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post #1 of 14 Old 07-12-2010, 11:11 AM Thread Starter
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new installed Max-Bilt fuel tank skid for 20 gal tank

This past weekend I installed a new fuel tank skid plate for my 20 gal tank that I purchased from Max-Bilt. A very straight forward install. I made sure my tank had less than a 1/4 tank of gas so that I had less weight to deal with. I slid a floor jack underneath the old skid, removed the bolts, lowered skid/tank slowly with the floor jack just enough to remove all fuel lines and connections and then removed the tank and stock skid. Once I had the tank out of the stock skid, I cleaned it up, dropped it into the new skid plate and reversed the procedure for the install. While I had the tank out, I ran a new dedicated ground to the back of the Jeep and attached the ground wire for the sending unit to that new grounding post. The workmanship on the skid plate is fantastic, very stout with 10 ga steel, the tank snug inside the skid plate, I gained about an inch of additional clearance and the finished product looks much better than the stock!

Top pic is the stock skid and Max-Bilt side by side along with fuel tank, middle pic is a photo of gas tank in skid plate and the bottom pic is
final pic of installed skid plate.

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post #2 of 14 Old 07-12-2010, 11:23 AM
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Very cool. I just painted my stock skid plate...makes me wish I went your route. Nice CJ.
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post #3 of 14 Old 07-12-2010, 11:34 AM
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Yep, it looks good and the 20gl tank does not hang down as far as I had thought.

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post #4 of 14 Old 07-12-2010, 11:53 AM
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looks good. I googled Max-Bilt and they have some really nice stuff.
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thanks Dave and geochaf1. Phil at Max-Bilt truly loves the old CJ's and is trying to do all he can to provide quality aftermarket parts for those of us who own them.

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I gained about an inch of additional clearance and the finished product looks much better than the stock!
How did you gain the extra clearance? When I dropped and re-installed my 20 gallon there was little to no room between the top of the plastic tank and the bottom of the tub.

Does it sit down farther in the new skid?
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post #7 of 14 Old 07-12-2010, 01:41 PM Thread Starter
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its a tighter fitting skid plate all around...and when I ordered it from Max-Bilt I told them to try and utilize the extra 1" of space I had from my body lift...so those both add up to about an inch or so...

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post #8 of 14 Old 07-13-2010, 12:24 AM
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Can I ask how much $ for the new skid?

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post #9 of 14 Old 07-13-2010, 09:34 AM Thread Starter
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Cutlass327,

I believe I paid $230 for it a few months back, it took me awhile to get around to installing it. When I first started looking into replacing my beat up stock skid the only choices I had were Kilby and Gen-Right...I have gotten to know Phil who owns Max-Bilt and mentioned to him that there were not too many choices out there for certain CJ products, specifically a 20 gal fuel tank skid plate, so he decided to build one for me and has now rolled them out as part of his product offering. What I am most impressed about besides the price is the fact that Max-Bilt is doing all they can to make available and supply top quality replacement parts for CJ owners (one day I hope to own one of his consoles). Phil is a young guy who is trying to make a career out of something he has a passion for (Jeeps) and I admire that. I am looking forward to beating on the skid plate in a few weeks and will report back how it holds up...Max Bilt's site is:

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We, and I truly appreciate the Kudos, and look forward to providing as many people as possible with high quality products.
mvigo- glad the skid worked well for you!
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I will defintely be picking up one of the center consoles (when $$ allow)
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post #12 of 14 Old 08-23-2010, 03:57 PM Thread Starter
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Spent the last 10 days in the Tahoe area, did the Fordyce Trail and went into the Rubicon Springs to swim (Tahoe into the Springs) and I am pleased to tell you that the Max-Bilt Fuel Tank Skid held up very nicely...a few scratches but no dents or dings so very, very pleased with fit, finish and function.

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Man I wish I'd have gotten one of those consoles instead of a tuffy. But I did see some stuff I'm looking at.... Too many parts not enough $

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post #14 of 14 Old 09-07-2010, 07:26 PM
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The seams are rusting out on my stock skid plate. Thanks for the pictures, this might be a really nice option for my old 86.
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