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Old 11-26-2011, 04:06 PM   #1
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Replaced the gas tank skid today, here is what was left of the old one:



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I also replaced the fuel pressure regulator while I was under there, fixed the 'only starts on the second try' disease

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Old 11-26-2011, 04:11 PM   #2
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You sure that is not from Wisconsin???? I hate road salt!!!!

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Old 11-26-2011, 09:58 PM   #3
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Oh man, what year is your Jeep?
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Old 11-26-2011, 10:08 PM   #4
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I'm from Buffalo and I've spent my entire weekend so far treating rust. I wish we could just use salt like in Canada, I can't even stand looking at my under body.
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I meant to say sand ***
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Old 11-26-2011, 10:16 PM   #6
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West of the Rockies only uses sand too. As a driver of a company truck, loved salt! As a jeep owner, glad we use sand out west.
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2000. Be careful buying Jeeps from the salt belt
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Old 11-26-2011, 11:52 PM   #8
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2000. Be careful buying Jeeps from the salt belt
Especially CJ's. At least with YJ on the tub is galvanized.
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Old 12-03-2011, 02:21 PM   #9
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Where did you get your oem skid from and how hard was it? I will be doing this myself soon
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Old 12-03-2011, 03:02 PM   #10
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here in maine they have been using a salt/calcium mix which i think is 10x worst then plain salt
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Old 12-03-2011, 03:12 PM   #11
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Where did you get your oem skid from and how hard was it? I will be doing this myself soon
I got it on Craigslist for $20, guy had just put on all aftermarket skids.
It was pretty easy to put on, I did it in about 2 hours with no help. Drain the gas tank first, the skid is the only thing holding it up.

Also you will need a 2' extension to get the 3 nuts in the front.
Let me know if you need any help
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Old 12-04-2011, 05:32 AM   #12
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If you Google "mopar parts" there are several places online where you can pick up a new oem gas tank skid online, as low as $88. I am getting ready to do this ( also live in New England). Right now I'm in the process this weekend of removing my center skid and coating it and my frame in por-15, especially where they bolt together it traps moisture in there. I caught that just in the nick of time, if I had let it go longer there definitely would have been welding/patching involved. It didn't look that bad from the outside, only reason I took it off was to install a new cat-back exhaust, and when I pulled it down, aahh! My question for those who have already done the gas tank skid replacement, do you need to get new holding straps as well or were you able to reuse the old ones?
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Old 12-04-2011, 07:16 AM   #13
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Need to do this. I hate the way salt eats up the metal, makes me so cautious to buy a used car. After this winter Im going to sand down the metal and spray some type of protectant over the metal, not sure what Ill go with yet, the rust is killing me.
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Old 12-04-2011, 07:37 AM   #14
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Cheezman, check out Eastwood.com, they have everything for rust and frame restoration. por-15 is the long term solution, but it's pricey so if you are only keeping the jeep a year or two you could just sand, prime and paint. They also offer a coating system with a long hose on the end of a spray can that you can use to coat the inside of the frame, which I am planning to do soon as well
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If you Google "mopar parts" there are several places online where you can pick up a new oem gas tank skid online, as low as $88. I am getting ready to do this ( also live in New England). Right now I'm in the process this weekend of removing my center skid and coating it and my frame in por-15, especially where they bolt together it traps moisture in there. I caught that just in the nick of time, if I had let it go longer there definitely would have been welding/patching involved. It didn't look that bad from the outside, only reason I took it off was to install a new cat-back exhaust, and when I pulled it down, aahh! My question for those who have already done the gas tank skid replacement, do you need to get new holding straps as well or were you able to reuse the old ones?
If you skid is rusted to the point of having to replace it then you are better off just buying mew ones because the chances of them coming off without breaking are slim. Plus, its just easier to work with all new equipment.

I just replaced my fuel tank skid with a Rokmen. Looked just like the one from the op. And this weekend I i am spending some quality time under my jeep, welding up the rear upper ca brackets on the frame because they were rusted out so bad. ......... needless to say, Im from Maine, and you might as well call us the rust capital.
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2000. Be careful buying Jeeps from the salt belt
Had I only known

got mine from Chicago....will never buy a used vehicle again unless its from a retiree from Arizonawho bought it newand had it undercoated the day he bought itand removed every nut, bolt, and screw and put anti-sieze on it, also on day one

I think the jeep has tainted my view on used cars a bit

My skid was solid on the front and rear curves but completely separated (by about two inches of open space, all jagged and rusted) in the middle, I went to get a safefy inspection and the guy about fell over.
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I have to do my tank skid also, Once off I need to get the sand blaster under there and get the last of the frame and under side of the tub I haven been able to reach due to the tank. wasnt going to pull the tank twice, so this winter i will finishh it up. I have raised the tub off the frame, sanded, primed, por 15ed the frame, and under side of tub, removed the rear liners, sanded and por 15 up in there also,
Thanks to billybojo I am going to look into the inside the frame tube job deal, thats been my worry for a while,
I have also intalled ss brake lines, so I dont think there going anywhere for a while.
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Will be removing skids and inspecting / preserving as well. I am surprised even these newer Jeeps have rust problems... where does Mopar buy steel from China? Obviously not US Steel.
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Cheezman, check out Eastwood.com, they have everything for rust and frame restoration. por-15 is the long term solution, but it's pricey so if you are only keeping the jeep a year or two you could just sand, prime and paint. They also offer a coating system with a long hose on the end of a spray can that you can use to coat the inside of the frame, which I am planning to do soon as well
Thanks man, Ill check it out. Im not sure exactly what I want to do with the jeep. If I change up axles and do an engine swap in the next 5 years Id just sand, prime and paint this spring then por-15 or equivalent when I do that. Id rather do something once, but if Im not going to drop the suspension or remove the tub theres no reason to with a perfectly running vehicle.
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Here's the internal frame coating I was talking about, I haven't used it yet myself:
Internal Frame Coating w/Spray Nozzle

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