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Unread 05-25-2011, 05:14 PM   #1
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Melted my fuel tank...

I hope others can look at these pics and learn from my bonehead moves. This could've ended very badly.


Started off the day in Dallas visiting family. My tailpipe had been having some clearance issues with my pass side shock and upper control arm mount. I decided to do away with the rattles with a sawzall.


I ASSUMED it would be fine for the 200 mile trek home, where I'd rebend/reweld my tailpipe back on.

A few hours in I noticed my fuel was getting low. Pulled off at a gas station, went to fill up and gas started pouring all over the ground as fast as I could put it in.

Got a friend to tow me home, dropped the tank and heres what I found.





Everyone please learn from my stupidity and don't cut corners. Thank goodness my Jeep didn't end up as a flaming fireball. I found a used tank out of an 05 for $150 bucks and will be throwing it in this weekend.

My question is... I was about to pull the trigger on a genright comp tank until I stumbled across the used stocker. I am starting to like the idea of more clearance between the diff and fuel tank. Are there any skidplates that offer more clearance (both ground clearance and diff to skid) that anyone can recommend (for use with the factory tank).

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Unread 05-25-2011, 05:21 PM   #2
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Savvy. Improved ground and differential clearance.
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Unread 05-25-2011, 05:23 PM   #3
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Holy Cow batman. That is really bad. You definitely could have been blown sky high. Then I would have seen you on the evening news. Glad to hear your okay.
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Unread 05-25-2011, 05:24 PM   #4
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Unread 05-25-2011, 06:13 PM   #5
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Unread 05-25-2011, 06:43 PM   #6
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glad your not roasted, go savvy!
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Unread 05-25-2011, 07:01 PM   #7
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The only problem I see with the 05 tank is it might have the fuel spray issue. I just had mine replaced on my 05, a faulty valve in the filler tube causes gas to spray out when the pump clicks off. I would try to test it first. There is a whole thread dedicated to this.
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Unread 05-25-2011, 07:04 PM   #8
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Wow! Go buy a lottery ticket!

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Unread 05-25-2011, 07:44 PM   #9
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This really shows the strengths and weaknesses of plastic gas tanks....

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Unread 05-25-2011, 08:11 PM   #10
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Unread 05-25-2011, 08:36 PM   #11
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Unread 05-25-2011, 08:38 PM   #12
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While I don't care to dispute who was or wasn't looking out for him, this is at least the 5th time I've seen this and this one is mild. A couple of the others I've seen wound up with holes in them big enough to shove a softball through.
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Unread 05-25-2011, 09:15 PM   #13
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I still have my stock tank sitting in my garage from when I replaced it with an aftermarket one for more clearance. All you'll need is a fuel pump If you want it, it's from an 05. You can pay shipping + $75 for the trouble and it's yours with the stock skid in case yours is trashed. But if looking for aftermarket armor, go with a savvy skid for sure. I never had the overflow issue until I replaced mine with an aftermarket tank lol.
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Do I understand correctly that you rewelded/bent your exhaust to point up towards the floorboard and rear of your vehicle?.....

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Unread 05-25-2011, 10:22 PM   #15
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Do I understand correctly that you rewelded/bent your exhaust to point up towards the floorboard and rear of your vehicle?.....

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I think he chopped it at the beginning of the bend to clear the rear axle.
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