I recently installed the MetalCloak skid system, and it became obvious that changing oil was going to be a lot messier than normal. Either that or I was going to fill up my skids with 2-3 qts of oil @ every change.
Not sure what others are doing to mitigate the mess but I went with the Fumoto Valve.
Iíve seen the Fumoto mentioned here before but donít recall the conversation. I fully understand thereís a risk in running one of these gadgets but Iíve got a simple fix for that. I cut a small piece of aluminum to cover the access hole and protect the valve. ( I also carry oil and the original plug when wheeling).
Anyway, Iíve heard the stories of these valves getting knocked off, and folks losing their oil on the trail or street but Iím happy and confident in my simple solution.
I changed my oil today for the first time and it was a breeze. ZERO mess, ZERO oil in my skids. I used a tube long enough to make it directly into the drain pan.
I got more than 5.75 qts of used oil out, so I donít buy the stories of these valves leaving too much dirty oil in the pan.
Maybe this will help someone with avoiding messy oil changes with aftermarket skid systems. I think the Fumoto Valve gets a bad wrap.
Just protect it, itís simple and makes changing your oil a breeze.