Due to the high capabilities of the Viper, a huge strain is put on the factory oiling system on road courses and at the strip. This can cause oil starvation and a spun rod bearing. Using modern rubber can increase this risk, especially for 1996-1999 Gen-2 Vipers which have arguably the worst oil pan of any generation of Viper. To combat this problem, we upgrade to the larger 10-quart oil pan and windage tray from the 2000-2002 Vipers and install RareFab/Roe Racing’s race-proven Oil Pan Baffle Kit.
The 1996-1999 Gen-2 Vipers got the short end of the stick when it comes to oil pan design. For some reason the engineers at Chrysler changed from a 10-quart pan with a pretty decent baffling system to a smaller and more open 8.5-quart design which has four cast bosses protruding into the center of the pan to reduce oil slosh. This turned out to not be as effective as the original Gen-1 design. In 2000, the pan increased back to 10 quarts but with the same open, four-boss baffle design.
Over the years, it became apparent that when continuously driving Gen-2 Vipers at the limit, especially on stickier track rubber, oil starvation was a real problem and would occasionally spin rod bearings, especially on left hand sweepers. The solution was to install trap-door ‘flaps’ to the existing bosses to create three distinct chambers to prevent the oil from sloshing away from the pickup. This design has been proven effective on race cars and track cars for close to 20 years.
Since the Viper is so much fun to drive and is at home on the track, we reached out to our friends at Roe Racing to get the RareFab/Roe Racing Viper Oil Pan Baffle Kit to protect our engine and give us a piece of mind while tracking the car.