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Postby RedCelicaTRD » Wed Jun 24, 2009 12:27 am

88st165, did you have your a/c on, also?
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Postby 88st165 » Wed Jun 24, 2009 1:33 am

Ah yes thanks Chris. We should prob keep the units the same for easier comparison of our findings.

No I didnt have my a/c on. Today I found out that the compressor no longer engages. I thought I forgot to plug a connector in after I put the engine back in but they are all connected. I assume its just low on freon b/c last time I used it was barely cold.
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Postby slappyNuts » Wed Jun 24, 2009 8:16 pm

hey guys, I need to buy a new rad for my 88 st165, i was looking at the ASI ones and they look nice, but could you guys who did the group buy confirm that they are in good working order?

I do a lot of work in China so i worry about the quality of work sometimes.

I am lookin at one of the ASI ones on Ebay for like $250, but $80 for shipping - so i want to make sure its worth the money - otherwise i'll just get a stock one, unless anyone has a better idea? :shrug: any opinions and feedback is appreciated
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Postby RedCelicaTRD » Thu Jun 25, 2009 4:21 am

I personally think mine works fine. I haven't done as much testing as the others but I seem to be doing ok so far.

As for the 200*f on a 100*f day, that's fine with me. Especially for low speed driving. My st185 would do 210*f around town on a stock radiator.
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Postby 88st165 » Thu Jun 25, 2009 4:38 am

Went on the highway today, outside temp was around 85-90*F. I did some normal speed limit crusing and the coolant temps were at 188*F, 8* above what the normal stock rad temps usually are. Oil temps were normal.

I then did a couple boosted runs, +16psi 3rd to 4th gear pulls and temps didnt change much at all, maybe +/- a few degrees.

I did see again a 200*F coolant temp when I was driving in a little traffic but the oil temps were normal.

Side note, the stock coolant temp gauge does not register the changes in coolant temps after it reaches a certain temp, i.e. the needle doesnt move when its 170*F or 200*F.

Im not worried onr bit running this rad. Like I said before its much better than bursting a stock plastic endtank. Ill report back if I observe anything odd that happens.
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Postby ChrisD » Thu Jun 25, 2009 11:29 am

Anyone have an issue installing the sensor in the bottom of the rad? My sensor is clearly too large to thread in there.

My old rad was not a stock one however - I really have no idea what was used there but it was as thin as the stocker but had metal end tanks. I wonder if this sensor was not the original also...

I think it is technically the temp switch for the rad fan.
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Postby Rick89GTS » Thu Jun 25, 2009 7:36 pm

Chris, see if you can get yourself a 165 stock temp sensor or one that is M16 x 1.5. Not sure if the GTS one will work, but will be worth a try. That's the stock size the rad is fitted to accept.
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Postby timmey » Thu Jun 25, 2009 9:42 pm

I 'think' I have a st185 water temp sensor around that you can have if you pay shipping.

I'll look around when I'm home and let you know. Anyone know if it's the same size? I don't see why they'd change it..

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Postby ChrisD » Fri Jun 26, 2009 12:28 pm

As it turns out my sensor had an adaptor fitted to it. Unscrewed the adaptor, and voila I have the OEM sensor! Thanks anyways timmey! :)

Who knows what was up with my rad that I had...
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Postby timmey » Sat Jun 27, 2009 12:25 am

Glad to hear,

No worries, couldn't find it anyhow!

btw: I am going to try to make the Vernon meet. Car is in rough shape right now though.

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Postby ChrisD » Sat Jun 27, 2009 2:07 pm

Sweet! Don't worry about the car too much. We'll have all sorts there. It's more about getting a chance to meet the people. :D
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Postby ChrisD » Mon Jun 29, 2009 1:33 pm

Got the car running this weekend. Everything going good, no issues to report.

I will run 3-4 tests to see how things go.

1. As is right now, with old green coolant / water mix.
2. Full flush with Toyota Red.
3. Toyota Red with a bottle of Redline Water Wetter.
4 (maybe). Downpipe wrapped as it sits closer to the rad now.

Test #1 will happen this weekend.
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Postby 86turboswap » Mon Jun 29, 2009 3:34 pm

Can anyone that upgraded to the ASI help me out. I need a ST165 Radiator to get my car on the road. I bought it with no radiator, I have everything else but no radiator.
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Postby slappyNuts » Mon Jun 29, 2009 10:05 pm

86turboswap- read the last few pages, they are full of the information you are looking for.

i guess we're still waiting for more test results
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Postby 86turboswap » Tue Jun 30, 2009 6:30 pm

Let me clarify my statement.....

I need a stock OEM ST165 RAD hoping that anybody that upgraded might want to sell me there stocker. I am trying to save some money. My alltrac has no radiator at all. Right now I have a couple more projects on my plate, before I can get to modding the trac.
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