Monday, 19 November 2012

Kiggly HLA

HLA Pressure Regulator

Actively Regulates Lash Adjuster Supply Pressure to a Constant 15psi.
Does Not Reduce Pressure to the Turbo or the Camshafts
Accomplishes this by Restricting Flow Instead of Dumping Extra Pressure like the JDM Regulator.
Reduces Oil Flow Into the Head, Keeps More Oil in the Pan.
In Some Instances can Greatly Improve Oil Pressure at the End of a 1/4mi Pass. See Results from the Kiggly Racing Drag Car »
Air Bleed at the Highest Point Helps Oil Quality and Aeration to Lash Adjusters.

Important Conversation with Kiggly from DSMTuners

Originally Posted by kiggly
Hi Jonathan, I'll do my best below to reply to your questions.

Originally Posted by JonathanNL
If I understand correctly one of the biggest benefits of the Kiggly HLA regulator is the above mentioned effect of keeping more oil in the pan, by dumping more oil from the channel to the HLA than the OEM regulator.
All of the above mentioned scenario is in a short (but very high RPM) drag. But how much of this effect (preventing of oil starvation) would be seen on a track-car which sees RPM-ranges from 4500 to 8000 for prolonged periods of time ?
The oil stacking up in the head is mostly due to blowby. This engine flows a lot of oil into the cylinder head and all of that oil has to make it back to the oil pan through the small drainbacks at the front and back of the cylinder head. The problem is all blowby gases flow up through these same drainbacks and out the valve cover vents. As blowby goes up, the airflow through these drainbacks gets so high that oil cannot make it back down to the pan because it is being pushed back up into the cylinder head by the blowby airflow. There are two situations where this is a problem, any engine that doesn't seal up well or even high power engines that seal up reasonably well. At high enough power levels, even with a well built engine, there will be reasonably high blowby.

High rpm makes this problem worse as the oil system in these engines doesn't seem to do a good job of keeping the oil in the lower end well in control inside the oil pan. I don't have any solid proof of this, but I believe that at high rpm a lot of oil is suspended in windage within the engine block, which also makes the amount in the pan available to the pickup worse.

To answer your question, at any rpm range the HLA regulator will help keep oil in the pan. The question is whether you have a problem with the pan being run low or not. I've had some EVO road-race customers report back that some corners (mostly long sweepers) caused major oil pressure loss before the HLA regulator and they had no oil pressure loss at all after the regulator.

Originally Posted by JonathanNL
Originally Posted by kiggly View Post
My regulator only alters oil pressure to the lifters, which also feed the rocker squirters. Cam oil is still at full pressure, so your turbo feed doesn't change.
Does the cam oil have a different oilreturn then the lifters? Or is the mere fact that lifter feed is reduced already enough to prevent oil build up in the head?
The oil from the head all returns through the same drainback holes. Most of the oil flow into the head is through the lifters. The cam journals really don't flow much oil in comparison.

Originally Posted by JonathanNL
I have a 4G63T out of a RVR (which would count as a 'jdm'-engine). In the above quote you mention that the JDM dump-to-head regulator is about 15 psi set point as well.
Would this mean that a JDM regulator functions about the same as the Kiggly HLA regulator, or am I missing a key differance here? !
The key difference is the JDM regulator reduces flow to the lifters by simply pouring that extra oil directly into the cylinder head. It still has to go through the same drainback holes to get back to the pan. My regulator actually reduces the oil flow into the head, so there is less that has to drain back to the pan.

I think there is a very good chance our product will be beneficial in your application. The other gain that wasn't mentioned is the reduced oil into the catch can. For your type of application, I think a catch can with a return to the oil pan would be a really good idea. Long track sessions could fill up a catch can that doesn't pull back to the oil pan. Buschur makes a product like this and there is also some tech info on the internet for how it is set up. The OEM honda oil systems have this type of setup as well.

And follow-up questions from me, followed by the answer from Kevin - Kiggly Racing:

Originally Posted by JonathanNL
Hi Kevin,

Thank you very much for answering my questions in detail! 
I will definitely purchase one of your HLA regulators (at MAPerformance, since they, just like ExtremePSI, are very reliable international sellers), since keeping (only unnecessary!!!) oil out of the head and in the pan where it is needed already seems like a good enough reason to install one of these! 
Adding that these engine are known to have a lot of blow-by (for which, in my opinion, the stock PCV-system already was not sufficient even on stock boost) and preventing the pointless loss of oil because of this is a nice added feature! 

I just have these last questions that popped into my head  when reading this part:

Originally Posted by kiggly
The key difference is the JDM regulator reduces flow to the lifters by simply pouring that extra oil directly into the cylinder head. It still has to go through the same drainback holes to get back to the pan. My regulator actually reduces the oil flow into the head, so there is less that has to drain back to the pan.
How exactly does the Kiggly HLA regulator reduce the oil flow into the head?
And is any increase in oil pressure to be expected because of this (in my case in the older 4G63T engines)? (And, If so, should porting of the oil relieve valve be done to solve this, just like in the case of removal of the balance shafts..?)

I hope you can clarify these lasts questions I had (probably only because of lack of full understanding of the oil system in the 4G63 engines on my part... )!
I will of course post your previous and any upcoming answers in the threads regarding the Kiggly HLA regulator for the benefit of all the others interested in your product, but who are looking for a bit of extra information to convince them to buy it!  

Kind regards,



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