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Old 03-03-2012, 05:02 AM   #1
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1999 gas tank/skid plate

Hey all - I have a 99 tj 4 banger-
The other day the whole gas tank/skid plate rusted through and crashed down on my driveway. Luckily I was not driving it when it happened.

I was able to get a used 20 gallon tank at a junkie. My questions are:
  1. Do I absolutely need a new skid plate? I can get one for around $120, but I don't really go offroad. I was able to get the new straps for around $60.
  2. I am going from the 15 gallon to the 20 gallon tank... any issues I'll need to pay attention to?
  3. What is the tank made of - is it steel, plastic?
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Old 03-03-2012, 05:39 AM   #2
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The tank on my 99 is plastic, I would suggest you getting this skid just in case in the future down the road you want to go off road you'll have the protection.
The straps would work if you never plan on going off road

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Old 03-03-2012, 05:45 AM   #3
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Where in Ny are you? I'm in the Syracuse area. I have a few good used skid plates, I can sell you one the cheap side. I would definitely recommend a skid plate even if you dont offroad. The way that tank hangs off the back like a set of nutsacks would be pretty dangerous unprotected in a rear end collision..IMO
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Old 03-03-2012, 08:17 AM   #4
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The skid plate is what holds up the gas tank. All the straps do is secure the tank to the skid so it doesnt bounce around. You DO need a skid plate factory or aftermarket unless your running a fuel cell in your backseat. The straps go over the top of the tank, they slide through on one side and bolt down over the top on the other side. Its a good idea to drill out the rivets that hold the plastic tab on the straps, and remove them, then flip it over and pound the bends the opposite way. There is a sharp metal tab on the straps that may at some point cut your tank.
Saavy makes a lightweight aluminum skid that looks very nice. Rokmen's is made out of steel and is quite heavy and UNFINISHED.
I replaced mine about 3 months ago as my skid was rusted thru and went with Rokmen because it was a little bit more cost effective. I like it very much, however i was in such a hurry to get it on i never coated it with anything to protect it(regret.) It has gotten some surface rust already and i will be going over it with POR-15 when it gets a little warmer.
Both are made with the dimple for the fuel pump. If your not running a BL you made need the spacer kit for the Rokmen skid. Not sure about the Saavy skid.
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The Savvy is adjustable for use with or without a BL. Comes complete with everything you need, including stainless straps and the Christmas trees for the fender liner.
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