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Unread 05-08-2013, 03:34 PM   #1
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YJ Gas Tank Lift

Anyone ever done a minor lift to their gas tank? I'm thinking in the 1" range - not a fuel cell that takes up the rear of the vehicle. I don't want to cut the tub.

I just did a 1" body lift, and was thinking of raising the tank. The gas tank hangs down pretty low in the rear:



This isn't my Jeep frame, but it is a YJ. I'm sure mine is similar...there seems to be a nasty frame crossmember right at the tank



It looks like some cutting of that crossmember would be required. Along with shortening the stock skid 1" and then rewelding the skid (or making a new shorter, stronger skid).

Either way, it seems like A LOT of work...

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Unread 05-08-2013, 03:58 PM   #2
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Gen right has a crawler skid for the stock tank. The lift is about 1".
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Unread 05-08-2013, 05:29 PM   #3
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Gen right has a crawler skid for the stock tank. The lift is about 1".
I've seen that skid, but don't know how they would get any lift out of it with the cross member in the way. Hopefully, someone has installed one and can confirm the 1".

http://www.genright.com/ProductInfo....1#.UYrfPrXryqF

The Gen-Right skid is much nicer than the stock skid.

There's also this one:

http://shop.savvyoffroad.com/product...&categoryId=16

They mention "dual height mounts" which I assume is a lift...
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If a stock replacement skid can get you 1", then theoretically a 1" Body lift would be able to gain 2" in lift for the tank. There was a member around here who cut and re-welded the stock skid. He ended up running into clearance issues trying to raise it the full 2" if I remember correctly. Maybe try searching a little and see if you can find the thread.
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I saw one where they cut the skid short and used angle iron to reattach to body. very simple.
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Hopefully, someone has installed one and can confirm the 1".
Yep. That's why I mentioned it.




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this thread should help... something I plan to do "one of these days"
http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f12/t...-tank-1407078/
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this thread should help... something I plan to do "one of these days"
http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f12/t...-tank-1407078/
Great thread link! Thanks! That's exactly what I was looking for. Two things learned...first, make sure your tank is empty before you start
Second, a big chunk of cross member has to be cut off.

I'm sure that the frame cross member was there for a reason (strength, rigidity, etc), so hacking it off may not be a great idea. My counterpoint is that my Rockcrawler bumper and frame tie ins would stiffen up the frame, so the cross member mods would be no problem.

I'm surprised there aren't more people who have done this mod, as it's a great way to gain clearance in a vulnerable area. If you mod the stock skid, then the cost is essentially zero, if you can weld.
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Yep. That's why I mentioned it.
How much clearance did you gain with the Gen-Right? When I look at my (stock) Jeep, the gas tank seems to already be butted up against the cross member.
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I simply cut my stock tank cover about two inches down from the angled mount (your situation may dictate a different length), ground it down and re-welded it lapped style. No worries about bending, drilling or lining anything up.

Also split and re-welded my straps (ensure you grind off the coating!).

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I simply cut my stock tank cover about two inches down from the angled mount (your situation may dictate a different length), ground it down and re-welded it lapped style. No worries about bending, drilling or lining anything up.

Also split and re-welded my straps (ensure you grind off the coating!).

Great work! Did you cut your frame cross member to be able to move it up higher?
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Great work! Did you cut your frame cross member to be able to move it up higher?
Sorry so late... Yes I did trim it out so the tank could fit.
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