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Old 07-30-2010, 04:49 PM   #1
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Replace fuel tank shield

Has anyone replaced the fuel tank shield? i was under my jeep and noticed mine was very rusty(97) and from looking at the schematics it looks like the only thing holding the fuel tank up. Anyone?

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That's not so much a shield as it is strictly a piece of thin sheet metal whose only job is to hold the tank up. It is too thin to provide any off road protection. I would install a gas tank skid plate to replace it which will likely cost less than buying the OE gas tank support piece. Gas tank skid plates are commonly sold by most aftermarket Jeep parts manufacturers.

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Old 07-30-2010, 09:04 PM   #3
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Is it held up with the same mounting hardware ie. belts or should I change them out as well with a new system? Thanks
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If you're going to the trouble and already have the parts removed, and their condition is doubtful, then why not put new parts in?
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Most reuse the existing gas tank strap. The bolts holding the skid/support to the frame are also generally utilized by the aftermarket part.

Coincidentally, I was in the process of adding an aftermarket gas tank skid (Kilby) to my Jeep just yesterday and broke one of the bolts on the gas tank strap, so now Im waiting another week for the replacement to be delivered. If I had been a bit more patient, I probably could have prevented the extra trouble with some PBBlaster/Liquid Wrench before trying to turn the 10year old rusty nut off the bolt. Oh well.....its a Jeep....Ive learned to not so much worry when stuff doesnt go as planned, but to worry when something seems too easy.
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Has anyone replaced the fuel tank shield? i was under my jeep and noticed mine was very rusty(97) and from looking at the schematics it looks like the only thing holding the fuel tank up. Anyone?
The '97,98 and possibly the '99 skid plates were really weak and flimsy. Unfortunately aftermarket skid plates while made much better are expensive,heavy. Because of the weight they are Very expensive to ship.So to save a bunch of money get one from a 2000-2006 TJ. They are made much better, much thicker steel, take a ton of abuse and are cheap and easy to find.
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1997-2002 gas skids were the thinner versions.
2003+ are the ones that were more stout.

If you will be doing any type of off-roading, I recommend one of the stronger aftermarket non-OEM skids.
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If you plan on bashing the rocks sure get an aftermarket one or even modify the '02 and up skid by welding on some steel. But at the same time I do some pretty difficult trails and other than a few good hits on my old flimsy plate I have never had a problem. My new one does just fine. I'd get one built a whole lot cheaper than to buy an aftermarket one anyway.But for the $20 I paid for the next to new ones I have I'm not complaining.
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I replaced my gas tank skid on my 97 with a Rokmen skid.Very nice skid,3/16" thick (twice as thick as stock).Fit was perfect,just needed to be powder coated or painted,as it comes unfinished.I ordered new OEM straps because I figured they might be rusted,and you cant see them completely untill you drop the tank.The Rokmen skid covers both sides of the tank also...
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An after market skid will pay for itself the first time you hole your plastic gas tank due to a thin stock skid.

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