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Hazlitt777 03-19-2013 09:36 PM

gas tank skid plate advice
 
I am considering purchasing a Tomken Gas Tank Skid Plate. I want something a better than my 1999 factory original, but don't want to spend over $300 for a SAVVY.

Here is the link:
Tomken Machine TMS-1340-G - Tomken Gas Tank Skid Plate for 97-02 Jeep® Wrangler TJ - Quadratec

It is 1/8" thick steel. Any opinions? Bear in mind that I will only be doing light off roading. But I definitely want something better than a factory original replacement.

Thanks for any advice.

freeskier 03-19-2013 09:39 PM

Do you realize that isn't a full replacement skid? It's only meant to go over your existing factory skid. I'd install a newer model factory skid before that thing.

BLK00TJ 03-19-2013 09:41 PM

Nope. It doesn't have the space in the bottom for the fuel pickup that is needed. If you want to save money over the Savvy (which I can attest is awesome) look at Rokmen for a little more than the tomken.

BLK00TJ 03-19-2013 09:44 PM

Followup... I didn't realize that it is a wrap for the stock skid. In that case, the reason I'd steer clear is that it isn't even a replacement to the super-thin 97-02 skid. Go Rokmen or save up for the Savvy. The good thing about the Savvy over the Rokmen is the new straps. Rokmens doesn't come with straps and mine were toast when I replaced my skid.

WaterDR 03-19-2013 09:50 PM

The one posted in the original post looks much easier to install and can also be remove.

Other than that, it seems a bit kooky.

2JeepsThatRun 03-19-2013 09:53 PM

Go Rokmen I just put one on and tested it out this weekend in slade ky. The thing is incredibly strong compared to the stock tank and provides more coverage as well as a minimum of an inch rise. If you have a body lift you get an inch and a half, but if you don't you would need the half inch spacer.

oIIIIIIo 03-19-2013 10:14 PM

Have you looked at Poison Spyder and Rokmen? Or bite the bullet and get the SAVVY aluminum ts, can't go wrong.

tj00wrangler 03-19-2013 10:17 PM

I have a Rokmen and LOVE it. I have beaten the hell out of it and not even a ding.

UnlimitedLJ04 03-20-2013 12:31 AM

the Savvy gas tank skid is by far the best skid on the market right now.

Philmycrackin 03-20-2013 06:15 AM

I have a savvy and love it. Comes with new straps and all hardware needed.

Rockjock15 03-20-2013 07:26 AM

Having run the Tomken skid years ago I will have to say the only benifit is it an extra layer of metal protection. Other than that you lose ground clearence, as well as rearward clearence for larger housing center section/factory track bar, and you will add weight the most weight out of all skid plates (since the factory skid is retained and you add this steel skid).

Personally I would order the Savvy skid. Do it right and do it once. Call Gerald I believe he offers a 10% WF discount and the shipping is very cheap.

Hazlitt777 03-20-2013 01:56 PM

Thanks for the input, perhaps I will just go with SAVVY. I do not want to lose ground clearance.

If I go with the SAVVY, I take the old one completely off then, right?

And who is "Gerald" and what is his phone number so I can ask for the 10% WF discount?

Thanks everyone.

TJDave 03-20-2013 02:09 PM

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Originally Posted by Hazlitt777 (Post 3529596)
Thanks for the input, perhaps I will just go with SAVVY. I do not want to lose ground clearance.

If I go with the SAVVY, I take the old one completely off then, right?

And who is "Gerald" and what is his phone number so I can ask for the 10% WF discount?

Thanks everyone.

I think you will be very happy you did. The Savvy comes with everything you need, and maybe some stuff you won't. It's that complete of a kit. Everything comes off. New tank skid has it's own new straps, two extra strap bolts, new push pins for fender liners, and even new carriage bolts for mounting it in case yours are rusted. I didn't need them, but they were included in case I did!

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Hazlitt777 03-20-2013 04:10 PM

TJ Dave,
Did you have to take the tank completely out to put the new skid guard on? I hope it comes with instructions.

Joe

Cons_Table 03-20-2013 04:16 PM

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Originally Posted by Hazlitt777 (Post 3530181)
TJ Dave,
Did you have to take the tank completely out to put the new skid guard on? I hope it comes with instructions.

Joe

MOST aftermarket skids require you to remove the tank from the factory skid and put it in the new skid. Savvy, Rokmen, PS, etc are all like this.

I have a Rokmen skid and it is hell for strong. I have dropped on it pretty hard and left with nothing more than a scratch in the paint. If I had it to do over again, I would definitely go with a Savvy. I think the savings in weight is enough to justify the cost. However, the Rokmen is holding strong...it's a pig though.

sinbob 03-20-2013 04:26 PM

I have the skid row gas tank skid and I have hit so hard that it made my wife scream. All it did was leave pulverized rock dust on it. 3/16 thick

Cons_Table 03-20-2013 04:30 PM

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Originally Posted by sinbob (Post 3530239)
I have the skid row gas tank skid and I have hit so hard that it made my wife scream. All it did was leave pulverized rock dust on it. 3/16 thick

The skid row doesn't have the dimple though, for the fuel pickup, correct?

Philmycrackin 03-21-2013 07:21 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Hazlitt777 (Post 3530181)
TJ Dave,
Did you have to take the tank completely out to put the new skid guard on? I hope it comes with instructions.

Joe

The tank has to come completely out. I'm gonna be honest I was pretty nervous about doing it but its actually pretty easy. Once or if you buy a savvy you can download the instructions. they are very easy to follow and gives you some tips on how to disconnect the fuel lines. You will need a floor jack. I tried out with out floor jack and well nevermind, just use a floor jack

Cons_Table 03-21-2013 11:27 PM

You can also go to rokmens page or youtube channel and they have a great video on hoe to drop the tank. They are obviously installing their skid...but the instructions apply to any swap

IslandTJ 03-22-2013 12:07 PM

If you don't wheel on difficult terrain and don't want to spend $$$, I'd recommend going with the stouter OEM factory skids that were installed after 2002+. Check CL, there should be some on the market as a lot upgrade to an aftermarket gas skid.

Imped 03-22-2013 02:04 PM

If it's any consolation, I turned the fuel pickup dimple on a Rokmen skid inside out, which also damaged the fuel pump......

No matter how strong something is, it can always be damaged. I hammered it back out and it's still under another Jeep. Savvy builds the best gas tank skid available, hands down. No contest, end of story.

Hazlitt777 03-23-2013 07:54 PM

I ordered the SAVVY. Thanks for the input everyone.

Hazlitt777 07-24-2013 07:39 PM

Done
 
Just thought I would finally follow up. My dad and I got the SAVVY in and all went well. I'm very glad that I did because the stock skid plate was rotted through in about 1/4 of the plate.

Also, it was a perfect fit. Everything lined up. Spending a little extra was fine. Thanks again everyone.


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