Dimensions: are in this pdf file. This pan is about 1 inch taller than stock.
Number of Bolts: 15
Description and Applications
This PML heavy duty transmission oil pan fits the Dodge 68RFE, 66RFE, 65RFE, 545RFE, and 45RFE transmissions. It is designed specifically for trucks and SUVs with exhaust or cross member interference. This transmission pan clears the damper on 2012 Ram 2500 with the 66RFE (see installation below).
This transmission pan features:
PML designed this pan for vehicles with one of the Dodge RFE transmissions and the exhaust or cross frame members close to the stock pan. Here are some examples:
2014 and newer trucks: Cooler lines run under the stock transmission pan on many models. We are working with our customers to determine if this pan will work (October 2014). If you have a 2014 or newer truck, check carefully for clearance and let us know what you find.
Trucks and SUVs have a variety of configurations. Look at yours before you order to verify your transmission and clearance.
Jeep owners: we have reports and pictures that the exhaust is too close to this pan on the pan's tallest side and the exhaust cannot be re-routed (2005 4.7 Grand Cherokee 4x4 and a 2007 Commander 4.7 4x4).
Dakota Owners and those with front routed exhaust: Other aftermarket pans have the step but not the curved relief for vehicles with the exausted routed along the front of the pan. For a picture, see the installation on a Dakota below.
PML makes four different pans for the Dodge RFE transmission series (45RFE, 5-45RFE, 65RFE, 66RFE, 68RFE). The stock pans and filters are also shown in the image below for reference.
If you have skidplates, check how much space you have as this pan is taller than stock.
Note: This pan works with the "4WD" filter only since it follows the shape of the stock "4WD" transmission oil pan.
Filter and Gasket Information
Stock 4WD filter and pan at left.
Stock 2WD filter and pan at left.
Note the location of the pick-up on the sump filters and the corresponding location on the stock pans.
For PML part numbers 10304 and 11039, you can use either filter.
For PML part numbers 11078 and 11079, you must use the 4WD filter as the step in the pan will not accommodate a 2WD filter. Thanks to Eric who provided part numbers for 4WD filters that will work:
The filter referred to as the 2WD filtter, has a short inlet pipe toward the rear of the filter. The other filter is called a 4WD filter and the inlet tube is longer and toward the center of the filter. We have been told that around 2007 Dodge began using 4WD filters on 2WD vehicles.
PML pans for Dodge RFE transmissions work with stock filters, easily available from your favorite auto parts store or dealer.
The filter bolts on to the valve body as shown in above images. The filter does not use the pan for support so the pan does not need filter supports in it. (Click on image to view a larger pictures in a new tab or window.)
A filter extension or tube is not needed since the fluid will be at the same level with a stock pan as with the PML pan. The filter will pick up from the same place with the stock pan or with a PML pan. PML designs pans and covers to work with stock parts without the need for additional modifications or complications.
Information is for reference only. Installer should verify transmission, filter, and fitment based on the individual vehicle.
Image shows the inside of the pan.
The bosses on the inside are for the drain hole and an optional temperature sensor hole. This is a stock capacity pan so the inside follows the shape of a stock pan.
PML recommends using RTV to install this pan.
Temperature Sensor Information
The boss provided in this pan can be machined for use with aftermarket sensors and gages. If you would like PML to machine the boss on this pan for a temperature sensor, the machining charge is $40 and this option must be ordered over the phone. The boss can accomodate 1/8 to 1/2 NPT.
2006 Dodge Dakota
These pictures are from Paul who installed this PML Dodge transmission pan on his 2006 Dakota, 4x4, 4.7L. The installation went well and he's gone on a 400 mile trip. Thanks to Paul for sending us pictures of his Dakota with a PML Dodge differential cover, with the stock transmission pan, and with the new PML transmission pan installed.
2012 Dodge Ram 1500 with 65RFE Transmission
Keith at Forest City Diesel in Missouri installed this transmission pan on a 2012 Dodge Ram 1500 Sport Crew Cab. He used a a TRANSTAR fiber gasket P/N 72300F. He report that the install was quick and simple. He torqued the pan bolts to 85 inch pounds and the drain to 20 foot pounds. He re-torqued the pan bolts after the trans went through a heat cycle, but they were fine. Keith summarized his installation with the comment concluded his comments with "Great pan!"
2012 Ram 2500 with 66RFE Transmission
Larry installed this PML transmission pan on his 2012 Dodge Ram 2500 with the 66RFE transmissions. His dealer told him the cylinder on the crossover pipe is a vibration damper to reduce noise. Larry opted to leave the damper in place since this low profile pan provided clearance.
PML Transmission Pan Features:
Gasket and filter not included (use stock parts).