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A stock Subaru oil pan holds 5 quarts of oil.  But in many applications the oil pan is too deep, hanging below the chassis frame members, vulnerable to damage from rocks.  Many builders want the ability to protect this area with a skid plate, or simply shorten the pan so it's not so exposed to damage. 

The easiest way to do this is to chop off 1 1/2" of the pan on the bottom.  Since the original design of the motor places the oil a good distance below the crank, when using our chopped oil pan the motor still accepts 5 quarts of oil with no risk of oil aeration.  If using the stock dipstick, the full mark becomes the low mark with this cut pan.  The bottom of the pan is about 10 3/4" below the crank center.  For those doing VW motor replacements, that's about 2 1/2" lower than a stock VW pan.

The best value for a shortened oil pan is Outback's "ready to mount" pan with heavy duty 3/16" thick plated bottom.  This "cut pan" is fabricated from at stock Subaru oil pan, chopped off, then a new rugged bottom welded into place.  This bottom is welded into place with slight tilt so the oil will drain nicely, forward, to the drain hole.  The drain plug is in the front of the pan (flywheel side) toward the bottom.  

For the DYI guy, a laser cut bottom plate is available for $50 if you want to do the work of chopping and welding yourself.

The Outback "ready to install" pan also includes an "AN10" oil return fitting in the back of the pan (timing belt side), as pictured above.  This high flow fitting is needed to return the turbo oil to the plan.  It's important that oil flows freely with no restriction to keep the turbo cool and lubricated. 

Lastly, the "ready to install" pan includes a shortened oil pick-up sump, pictured here.  You can see where the feeder pipe has been cut and brazed.  The bar across the bottom spaces the pick-up off the bottom of the pan to insure oil flow in case the pan were to accidentally be smashed or bent from impact.

Oil pans are easy to remove and install if you know what you're doing.  Simple high temp Silicon Seal for automotive applications is used to seal the oil pan, no gasket needed.  

All oil pans are produced on a jig to  properly align the oil pick-up to be parallel and properly spaced from the pan bottom.  This insures the pick-up will have free access to suck oil. 

We also offer custom requests on specialty oil pans, such as increased capacity pans with kick-outs, or bung relocation.