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Old 06-07-2011, 09:26 AM   #1
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Fuel Tank Skid Plate

Have a 2000 Tj can't seem to find a replacement gas tank skid plate, anyone know where I can get it? Also another problem, if I fill it full it overflows from somewhere on the tank and you can smell gas till it gets off the full mark, took it to a shop because I broke the bolt on a strap so let them replace it and look. they said they didn't find any leak and it was probably running out the overflow(?). Uhh ok. Any suggestions before I get under there and investigate? Thanks

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Old 06-07-2011, 10:06 AM   #2
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So are you looking to replace what the factory installed due to rust or other problem, or are you looking to install a better/stronger skidplate?

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Old 06-07-2011, 10:23 AM   #3
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Umm, to the best of my knowledge, jeeps don't have an overflow...

That's what I would want, excess fuel dumping out the back. Loosing the bucks spent on gas is bad enough, but raw fuel and a hot exhaust don't play well together.

Me thinks you need to find another shop. If you are smelling fuel in those conditions it could very well be leaking out of the sender unit on top. Or you may have a cracked hose or faulty clamp or faulty cap. Fuel expands when it gets warm, on a really full tank, it has no where to expand too, so it finds a weak spot in any seal to escape from.
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When I dropped my tank recently to change out pump/sending unit, the plastic T that connects my ventilation hoses was broken; you may want to check there. There are only a few places where you could be getting fumes from.

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Old 06-07-2011, 10:41 AM   #5
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Dealership should be able to get you the stock plate for about $170 or so. I would suggest replacing the seal where the pump sits into the tank. my jeep would pour fuel out of this seal if I filled the tank till it clicked off. took me a long time to figure out that was my culprit and longer to get it fixed right.

the dealership offered to smoke test my fuel system for about $200, basically they pressurize the system with smoke and look for any leaks.
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Old 06-07-2011, 11:01 AM   #6
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Yeah man, just drop the tank down and i'm sure the problem will reveal itself. Like stated earlier, not to many places the fuel/smell can be coming from. Had a simliar problem. Dropped the tank down and found my fuel hoses had a small crack in it right behind the clamp, easy fix..
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Old 06-07-2011, 02:46 PM   #7
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If you are going with a stock skid replacement, go with a 2003+ models vs. the '97-'02 skids. The 2003+ are more heavy duty compared to the POS '97-'02 versions.
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Old 06-07-2011, 07:41 PM   #8
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I've just replaced my old skid plate. The old skid looked in OK condition from the outside - except for a dent on the left hand side. When I pulled the tank out the junk trapped inside the skid (and causing rust) was unbelievable.
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Old 06-08-2011, 06:20 AM   #9
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Thanks guys great help now as soon as I get some time off time to drop the tank and do some investigating....minus a lit lighter in hand! lol

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