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Old 03-17-2011, 03:25 PM   #201
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Yep, i slathered motor oil on the o-rings to make sure they slid in nicely this time.

I also want to recommend cleaning both mating surfaces very well before rtv and reinstall.

I just didn't even want to have to deal with any sort of oil leak so I cleaned almost every trace of old rtv from the pan and block and wiped with solvent to ensure a leak free pan.
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Old 03-17-2011, 05:18 PM   #202
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^ Agreed! I spend more time cleaning the flange/block surfaces that any other part of the install. Surface prep is key to being leak free
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Old 03-18-2011, 06:13 PM   #203
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Razor blade and a surgeon's hand baby! Then a lot of cleaning!!!

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Old 03-18-2011, 11:16 PM   #204
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2. What is everyone's experience with these mods affecting warranties? Are most dealers cool about installing these parts?
If your dealership gets into contact with Chris and okays the pickup, they'll likely want to install it themselves for warranty and profit reasons.
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Old 03-18-2011, 11:42 PM   #205
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Razor blade and a surgeon's hand baby! Then a lot of cleaning!!!

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I used the tube from a pen to scrape out the grooves on the oil pan's mating surface.
(So as not to mar the surface)
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Old 03-19-2011, 11:04 AM   #206
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If your dealership gets into contact with Chris and okays the pickup, they'll likely want to install it themselves for warranty and profit reasons.
^ Correct. Most want to see it for themselves before giving the OK. We do have dealerships that install them regularly now (even on cars with a warranty), stock them, and will install a pickup the customer has purchased themselves.

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Old 03-21-2011, 02:03 PM   #207
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Installed the KB pickup and baffle, 07 WRX with 60k. High quality, excellent fit. Factory pickup is structurally solid, but there is a gap on the braze where the pickup tube meets the strainer. No bigger than the strainer mesh but not good. Also had mystery aluminum and crap in pan. Have owned car since new, wonder what has come out in oil changes? I never saw anything but never filtered the waste oil either.

Lots of good advice in this thread. Definitely buy or fab a tool to cut the pan gasket and use gentle leverage and downforce to remove. Still somewhat of a PIA but overall not bad, just takes a few hours, even without a lift.

Excellent products Killer B, thanks for the piece of mind.
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Old 04-01-2011, 10:46 PM   #208
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Did oil pickup tube and Baffle. Both great items . Thanks Killer B now I can sleep at night. I'll try and post pics of old parts. Car has 60k and u could tell it was time to change it.
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Old 04-02-2011, 09:42 AM   #209
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^ Thanks for using our products and enjoy your rest filled nights
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Old 04-08-2011, 01:26 PM   #210
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So basically, since I just got my car back with a new engine, 78,000 miles now, and want to track it I should probably get some sort of new setup since the entire KillerB setup, oil pan, baffle, and pickup, completely outperforms 05 wrx setup?
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Old 04-09-2011, 12:29 PM   #211
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At the least I would replace the pickup and go with an OEM STi oil pan. If you want some extra protection and oil capacity to compliment track time our pan is a great choice
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Old 05-23-2012, 12:21 AM   #212
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Got it as promised. Great customer service. Product fits great with no issues.

The install was one of the hardest DIY projects I've done.
I removed the jack plate, but did not touch the exhaust, and did not jack up the motor. I did have to remove the heat shield on the left stock header. I removed the pan with 2 swivel joints and 1/4" socket and extensions. Removing the pan bolts wasn't the problem. Removing the pan however was extremely difficult. Rubber malletting it and using a screwdriver to pry (which you shouldn't do) and kicking wouldn't budge the pan.

Finally got it off using an xacto blade from a hobby shop, and needle nose pliers to hold and maneuver it. I cut the gasket seal in all the places i could and pulled down holding tension. It finally came off. I was able to place the new pickup tube in place (without the pan) with the screws very lightly threaded in. Once the pickup tube was loosely attached, I then maneuvered the pan with new gasket material into place. With the pan angled just right about 30 to 40 degrees, i had access to further tighten the 3 pickup screws. Then pushed on the pan to seal and tightened all the pan bolts

For me, it took 3 hours x 3 days to complete it. If you're doing it alone, i would make sure i had a backup car in the meantime. I had to bang out the pan and flatten the lip which i mucked up and then paint it. So this took time. The easiest way for me to remove the gasket material once the pan was off was with my dremel and a steel brush. I used black RTV to seal, others have used grey

Been running for a week with no leaks. My OEM tube was fine but now I don't have to wonder or worry.
why did u only lightly thread the bolts for the new pickup tube and not fully tighten them before putting the pan on?
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Old 05-23-2012, 08:31 AM   #213
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He didn't remove the exhaust manifold or jack up the engine, so leaving the pickup loose lets you move it around some so you can get the pan into place. If the pickup was tight, the pan wouldn't go on. Most remove the manifold and jack the engine, in which case you just tighten down the pickup and install the pan.
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Old 07-13-2012, 02:11 PM   #214
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Bump!

