Originally Posted by mapbike
I dont think this would work either and dont see that it would actually make a difference in the issue of the crankshaft counter balances running directly in a large amount of oil in the crankcase, these engines only take about 14oz of oil to fill and it is recommended that they are not over filled with oil, this is for a reason.
look at the pic and you will notice a big difference in the way these rods are designed VS the Briggs type in the pic you listed.
Why are you stuck on the crank hitting the oil thing?
It wouldn't be hard for a skilled person to figure out how to maintain proper oil level , at the original distance from crank, where the counterweights DO NOT hit the oil, and devise a different dipper, then there shouldn't be any oil windage problem. I
If anything, the valvetrain may see slightly LESS oil in the upright positon, more out of the way of the oil splash from the dipper.
Do you disagree with this?