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ss#4
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posted April 07, 2004 06:43 AM
Okay here is the question of the day. Does everyone/anyone still run a dipstick? My initial thought is to tap and plug the hole, but I am concerned of the oil level if I don't change it each week. What are the thoughts? My pan also has 2 plugs in the kickout any chance there is a way to use these to check the level?


racer2
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posted April 07, 2004 07:23 AM
i plugged the hole and have a cut off dipstick to check oil then put plug back in..make sure to mark full on dip stick.


dirtbuster
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posted April 07, 2004 08:04 AM
we have them plugged and use the check plug holes in the pan. Pull the plug and when it just fills with oil or starts to trickle out your full.


gerald berry jr
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posted April 07, 2004 08:32 AM
yeah waht dirtbuster said,with larger volume pans stick isn't correct anyway.


ss#4
Member
posted April 07, 2004 09:16 AM
Sounds good. how much oil are you putting in, when it starts to trickly out?


stockcar5
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posted April 07, 2004 03:57 PM
it depends on the car...a mod is easy to check at the pan..but a stockcar like mine...big pain! i run a dipstick and fill the motor up and start it the first time with the set amount of oil (usually 7 qts with filter) and then i mark the dipstick. i run a 7 qt pan and i actually found a moroso dipstick that will read full when i have my full 7 quarts in.

luke

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Pickel
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posted April 07, 2004 08:46 PM
I run a street stock and I still run a dip stick in mine. I run a 7 quart racing pan. What I do is put my 7 quarts in the pan and when I put my dip stick in there I put a new mark on the stick and that way I know it's full. It's a whole lot easier than trying to pull that little dip stick that is on the pan on these street stocks.


UNVRNO
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posted April 10, 2004 08:15 PM
unvrno makes a real good point I have to agree

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robhbk24
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posted April 11, 2004 07:40 AM
what if a valve cover comes loose or something while racing, how will you know how much oil to add in the pits?



robhbk24
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posted April 11, 2004 03:03 PM
UNVRNO

I thought the point of the increased capacity oil pans was to get the oil away from the crank. By doing this the oil does not get hammered by the counter weights or rod ends, thus lowering the oil temp. The added volume also decreases the overall temp.

I also understood that a "7qt" pan required 6qt of oil plus the filter volume to work correctly. Is the right??



bigcityracer
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posted April 12, 2004 07:25 PM
I AGREE WITH SS#4 !!!


Ego Racing
Member
posted April 13, 2004 07:03 PM
IF a aftermarket pan reads full on a stock dip stick I would not run it because you are going to be wipping air into the oil and the pump is not going to be able to pump the fluid/air mix. The aftermarket pan is deeper to get the iol away from the crankshaft that is why you need a new pickup. The oil level is supposed to staw below the crank.
DIRTBUSTER: I have seen pans with a 2 inch plug in side of the pan, if I used it for a full mark the oil would only be at the bottom of the kickout.
We use a custom dip stick that threads into the stock spot or use a LOCAR stick.


dirtbuster
Member
posted April 13, 2004 08:48 PM
Im not talking about a large inspection plug. The pans we run have a small (same as the drain plug)check plug in the top of the kicked out portion. When you get to capacity the oil is just trickling out of this hole. Its not really in the side of the pan core but rather on teh kicked out portion.

There is nothing wrong with running a dipstick. WE choose not to because it interferes with our headers, and its just one more thing to keep an eye on to make sure it stays in there and doesnt get knocked out and let dirt, water etc inside.

ss#4
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posted April 14, 2004 05:34 AM
dirtbuster, looks like we run the same pan. thanks for the information


UNVRNO
Member
posted April 16, 2004 05:47 PM
I have had many different pans. and fill them each time when new with water to see what they hold.

a claimer type pan that is called a 7 qt pan is full to the exact same height as oem after adding 7 qts.

same is true for the canton, and champ pans. all of which are identical to the claimer 8 qt with the kickouts on both sides...

SS#4 the pan itself holds the advertised amount, then you add for the filter.

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