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Unread 06-17-2014, 09:32 PM   #37861
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It's a ZJ. That's the problem. There's a company that sells a triple electric fan kit, but it was pretty pricey if I remember right. The heat here is terrible, and ZJs don't cool very well to begin with.
Edit, I read ZJ and saw XJ. Disregard my comment. Lol.

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Unread 06-17-2014, 10:23 PM   #37862
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Anyone correct me if I'm wrong. A thermostat only keeps the coolant from circulating in order to get to operating temperature more quickly. It is possible for you to run with no t-stat and you will still have the same operating temp. The only thing that is going to change the temp cooler would be a bigger radiator/higher flow fans. The temp rating on the thermostat is just how hot the coolant has to be in order for it to open. They go bad when they malfunction, no longer open, and cause you to overheat. When my zj ran in the summer 218 seem about normal in traffic. I wouldn't worry too much until you start boiling over.

Also a good solution is to clean all the gunk and grime from the engine block and bay. All the crud and old oil acts like insulation keeping everything extra hot. The radiator as well can have problem cooling if it is caked with dirt and mud.
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Unread 06-17-2014, 10:54 PM   #37863
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Correct. Also, if using tap water with the coolant, you likely have a ton of scale built up in the water jackets.
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Unread 06-17-2014, 11:03 PM   #37864
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Well I have done a flush with some heavy duty stuff that I use in my diesel also new hoses and high flow pump but tomorrow taking out thermostat and replacing and see where that gets me and worse case I will order a new aluminum radiator and hood vents or I may get crazy and start drilling 2 inch holes lol
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Unread 06-17-2014, 11:04 PM   #37865
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And I only use distilled
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Unread 06-17-2014, 11:15 PM   #37866
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Possibly both the most hilarious and tragic headline I've ever seen.


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Wha...how...why...just...wow!
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Unread 06-17-2014, 11:22 PM   #37867
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When I had my ZJ it was always running hot here in Vegas (over 210) so I went and replaced everything tat had to do with cooling. Radiator, tstat, water pump, hoses, fan clutch and that did the trick as after that I never had a problem with it keeping just a tick under the 210 mark.
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Unread 06-17-2014, 11:27 PM   #37868
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Well I think a new dual core aluminum rad will do the trick but who knows but is the water pump a ccw rotation?
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Unread 06-18-2014, 12:43 AM   #37869
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All this thermostat talk is makin me want to watch Jaws.
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Unread 06-18-2014, 02:18 PM   #37870
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What is it about a big red van that people seem to not be able to see?! Had another crash last night. Same scenario as the last one 4 months ago with someone making a lane change into my van! Same side even! This is getting ridiculous. This time it was on the freeway, and it was everything I had to keep the stupid thing straight. 60mph hit followed by some sweet drifting isn't cool!
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Unread 06-18-2014, 02:26 PM   #37871
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I don't know if your van is gps monitored like my work truck is, but I'm limited to 3 mph faster then the posted speed. So needless to say everyday on the freeway is me basically getting flipped off and people calling to complain about my speed limit driving.
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Unread 06-18-2014, 02:34 PM   #37872
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LOL, glad I don't drive my van that often since it's actually mine and not a company ride!!! Seriously though, these things are huge, how can you not see it to change lanes into it???!!! Were they sober? Both times?
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Unread 06-18-2014, 02:40 PM   #37873
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I don't know if your van is gps monitored like my work truck is, but I'm limited to 3 mph faster then the posted speed. So needless to say everyday on the freeway is me basically getting flipped off and people calling to complain about my speed limit driving.
That sucks!

They ain't putting no GPS system on my $2000 truck haha. I bomb this little ***** down the highway doing like 80 with the 4 squirrels under the hood giving it all they got.

Though some times I may be a bit over zealous which results in incidents like the guy following me to the gun store and calling my office leaving a voicemail saying how he was going to beat my *** in the Parking lot blah blah blah


I also drive it weekends frequently because it's my primary vehicle. Pretty decent deal.
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Unread 06-18-2014, 02:41 PM   #37874
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Also it's not that people don't see the van, it's that they don't ****ing look.

I'm sure we all do it every once in a while. I know I occasionally catch myself making a lane change and then think 'oh that car is pretty close behind me....whoops'
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Unread 06-18-2014, 03:11 PM   #37875
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Also it's not that people don't see the van, it's that they don't ****ing look.
Uhhhhh....



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it's that they don't ****ing look.
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people don't see the van
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And I can honestly say nope. I have done the thing where I look in the side mirror, looks clear, start my lane change as I'm looking over my shoulder and oh ****... But I still see them before I change lanes. Can't say I've ever made a lane change and then went whoa, where'd that dude come from?
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