I was hoping to do a full install/review thread on this over the weekend, but I was given time to install this tonight when I got home from work and didn't have the daylight or extra set of hands to do all the pictures I would have wanted.
I have a 2000 TJ and was blessed with the thin type of stock gas tank skid. With the age of my skid, being exposed to salted roads in the winters, and from being bashed on rocks my skid was looking pretty sad. After my last wheeling trip I noticed that the couple of spots that were rusted through had spread and I now had a crack going almost the full width of my skid. It was so severe I wasn't willing to trust it on my 2 hour drive to Rausch Creek with a full tank of gas or bouncing around with a full tank while wheeling.
This was prior to my last RC trip
This was after that trip.
So I used some of the money I have been saving for my SYE and tummy-tuck project and put it towards a new skid. I considered Savvy or Rokmen in my selection. Savvy won out because it was aluminum and would not rust on me again and it was lighter than the Rokmen. I decided to not paint since there was no functional need to even though I've blacked out just about everything else on my Jeep.
Here is how it arrive a short few days after placing my order.
I put the skid together loosely last night so it would be ready when I went to install it. The rest of the night was spent researching what I would need to disconnect and reading through the instructions a few times. I didn't get a picture of it assembled prior to installation as I should have but the instructions have plenty of pictures. The skid didn't come with instructions but they are available on Savvy's website.
So today was the day and I got all the tools I'd need out and got to work.
- two jackstands so I could remove the tires to get better access to the connections that needed to come off
- a floor jack with a block of 6x6 to help reach the gas tank skid
- 3/8" drive ratchet with plenty of extensions to get to the front set of nuts
- pliers for disconnecting hoses
- wire cutters for cutting zipties
- screw driver for fuel bezel
Over the past week I drove the Jeep around burning up as much fuel as I could to make the tank lighter and easier to move. That was an easy task with a Jeep. After pulling the fuel relay I cranked it over to remove the pressure in the fuel system, I disconnected the fuel filler hose from the bezel. Then I lowered the tank enough to be able to reach the hoses and electric. Mine was different from the Rokmen video and the Savvy instructions but it was pretty simple to disconnect. Once everything was disconnected I lowered the skid the rest of the way. My straps were pretty narley and probably would have needed replacement if I didn't get the Savvy skid. They come with new straps with a new design. Rokmen re-uses the stock straps.
Once I took the tank out of the old skid, I got a better look at the carnage. I had more and bigger holes than I thought I had. My tank fuel pickup was also deformed and pushed up (the part that sinks into the dimple of the skid). I'm hoping a fill-up will pop it back down.
By the time I had the new skid installed and all put back together, it was too dark for good pictures but this is what I have as of now. Now my tailpipe is the lowest part behind the tires. I need to replace my exhaust in the spring anyway. It's original, rusted, and the muffler is pretty smashed up.
this is the best before shot I could come up with.
I'm not sure of the exact gain in clearance I achieved. I was able to take advantage of the high mount option afforded by the kit since I have a 1.25" body lift. The skid is definately a lot more beefy than my stock skid and I look forward to putting it to the test next weekend for my last trip of the season. I hope to install a locker this weekend in the front to allow me to get into more trouble