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Old 02-25-2007, 12:28 PM
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Is there any reason not to put the oil return in this location versus putting it in the more standard (per braineac's faq) location? Also, for the 'standard' location, are there any measurements as to where exactly it goes? Distance from pan flange, etc?

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That looks like it should be good. The main thing is that it is higher than the oil level, and does not interfere with anything.
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Is there anything that I could hit on the other side of the pan in that area?

I just read through the FM turbo install instructions. If i can't access that higher rearward area, I'll just use their instructions.
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Thats a picture of my engine right there. I placed it in that location while the motor was apart (well oil pan was just set on) because it seemed the shortest route possible without causing interference. However, since I had the pan off, i was able to get it perfectly between the two rod mains that go right there and also i do not have AC or power steering, so i dunno how that would play out.
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Yeah, I walked outside and took a look. It's impossible to get to with the engine in. I feel a bit silly having asked.

I'm just going to do it the way the FM direction say. 2" below the oil pan flange as far forward in that front section of the pan as possible.
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Originally Posted by expensivehobby22 View Post
I'm just going to do it the way the FM direction say. 2" below the oil pan flange as far forward in that front section of the pan as possible.
Do you have a link or picture of the FM way?
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i have mine done that way right angle air grinders are you freinds it is more direct. I did nick the oil pickup a little but no biggie, just dont go to far in, and you wont puncuture it.
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as per the FM instructions..... tap where I have marked in red. Just do it in the middle of the first two bolts. This is the best and easiest location to do it while the engine is in the car.....Everywhere else, good luck.
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Yeah. What Brain said. There is a link to the install instructions on FM's sight. Pretty nice actually.

I still haven't been able to drill the hole. I have the bit, the tap, but my drill chuck is only 3/8ths. I don't want to buy another drill or pay 20 bucks to rent one so I'm in the begging mode right now I did find a 1/2 replacement chuck for 3/8ths drills, but it didn't fit my Dewalt. Frustrating stuff.
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i used a metal router bit to make the hole from ace 5 bucks, and fit in my normal drill and right angle air tool no problem. the pan is only alluminum guys
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I want to drill the oil drain flange as well and put a hose barb pointing straight down. That's not AL, hence the problem. I think I found someone to borrow a drill from though so all is good.
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A stepper bit would do the trick as well, providing one of the steps matches the size needed for the tap. Bonus is the bit is really sharp and should be less likely to deposit little bits of metal in the oil pan.

Anyone who isntalls a roll bar needs a right angle drill and a stepper bit
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Sorry to hi-jack....
Tapping the oilpan and having the return on the same side as the turbo has its obvious benefits. However, has anyone considered that while travling the long return path, the oil would get a chance to cool down? I have no data to prove it, but it seems to make sense...
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yeah it could happen but the heat and reversion risks are to great. for me anyway + then i couldn't use teflon inner braided stanless lines and i would be stuck with rubber ****
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beasty555, yes, the oil traveling the long path around the engine would have a chance to cool down more than just traveling the short length to the pan, but the benefits seem to outweight the risks on this particular vehicle.
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I have mine pretty far forward. no issues. pretty easy to get to.

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Originally Posted by jayc72 View Post
A stepper bit would do the trick as well, providing one of the steps matches the size needed for the tap. Bonus is the bit is really sharp and should be less likely to deposit little bits of metal in the oil pan.

Anyone who isntalls a roll bar needs a right angle drill and a stepper bit
nope just a real long drill bit, makes life so easy
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There's at least 10 members here from VA. So help is nearby, but really, tapping it is straightfoward. Really. Everyone is nervous to do it first time, and nobody wants to do it. Just follow instructions, you'll be fine.
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