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Unread 06-13-2008, 05:52 AM   #1
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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

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Unread 06-13-2008, 05:54 AM   #2
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secures and protects
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Unread 06-13-2008, 05:58 AM   #3
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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!
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Unread 06-13-2008, 06:23 AM   #4
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the fuel tank is actually strapped to the skid plate and the skid plate is bolted to the frame
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Unread 06-13-2008, 07:12 AM   #5
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Time to scrape some knuckles, then.

Thanks for the responses. Forums are great!!!
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Unread 06-13-2008, 07:14 AM   #6
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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.
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Unread 06-13-2008, 05:48 PM   #7
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my hands arent exactly small and i managed to remove those funky loop bumpers.. it required some finger acrobatics though..
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Unread 06-13-2008, 06:32 PM   #8
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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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