1989 rrc normal running temps?
So I'm about to take the "new" rangie on its first offroad trip. I'm concerned it's running a bit hot and wanted some input. I've replaced everything in the cooling system and I mean everything (radiator fan clutch water pump thermostat hoses heater core temp sender for the gauge). The gauge normally sits right in the middle but sometimes creeps up a bit past. Other rrc's I've had indicated cooler running than this one so I'm concerned there is a problem but have pretty much convinced myself that the gauge sux.
My question is can anyone take a reading of their normal operating temp with an ir thermometer or otherwise? My last reading yesterday with the gauge slightly past the halfway point showed 197 at the intake manifold just below the thermostat housing on the drivers side and 206 at the radiator tank at the top drivers side where the top hose connects.
I'm running a 180 degree thermostat. I may pull it and test it on the stove. Any input appreciated.