H2ojeep - how much did you pay? I just can't see paying so much more for 6 more gallons. I have a 6 gallon gas can I can carry cheaper than $120 for the bigger tank and installation kit.
Below is a response I gave about a week ago enforcing Romain's comments to someone seeking advise to the increased fuel capacity:
It was post #7, http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f8/cj...decide-918032/
That post show here in blue;
Originally Posted by Mike Romain
I would really miss being able to run for 350 highway miles before getting gas, especially as I wheel for more than a week back in the bush lots. Having to come out for fuel kills most of a day.
I wouldn't go smaller.
But then it depends on "why" you have your jeep, I like my jeep because it is analogous with "away from civilization ", "roadless", wilderness, isolated etc. where there are no places to get fuel.
And a jeep is not a Prius (thank God), so fuel economy is not likely to be stellar. With that in mind, I like all the fuel I can have.
I made the change from 15 to 20 (23 actual) and to poly. And it was a definite improvement. I though I would be dragging my fuel tank skid, but have not as yet and have been on some challenging trails.
Maybe unique to me (but not uncommon in western states), I live where, after you hit pavement, one can go 70-80 miles with out a place to get fuel. (and as the industry goes, there will probably be fewer and fewer fuel stops)
As noted, if you are using your jeep to run around or to the edge of town, then the smaller tank may be ok, but not the norm for what a jeep is normally used for.
I would try to stay with the larger tank.
Cutless, to answer your question, my cost to purchase the higher capacity tank was about $250 (did it over a year ago and don’t recall the actual amount). You reference $120 difference, I don’t know and never considered.
For the reasons noted from the previous post and the fact that:
1. I don’t have to carry extra fuel inside on the rough roads that the jeep is subject to, that it is not sloshing around, leaking and smelling bad, getting hot and expanding and leaking, taking up extra space, and is a enormous safety hazard.
2. While I could fabricate racks to hold jerry cans to the back (and add the cost of the cans and fab cost, and the difference is now down to about $60). Those tanks would be exposed and unsecured. I am often times away from my jeep for hours, fly fishing, boating, hunting, scuba diving, spelunking, or just sight seeing. Anyone could take or empty my extra fuel supply.
So now the difference is down to $60 more or less (probably less and the difference a lot more that $120 to purchase the gas can and racks as opposed to homemade).
And to reinforce what Mike Romain said, I would not want to be killing time to run back to pavement to refuel. That would be an enormous pain in the "south end".
YES……in weighting the pros and cons, and considering my jeep usage, it is every bit worth the $30, 40, 60, even 120 dollar difference.
Now I grant you that if someone's usage is to ONLY run their jeep to the edge of town, or to run around town with the top town, or their jeep is something to polish, shine, or put chrome on (all good uses for the jeep if it’s their thing) then the extra fuel capacity may not be worth it. I have a jeep friend who lives close to a kid who has “well to do parents”. The kid has a jeep that is equipped with everything, I mean EVERYTHING. We jokingly commented that he must have called Quadrac and said "send everything that fits my jeep, including decals, here is my mom’s credit card ", and the conclusion to the comment was that if it “rings his bell” then we are more that happy for him.
Thanks for the question, in re-evaluating the decision, for my priorities, I feel like changing to the larger fuel tank is a exceptional good judgment.