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Old 03-04-2012, 10:26 AM   #1
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Help! Gas tank removal?

I just bought a new heavy duty rear bumper with shackle mounts. The OEM bumper had only 6 bolts holding it on but this new bumper has 10 bolts with mounting plates. The instructions for mounting on a '97 TJ is to remove the fuel tank skid pan to get access to the rear cross frame bolt holes. If I remove the skid pan to get access, will the fuel tank stay in place or come down with the skid pan? The Haynes manual is of no help on this. I'm not really equipped to handle dropping the fuel tank.

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Old 03-04-2012, 10:31 AM   #2
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there are straps that hold it on, but I believe they are attached to the skid, and all will come down... no floor jack to lower it slowly and do what you have to do?

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Old 03-04-2012, 10:48 AM   #3
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Dropping the tank is pretty easy if you don't have too much gas in it. Look up some of the " how to convert a 15 gal tank to 19 gal " threads and they go through it step by step.
I think all you will need is a floor jack to lower the tank once it is free and a socket set with a few long extentions to get all of the bolts off of the skid
You have to unhook the fuel line, the wire plug, and the filler tube.
For me it was harder to get the tank lined up when putting it back on, but that wasn't too bad.
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Old 03-04-2012, 11:52 AM   #4
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Gas Tank Removal

Look up the Rokman site, they have a step by step vidio, very helpful.
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Old 03-04-2012, 07:24 PM   #5
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Look up the Rokman site, they have a step by step vidio, very helpful.
Rocky Bar,

The video is great and exactly what I needed, thanks much!

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