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Old 02-16-2013, 07:51 AM   #1
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Savvy gas tank skid installed...finally

bought it a month ago and finally got it put in yesterday. i set aside 2 days for install, judging from the other jeep projects on my 97 that turned into a pain in the a$$. I took me just about 3 hours and went very smooth. i was scared to tackle this project, but after reading some things here and you tube videos i felt more comfortable. while depresserizing the fuel system at the fuel rail i learned that gas eats right through a red plastic solo cup...whoops. i gave up on that pulled the fuel pump fuse and ran the engine out of gas.I tried to lower the tank without a floor jack(i dont have one).dont be a dumbass like me,use a floor jack. I quickly realized thats was a bad idea and borrowed one from a friend. the savvy directions said to pull the plastic wheel well covers. i did that but later noticed that it was not necessary to do it on my 97. savvy included the plastic clips to put it back on so no big deal. after returning the rugged ridge skid plate i bought a few months ago due to that obnoxious weight of it i went with savvy. yeah its a few more dollars but its just a few pounds more than the factory skid. The savvy also came with new straps for the tank (old ones where toast) and all new hardware you need to mount. the rugged ridge skid used all old straps and bolts. pay the extra money for the savvy its worth it. i am more than happy with it. they also gave me a forum discount, just email them they respond very fast.

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your stock skid was toast!

are you going to paint the aluminum so it doesn't corrode on your salted roads?

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Old 02-16-2013, 08:28 AM   #3
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they also gave me a forum discount, just email them they respond very fast.
I must be on some kind of sh t list I emailed them they never got back to me and did not get a discount .

Its a great skid putting it in today after the paint drys
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Old 02-16-2013, 08:39 AM   #4
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your stock skid was toast!

are you going to paint the aluminum so it doesn't corrode on your salted roads?


hmmmm never thought about painting it. prob would have been easier to do before i installed it.
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I must be on some kind of sh t list I emailed them they never got back to me and did not get a discount .

Its a great skid putting it in today after the paint drys

dumb question but what kind of paint did you use to paint aluminum?
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dumb question but what kind of paint did you use to paint aluminum?
any good quality regular metal paint will do just fine.

a good self-etching primer for a base coat if you want.

if you like the shiny aluminum look, you can use a clear coat paint.
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Wow, your stock skid was worse than mine was. I replaced it with a Savvy too and love it. I left it bare aluminum. Adds a little pop. It can take a beating. I smashed it pretty hard a few times a week after I put it on and it only has scratches.
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I must be on some kind of sh t list I emailed them they never got back to me and did not get a discount .

Its a great skid putting it in today after the paint drys
Try JF10. I love my Savvy skid. I figured several hours to install it and I got it done in about 45 minutes.
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I never had any luck painting aluminum with just metal paint . You must use a self etching primer for a base . Then paint her I used krylon flat black . I'm not into flash I like the cluncker look with good parts
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The skid looks great! That is on my short list of mods. After seeing your gas tank skid, you may want to take a gander at your frame and other underneath parts. That thing was DONE!

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