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Yes you can, but the car wont come up to temp (or may take a very long time) ... which may cause other issues with the injection system running rich .... the thermostat is only a couple of quid to buy (dont forget to replace the sealing ring as well) so I'd change it as well unless your leaving it out to test for something else.
Depending on the mileage, I'd also consider changing the water pump as well since the radiator is out ..... becareful if you have A/C as the screws/bolts that hold the condenser to the front of the radiator are a pain in the ass to get to (esp the ones from below the bumper) .... make sure you have seperated the two units before trying to remove the rad, as the A/C parts are very expensive and if you disconnect it you will need to pressure check and re-gas the system .... expense you dont really need ... just take your time and take care.
Hope it helps
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