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Vauxhall 2.0L 16v Oil feed restrictor

MRP Without VAT:£18.00

MRP With VAT:£21.60

971 in stock


Vauxhall 2.0L 16v Oil feed restrictor


Oil feed restrictor for the Vauxhall 2.0L 16v.

The oil feed restrictor goes in place of the original non-return valve fitting in to the top of the block. The oil feed restrictor was originally designed for the GM works rally and race cars. The oil feed resistor that we produce limits the flow to the top of the engine to help to maintain oil pressure at the crank bearings and supply sufficient flow to the cams plus mechanical or hydraulic followers. It controls the oil feed to give the correct amount of flow to the cylinder head.

It replaces the original non-return valve design, which is not suitable for motorsport for the following reasons:
1. The delivery of oil to the cylinder head is too great and an excess quantity of oil will end up in the cylinder head. This means that in a dry sump system, there would be a need for an increased capacity of the dry sump tank and in a wet sump system, there would be less oil available in the sump. This will also increase drag of components, not only within the cylinder head, but the extra oil returning from the cylinder head past any moving components it meets.
2. If oil flow drops sufficiently, the restrictor helps to maintain as much pressure as possible at the bottom end of the engine to make it survive as long as possible. The indication that the user has is if they are running hydraulic followers, they will become excessively noisy first but this is safer than losing the bottom end. At which point oil pressure should be measured accurately and a plan of action taken.
3. The standard non-return valve can occasionally become jammed and no oil reaches the cylinder head at all causing failure.
4. The original non-return valve was designed to help keep oil pressure in the cylinder head when the engine was switched off, in reality we have never seen this function correctly.

The original non-return valve is either a one or two piece item depending on age and design. It needs to be extracted, normally using a slide hammer. If it is the two-piece item, the centre will normally come out and you will need to then tap into the remaining part with a tap of a suitable size, so you can then screw a bolt into each, then using some large washers tighten the bolt until the remaining part is extracted.

Please ensure that you have removed all the other oil gallery bungs from the block and the block itself is completely stripped and clean all the galleries before re-assembly. The new oil feed restrictor will then need to be tapped gently into the top of the block until flush ensuring the smallest hole is upwards.

971 in stock