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Old 07-18-2016, 10:14 AM   #1
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Are Transmission Pans All Hype?

Hey All, I am gathering all the stuff to do a trans fluid/filter change ect. om my 05 1500 Hemi 4wd. Of course it has no drain plug. Dorman has a replacement pan for around $30 that has a drain in it.PML and Mag-Hytek have very expensive pans that add extra fluid capacity and supposedly add rigidity to the 545RFE case. Is this all hype and B.S. or do you think there is some benefit. This truck is a daily driver, no off road or towing at all. I don't mind spending the extra coin if it helps the truck live longer, but have no desire to throw money away either.Thanks for your opinions!

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Old 07-18-2016, 11:02 AM   #2
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Since yours is a 4wd you already have a deeper pan than 2wd trucks. Some 2wd folks consider it an upgrade to use the 4wd pan. I would double check the Dorman pan having a drain plug. The pictures are often wrong. I bought one thinking it would have one and ended up welding a bung to it. Actually two bungs one for the drain and another for a temp sensor. The cooling upgrade I prefer is a larger HD (2500) trans cooler. And one other consideration is when a aluminum pan hits something it breaks, a steel pans bends.... Anyway my 2 cents...
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Old 07-18-2016, 12:30 PM   #3
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Picked up my mag-hytec last year whe my trans **** the bed. Got it from someone on another forum for $120. I overfilled it first time so I think it was worth it when I could just loosen the bolt. An also more fluid the better with keeping temps down.
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I like my pml pan.
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Old 07-18-2016, 02:15 PM   #5
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I installed the DORMAN 265817 (265-817) Transmission Oil Pan $23.79 last year on my 2007 Quad Cab 2wd, the pan is for a 4x4, and has the drain plug installed.
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Old 07-19-2016, 03:23 PM   #6
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I use this pan (4 1/2 qts over stock) with my stage III trans.

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Old 07-19-2016, 06:38 PM   #7
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I run a stock pan and have for years issue free. Don't need the added weight and trans stays around 150-160 in town and around 140 rippin steady on highway. Highest temps I have seen are 176 after 5 back to back runs at the track. I do run a 30 row cooler on the 1500 truck may be the diff with heat.
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I have the 1-ton cooler an deeper trans pan. Seems to be doing its job well
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Old 07-19-2016, 10:19 PM   #9
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The HD cooler really does a nice job. I haven't heard of anyone having heat related problems when using one. The only real heat is generated by the TC on a healthy transmission and the cooler pulls that down quickly enough.
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Old 07-19-2016, 10:20 PM   #10
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Possibly a dumb question but how does having a deeper pan needing more fluid help the trans?
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