I'm currently starting overhaul of a 1983 CJ5 Laredo ( I also own a 1981 CJ5 Laredo on which I've completed restoration). The '83 has what appears to be an aftermarket fuel tank. And I think that whoever installed it, also installed 1/2'' body mount spacers to allow for more room between the top of the tank and the body. When I look in at the top of the tank from the right side rear wheel well, and compare it to the view on my stock, 1981 CJ5, it appears to be much more snug. I originally thought someone installed the spacers just for aesthetics, but now I believe it was to accomodate the larger fuel tank. I would like to remove the spacers, but I'm certain I cannot without lowering the fuel tank at least 1/2''. Unfortunately, I don't know the brand/style of the aftermarket fuel tank (it is enclosed in a skid plate). I would please like to know if anyone who has installed a larger, aftermarket fuel tank also had to intall 1/2'' body spacers? Or, if anyone who attempted to install a larger, aftermarket fuel tank, realized an additional 1/2'' clearance would be needed to clear the body above the tank, and obtained the space by lowering the tank 1/2''. If so, how did you lower the tank by 1/2''? There appears to be two supporting arms (straps) on the top of the tank, one on driver side and one on passenger side. The arms are attached at the forward end of the tank and angle up diagonally toward the rear, to mount to the underside of the body. I believe I would have to space these 1/2'' at the body mounting point as well.
Thank you, Tim