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Old 01-17-2010, 09:41 PM   #1
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Gas Tank Skidplate cheap fix

When I first got my 99 TJ (about 2 months ago) the stock gas tank skidplate was super rusty. I thought I was going to have to buy a new skidplate which was really disheartening because they are expensive, and I'm on a budget. So I crawled under the Jeep with a sander and a wire brush and went to town on the rust. I knocked it all off and realized that what was left was perfectly acceptable. I sprayed it with black rustoleum and the result was better than stock. I only go down forest trails and mud holes. I see few rocks so I don't need a heavy duty skidplate. This fix is cheap and makes a big difference in the looks.

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Old 02-16-2010, 01:05 AM   #2
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I used, zinc primer, flat black paint, then rubberized coating.
and you're right it does look great!

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Old 02-26-2010, 12:32 AM   #3
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i used a racheting strap made of nylon for about a month then a i just had to buy one, was scared a rock would hit the strap ,and away with my gas tank
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Old 07-14-2010, 06:49 PM   #4
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Ours is rusted so bad, it's almost non existent. I'd like to remove the plate and use straps only since we're not going off road now, or for a while yet, but I'm told that's not an option? Like you, I have other things to fix and the budget is limited. Not really fond of having to buy a pc of metal, used, for $140! Suggestion? (PS - ours is being held up by a nylon ratcheting strap as well! 2 of them!)
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Old 07-15-2010, 07:23 AM   #5
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I bought my '00 TJ a month ago and it has holes rusted through the plate. So I will have to replace it soon.

We are going off roading next weekend in Alabama and I have to get other items replaced/installed so it is only a matter of time for me.
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Old 07-18-2010, 02:20 AM   #6
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To me the skidplate is one of those "out of sight, out of mind" sort of pieces, so I was thinking of just buying a smallish section of sheet metal and welding it over the holes. Disregarding the fact it would look kinda goofy, would this be acceptable for a vehicle that would be taken to the dunes maybe once, twice a year? I'm not really thrilled about going out and spending over 100 bucks for one of these things, especially when it's probably just gonna rust through again
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Old 07-23-2010, 03:00 PM   #7
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You guys are making me feel better about the condition of the skid plate in my 87!

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