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Close call...could have been bad news

I was getting on it a bit giving a fellow in a Supra (No, it wasn't a heavily modded one!) a look at my rear plate, and while watching the rear view mirror, I saw smoke and the fellow behind me waved me down.

He told me didn't look like it was coming from the exhaust (which was a relief) I took it easy on the way home to take a look.

It wasn't hard to see....I had apparently had scraped the bottom of the turbo drip tank and it had fractured the weld just below the flange creating a gap of about 2/32nds a quarter way around one side of the down tube. When I'd get on it and the oil was pumping thru there, it would blow back onto the hot turbo and smoke like a destroyer escort. I was fortunate to have one of Brian's (Rarlyl8) stainless drip tanks on hand, so the swap out was I know where my oil was going.

I was dogone lucky the down tube didn't break off completely and dump my oil out...but it's something to think about when going over speed bumps or those deep curbs out of those mini malls.

I never felt it scrape anything or heard any noise...and there were no marks on the muffler or any of the undercarriage....but your drip tank does hang down a bit, so remember that if your're out and about that you can be a bit vulnerable right at that spot. I measured it and it's 6 5/8 inches to the bottom of the drip tank....dunno??
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