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Unread 10-09-2012, 10:36 PM   #31
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i agree with everyone on just dropping it. i did it alone with a full tank once and its not that bad of a job. i would not have cut the hole but i was afraid of the damage i might do to the already rusted unibody and the jeep is my only way of transportation.

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Unread 10-09-2012, 11:03 PM   #32
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So a little off topic but if you did cut the spare tire cavity out couldn't you make another to fit an over sized spare?
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Unread 10-09-2012, 11:10 PM   #33
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So a little off topic but if you did cut the spare tire cavity out couldn't you make another to fit an over sized spare?
Most people who cut out the cavity do it like this:



Leaving the diameter the same. I guess if you cut a bigger hole and fabbed up a whole new cradle, it could be done.
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Unread 10-09-2012, 11:57 PM   #34
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Dropping the tank is easy...8 bolts holding the skid on...just watch the length of the fuel lines and electrical.

I recommend setting a jack underneath the tank with a small section of wood (I used a 1 foot by 2 foot section of plywood). After the bolts were undone, I slowly lowered the jack with one hand while balancing the tank with the other.
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Unread 10-09-2012, 11:59 PM   #35
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So a little off topic but if you did cut the spare tire cavity out couldn't you make another to fit an over sized spare?
This is a good idea...I like it. I may end up doing this in the future to build a square, and slightly larger tool box. I know that some people like to raise their tanks, but I haven't ever needed it to be higher and I like the internal storage.
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Unread 10-10-2012, 12:33 AM   #36
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a motorcyce lift works even better than jacks
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Unread 10-10-2012, 05:17 AM   #37
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gotta point one other thing out ... there is already some level of issue with WJ's and rear end collisions/fuel tank rupture/fiery results ... now I don't think it really rises to the level of a recall - BUT, if you do this, keep in mind you're providing a direct way to allow fuel spray into the cabin. fwiw

...and no chance your next of kin would win that lawsuit
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Unread 10-10-2012, 07:00 AM   #38
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Dropping the tank is easy...

...I slowly lowered the jack with one hand while balancing the tank with the other.

Says the people with 2 hands


I did a tank tuck last weekend, so now I can get to the pump REALLY easy
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Unread 10-11-2012, 05:28 PM   #39
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It is an easy job to drop the tank. The only reason I did it was to eventually do a tank tuck and neede the pump changed.

Pros- makes changing the pump easier.
Cons- road noise, air leaks

The biggest thing that worries me after doing the cut was how much structural integretiy I might have lost by doing it. Kinda hard to tell just from the pics, but that is a giant hole. Maybe not as big a deal as I think, but I worry when I get to flexing the whole area will be weaker.
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Unread 10-11-2012, 06:17 PM   #40
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+1: cons = fiery death
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Unread 10-11-2012, 10:28 PM   #41
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I have thought about cutting a hole, but I don't really think its worth it. I mean, there is a possibility of fumes, road noise, air leaks..... fire...

Dropping the tank is not that hard. And I may not ever have to do it on this car. And If I do, its most likely only going to be once in the life of the car.
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Unread 10-12-2012, 01:27 AM   #42
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I forgot to mention that i made a cover to go over the hole and sealed it up with some silicone so i don't get fumes and water inside the well. I didn't notice any difference in road noise once i put the spare back in there and shut the lid.
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Unread 10-12-2012, 09:46 AM   #43
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+1: cons = fiery death
Where are all these mythical fiery death reports I hear people posting about...

JGC is the new Pinto, we're all going to die, we should all sue Chrysler...


I am sure it happens, but with what frequency and how does this compare to other vehicles? There are quite a few WJ's on the road, and I haven't ever heard of anyone on JF having problems.

I have a steel rear bumper an integrated gas tank skid. Behind that sits the factory 3/16 gas tank skid. I have no worries. Those that tuck their tanks should gain more protection from the rear structure of the Jeep. After you seal the floor area, I imagine it would be even safer than the factory location.
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Unread 10-12-2012, 11:36 AM   #44
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Just drop the tank.
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Unread 10-12-2012, 12:25 PM   #45
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wvracer821: Seeing that you did it, how about making a full size pattern of the tire well with the hole you cut clearly marked. I m sure there are some of us that would be willing to buy a copy
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