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Old 02-08-2017, 02:35 PM   #1
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Oil Filter/Front Drive Line clearance issues

What's wrong with these pictures? It's a little confusing in the dark under the van, but I hope you get the idea.







Randy at Advanced 4x4 assured me that they had fixed this. I guess just tightening up some zip ties is considered "fixing it". I want to send him the pictures and ask what he would do to fix it. I'm long out of warranty, but hopefully he would at least give me some ideas so I can fix it on my own.

I think maybe a remote oil filter that can somehow connect to the oil cooler also would be a easy fix. I have no idea where to even start with something like this.

Maybe this is a sign that I need to get new springs to give a little more suspension travel.
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Old 02-08-2017, 03:12 PM   #2
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This might be an easy solution.

https://www.amazon.com/Hayden-Automo...relocation+kit



Edit: Nevermind. That kit doesn't have the correct 22mm thread adapter. Maybe I can piece together a kit with parts from different manufacturers.
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Old 02-08-2017, 08:37 PM   #3
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Greetings Wanderlust Bus.
Sorry I don't have a magic bullet in the form of a part number for you but I will say you are on the right track with an adapter. To me the most sexy solution would be to eliminate the oil to water exchanger stack completely with an adapter that would have fittings for the oil. Then send the oil to a remote filter that is more substantial than stock and finally to a large plate fin oil to air cooler in the grill. Eliminating the stock oil cooler, the filter and shortening the coolant line away from the drive shaft would seem the most safe. Plus better filtration and then all that heat would go to the air instead of the coolant. To me the only difficult part would be to find the adapter block, but with all the 5.4s and v10's out there I would think someone has been down this road before. I didn't see which motor you have so I'm just guessing.

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Old 02-08-2017, 09:27 PM   #4
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Advanced strikes again. It's a good thing you found that before you had hole in your oil filter. Sorry I don't have the solution for you though.
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Old 02-09-2017, 05:48 AM   #5
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My Advanced setup looks very similar .......

1der pointed that out to me when he poked his head under my van.
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Old 02-09-2017, 07:15 AM   #6
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sorry, I cant remember... does advanced use coil or leaf springs?

regardless an oil relocation kit would likely be your safest bet. that way even if you did end up accidentally compressing the suspension more than usual, you wouldn't have to worry about it connecting with the hoses or filter.
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It sounds like the folks that race 5.4 motors have a similar problems of low hanging filter. Perhaps an adapter out of the racing scene would be helpful. I don't have a motor look at to see if these would fit. If I did go a rout like this eliminating the heat exchanger i'd still add an air to oil cooler up front.
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sorry, I cant remember... does advanced use coil or leaf springs?

regardless an oil relocation kit would likely be your safest bet. that way even if you did end up accidentally compressing the suspension more than usual, you wouldn't have to worry about it connecting with the hoses or filter.
Looks like leaf to me from the right side of the photo.

Unfortunately your differential is just lining up perfectly with the lines and as soon as you hit a big bump its shoving your driveline up into those lines. Not sure if that's what you were asking when you asked what is happening here but that's what's happening.

I would definitely look into relocating that. Or you could just tighten the zip tie...... But seriously, it doesn't look like there is much you can do other than relocate it.

Edit - you could always do what I did and put a different axle under there, but that gets expensive.
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Old 02-09-2017, 09:57 AM   #9
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Thanks for all the replies. I think that just relocating the oil filter is the way to go. I've found some inexpensive parts from Transdapt that I can make it work. I just need to figure out a new oil filter that fits a 3/4-1.5 thread size.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...=ATVPDKIKX0DER

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We use some Gates 90 degree hoses and straight adapters to shorten it all up.

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