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I've always wondered about this for the skid plates since they all leave the sides exposed, good to know its possible to leave it on. Have you noticed any detrimental effects leaving the plastic shield on like melting/burning the plastic? Also, did you get the oil access hole option and if so, does it leave sufficient space to access the oil plug if the plastic shield is still there?
No issues so far. It's been around a year and a half.
Yes I have the oil access hole and there's enough room. I also have the fumoto valve, so oil changes are very easy.
 

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I did the 30k mile oil change today. I noticed that the old oil from the old filter didn't seem to drain back into the block. Picture below. Does that seem normal? I think I remember it draining back before.
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I just mopped it up with paper towels and installed the new filter.
 

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I've seen some oil there sometimes, but don't recall seeing that much. Doesn't look like a ton, but I simply soak it up with a few shop towels to clean the surface for good contact with the o-ring of the new filter. You pre-lube the filter o-ring before putting it back on right? Just trying to think of possible reasons why you would have a bit more oil sitting there.
 

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I've seen some oil there sometimes, but don't recall seeing that much. Doesn't look like a ton, but I simply soak it up with a few shop towels to clean the surface for good contact with the o-ring of the new filter. You pre-lube the filter o-ring before putting it back on right? Just trying to think of possible reasons why you would have a bit more oil sitting there.
Yeah I lube the o-ring. Glad I'm not the only one who thought it looked like a lot.
 

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My thought is maybe it wasn't tight enough when installed. I do a solid hand-tightening to compress the o-ring and when i change my oil, it requires the filter wrench to get it off. I haven't had any issues and I've been changing the oil on my subarus for 6 years (both motors have the filter on the top side of the engine).
 

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My thought is maybe it wasn't tight enough when installed. I do a solid hand-tightening to compress the o-ring and when i change my oil, it requires the filter wrench to get it off. I haven't had any issues and I've been changing the oil on my subarus for 6 years (both motors have the filter on the top side of the engine).
That's exactly what I do. I had to use the wrench for the first turn to get it off.
I haven't had an issue, it just seemed weird.
 

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Installed the Crawford AOS yesterday. Install really is just ten minutes, it's actually even easier than Crawford makes it sound. The only thing is I had to bend the plug on the right out of the way. No big deal but it wasn't in the directions. I used a couple orange dress up washers left over from my rock sliders. Please don't pollute my thread with depate about it's efficacy, we have plenty of those threads.
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