View Full Version : Killer B pickup / STI pan instal DIY

turbo sol
10-23-2011, 09:56 AM
I installed a new STI pan and Killer B pickup for better oil control and peace-of-mind with the milage i'm racking up on the WRX and the horror stories I have heard about the factory pickup failing. I didn't want to be a statistic. And It wasn't too expensive to make happen.

Parts needed

STI dipstick (I bought it used off this forum)
STI pan (I bought it used off this forum)
STI oil baffle (new from Subaru like $8-10)
Killer B pickup (Fred bean parts had the best price I found)

my process

1. remove intercooler (this is only to get to the pitch stop)
2. undo pitch stop
3. undo bolts on motor mounts holding them to the subframe
4. jack up on transmission to gain 1-2" of clearance on back of pan for the rear 4 bolts on the pan
5. remove driver side heat shield on manifold (if its still there)
6. remover driver side motor mount (maybe not be needed)
7. drop pan
8. remove pickup
9. remove baffle
10. clean pan sealing surface on block
11. install new part (I used lock tight on the pick-up and baffle bolts)

pitch stop unhooked
https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/293575_10150883308570403_815290402_21342327_141654 3896_n.jpg

mount bolts removed
https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/294733_10150883308635403_815290402_21342328_876966 226_n.jpg

4 rear bolts (you can't see them but they are there) :)
https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/298269_10150883308710403_815290402_21342329_195507 7947_n.jpg

raising motor - go slowly and be careful
https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/310555_10150883308845403_815290402_21342331_223223 147_n.jpg

secret weapon
https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/321169_10150883308955403_815290402_21342332_736905 49_n.jpg

removing 4 rear bolts
https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/294575_10150883308765403_815290402_21342330_123177 1851_n.jpg

pan removed
https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/317395_10150883309000403_815290402_21342333_137956 7240_n.jpg

baffle / pickup installed
https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/299526_10150883309520403_815290402_21342340_102840 6905_n.jpg

10-23-2011, 12:23 PM
Nice write up, I thought about doing it myself when I bought mine but I was lazy and paid MKC to do it. The only issue I had was an oil leak that developed around the dipstick tube.

turbo sol
10-23-2011, 03:23 PM
I'm keeping a close eye on mine. it MIGHT have a SMALL leak on the rear of the pan. I'm keeping it clean and checking the under carriage often.

It definitely isn't the easiest thing to do… but if it saves my motor its worth it.

10-23-2011, 10:01 PM
Anything that can save your motor is worth the cost and labor :D As long as its nothing that doesn't make any sense.

10-23-2011, 10:43 PM
Nice write-up! Universal socket adapter is a must have if you aren't going to pull the engine. Be VERY careful jacking the engine with a wood block like that, I've had those split on me before.

And KB pickup is awesome and a great investment for a long lasting engine whether you're stock or heavily modified. Their 7 qt oil pans are also awesome but IMHO not worth the 700$ price tag. Probably good for the lateral g's on track cars though.

10-24-2011, 06:55 AM
Very nice write-up, worth of 'tips and tricks' ;)

11-08-2011, 12:39 AM
Thumbs up! Looks straight forward im going to start picking up some parts to make this happen.

11-08-2011, 09:40 AM
I was stubborn and decided to not raise the engine. But with the angle sockets and extensions I was able to do it. I would more than likely do it your way next time.