Alrighty, I have a hole in my radiator so the first performance upgrade is going in!
Along with a new radiator, and I'm thinking of even getting an aluminum radiator for the weight difference, is: a 180 degree high flow thermostat.
What is the difference between stainless steel, copper and brass? Summit racing has 2 thermostats I'm looking at. One is all stainless steel and the other is stainless steel, copper, and brass. I'm assuming the all stainless steel one would be best, because of the rust protection? Is there a huge difference in weight?
(Ya I know I may be nit picky, but I want the best for my baby).
Edit: Also, I've done some additional research, and it looks like just installing the 180 degree thermostat will cause the engine computer to adjust the air/fuel mixture to run a bit more rich. So I have a couple more questions here about this:
Is there really that big of a difference in the 15 degrees in regards to engine performance, air/fuel mixture, and MPG?
Is there a way I can adjust my computer to "like" the new 180 degree thermostat without installing a chip, or new computer?
If I put in a high flow 195 degree thermostat, would that be the easiest option, but at what performance suffering compared to the 180 degree high flow?