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9 hours ago, Milkmun said:

What is a good water operating temp on a stockish r33 anyway? Just installed a water temp gauge and seeing temps float around mid 80s. Stop start, highway, 28'c degree day. 

That is just about right. The thermostat is what Nissan use to set the normal operating temp, so 79-90 is great.  I would not be concerned up to 100, and if it went over about 115 it is time to stop. Everything might survive over that but it is getting pretty sketchy. 

OP, any water temp gauge is fine, they are simple things. You don't even need to mount it really, just have a gauge somewhere you can see it to allay your concerns....because 99% there is nothing wrong with your car's water temps.

 

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7 hours ago, 020king said:

Thanks for your input. Any recommendations for aftermarket water temp gauges? 

Anything really, but again as Duncan mentioned just using a scan tool / consult software you'll be able to actually read the ECU temp sensor you already have without adding an extra sensor or gauges. This is where stand-alone ECUs for a start make life easier.

So something like this

https://www.nisscan.com/NDSI/index.php?content=buynow

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Or something like this https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Fifth-gen-Defi-Advance-Zd-Control-Unit-Pkg-W-Cu-Oil-Press-Oil-Water-Temp-Sensor/183383574277?epid=18026937230&hash=item2ab2834705:g:oDAAAOSwikdes7VV

 

Mine has worked flawlessly for years apart from the oil and fuel pressure sensors. Changed them to genuine defi, and reads the same.

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18 hours ago, Duncan said:

That is just about right. The thermostat is what Nissan use to set the normal operating temp, so 79-90 is great.  I would not be concerned up to 100, and if it went over about 115 it is time to stop. Everything might survive over that but it is getting pretty sketchy. 

OP, any water temp gauge is fine, they are simple things. You don't even need to mount it really, just have a gauge somewhere you can see it to allay your concerns....because 99% there is nothing wrong with your car's water temps.

 

Thanks alot for the help and info 

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14 hours ago, BK said:

Anything really, but again as Duncan mentioned just using a scan tool / consult software you'll be able to actually read the ECU temp sensor you already have without adding an extra sensor or gauges. This is where stand-alone ECUs for a start make life easier.

So something like this

https://www.nisscan.com/NDSI/index.php?content=buynow

Thanks for the help this scan tool will be very helpful 

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13 hours ago, hardsteppa said:

Or something like this https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Fifth-gen-Defi-Advance-Zd-Control-Unit-Pkg-W-Cu-Oil-Press-Oil-Water-Temp-Sensor/183383574277?epid=18026937230&hash=item2ab2834705:g:oDAAAOSwikdes7VV

 

Mine has worked flawlessly for years apart from the oil and fuel pressure sensors. Changed them to genuine defi, and reads the same.

Thanks for the help. This piece of kit is a all in one which is good. Better than having gauges everywhere. 

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Or one of those temp gauges we get pointed at our heads every so often, should do the trick, reason i asked earlier, regarding fan, just in case electric fan was fitted for our two month summer above -3˚c, or someone trashing it or drifting previously!  But scan tools seem logical.

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