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post #1 of 9 Old 07-13-2017, 02:47 PM Thread Starter
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Up a creek and lost my paddle...

Probably get in trouble for this, but I'm not established enough to post in the wanted section. Not trying to sell or scam or anything, just NEED a fuel tank skid plate for my 04. The top front where the straps connected broke and the tank dropped out the bottom. Needless to say the tank itself has holes. Can get them around here reasonably priced, but can not for the life of me find a skid plate without a 500 price tag, and I'm not swimming in money. The ones in my range are rusted to crap as it is, and I'm not gonna temporarily fix a problem, just to redo it again in the near future. So, if anyone has one they don't need, please let me know your asking price, and shipping to 53916. I appreciate it.

Again. Not trying to bypass rules and regulations, just trying to get some help. Riding a motorcyle isn't always fun in bad weather.

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post #2 of 9 Old 07-14-2017, 06:41 AM
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Hey, I've got a non rusted one in excellent shape if you still need one. We can work out the details if interested. You can text me at 919-608-0390. I'm in NC.

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post #3 of 9 Old 07-15-2017, 02:50 PM
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I guess up where you are at, a salvage yard is out of the question, huh?

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post #4 of 9 Old 07-17-2017, 08:06 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah. Had wind of a tourist wreck and drove up to a friends this weekend. We got there and it was already gone. Apparently around here, Jeepers sense these things.
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post #5 of 9 Old 07-17-2017, 09:16 PM
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Yeah. Had wind of a tourist wreck and drove up to a friends this weekend. We got there and it was already gone. Apparently around here, Jeepers sense these things.
Lol. This is what mine looked like when I just recently replaced it,

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post #6 of 9 Old 07-18-2017, 01:25 AM
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How did you get the bolts out?

I have to tackle this job this week and I'm terrified the skid plate bolts are going to snap. Surely given how our skid plates all rust, there must be similarly rusted bolts on your rig and mine.

I was going to drop the rear bumper and spray PB blaster on the tips of bolts if only to make them come out easier as long as they break free.
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post #7 of 9 Old 07-18-2017, 01:01 PM
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How did you get the bolts out?
I removed the bumper cover for better access, soaked the bolts in PB Blaster, and used my breaker bar with my jack handle over it for more leverage to break each one free. After that used my jack handle over my long half inch craftsman ratchet and removed each bolt one by one. I'm not gonna lie... those bolts were a bear. Each quarter turn took as much strength as the previous. Luckily I only ended up snapping one bolt. Enough of it was left sticking out that I could put a nut on it if I ever wanted but haven't bothered yet and have t had any issues.
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post #8 of 9 Old 07-18-2017, 02:01 PM
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One trick on rusty bolts- once they break loose and move they often get even harder to turn as more rust gets drawn into the space between the male and female threads. If they tighten up again as you unthread them, then retighten the fastener, and then just keep working it back and forth while periodically adding penetrating oil. I freed one today that I probably ran back and forth 50 times with an air wrench, just getting a bit more each time until all the thread was free. One like that will snap if you just keep twisting in one direction.

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post #9 of 9 Old 07-22-2017, 06:30 PM
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I pulled my bumper and drilled small holes that line up with the bolts, then gave a generous spray of PB Blaster. Hopefully this will ease removal and I can tack the holes when I'm done.
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