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Old 12-29-2003, 09:55 AM   #1
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How hot is too hot

I have a .21 motor in my inferno (just new) it is broken in and fitted with a temp gauge. It runs around 270 to 295`F. Is this tooo hot? What would be a normal running temp?
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I've accidentally gotten motors that hot, and as long as you get it cooled down quickly, there is not much danger. Richen your high needle, or cut a bigger hole in the body. Also remember there is discrepancies between temp guns and loops. Hell, a friend of mine has the same gun I do, and his reads 3 degrees higher than mine. With all my motors, I've tried to keep them below 280, just as a rule. You can judge by sound too- if it sounds as if the motor is "cooking" or "sizzling", cool it down quickly, or shut it down immediately. Those sounds generally indicate that you've broken the 300 degree mark.
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Old 12-29-2003, 10:18 AM   #3
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Thanks PHATKAT
I was a bit worried about the cooking part. So below 280 is good.
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Yup.

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put an egg on it... if you see smoke coming out within 5 minutes, you know its frying!!
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i'm not sure what motor you have, but i think running constantly @ 280+ degrees fahrenheit can't be too good. you can actually smell the metal burning.

anyway, i was lucky enough to have don waller help me break in my ws72. the temp @ which you break in your motor is going to dictate how hot it will run. so, if you break it in cool, your engine will run better @ cooler temps. on the flip side, if you break in your motor hot, you'll have to run it hot to get it's max potential.

my c-5 ran best around @ 225 deg f. my ws72 runs best around @ 195 deg f. now the ws72 has had only about 1/3 gallon through it, and i run it pretty rich. even though its still pretty rich, it has a tremendous amount of power. i'm sure if i tune it and lean it out a bit, i'll really feel the power. right now, i'm trying to not overwork it until atleast i've gone through 1 full gallon. even then, i'll try not to let it get past 240 deg.
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Can agree. Went to a Club meet for Nitro on the weekend and they run these engines around 280 to 320. No probs and they do run better at these temps.
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I ran 4 gallons thru on a .12 picco at 220-230 F... Got 2 gallons at 250-260 F Depends on how long you want the motor to last.. ehheh
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