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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 09-12-2016, 08:54 PM Thread Starter
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Oil pan?

What do all you guys use for a pan to drain your oil into? I can't find one in my area that's short enough to fit under the bike while on the jiffy stand, and there's no way I'm paying what Harley wants for their low profile pan. What say you?
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I use my J&S lift and a cheap seven dollar plastic oil drain pan, so wouldn't really know.

First thing that came to mind was those big disposable aluminum pans you see at the grocery store you roast turkeys in. You can easily bend it to fit under the bike. Don't know how sturdy it would be though, and you'd want one that holds at least 4 quarts or more. Also thought about a cake pan. I looked it up and a 14x10x2 inch cake pan holds 4 quarts, while a 9x13 pyrex pan holds 3 quarts. Not sure the 4 quart cake pan would be any easier to find either. The last two options will cost about half what the Harley pan costs, and it would be a PITA, plus the cake would taste like $hit.
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What do all you guys use for a pan to drain your oil into? I can't find one in my area that's short enough to fit under the bike while on the jiffy stand, and there's no way I'm paying what Harley wants for their low profile pan. What say you?
It is pricey, but man is it nice. Got mine with a gift card when the dealer was having a sale, I think it was on sale for $20. Well worth it IMO. If you position it just right you can have all 3 holes draining at the same time. I fiddle fart for about 10-15 minutes getting everything else staged and ready and let it drip.
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2" tall old cake pan. Works great at my buddies shop on his bike lift. Then you get to do the "oh shit shuffle" across his awesome shop trying not to spill oil. HAHA
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I've got a round low profile container with a large screw off lid & a drain plug on the side. I think that I got it at a big box auto parts store years ago.

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A quick search revealed this: https://www.amazon.com/FloTool-42003...RHZEW38DP6RFHK

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I use the harley Low profile one. Won a gift basket from a rally I went to. Was a HD self service basket.


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plenty around that will werk , never knew it was an issue , have a couple rectangular ones with drain plugs and a couple round deep ones that fit right under there , no issues ...
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I cut the bottom off a 5 gallon bucket about 3" up. Works fine.

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I got a Draper oil pan from an e-vendor. Great quality - paid about US $ 18.00 + shipping, whereas MoCo want US $ 30.00 + shipping for theirs. It's a no-brainer!



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