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Old 02-04-2013, 08:02 PM   #1
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I was browsing, looking for my next mod when I came across the Oil Pickup Failure Thread. I noticed that the highest rate of failure was the 2006 STi, and that the average mileage for failure was right in the neighborhood of where I was at. I also saw several attempts at better pickup tubes made by many different vendors. The one that looked like a newly engineered solution rather than re-enforced garbage was from KillerBee Motorsports. At the price I was hesitant to buy it, but then every time I started the car I would start wondering if this would be the time that the pickup broke and had me in line to buy a new block.
The part shipped quickly, the build quality is phenomenal and the fit is actually better than stock.
Installation had a couple points where I almost said screw it and left the factory one on there - namely removal of the oil pan. No worries though, a putty knife and rubber mallet do the trick just fine.
Re-assembly was a piece of cake and went quickly. I allowed the RTV sealant to set the recommended amount of time, topped it off with oil and cranked the car over. The oil pressure light turned off before the car even finished cranking! With the factory pickup it would shut off after about a second.
I highly recommend this piece.
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Old 02-04-2013, 09:31 PM   #2
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What mileage is that? I've been thinking about getting this as well but the price is holding me back a little bit. Nice review though.
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Old 02-06-2013, 02:38 PM   #3
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Did the stock pick up have any evidence of cracking or not?
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Old 06-25-2013, 05:30 PM   #4
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My stock pickup was not damaged in any way. After seeing the differences between the OEM vs KillerB though, any Subaru I own will get one of these - especially if I have to remove the oil pan for some reason.... no way in hell I'm leaving the OEM one there.
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Old 07-10-2013, 01:40 PM   #5
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I changed my stock pickup with a KillerB at about 20000 km's and the weld was discolored and looked like it wasn't in great shape so I was happy that I changed it out to avoid any future problems.
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Old 07-12-2013, 01:39 PM   #6
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same when i had my engine rebuilt one of the things i made sure got replaced was my oil pick up it just makes sense, i mean why spend all that money on a new engine and not replace that, its just reassurance and piece of mind really. the thing the engine needs the most is oil
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Old 08-08-2013, 10:22 AM   #7
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I just noticed this review. Thanks so much for the feedback!!

Oh and I agree... removing the pan is a pain! I like the combination of putty knife and BIG hammer
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Old 08-11-2013, 12:31 PM   #8
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Oh and I agree... removing the pan is a pain! I like the combination of putty knife and BIG hammer
Putty knife didn't really work for me...there was only one spot on the driver side where I could fit the putty knife and couldnt get any leverage. I ended up using a small-medium sized screw driver which I know isn't the best tool to use against soft aluminum.
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Old 02-02-2014, 07:42 AM   #9
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I made a tool that does a great job. Basically I took a pair of needle nose pliers and welded a thin piece of metal at the tip. You just set the metal edge between the pan and the block and set the other end on the lip of the oil pan and squeeze. Work your way around, then whack it with a rubber mallet.
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Very awesome, killer b makes some great items!
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