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Offline Lee

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Temperature control via aftermarket thermostats
« on: September 10, 2018, 11:46:02 pm »
Has anyone used one of these?

https://shop.watt-man.com/Thermo-Bob-1-Kit-for-Kawasaki-Concours-1986-2006-1-fittings-TB1.htm?categoryId=-1

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Re: Temperature control via aftermarket thermostats
« Reply #1 on: September 10, 2018, 11:52:14 pm »
Doesn’t the ThermoBob -raise- the engine
operating temperature?

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Re: Temperature control via aftermarket thermostats
« Reply #2 on: September 11, 2018, 12:17:08 am »
Doesn’t the ThermoBob -raise- the engine
operating temperature?

in a nutshell, kinda... but not really, just provides for more rapid heating, and control, during colder than normal climates/conditions..., which adversly effect carbs functions ( originally developed for the notoriously cold blooded KLR, and it's issues).
it does NOT reduce the max operating temps on a C10, nor does it provide a "cooling benefit" by the definition of "better/more cooling"...

so, in essence, it is not gonna benefit for increased heat dissipation... better spent money would be cleaning, flushing the system, maybe a new thermostat if desired, and a coolant cocktail that "sheds heat better/more consistantly" within reason economically, and emergecny replacement wise. (i.e., commonly available coolants, that can be topped up, in the event of a blown hose, or other event, while on the road).
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Re: Temperature control via aftermarket thermostats
« Reply #3 on: September 11, 2018, 02:39:51 pm »
Thanks MoB for expedient reply. That puts that line of investigation to bed nicely.

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Re: Temperature control via aftermarket thermostats
« Reply #4 on: September 11, 2018, 02:42:38 pm »
"better spent money would be cleaning, flushing the system, maybe a new thermostat if desired, and a coolant cocktail that "sheds heat better/more consistently" within reason economically, and emergency replacement wise."

Yep did that! Now if I could just move to a place that is not 90% humidity and mild to moderate on the heat.........

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Re: Temperature control via aftermarket thermostats
« Reply #5 on: September 11, 2018, 06:56:41 pm »
Do a search in this Forum.
I recall that someone installed and talked about the thermo-bob some time ago..

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Re: Temperature control via aftermarket thermostats
« Reply #6 on: September 11, 2018, 07:36:29 pm »
Do a search in this Forum.
I recall that someone installed and talked about the thermo-bob some time ago..

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I remember that one.
http://forum.cog-online.org/concours-c10-zg1000-general-chat-and-tech/speedy-arrival-thermo-bob/msg580131/#msg580131

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Re: Temperature control via aftermarket thermostats
« Reply #7 on: September 11, 2018, 08:09:08 pm »
That's not the one I was thinking of.
I looked it up.
The guy built his own version of a thermobob for about $15.
Said it cut down temperature cycling in cold weather.

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Re: Temperature control via aftermarket thermostats
« Reply #8 on: September 14, 2018, 03:43:50 am »
i put a thermo bob on mine.  i believe the write up appeared in the concourier.  in a nutshell, the engine temp is controlled, like most liquid cooled engines by the thermostat.  most cars have a bypass built in.  allows quicker warm up and, usually, more stable temp control.  my temp comes up quickly, and stabilizes, according to the temp gauge, however accurate that is.  if i'm stuck in traffic the temp will go above the thermostat temp, i.e. thermostat wide open and not any cooling air across the radiator, until the radiator fan kicks in, or i start moving again.  all this does is add a bypass like many cars have.  is it critical to have?  probably not.  there are some benefits i think around reduce engine wear, but there's only been a few coggers to really put the miles on their C10s anyway, where this might help.  (over 200K).  i don't have the time right now to do it again if i was contemplating it.  i was happy to put it in and that it's in.  but it ties up a weekend.
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