This is a discussion on Sinister's Progress Thread within the Builds forums, part of the Tech & Modifying & General Repairs category; Originally Posted by MainFrame I don't think the OEM pickups are even welded where they tend to fail, they're brazed.. ...
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You folks are the first I've heard of this. I'm going to have to do some Nasioc research, because I don't believe I've seen any high hp cars that I've noticed an aftermarket oil pickup on.
This is exactly it! They always crack away from the actual joint, and the coloration makes it clear that the tubes have been way overheated. Which is funny, because you don't have to get something that hot to braze.
Broken OEM Oil pickup... Pictures - NASIOC
I actually had a metal shop class in HS and learned how to weld (mostly spot welding and I think arc welding, cannot remember if we did any mig or tig welding). Welded car parts for the autoshop class and our teacher was and expert at it. Been a long time since I have welded anything (over 12 years) and I am sure I would suck at it now.
Last edited by c2bcoolwrx; 07-12-2011 at 08:02 AM.
It sounds like this issue is few and far between... I'm not 100% as to whether or not I'm going to do this.
I'm going to be getting an ej257 pan, KillerB ultimate pickup, and KillerB windage tray in the future.. it's just good insurance. Besides, I have actually seen my OEM pickup suck air when cornering before, so I know it's something I need to get done before long.
Oil pressure gauge.. I took a corner, and the needle dived about 20psi. I guess I didn't physically see it suck air, but I knew the bubble was there, being forced through my bearings. The ej205 pan is so flat and shallow the oil sloshes side to side when cornering.
Pretty much All subarus are made with the crappy oil pickup, so it is a great upgrade IMHO.
Here is a great thread on differences between oil pans:
WRX oil pan vs STi oil pan
If you want the highlights and most of the info skip to post #36, but the entire discussion is a good one.
Last edited by c2bcoolwrx; 07-18-2011 at 11:52 AM.
Back on it...
Installed the KB Botox Bolts the other day. Definitely got rid of the bang between hard shifts. Thank goodness.
I had a motor go down on a broken pick up. I watched my defi oil gauge twitch a few times and whammm..
I am running a killerbee pick up, pan and cosworth windage tray on my cosworth motor.