Originally Posted by ebxr8240
A better sump guard as well?
There's nothing wrong with the sumpguard. It bolts to the K-frame, which bends over time (not much time, either). The engine mounts also have a fair bit of slop in them (as standard). I strengthen the K-frame, but there's only so much you can do. I could solidly mount the engine, but the shock loads to the chassis would have it breaking in half. We could make the front suspension a lot stiffer so we don't bottom out, but that would bugger up the handling. We could go slower over the jumps, but I'm trying to stay in front of as many Lancers and WRXs as possible.
I've spoken to Hi-energy regarding a sump pan and (they told me) they are going to get back to me this week. I can't run a sump with the wings for extra oil capacity as the regulations don't allow it.
It's all a compromise between a level of wear and tear I (and my wallet) can accept against maintaining sufficient speed over the ground. I go through at least one K-frame every year (sometimes several). Ditto for the diff housing, and there are loads of other parts regularly replaced or rebuilt (for example, the gearbox gets done 3-5 times a year).
Having said all that, I am looking at slightly stiffer springs in the front for next year and more initial bump in the front shocks, primarily to reduce the amount of bottoming out that happens at the front end.
I have loads of photos - PM your email address and I will send a selection through.