You can also do what I did, which was tap a 2nd port opposite the thermostat. Probably voided the warranty of the Mishimoto plate but this lets me have temp and pressure. Ran both sending wires following ebrake cable through firewall, then inside shift cover, then up to a single gauge displaying both pressure and temp something like this Amazon.com: GlowShift 10 Color Digital Dual Temperature & Pressure Gauge Kit - for Boost, Oil Pressure, Water & Transmission Temp - Includes Electronic Sensors - 2 Multi-Color LED Displays - Tinted Lens - 52mm: AutomotiveI've read through all the threads on this topic, but still unsure about how to get both oil temp and pressure gauges. Threads say only one port is feasible on the mishimoto plate. How do I add another port or where can I install the temp sensor (stock oil pan)?
Most people do not wish to fundamentally modify their car. This mod adds a few minutes time to an an oil change, once, and costs 150 bucks or so.I read through the big sandwich plate thread back when I was doing the research before buying my Exige. This was a pretty useful summary. After reading through the thread I have to admit I was not real clear on what the consensus ended up being on the 200/185 thermostat. Instead, I got the impression that the Laminova with a radiator upgrade was the better option. My car has neither but I have been considering it. I could get rid of the front oil coolers and lines as a bonus.
Thanks for the info. I always wait about 20min or 10 min after water temp is ok before hitting second cam. How often do you check your cams? Any symptoms or will this first come when they are really bad? Do you need to but on a new valve cover gasket every time when pulling the valve cover off? Some say yes and others no..There have been several opinions on what is causing cams to wipe. Some think oil temp is too low. Others think its oil starvation caused by stock oil pan starving the pickup during sweeping turns. My personal view is most likely temp and maybe also starvation. I'm on my 3rd cam. First could have been scored during pervious owners first 15K miles but who knows for sure. I replaced it with an OEM that only lasted 7K miles. One more and I could make a coffee table! Not wanting to do this again, I went with MonkeyWrench stock shape but hardened metal for cam #3 AND mishimoto plate AND 200 degree t-stat AND baffled oil pan AND oil temp gauge to monitor.
6 or so track days and many spirited recreational days later, cams are good. Think I finally got it licked. If not, I'll post a picture of my new table.......