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Daryl

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Once my engine (347 stroker) gets up to temp, the gauge is reading around 180*. It doesn’t seem to get higher, but is that an acceptable temperature or would a thermostatic oil cooler be a good idea?
 

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Depends on your intent. Circuit racing, absolutely. Street, no. If it's the occasional racer, monitor it before spending the money.

Name brand synthetics can routinely get over 250 F with normal change intervals and it's no sweat. But if oil temps routinely get over 280 F, it's definitely time to change the setup.
 
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I guess I’m ok then since my gauge never reads above 180*. Thanks!
 

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Keep in mind that the 180° reading is engine coolant temp and may not be indicative of the oil temperature; however, as @cobrajeff96 stated, unless you're racing, you're probably fine without a cooler.
I guess I'm assuming he has an oil temp gauge setup? Otherwise 180 is on the cold side for most cars water temp lol
 

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Yes, that's what I took away from it. I'm not even sure a mod motor could ever be so cold at 'operating temp' range. Besides, it's less efficient to run a motor that cold all the time. The hotter, the better... to a point.
 

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"Once my engine... gets up to temp, the gauge is reading around 180*"

I guess I assumed this was the standard engine temp guage not oil temp. @Daryl ?
 

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