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Old 05-18-2015, 04:05 PM
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removed stock gas tank skid yikes.

My buddy was putting new gas tank skids on and his stock skid was pretty beat up and he was worried that he was loosing gas capacity so I told him to bring it over and we would pull it off and beat the dents out before putting the skid on. you drop the skid and the hole tank drops down, luckily I told him to run it pretty dry before he came over and it was on empty so only had a couple of gallons in it.
We used cinch straps to hold the tank in place which worked pretty well. I used a sledge hammer and 4x4 block to smooth the stock skid which worked great made it nice and flat again. After looking at the design the stock skid can be pretty dented before it really would affect fuel capacity. It really is pretty light and thin tho and I am surprised they hold up as well as they do.

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Lol Crap glad I opened this thread. I was about to drop the skid in the next few weeks to bang out a big dent and repaint it. That would have been an unwelcome surprise when the tank came down with it.

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Hopefully I'm 100% wrong, but that just don't seem right.. I never dropped mine, but a skid plate should not be holding up anything its designed to protect..It should be a bolt on accessory to protect what it's covering...Gas tank, transfer case, ect...Shouldn't be what's holding the main part up.??
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the only thing holding the tank is the skid. we had two of us and used a motorcycle jack and had one guy hold the tank up while the other routed a cinch strap around each end. It was not nearly as bad getting the stock skid back in place as getting it off without screwing up the fittings trying to keep it in place. The stock skid is pretty light maybe 40 or 50lbs and the plastic tank is light just make sure you are not carrying much fuel.
once you have a few bolts back in place you can remove the cinch straps but make sure you do that first as we tightened in down a little and then had to loosen it to get the cinch straps back out.
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Hopefully I'm 100% wrong, but that just don't seem right.. I never dropped mine, but a skid plate should not be holding up anything its designed to protect..It should be a bolt on accessory to protect what it's covering...Gas tank, transfer case, ect...Shouldn't be what's holding the main part up.??
you unfortunately you are 100% wrong as the skid is the only thing holding the gas tank up. it rests completely on the skid. drop the skid and down comes the gas tank. Also his jeep only has 8000 miles and has not been off road a bunch and there was a lot of gravel and dirt between the tank and the skid which seems like a bad thing. It seems like it could rub thru the plastic over time.
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