I did a quick search last night about the bearing issues with Subarus and I came across this issue. I've had my 06 wrx for four years and an 04 for two years before it and I've never came across this. I'm a bit shamed, honestly. And I'm very surprised not to see a sticky about this issue.

Coincidentally, I tore my car apart yesterday to fix an exhaust leak and do some PnPing so I'll do this while the manifolds are out. Though about two months ago I could've tossed it in there when I replaced my oil pan because I hit something and it was leaking.

Anywho, much much praise to you guys (killerbmotorsports) for bringing attention and a fix for this issue to the community. I'll be ordering the pick-up today.
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Old 09-30-2012, 03:57 PM   #215
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I bought a 06 sti with about ~100k miles on it with good oil pressure. Swapped the pickup with an aftermarket piece this weekend during the first oil change. I'm almost a little disappointed the pickup wasn't on its way to destruction. There are a few areas that might be the start of a problem, but no major cracks as far as I can tell.





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Old 10-23-2012, 09:49 PM   #216
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Is there much point to doing it to a 2 liter moter? I need to change the pan. What does that cost on top of the $190 for the pic up?
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Old 10-23-2012, 11:02 PM   #217
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I'm almost a little disappointed the pickup wasn't on its way to destruction. There are a few areas that might be the start of a problem, but no major cracks as far as I can tell.




The braze will flake away just before a crack forms. Here's a similar pic (significantly magnified), but just after the crack started. Notice the smiliarity in the flaking braze. I'm not saying it would have failed, but the flaking braze would make me concerned.

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Old 10-23-2012, 11:07 PM   #218
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Is there much point to doing it to a 2 liter moter? I need to change the pan. What does that cost on top of the $190 for the pic up?
Here's a thread with a poll for people who had failures. Lots of 2 liter failures too.

http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/poll...s&pollid=20165

And if you do spirited driving, you should get an 06+ pan and baffle while you're in there. Here's another great post by KillerB about the pan differences

http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show...8&postcount=36
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Old 10-23-2012, 11:07 PM   #219
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Is there much point to doing it to a 2 liter moter? I need to change the pan. What does that cost on top of the $190 for the pic up?
All EJ engines are known to have the failures. The older cars tend to fail at higher mileage vs the newer cars, but they all have instances of failure. If you're having a shop install it, see if they cut you a deal if you buy the pickup and have them install it.
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Old 11-18-2013, 02:40 PM   #220
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Oh no.. My 06 WRX has 143k on it. Gonna do this ASAP before I lose my motor.. lol.
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Old 11-18-2013, 03:43 PM   #221
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Oh no.. My 06 WRX has 143k on it. Gonna do this ASAP before I lose my motor.. lol.
my Air Cut Valves didn't fail within my warranty period.

But they failed.

And when they fail, they don't destroy the engine.
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Old 01-19-2014, 03:52 PM   #222
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Yeah I know this thread is super old, but instead of making a new thread...


I dented my oil pan the other day being stupid while jacking up the motor. So at that point I started researching how to swap out the oil pan, and happened across this thread during my search. I did it the same way as the OP, only jacked the motor up and removed the jack plate.

Went surprisingly well, and the only real issue I had was getting one of the oil pan bolts by the tranny back in, which took me about a half hour longer on that one bolt.

So here are a few pics.

Here is the Killer B piece, very nice!




Here is the factory one, no visible crack yet but you can see where the brazing has flaked..


Here it is installed.


I dont have a pick of the dent in the bottom of the oil pan, but I did knock it back out. When I looked through the oil drain hole, there was still plenty of room left. I just wanted to change it out for piece of mind, and now I never have to worry again.
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Old 01-19-2014, 05:28 PM   #223
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I just purchased this oil pick up also!

Going in my new built shortblock!
Can't wait to see what my stock one from my 05 Sti looks like
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Old 01-19-2014, 10:23 PM   #224
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I feel the pain. I had/have a stock 2007 WRX. Bought it with approximately 85,000 miles and it was 5 years old. Not even a full 3 days after I buy it, my oil pressure light came on. This was my culprit:



So I ended up having to replace the motor b/c it toasted my old one. I ended up getting a great deal on a never used 2011 STI shortblock from Mazworks in Florida. Came with the shortblock, OEM 11mm oil pump, and a Covert oil pickup.

I personally would have rather gone with the KillerB, but I got the package deal for $1900 shipped.
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