Kickouts are valuable because they can greatly increase an oil pan'svolume without increasing depth. This allows the engine to remain low inthe chassis to keep the car's center of gravity down. Kickouts alsoallow the oil a place to collect without being directly underneath thespinning crankshaft. The right-side wall (left in this photo) of thisChamp pan is pulled out. The bottom of the crank spins toward this wall.If this wall is pulled away from the crank, then oil that slings off thecrank is less likely to bounce off the wall of the pan back onto thecrank. This design, however, does make the pan harder to install. Thereare three plugs in the bottom of the pan, and you actually have to boltthe right side of the pan to the engine block through the inside of thepan.