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PML Stock Capacity Transmission Pan For Dodge RFE

Part Number 11078

PML Dodge transmission pan for Ram Hemi, Dakota, as-cast
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Volume: Stock

Dimensions: are in this 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:

  • Fins and aluminum construction to dissipate heat from transmission fluid
  • Drain plug for easier maintenance
  • Thick walls to add strength to the transmission housing
  • Thick gasket flange, machined flat, for a leak-free seal
  • Clearance for cross members and exhausts
  • Compatible with most vehicles as the transmission pan follows the shape of the stock pan with a step and a relief, not just a step

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. Configurations vary so always check your vehicle to verify transmission and clearance. Here are some examples of vehicles that have installed this pan:

  • Dodge Trucks and SUVs:
  • Dakota with 4.7 V8, 4WD, 2000 – 2004
  • Dakota with 3.7 V6, 2004
  • Dakota with 4.7 V8, 2005 – 2010
  • Durango with 4.7 V8, 4WD, 2000 – 2003
  • Durango with 5.7 V8, 2004 – 2009
  • Ram 1500 with Hemi, 2006 to 2015, 4, 5 or 6 speed transmission
  • Ram 2500 with Hemi, 2003 to 2015, 4, 5 or 6 speed transmission
  • Ram 3500 with Hemi, 2003 to 2015, 4, 5 or 6 speed transmission

Trucks and SUVs have a variety of configurations. Look at yours before you order to verify your transmission and clearance.

2014 and newer diesel engine trucks: Ram routes cooler lines under the stock pan on these trucks. See PML part number 10304.

Jeep owners: Check carefully. These Jeep vehicles most likely have this transmission do not have enough clearance for a larger transmission pan:

  • On most 2005 to 2010 4.7 or 5.7 Grand Cherokee WK and Commander XK, the exhaust is too close on the passenger side, front corner. The exhaust is difficult to re-route. A 2005 4.7 Grand Cherokee 4x4 and a 2007 Commander 4.7 4x4 could not install this pan. See the picture of an attempted installation at the bottom of this web page.
  • On most 2011 to 2013 Grand Cherokee WK2 5.7, the front frame cross member and skid plate are close to the stock transmission pan and there is no extra space for a larger aftermarket pan.
  • On a 2002 Liberty 3.7 V6, the exhaust is probably too close on the passenger side, front corner.

Dakota Owners and those with front routed exhaust: Other aftermarket pans have the step but not the curved relief for vehicles with the exhaust routed along the front of the pan. This pan has both. 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.

PML transmission pans for Dodge rfe transmissions

If you have skid plates, 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

Dodge RFE transmission valve body and filter Dodge RFE stock pan, 2WD

Stock 4WD filter and pan at left.

Dodge RFE transmission valve body and filter Dodge RFE transmission valve body and filter

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:

  • OEM: 5013470AB
  • Fleetguard: TF15072
  • FRAM: FT1223
  • WIX: 58843 (kit)

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.

For a gasket, PML recommends an inexpensive cork or cork and rubber type gasket. On some Dodge vehicles, RTV is used instead of a gasket, which is also fine.

Information is for reference only. Installer should verify transmission, filter, and fitment based on the individual vehicle.

PML Dodge transmission pan, low profile, heavy duty, inside

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.

Optional Machining for Temperature Sending Unit

This pan has a location on the driver's side that can be machined for use with aftermarket sensors and gages. The location is a circular boss and can accommodate between 1/8 NPT and 1/2 NPT. PML can drill and tap the hole to order for a $45 machining charge.

PML Transmission Pan Compared to Stock

PML Transmission Pan Part Number 11078 height compared to stock  PML Transmission Pan Part Numbers 11078, compared to stock
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These images show this PML transmission pan compared to the stock pan.


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.
Dodge Dakota 4x4 with a PML differential cover and transmission pan    Dodge Dakota stock transmission pan    Dodge Dakota 4x4 with PML transmission pan
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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!"
Dodge 1500 Sport Crew Cab, 2012, 65rfe transmission, new after PML oil pan installation    Dodge 1500 65rfe stock transmission oil pan    Dodge 1500 65rfe transmission with PML oil pan
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2012 Ram 2500 with 66RFE Transmission

Dodge Ram 2500 66rfe transmission with PML oil pan

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:

  • Sand-cast aluminum with raised fins
  • 3/16-inch thick wall construction to add strength to the transmission case
  • 3/8-inch thick gasket flange will not bend when bolts are tightened
  • Machined gasket surface for a secure seal
  • Boss cast into pan can be machined for a temperature sensor
  • Drain hole and magnetic drain plug for easier, less messy maintenance

All PML transmission pans ship with new mounting bolts and a magnetic drain plug.

If you would like PML to machine your pan for a temperature sending unit, there is an additional charge of $45 .

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