New KEP oil pan.
Winter Break 2000 trip I stopped by Kennedy Engineered Products.
By four o'clock I was on the road with the new pan on board. I would wait to install it after our trip.
January 13, 2001
I currently have 28,520 miles on my subie conversion and have driven a lot of backroads being careful to not snag the Subaru pan on a rock or high spot in the middle of the trail. So far, so good, but now is the time for more clearance!
Today is the day. Off with the old and on with the new!
The KEP pan mounted up just fine. I was able to install all the bolts, starting them with my fingers, all except one. Don't tell Hobert but I left that one out!! It is the one located at the rear of the pan between those two plug fittings that stick down from the Subaru engine. I put a nice bead of gasket goop on the pan before I installed it and once I had all the bolts started (except one) I just snugged them up a bit, broke for lunch and let the goop firm up a bit. After lunch I tightened them the rest of the way. The oil pan is stiff enough and flat enough that I figured I could get away with one missing bolt, after all, there are fourteen bolts!
As for the dip stick. I had to cut the supporting bracket off the dip stick (the bracket that holds the dip stick, via a 10 mm bolt, to the block) in order to get it out (down) from between the engine and timing belt cover. No matter how I held my lips or what foul words I said I could not get that dip stick out of there without cutting the bracket off. Anyway, once I had it out I just plugged the dip stick back into the new location on the Kennedy oil pan with it now coming up between the timing belt cover and the KEP heat shield. I made a bracket to hold the dip stick in place and bolted it to the tin cover that covers the alternator belt using the 10 mm bolt at the right end of the cover. I did not try bending the dip stick it so it would aim at the license plate door but instead left it au natural. You see, I like to take off the engine cover every now and then and admire my Subaru engine!!
I'm a happy guy!
January 27, 2001
576 miles on the new shortened oil pan and not one drip!
Ed and I got together for a photo op!
on the left is the stock Subaru oil pan on Ed's 1985 Weekender.
For a reference point check the oil pans bottoms in relation to the engine support member just ahead of the oil pan.
Ed has just under six inches of ground clearance. Mine has 9 inches!
Eddie wants one!!