Gastank protection w partial Relocation
So, the one modification to my Jeep that i am the most happy about is the gastank. So, i fugure iŽd write something on here. Its my first post so beare with me.
Not really so complicated to do but what a cool mod for offroading i think!
So, my old gas tank was with more holes than ever expected. I ran my hand over it to clear som dirt and gas just started pouring out. So something needed to be done.
Out with the old rusty thing!http://i934.photobucket.com/albums/a...s/DSC03478.jpg
New shiny one!
Take the tank out from beneath the Jeep, measure the tank, then mark the floor of the trunk. (Mark it at least 2 inches smaller than measured. You do NOT want to make the hole to big..
Measure again! If you came to a different result than earlier, then measure again!
After i measured it twice,i cut a hole. The first hole is just to get started, make it at least two inches smaller than nessecary, then try to fit the tank, see where it catches and trim the edges until it fits snugly.
Eventually this is what you have, here the fuel lines are connected also.
On the side of the gas tank you see, on each side a metal strip with holes in it. This is how i fastened the tank to the car. A couple of screws on each side and that is enough. Before i srewed the screws in to fasten the tank i put some residue of some sort.. I dont remember what it was but some asfalty stuff to minimize risk of vibrations and sound comming thru.
Detail of the Gas filler pipe, its changed now.. I cut a hole thru the wall so it is now in the (Almost) where it used to be. Its behind the lid anyway.. :)
After this i just made a simple floor over the hole thing, put some carpet over the floor and its done. A bonus is some nice stow-away places next to, and behind the tank. Here i keep all my recovery gear, oils and other stuff that i always have with me in the Jeep.
Unfortunately i have no pics of the end result. The boot is not much smaller, almost everything that fit before still fits but.. For offroading, to have 3 - 4 extra inches of clearing under the gas tank is awesome! Actually, I also left the tow hook bar in its place. It looks a little redicuolus hanging there all by itself but, it is a double protection for the tank so i left it in place. There is no extra road sound or water or anything comming into the Jeep. Before i put the carpet then you could hear the gas pump but that is one second before you start the Jeep so that is no issue at all.
I think this took three or four hours to make. How much of this time was actually spent drinking beer, i couldŽnt tell you :cheers2:
I hope you like my simple and quite quick but highly effective mod! If you deecide to make this mod on your Jeep, i would love to hear about it and also see some Pics!
Interesting idea. Do you get much in the way of fumes in the cabin?
The extra clearance is totally awesone, i used to scrape my tank all the time on rocks. This one, not a scratch on it!
Good to know. Do you have any pictures with the new floor and everything buttoned up?
I've been contemplating this one as I'm stretching the rear 4" or so. Not that my 9" rear is bulky, but shoving it back will mean if I don't do this or run a fuel cell($$$$$) I will have a little axle/tank tango. Only change I'd make is building a cover over the tank so it was completely flat topped.
Visual people here, how about some finished pics?
I dont have any pictures of it finished. Also like a week ago i put the Jeep in winter storage at a farmers house not far from here. I guess i can go there and take a picture. It migth take a few days. (I know, winter storage for a Jeep is stupid and normally i wouldŽnt do it but we just moved here and well.. I need to save some money before i can go on with it. So.. Then better to put it away until then rather than have it on the street.)
I like your bumper, especially the diamond plate :thumbsup:
What brand is it?
Unfortunately i dont have that one anymore..
The new one is a little larger but from the same company and with a tyre carrier..
Oh.. Found a pic from under the Jeep. Standard the tank comes down to about 1,5 - 2 inces under the tow bar.. Now its an inch and a half over it.
Still working on the pics from inside.. IŽll try to get one today or maybe tomorrow.
Has anyone ever considered two gas tanks like in the Ford 150 XLT's? My work has those and its pretty nice cause we travel a lot. I figured a new 12 gallon tank with the stock one would fit but what about maybe a 5 gallon auxiliary tank? I think Im gonna have to start pokin around her rear and under belly and see what I can do.
Ok, finally i got some pics. The light was not perfect but hopefully you see enough. Still there are things that need to be done, like a protection between the trunk and the cabin but you see what it looks like.
Could have used a better colour matched carpet maybe but still, looks quite allright i think. It steals some room but not to bad.
Filler cap gone out of the cabin. Looks quite normal..
Made a hole through the wall and.. The hole in the plastic is larger, its the one you see, the hole through the metall is better fitting but you cant see it.
Stuck the filler pipe right through it..
Looking quite normal from the outside also.. But not really, the angle of the pipe is a little bit different.. Bit more shallow angle.. Makes it a little bit more tricky to fill up. The filler handle wants to cut of if i dont hold it a little bit sideways and up.. I can live with that.
Also the bottom end of the bumper needs to be cut to fit the modified.. Hm.. Whats it called.. Anyway..
Close up of the filler cap. No smell in the truck even if i spill a little here.
This is what its all about! The gas tank is just gone!! Its still there but not really..
Since the gastank doesŽnt take the hole depth of the trunk there is some space left behind it. Between the seat and the tank.. So i made an extra lid..
(Here the lid is closed)
With a small hinge and it is openable.. Its quite long but not very tall.. Also it will be under everything once i get out there so i keep oil and other stuff that i dont need so often there..
(Here it is open)
Difficult to get a good picture of it but it fits a lot of stuff.. I think i will have mostly oils and spare parts here. Stuff you dont use every time..
Detail of the floor from under neath. Its a frame made from wood with board over it. IŽm not sure exactly what it is, it was just stuff i had at home or found.
There is room for plenty of stuff here too, its acxessable from the back so i keep an axe, saw and well.. Stuff i use more often here..
And this is my sweet Jeep!
Ps. My english is not perfect but its probably a hell of a lot better than your Swedish so no language remarks or other personal crap please. Please keep it about Jeeps and Mods.
i like it man, that was one of my favorite mods ive done to my XJ so far. no more crushing the tank!
Nice job! Been thinking about this also.
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