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Thread: ECOTEC in Miata: Oil pan clearance problems; Help!

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    I've seen the first, but didn't metion it cause I need to research how the plumbing goes in a dry sump set up.

    But the second one! Yes! That could work perfectly with the the custom subframe kit. Thank you blackbirdracing!

    Now for prices, lol.

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    That dry sump would be awesome.
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    NICE...

    If only there were prices up on that site...

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    well on mine i just notched the pan flat back to the pick up then added a sump at the back. the pick up if i remember right is like dead center of the pan. on the bcm i used it and just elemenated all the things i dident need out of the harness. you do have to keep the ignition wiring with the key and barrel from the colum then once you have it all put together you just install a bypass moduel for the passlock then just unplug the cavi key and barrel and then use your miata key, is this making since? its been a long day so sorry if this is just jiberish
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    I gave RRE a call yesterday and spoke about the design and pricing. The design is straightforward, the middle sump is removed and instead is spread across the whole pan area. The pick up screen has a windage tray and is placed further back towards the transmission. The pans appear to be made from scratch and not just modified OEM ones. He said that instead of stamped aluminum they cast aluminum the pans, therefore making them stronger. The pan holds an estimated 4 qt's

    The pan runs $330 + Tax (for CA only) + Shipping.

    Unfortunately it's not as simple as remove the old one and slap the new one on. Well it is mechanically, but there are other problems that can arise. As many may know already the sump is there for a reason. It ensures there is oil at the pick up screen, no matter if nose diving or cornering hard, and therefore oil pressure. Our middle hump on the OEM's not only submerge the pick up, but also the depth of the walls make it harder to sling the oil out towards the sides or front/back. The RRE pan flattens and shortens the pan (Yay!), but can be subsetible to oil starvation when hard braking or cornering since there is no sump around the pick up or walls to hold the oil. For this reason they HIGHLY recommend using an oil accumulator in conjuction with the pan. You get a filter relocation adapter (similar to CBM's version) and plumb it to your relocated filter housing. On the return line (I believe) you plump the accumulator with a check valve, which holds 3 qt's apprx. and is pressurized. If at anytime the pressure in the plumbing is below the pressure in the accumulator, it then feeds the plumbing until pressure is restored. Once pressure is restored it begins to fill up the accumulator again for the next time around. Pretty neat design when he explained it to me.

    The filter relocation adapter is $190 + Tax (CA) + Shipping
    The accumulator is $220 + Tax (CA) + Shipping
    Plumbing is still on the buyer.

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    Dry sump would be nice, but A.) Not familiar with the system and plumbing yet to make any real comments, and B.) Is much more expensive, complicated and requires maintanece.

    Hey bagged83dime, any chance you could produce a picture of your oil pan. Would be greatly appreciated!

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    well this is what i could dig up


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    Another rear sump ecotec pan and AR5 shifter conversion.

    I'm running this pan for my 2000 S10. Just mocked it up with tape and some 3xxx Aluminum sheet and dropped with a welding shop. Had to extend the pickup tube but I preserved the baffle plate. I'm also running an AR5 transmission from an 06 Solstice. Top tip (AR5 is cousin of R150 Toyota V6 tranny, non-extended shifter bolts right up.)

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