Finally installed my BOE TOC Baffled Oil Pan v1.1
I ordered it several months ago, finally installed it.
Here are my long-winded, honest "shade tree mechanic
" installation notes:
Spend the $20 to buy the oil pan removal tool from Amazon. Just do it.
The o-ring that fits into the groove comes as a long piece of rubber spaghetti that you must carefully press into the machined groove in the pan and then RTV seal the ends together. If Phil ever decides to offer a $100 add-alternate to pre-install this o-ring before shipping, PAY IT.
This step took me about an hour of colorful language and persistence.
If you don't have access to a lift, get ready to hate your life removing the old pan. Clearances are very tight and there is very little room to "thwack" the head of the removal tool. It took me HOURS to get the old pan off. When the old RTV mastic finally let loose It felt like witnessing a birth. Ask my son who was helping. I think a cried a little bit. It was THAT kind of elation.
I used a single edge razor blade to remove the bulk of the RTV (sealant) from the pan rail on the motor, wiped it dry, repeated, then carefully scrubbed the surface with a scotch bright scouring pad until the surface was pristine bright metal. I then sprayed all surfaces with brake cleaner as suggested in the install notes and wiped them down again.
High-fives to Phil for selecting studs with hex sockets in the ends. I would have been homicidal trying to install the (4) studs by the flywheel without this feature.
The quality of the pan and precise fit to the engine are extraordinary.
As you torque the pan nuts down in a star pattern I suggest using a marker pen to mark each nut after torquing. There are a lot of nuts. It's hard to remember which ones you've torqued as you go around.
I had no problems at all with dip stick clearance. Refill is now just shy of 6 quarts of oil.
Thanks for a great product!!
2006 Ardent Red Elise
Touring, Star Shield, hard top, remote V1 display and bracket, sun visor delete, micro mirror, shifter fix, Stage II exhaust, de-snorkeled, ITG air filter, Nautilus horn, black LSS wheels, ARP wheel studs, upgraded oil line fittings, ProAlloy radiator, s.s.brake lines, BOE Race Links, Innovative rear motor mount, plastic grills out, all aluminum mesh, Total Oil Control Wet Sump V1.1, s.s. caliper pistons, BWR sway bar, Penske NA coilovers.