Mud in my Veins
Join Date: Dec 2000
Location: Memphis, TN
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Re: Oil pan
A deeper pan holds more oil... further from the crankshaft and pistons. So when you drive across that 20% slope, the pickup stays submerged and you don't spin the bearings or stretch the rods. And since there's more oil to go thru the same pump, the average speed of the oil is reduced, increasing the time it spends cooling in the pan. It doesn't help HP/torque performance; it helps driveablility/durability performance.
But not enough (IMO) to justify the cost. Some cost more than an accumulator, which (plumbed and wired properly) reduces engine wear to almost 0 by working as a preoiler with no moving parts, protects against dry sump, and scores higher on the "WOW, what's that thing?" chart than a pan.[img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/smile.gif[/img] I've been looking at the Moroso HD unit (#23900) for about $300 with ALL the accessories, and I think it's actually worth it. Rick Pewe and others recommend it, so I'm saving my nickels.
83 Custom w/95 4.9L EFI, 78 NP435, 83 NP208, 83 D44IFS 3.07, 87 Ford 8.8ABS 3.08, Michelin LTX AT 31x10.50R15