I was just wondering what your thoughts are on this. Seems like a very good idea for both cars and motorcycles. But maybe y'all know something I don't? Your thoughts are appreciated.
The Fumoto Valve - https://www.fumotooildrainvalve.com/...modelId=589220
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Great way to rip your oil pan a new hole where the plug used to be when you go over a speed bump. Unless the oil drain was on the side of the block and does not hang lower than the frame, no way. Tthe car in the video will have a skid plate to protect it, your bike will not
Brilliant idea, but non of motorcycle and car companies had this idea before? I think, there is a reason, why they do not use it.
(Edit:You can find factory drain valve on the radiator of many cars, but not on the oil pan.)
BTW, you need two of them for the VTX.
I had one on a previous motorcycle. It is all about where the drain plug is, and how protected it is.
I havenít spent enough time under my VTX yet to determine if it will fit and I feel safe with the Fumoto yet. If I do, I will have it at least on the rear drain. This is where most of the oil comes out anyways.
I have had one one previous cars for almost 100k miles, not a drop of oil leaked out of the valve.
My family has them on all of our cars, and on some that we no longer have. Most of our cars have had a plastic shield that sits lower than the pan, and the various valves can be ordered with no nipple, a short nipple, or a long nipple, for cars with various plug orientations. They do not necessarily sit any lower than the pan or factory plug. And I never have to worry about over-tightening the drain plug. My daughter changes her own oil, in part because of the plug on her Outback.
Thank you Ervin260! I've owned my 1300 for a year and only changed the oil once. I pulled the rear drain plug not knowing there was a front drain plug. I'm getting ready to change the oil for a Tennessee trip and really glad that you noted the two plugs! Now I know!
It is all about where the drain plug is, and how protected it is.
The valve has a MUCH bigger profile than a flat drain plug. If the valve is exposed, it can be snagged by something, broken off or just bent to create a small enough leak to trash your engine.
I can see a big benefit on vehicles where you change the oil a lot. But on our bikes, not so much. Especially since you'd need two for the two drain plugs.