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Old 12-06-2013, 03:13 PM   #1
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Gas Tank Remove and Reinstall:

When I dropped my gas tank today to change the fuel pump, I noticed that the straps are completely missing. The last time the tank was dropped was 6 years ago when a mechanic did the pump change when I was in college.

My question is do I need the tank straps? It's been running a long time without them, but wanted to make sure it is safe. Also where can I get them?

Also the mechanic put the hose clamps upside-down on the tank lines, so I had to disconnect the filler-port and drop it with them attached, pain in the butt lol. Anyway I'm stuck with the fuel pump change until I figure out how I'm getting the tank back in. Thanks fellas.



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Old 12-06-2013, 04:00 PM   #2
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I got my new straps from autozone. I think they were only like $20. But don't quote me on that. I would get them if it were me

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Old 12-06-2013, 04:25 PM   #3
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When I dropped my gas tank today to change the fuel pump, I noticed that the straps are completely missing. The last time the tank was dropped was 6 years ago when a mechanic did the pump change when I was in college. My question is do I need the tank straps? It's been running a long time without them, but wanted to make sure it is safe. Also where can I get them? Also the mechanic put the hose clamps upside-down on the tank lines, so I had to disconnect the filler-port and drop it with them attached, pain in the butt lol. Anyway I'm stuck with the fuel pump change until I figure out how I'm getting the tank back in. Thanks fellas.
Definitely replace the straps. I got mine from Quadratec for $20. Getting the tank back in is awkward, but doable. I emptied the tank completely after I dropped mine just to make it as light as possible. When you put it back in, lift the drivers side up and get the filler/vent lines up and over the frame rail first, then raise the other end of the tank in place. It's easier than it sounds. It really helps to have an extra set of hands, but I managed to do it with a jack and some jack stands.
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Old 12-06-2013, 04:47 PM   #4
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Thanks guys. I'm a little confused how the straps work though. I can see that they wrap around the tank from the underside, but where do they mount from on the tub? So when the straps are in, technically I could drop the skid plate by itself and the tank will free-float suspended by the straps? Is that how it normally is?

Or do the straps wrap around the top of the tank and secure it to the skid-plate? And then they both are dropped down together?
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Old 12-06-2013, 04:51 PM   #5
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The straps hold the tank in the skid plate.
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Old 12-06-2013, 05:19 PM   #6
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Thanks guys. I'm a little confused how the straps work though. I can see that they wrap around the tank from the underside, but where do they mount from on the tub? So when the straps are in, technically I could drop the skid plate by itself and the tank will free-float suspended by the straps? Is that how it normally is? Or do the straps wrap around the top of the tank and secure it to the skid-plate? And then they both are dropped down together?
The straps go over the top of the tank from the front, and the threaded ends go into the non-elongated holes on the rear of the skid plate. Put the straps on before you put the tank back in. With the straps in place, the tank and skid become a single unit, so to speak.
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Old 12-06-2013, 06:31 PM   #7
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^^yep. I just didn't have the pictures to post. Lol
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Old 12-06-2013, 06:54 PM   #8
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Awesome thanks, that clears everything up lol. Will keep you posted on the reinstall.
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Old 12-06-2013, 07:21 PM   #9
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^^yep. I just didn't have the pictures to post. Lol
I took lots of pictures so I could remember how everything went back together. I'm over 40, so the memory isn't what it used to be!
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How did you guys get the tank dropped past the exhaust pipe? My entire exhaust system is tack welded together and I don't really want to hack it all up. Or is hacking it all up the only way to do it?
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How did you guys get the tank dropped past the exhaust pipe? My entire exhaust system is tack welded together and I don't really want to hack it all up. Or is hacking it all up the only way to do it?
Lower the exhaust side first. Then lower the driver side. My exhaust is welded too. I can get the tank dropped without too much trouble.
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How did you guys get the tank dropped past the exhaust pipe? My entire exhaust system is tack welded together and I don't really want to hack it all up. Or is hacking it all up the only way to do it?
The exhaust pipe should swing out of the way, it's suspended by the rubber mounts. I just kicked mine out of the way as it was lowered lol, it was just me dropping the tank.
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The exhaust pipe should swing out of the way, it's suspended by the rubber mounts. I just kicked mine out of the way as it was lowered lol, it was just me dropping the tank.
Everything is welded together and nothing of the exhaust moves. It's kinda a parts jeep that will be stripped of drivetrain now and built (in theory) later on but the exhaust is pretty nice. But I'm not against chopping it up.
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Old 12-07-2013, 04:03 AM   #14
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how old are your fuel lines ? you may want to spend a few dollars more and replace them while you have it out.
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how old are your fuel lines ? you may want to spend a few dollars more and replace them while you have it out.
They were replaced back when it was dropped 6 years ago. I'll take a double look at them when I get back under to see if any cracking or deterioration, good idea thanks.
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Might want to make sure your hose clamps are good too. When I was reinstalling mine one of the clamps broke, so I had to re-drop the tank and find a new clamp. It only took 15 minutes of searching, but it could have been avoided.
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Old 12-07-2013, 05:06 PM   #17
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Might want to make sure your hose clamps are good too. When I was reinstalling mine one of the clamps broke, so I had to re-drop the tank and find a new clamp. It only took 15 minutes of searching, but it could have been avoided.
Definitely it's worth the extra few bucks for peace of mind. This time I'm gonna make sure the clamps are facing down so I can access them better and not have to take out the filler port.

All in all the removal and reinstall of the gas tank was pretty simple, even for being by myself it's definitely doable with one person. I don't know why I always dreaded dropping the tank, but it's a whole let less complicated than I thought. I'll probably drop it again in the Summer to attack the rear-frame shackle rust to make some room. I would give this job a 4 out of 10 on the difficulty rating lol. A 5 out of 10 if the tank couldn't be siphoned or if a nut got stripped lol.

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