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Unread 01-29-2015, 12:45 AM   #1
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Rear access panel for fuel system



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Unread 01-29-2015, 10:15 AM   #2
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Good idea but I think that license plate is a little small for a cover......LOL
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Unread 01-29-2015, 10:36 AM   #3
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yes. Handy way to access the in tank fuel pump and sending unit, etc etc. No more need to drop entire 33 gal tank. Been there done that 3x. Enough.

Initially thought of a hinged panel but ended up just using a piece of aluminum diamond plate and screwed it down with self tappers. (not the old license place haha) then sealed with black silicone.
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Here is mine for the YJ Fuel Pump access
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Unread 01-29-2015, 11:49 AM   #5
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nice video, although i have a CJ... when i did the new upgrades rather than hose clamps i went with AN style fittings. And since the full filter is external on my set up, went with a screw-on fuel filter (much like an oil filter) that makes filter swaps so much less messy and faster. The MOPAR in line filter is a PITA especially when the lines get dried and hardened. Plus hose clamps tend to cut into the line and over time may cause even the slightest pin hole that will soon cause a shut down and its a painful process to locate where the system is losing pressure. Also added an electrical fuel pressure gauge on dash. Sending unit screws onto the fuel rail on engine.

Knowing fuel pressure is priceless to assist trouble shooting.
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Unread 01-30-2015, 05:37 AM   #6
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This was what I did for my 98



Boat deck plate with screw in cap.
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Sorry to hijack, but I have that same Thirtyone bag! My wife was pissed when she saw it being used as a recovery dope bag.
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Unread 01-31-2015, 12:45 AM   #8
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This was what I did for my 98



Boat deck plate with screw in cap.


Diver, like it. It should be a factory feature. Ur hatch is small understandably with that fuel system. My CJ has an Aero 33 gal monster. Drop in pump is separate from the sending unit. Takes more room. The boat hatch is clever.
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Unread 01-31-2015, 12:57 AM   #9
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FWIW inline spin on/off fuel filter




before i hit the floor with the plasma. just marking out the area ---yes, tank was out.




all buttoned up and ready to seal the portal





all sealed up.




EDIT: the self tapper screws are bevel headed and i sounter sunk the holes on diamond plate. flush surface. then sealed the gaps between plate and tub bottom with black silicone.
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Ive been considering a similar project for the Crankshaft Position Sensor on my Cherokee. Not that it goes bad often but a trail or highway replacement could be done real fast without jacking it up.
Nice job on the access.

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Unread 02-02-2015, 09:06 AM   #11
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Sorry to hijack, but I have that same Thirtyone bag! My wife was pissed when she saw it being used as a recovery dope bag.
LOL..My best friends wife go that for me and had the name of the jeep club I am in embroidered on it. I showed it off at meetings but it was a tad expensive for them to buy and resell.

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Diver, like it. It should be a factory feature. Ur hatch is small understandably with that fuel system. My CJ has an Aero 33 gal monster. Drop in pump is separate from the sending unit. Takes more room. The boat hatch is clever.
Thanks, I agree, this should be a feature. Wish I could take credit for the idea but that is what this site is all about getting great ideas from others who have been there.
I was looking at a few other "doors" because I kinda goofed on my hole cut (too small and off center) so the deck plate is very tight and makes unscrewing the cover a PITA. I also don't like how the slots in the bed are, makes for a flush mounting impossible w/o adding fillers. Not sure it would be much better with rectangular hatches.

I can say it has come in handy already. Swapped in a new fuel pump a little over a month after doing it. Course I didn't need a new fuel pump at that time, was a whole different problem. Ah well I now have a spare in the garage.
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Ive been considering a similar project for the Crankshaft Position Sensor on my Cherokee. Not that it goes bad often but a trail or highway replacement could be done real fast without jacking it up.
Nice job on the access.

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While only had to do it once, I didn't jack my XJ up to change the CPS. Just did it lying under it in a parking lot.
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Unread 02-09-2015, 06:53 AM   #13
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It would be my luck to have it die while on a mosquito infested trail in the woods.


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