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Old 08-13-2010, 05:53 PM   #1
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Gas Tank Skid Removal

Anyone ever remove the stock skid?

I have a caved in spot that I would like to pound back out before I put on the aftermarket skid system. I pulled all the bolts but one today and the tank was coming with it. I had about a half tank but it did not seem like there was all that much weight being suspended. I started looking around in the rear of the tank and the hoses and such would have to be moved to drop it any further than I did. I would really like to get it off there so I can hammer it out but I don't really want to go through disconnecting everything connected to the tank if I don't have to.

If you all have any ideas that you can share I am all ears. I wonder if the tank is secured to the skid in any fashion. I did some searching and in the older models they say that the tank is strapped to the skid in some way. If that is true then I really have to drop the whole tank and everything to remove the skid.

I am not really worried about fitment with the new skid. I just don't want the stock skid rubbing a hole in the tank.

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Trust me- it's not particularily heavy, but it's AWKWARD- put a jack or two under it and lower the tank properly if you must- you do NOT want it falling on you! Mark W.

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Trust me- it's not particularily heavy, but it's AWKWARD- put a jack or two under it and lower the tank properly if you must- you do NOT want it falling on you! Mark W.
Have you done it before?
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Not on the JK, but on plenty of other trucks. It's a fairly big sucker on the 2-door, and the 4-door is even bigger, so be careful! Mark W.
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I know, it's a big old girl. I have anything I need to do it safely but what I am really wondering is how it is secured. Does the tank just have a pinch fit between the skid and tub or is the tank secured to the skid. It sure looks like to me from this point that I would have to unhook everything from the tank and drop the whole damn thing,slide it out from under the jeep and lift the tank off the skid and then do my repair. What a pain just to repair a skid. Oh well. Life aint easy.
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