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    Riva 160f Thermostat Install Question

    I bought the Riva 160f thermo kit and I'm at the point of installing the billet ring around the housing. I've read a lot of people having problems with these blowing off under pressure and losing all their coolant, and I should make sure to install a T Bolt clamp around the flanges. Are people putting the T Bolt clamp around the billet ring, or in place of the billet ring?



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    People tend to use the worm clamp when re-using the old plastic insert.

    Could have saved yourself a lot of money by just popping out the old cap with boiling water and re-use.
    New 160 thermostat is like $20

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    Quote Originally Posted by livefromheaven View Post
    I bought the Riva 160f thermo kit and I'm at the point of installing the billet ring around the housing. I've read a lot of people having problems with these blowing off under pressure and losing all their coolant, and I should make sure to install a T Bolt clamp around the flanges. Are people putting the T Bolt clamp around the billet ring, or in place of the billet ring?





    2 of my skies 08 gti +13 rxtx AS has blown the housing apart. Riva put a new water pump and 160 thermostat kit together for me and the tx blew it apart again. When I put these 2 back together I put JB weld on them and haven't had any issues since. My o5 RXT has had one on since 08 and never had a problem with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EVN81 View Post
    People tend to use the worm clamp when re-using the old plastic insert.

    Could have saved yourself a lot of money by just popping out the old cap with boiling water and re-use.
    New 160 thermostat is like $20

    When you say popping out the old cap with boiling water? Do you put the thermostat cap end of the housing in boiling water for a while and then try pulling it off?
    I don't believe you'll have enough time to heat up the cap if you just pour water on it..

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    I did it under the kitchen cooker.
    Was it easy, no.
    Big chance of breaking or stretching the housing near the tabs, yes.

    But still it was doable.
    Ski is still running without wormclamp or screws to hold the inner piece.

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    When reinstalling the cooling lines, should I use the supplied Riva oetiker hose clamps, T-Bolt clamps, or just grab some SS hose clamps from Home Depot?

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    Quote Originally Posted by livefromheaven View Post
    When reinstalling the cooling lines, should I use the supplied Riva oetiker hose clamps, T-Bolt clamps, or just grab some SS hose clamps from Home Depot?

    The last hose clamps you will ever buy........
    http://www.awabllc.com/


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