is where your fluid resevior is.
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