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Old 05-03-2009, 06:42 PM   #1
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stock gas tank skid question

did jeep change the gas tank skid anywhere in the production of the tj? i have a 2000 and the gas tank skid is almost completely rusted out and its time for a replacement. just wanting to know what year to look for when i got to the junk yard tomorrow.

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Old 05-03-2009, 07:15 PM   #2
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Early TJs used thin sheet metal to support the gas tank and it was vulnerable to trail damage. At some point, that sheet metal became substantially heavier and turned into a pretty fair skidplate. I'm not sure when that happened but maybe around the 2000-2001 time frame. So that just means I'd definitely avoid 97-99 but I'm not sure after that exactly what year the change occurred. As I think more about it, that beefier skidplate may have been introduced as late as 2003.

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Old 05-05-2009, 05:02 PM   #3
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I believe it was the 2003+ models where the stock fuel skid was improved and the auto tranny's breathing hole placement (in upper portion of the bellhousing) issue i.e., made it susceptible to water, was resolved
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