Originally Posted by D Money
KillerB, question for you. Being a wrx owner, with a fully built motor etc, should I worry about my wrx oil pickup? Or did they not have issues of cracking like the 06 stis? If so, do you sell a oil pickup for the wrx pan?
Also, it seems you're saying the sti pan is better for oiling, is that correct?
From the data I've collected, there have been failures with Subaru pickups since 1996. It became more evident to us Subaru owners when the WRX was released and forums like this took off with a younger demographic buying up WRXs and the STi. So there are failures on the EJ20s (older WRXs) the older STi (04-05), and the worst has been the 06+ WRX AND Sti pickups.
These parts leave the factory with a manufacturing process defect, so if you search around enough you'll find both stock and modified cars are affected. Engine vibration plays a minimal role in these failures.
I don't have any aftermarket EJ20 pickups just yet. And the STi pan IS a better pan.