06-13-2016, 11:50 AM
Join Date: Jun 2015
Location: TAMPA, FL
Total Cats: 9
I recently considered removing my squirters after one of them came loose (10+ years after my initial build) and broke a piston. I eventually decided against it.
IMO, the benefits of removing the oil squirters are:
-if you have a stock oil pump, it will increase bearing oil supply. If you're running upgraded gears with a shimmed relief valve, you'll get much less benefit. The only problem with this is... if you can get to the oil squirters to remove them, you can get to the oil pump and replace it just as easily.
-if you have a stroker kit (bbundy for example) or some similar setup that has an oil control ring that intersects with the wrist pin area, you'll get less oil usage. If you are running pistons with stockish geometry, you won't get as much benefit because they don't eat oil in the first place. That's my experience anyway.
-if you are suffering from elevated oil temps, your temps will go down because the oil won't be cooling the pistons. This is a mixed benefit IMO, kind of like the increased ability to move around the cockpit you get from not wearing a seat belt. If you're in a situation where you don't suffer from oil overheating or you are in a situation where you worry about heat in the combustion chamber more than the oil, removing them will have less benefit.
If you're running an N/A build with stock oil pump and forged pistons (why would you do this?), this is probably the mod for you.
If you're running a stroker build with coated pistons, this is probably the mod for you.
If you're not experiencing oil pressure/oil heat issues on a turbo car, this is NOT the mod for you.
I'm in the situation where:
-I have a shimmed boundary engineering pump
-I have never come close to having oil overheating problems with my current cooling setup. I had overheating issues like 10 years ago, at which point I parked the car for a few months, upgraded my radiator and fans and installed an oil cooler setup with a fan.
-I have wisecos with stock wrist pin location and I've never had oil eating problems with the sprayers
-my pistons aren't coated
-I like not having detonation problems.
Even before my current rebuild, I never had any of the problems that this fixes. So I kept them.