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Lee3333 06-13-2008 05:52 AM

Gas tank skid plate
Quick question-does the skid plate under the gas tank on a 89 Wrangler help secure it in place, or is it just for protection? Thanks

krd 06-13-2008 05:54 AM

secures and protects

Lee3333 06-13-2008 05:58 AM

So I am guessing that I cant just remove it and find straps under it.

I need to get at some bolts covered by it to change my rear bumper, and I dont want any surprises crashing down on me. Plus, since I wont be off-roading, I dont really need the protection of the plate. But I also would not like to have the gas tank fall out while driving!

krd 06-13-2008 06:23 AM

the fuel tank is actually strapped to the skid plate and the skid plate is bolted to the frame

Lee3333 06-13-2008 07:12 AM

Time to scrape some knuckles, then.

Thanks for the responses. Forums are great!!!:2thumbsup:

sebastian22 06-13-2008 07:14 AM

you CAN get to those bolts back there without dropping the tank. either with swivel sockets and a bunch of extensions, or with a wrench. just need someone with small hands and it can be done.

the_barbarian 06-13-2008 05:48 PM

my hands arent exactly small and i managed to remove those funky loop bumpers.. it required some finger acrobatics though..

Brandon_YJ 06-13-2008 06:32 PM

It's still a good idea to keep the skid plate. Backing over a curb, hitting road debris, zombie attack - any of these can rupture a gas tank if not protected, especially if you have a poly tank like I do.
And those zombies sure do know how to muck up a tank I tell ya!

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