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Absolutely.

The thermostat slows down the flow of water through the radiator, to give it a chance to cool down before it returns to the engine. Removing the thermostat will cause a free flow of hot water through the radiator, which will return to the engine at nearly the same temperature and cause the engine to overheat in a short amount of time.
 

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Without a thermostat the water flows so fast thru the engine that the heat transfer to the water is reduced significantly, I worry about the cylinder temps whenever I see a motor without the thermostat installed.
 

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Good advice there volwings.
 

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That should be correct, spring side toward the engine. You can pull up a parts list on most of the Honda sites on the internet and it has a pretty good drawing. The trick is finding what section the part you are looking for is hiding in, I found your thermostat along with the fuel pump drawings.
 

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Well i got it in

Still hot according to gauge it runs around little over half way

and fan kicks on if u in traffic long

but it really doesn't feel hot...i mean i can put my hand on it for about 8 seconds
 

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Sounds like it's working just fine. The gauge should run at about 1/2 and the fans should come on if you are at a standstill for very long.
 
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