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Affordable Oil Drain Pan for 7.3

Going to be time for my first oil change on "Big Hips", my new 7.3, pretty soon. I'm trying to find a reletively cheap oil drain pan that will hold all 15 qts of oil with a bit to spare, and more importantly has a big enough vent to handle the rate of flow of all that oil coming out. The one oil change I did on my 6.0 resulted in a lot of hot oil spilling on the lawn and a nice circle of dead grass, using a 15 qt blitz pan like this one - http://www.amazon.com/Blitz-11838-Oil-Drain-Pan/dp/B000AMGYNAThe 7.3 drain plug looks about the same size as the 6.0, so I expect the flow to be fast and furious. What do you guys use? Northern Tool has several big, fancy shop models but I'm not looking to spend $300!!!

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What I do is I lay down an old piece of carpet, an old rug would work too, then get 4 gallon water jugs. I have my normal drain pan for the filter and it's oil, then I put a funnel on the 1st bottle and go. I spill a few drops switching bottles, but that's what the carpet is there for! Way cheaper than $300!!


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The blitz pan's hole doesnt keep up with the flow.


I use a 5 gallon pail

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Yeah I think if I can't find a good enclosed pan, I'm going to grab a 5 gallon bucket, a funnel, some tubing, and wire the funnel so it will hang under the drain plug. Wish I had a lift... I wish that at least 3 times a week!

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Just jack the damn thing up and put the bucket directly under the drain plug.


Either that or do what I did. Put a leveling kit and 35s on the truck.

5 gallon pail slides right under the pan then. No jack necessary

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I use a big flat plastic tub that I believe was intended for mixing small batches of concrete. I picked it up at the local hardware store for around $10.00.

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Haha oh the lift kit idea is definately fun, but Big Hips is a towing beast, and affording some BFG mud terrains is tough enough, let alone a lift kit!
APEowner, right on, thats the kind of idea I was looking for. Concrete mixing... definately hitting up the hardware store soon. That would be very handy for draining coolant as well.

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You basically have 3 choices.

1. 5 gallon bucket.
2. 5 gallon pan from auto parts store like this

Buy Rhino Gear 5-Gallon Drain Pan 11845 at Advance Auto Parts

3. Take a hole saw to your current pan, and enlarge the hole in the middle.


The concrete mixing pans are nice for draining stuff into, but a biatch to pour stuff out of nicely. Antifreeze is ok since it won't stain, but oil will make a mess.

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I picked one of these drain valves. Makes it easy to shut the flow off real quick to switch containers or to take an oil sample. Recommend them highly.


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Just found these online - New U.S. Military 6 - Gallon Drain Pan - 947366, Misc Surplus at Sportsman's Guide
Very sexy. And I ordered a few ammo cans from them too while I was at it!
My local big rig parts store has those quick flip drain valves. Might grab one next time I'm there.

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