Thanks for posting the pictures Mike.
I didn't spend a lot of time looking at mine, but I do recall it being flush or just below.
I'm thinking the OP's is to deep and will miss the sealing surface on the crank.
225,000miles 5/2012 ej257 short block, 8/2011 installed VF52 turbo, @20.8psi, 280whp, 300ftlbs. CHECK your oil, these cars use it.
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