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Old 11-17-2009, 01:13 PM   #1
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Gas Cap Covers/Lids

okay so im planning on buying me a JK as soon as i can sell my DD/motorcycle and i currently own a 89YJ for a trail rig.

this is will be first Jeep DD and i have always had a thing about gas caps being exposed, my 89 has it behind the tag and its not my DD so i'm not really concerned about it. BUT the JK and TJ alike have them exposed.

Now im not the type of person that would mess with someones tank or try and steal gas but im also a person who thinks about all that stuff but try not and act on it cuz i try to be a decent person

ANYWAYS: gas cap/lids, are they useful? Locking or non Locking? im i just being paranoid? you tell me. what do you all think?

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Old 11-17-2009, 01:19 PM   #2
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If it's what you want go for it. There are a few options and many companies producing them.

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Kids will be kids, mischief is mischief, and sugar in a tank is a royal hemorrhoid.

I have the Jeep cover and locking cap underneath.

I think you can see it here:


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Old 11-17-2009, 01:32 PM   #4
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i was looking at something like this


locking door, two birds one stone.
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Old 11-17-2009, 01:39 PM   #5
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This may be a dumb question, but I can't remember. Is there drilling required for this install?
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Old 11-17-2009, 01:40 PM   #6
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i was looking at something like this


locking door, two birds one stone.
I've been doing some thinking about it too. I haven't begun to look. The one that you pictured has a round key. I like flat keys on the key chain. I don't live in inner city but it is better to be cautious rather than sorry about junk in the gas tank.
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i was looking at something like this


locking door, two birds one stone.
Most of the ones as pictured above. ^^^ Utilize the factory mounting holes.

Not all of the "screws" on them are real, just 4 of them the others are for looks.

Plus point of having the one you pictured as apposed to a locking cap itself is you can always get the cover off.
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These have 4 small needle point screws that attach them to the existing gas fitting

It uses the round key and of course could be broken into, but it will make the gas thief take a longer stab at getting your gas

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This may be a dumb question, but I can't remember. Is there drilling required for this install?
No drilling, but you have to take your taillight off (it's like heart surgery where they go through your armpit).

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These have 4 small needle point screws that attach them to the existing gas fitting

It uses the round key and of course could be broken into, but it will make the gas thief take a longer stab at getting your gas



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way i figure it is if they have to remove something with a tool uncommon from a knife in hand or prybar then anyone thinking of doing anything will move on to the next vehicle that would be easier to break into... thieves are usually lazy MFers... thats why they steal...
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Heh Heh, ya I keep em both at my place in the Nevada desert and all I gotta do is put food in the Engel and I'm 15 minutes away from TAKE-OFF


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No drilling, but you have to take your taillight off (it's like heart surgery where they go through your armpit).

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Course , when I'm here in Ca. I'm 3 1/2 hrs away from the jeep !!!

Can't winemall, oh, come to think of it, I'll go there BEFORE Dec 21 of 2012

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Hmmm! This is the same one I have, but mine has the Flat Keys. Really simple install, and didn't require going through the Tail Light. It was simply four screws, that mount in the plastic neck tube of the Filler Cap area. The outside of the Metal Gas Cover, fits perfectly over the Black Plastic Ring on the Fender, and you install the 4 Self-Tapping Screws to the inside of the Neck, just in front of the Gas Cap. Here are a couple of pics I took when I installed it:




The Gas Door, has a Magnetic Button on it, which will keep the Door Closed, and keep it from rattling. Also, there is a Rubber Tip on the Lock Tab, that locks behind the Cover, also preventing any rattles.

Hey! If they have the proper tools, ANY THIEF can get into it. However, I'm hoping my investment discourages the Thief enough, that he just keeps moving on to an easier target, like a Hummer! I mean, HONESTLY..... who could pass up a Gas Station on Wheels?

If even one Thief, by-passes my Rig because of the Locking Cover, then the $64 I paid for it was well worth the cost.

Best of Luck!

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Old 11-18-2009, 06:16 AM   #14
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blackbeard, thanks for the install pics, they dont really describe the install very well on the website.

im guessing the higher priced ones install a little more securely but that works as well...
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blackbeard, thanks for the install pics, they dont really describe the install very well on the website.

im guessing the higher priced ones install a little more securely but that works as well...
I'm with BB on this one. Nothing will stop a good thief. But a really uber gas cap will be more difficult to get pried off and thus the paint job and sheet metal around the trim will suffer more. But that gas cap looks good enough to stop the lazy thief and I'm thinking that most fit into that category. Especially regarding something like gas where the penalty is probably not worth the deed. I think a thief would do better to steal something of value and then buy the gas. But who knows what goes through the mind of a thief???
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Old 11-18-2009, 06:33 AM   #16
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Bah, noone siphons gas around here anymore. They just slide under, ram a screwdriver through the tank and catch the gas in whatever they use. I guess siphons are too much effort.
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Old 11-18-2009, 06:39 AM   #17
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hmmm... so a gas door AND a gas tank skid ....
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There's an anti-leak thingy in the neck in case we roll the Jeep; you can't siphon from these things.
But you can pour things in there pretty easily.
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Old 11-18-2009, 10:01 AM   #19
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Just a comment from "another angle".. Having these lockable caps will NOT deter a desperate thief. If they need gas they will get it... Not the first time they start drilling a hole in the bottom of the tank to get the gas out.. I have a regular Mopar cap cover without a lock.. (This to keep the snow from piling up around the filler neck)
It can only cost me a full tank of gas.. Other repairs will be MORE expensive..
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That they do, but it will deter a casual strolling perp, looking for an easy mark

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^^^ USAntigoon,

Would you happen to have a pic of your gas cap cover, or where did you buy the cover? Is it available at any local JEEP dealership or did you order it off of the internet? If so, from whom did you order the cover?

I may look into buying one as well...

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This is the one I have .. see here
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i have seen the mopar ones in the catalog, they do look alot nicer but are twice as expensive, whats the difference? do they not just cover it up or do they bolt to the tub?
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USAntigoon,

Tks for the reply! Will look at ordering one soon...
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Tks for the reply! Will look at ordering one soon...
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Here is a link explaining the install....
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i have seen the mopar ones in the catalog, they do look alot nicer but are twice as expensive, whats the difference? do they not just cover it up or do they bolt to the tub?
See the link here The are bolted down....

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