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  • Turbo oil drain

    I am getting ready to drill a 1.6 oil pan for the oil drain.
    Alot of the pics and builds I have looked at have no AC in place and others I have owned either had no AC or utilized the built in drain nipple on the passenger side of the block. I am keeping the AC on this car, so I am trying to figure out the right/best place to drill. Anyone have a link to a pic of a build with AC. Just want to doublecheck before I drill it.
    Thanks in advance.
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  • #2
    RE: Turbo oil drain

    It's really easy Kurt. My car has A/C and I did it with everything in place. Go between the first and second oil pan bolt, in the center of that panel.

    I tried to take a good pic just now, but that might not be possible with the car on the ground.

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    • #3
      RE: Turbo oil drain

      found a pic of an oil pan.

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      • #4
        RE: Turbo oil drain

        Ahh...so under the AC bracket then?
        My engine is on the floor so I have complete access to it.
        The AC bracket is attached however for reference.
        I am not really worried about drilling I just want to get it in the
        right spot. Hehehe...okay that sounded suggestive..:lol:

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        • #5
          RE: Turbo oil drain

          correct, in the top pic I posted you can see the bottom of the a/c bracket
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          • #6
            RE: Turbo oil drain

            Wow- I didn't realize that it mounted that low on the pan. How high is the oil level on that end when the pan is at the proper level? Must only be a 1/2" or so...
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            • #7
              RE: Turbo oil drain

              There really shouldn't be any level of oil there, it would be flowing down to the sump. No?

              Kurt's bracket does look a wee low. I bet it would adjust up a little.

              Corky says it doesn't matter if you tap below the oil level. And I believe him, but I still got mine as high up as possible. I actually drilled with the a/c bracket in place, but had to remove the bracket to thread the pipe fitting in. (the "corners" of the fitting would strike the bottom of the bracket when turning)
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              • #8
                RE: Turbo oil drain

                Kurt + turbo = :wtf:

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                • #9
                  RE: Turbo oil drain

                  Originally posted by Doppelgänger
                  Kurt + turbo = :jawdrop:
                  Fixed.

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                  • #10
                    RE: Turbo oil drain

                    Kust, just remove your dipstick and plumb it into that hole.... you don' tneed the dipstick anyway :lol:

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                    • #11
                      RE: Turbo oil drain

                      Originally posted by Doppelgänger
                      Kust, just remove your dipstick and plumb it into that hole.... you don' tneed the dipstick anyway :lol:
                      The HKS 1.8 kits actually used a setup like that. :lol:
                      The 1.6 kit however used the existing drain nipple
                      on the passenger side of the block. Other turbo cars/engines
                      I have owned were drilled higher on the pan then AC will allow...or on the front corner.
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                      • #12
                        RE: Turbo oil drain

                        Which is why I'm swapping to a MSM pan on my 1.8. Bolt on and go. :)

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                        • #13
                          RE: Turbo oil drain

                          The MSM pan also have a fitting on the pass. side for a oil breather/catch can....

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                          • #14
                            RE: Turbo oil drain

                            Originally posted by Doppelgänger
                            The MSM pan also have a fitting on the pass. side for a oil breather/catch can....
                            or oil cooler :cool:
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                            • #15
                              RE: Turbo oil drain

                              Originally posted by metalman


                              The HKS 1.8 kits actually used a setup like that. :lol:
                              And i'd be willing to be that if someone reproduced those parts and sold them, people would buy them because they don't want to tap the pan :)
                              If I had access to those parts, i'd try to do it.

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