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Re: running hot????
No clue, but I wouldn't sweat it until you put a real temp guage on it. The factory ones are junk. After puting a good aftermarket guage on it I found that the needle on the ctocker moved a whole lot when the actual temps only moved about 5 degrees. If I remember, the stock thermostat starts to open around 180 and isn't fully open until 192. The optional factory thermostat starts to open at 190 and ends above 200. Any temp below 200 is good.
You might want to check your fan belt, fan clutch, radiator shroud, and fluid level (I am assuming you took the radiator out to do the belt??).