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I wouldn't suggest it. The thermostat controls the important cooling flaps. Without it your engine will run hotter, and will be prone to overheating - no water in this case, just plenty of melted metal.

When I rebuilt my 2.0 liter, I tested the existing thermo in boiling water - it failed. A replacement is pretty cheap insurance for longer engine life.

Forgot instructions:
First disconnect the thermostat wire from the linkage that spans the two flaps. It runs in front of the oil filler.
Then you'll have to remove the air guide plate that screws into the thermo's bracket.
Then disconnect the back of the thermo from its bracket. It should then slide out sideways. Remove the cable from the front of the thermo, and attach it to the new one.
Install in reverse. Make sure that the cable is tight when connecting the cable to the flap linkage.

My $.02


74-914 2.0L

[This message has been edited by 3D914 (edited 10-22-2001).]
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