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Old 09-04-2006, 08:11 PM   #1
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Jon and I were down in Mobile the other day hopping through car dealerships when we came across a window display for Stillen aftermarket products that you can finance for your brand new Nissan. One of the parts was a oil pan spacer. I have absolutley NO IDEA what an oil pan spacer is for.


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"I have absolutley NO IDEA what an oil pan spacer is for."

It increases your engine's oil capacity.
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That's what I figured, but isn't the engine still pumping the same amount of oil regardless of how much extra there is?
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It can help if your engine is high-revving...better to have more oil in the sump when you're spinning past 7,000 RPMs. It really wouldn't do anything on a stock engine other than make your oil capacity larger, but if you have forged internals so you can go past the factory redline, a high-flow oil pump, oil squirters (etc.) it would be worth it.
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Since you are runnign more oil, it is also less likely that your engine will suffer from oil starvation when you are ripping around tight corners fast (all the oil moves to one side of the pan)
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Maybe they cant squeeze a windage tray in there so they lower the oil away from the crank a bit. Not sure. Either that or to increase the oil capicity another quart.
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^^^Actually, that's what oil pan "baffles" are for.
I have no idea if we already have baffles in the pan or not though.

If you end up installing a spacer for extra capacity,
and there's no baffles (or windage tray attached to the main caps or pan),
all that extra oil will do is slosh around and trash the bottom end.

You don't want the crank spinning in oil.
That's why most high-revving engines in race cars use a dry sump system to eliminate the problems of the crank spinning in oil.

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Well I believe the one we saw at the Nissan dealership was for the Z.
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Our svt's have a windage tray built in. Our cars do control oil very well compared to other cars. The bottom of what appears to be the bottom half of the block is actually a windage tray. Its seperate from the block and "is" a windage tray. Maybe the Z doesnt have that good of oil control.
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More oil also = better heat capacity. More liquid to absorb the heat, lower average temperatures.

A lot of the big time cars require a LOT of oil to control heat. An Enzo uses 14 quarts of it's own "signature" oil, for instance. Also many road racers use quite a bit more oil than your average street car.
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