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post #106 of 927 Old 05-10-2009, 10:31 PM
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A quick question for people who have ordered, who's doing the shipping? I'd buy one right now, but I don't want to take it up the derrière by customs and brokerage fees from UPS.
I'm pretty sure it's UPS and I ship a lot of stuff to Canada and I'm well aware of the penalties they ding you with.

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I'm pretty sure it's UPS and I ship a lot of stuff to Canada and I'm well aware of the penalties they ding you with.

Do you have a better suggestion?

Get another member to send it as a "gift"

Thanks for the write up Jerry. When I got my D44 from Provologear a couple weeks ago he was hinting at this to me. Told him I'd be in touch. Now I want one and he's out of town. Oh well, I'll get one when he gets back.

Strangely.....I had been procrastinating on a fuel tank skid......now I know why, I think.

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Get another member to send it as a "gift"

Thanks for the write up Jerry. When I got my D44 from Provologear a couple weeks ago he was hinting at this to me. Told him I'd be in touch. Now I want one and he's out of town. Oh well, I'll get one when he gets back.

Strangely.....I had been procrastinating on a fuel tank skid......now I know why, I think.
Even as a gift to someone in Canada, if you declare a value for insurance purposes, they still take a serious hit on brokerage and duty fees.

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I'm pretty sure it's UPS and I ship a lot of stuff to Canada and I'm well aware of the penalties they ding you with.

Do you have a better suggestion?
If they're close enough to the boarder they can rent a storage bin in a UPS on the US side, but I don't have one of those and my usual help won't risk taking it across the boarder.

If my past large/expensive orders from the states are like this, they should charge well over $100 in fees to be collected upon delivery. Guess I should call them in the morning to see if I can get an approximate number so it isn't a shocking bill when it gets here.

Un/fortunately I'll have to pay it as rust has almost cut my stock skid in half.
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If they're close enough to the boarder they can rent a storage bin in a UPS on the US side, but I don't have one of those and my usual help won't risk taking it across the boarder.

If my past large/expensive orders from the states are like this, they should charge well over $100 in fees to be collected upon delivery. Guess I should call them in the morning to see if I can get an approximate number so it isn't a shocking bill when it gets here.

Un/fortunately I'll have to pay it as rust has almost cut my stock skid in half.
Well, the only saving grace in that mess is the ridiculously small box this thing ships in. You can give them a box size of 18 x 36 x 5 @ 33 lbs including the box to get your quote.

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I've paid over $50 CAN for a CD to be shipped from Wyoming through UPS. They need to be shot with a ball of their own **** as far as i'm concerned.

On topic though, gentlemen, thumbs up on the skidplate.

If you need any gear tested for corrosion resistance, send it up, i'm surrounded by ocean and it seems like DOT has found a free stash of road salt these days....
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I do have one question. How would using this skid fare with a rear Currie Anti-rock? Mrblaine was kind enough to answer a PM of mine when I met with difficulty installing the rear A/R with a Kilby skid. It's tight under there. What should I expect there if I was to use your sweet new skid?
Are you ignoring me, or biting your tongue because I asked a dumb question?

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Are you ignoring me, or biting your tongue because I asked a dumb question?
Neither, trying to figure out how to fix your problem. The obvious answer is to run the skid in the lower position, but that defeats the purpose of a raised skid. So then I was trying to recall if the bar went over the tank and by how far or was there enough room slightly behind it?

Having looked at all 3 different versions of the TJ and Unlimited gas tanks in the last week, I'm a bit fuzzy at all their dimensional nuance and they are most assuredly not the same in that area.

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Well, the only saving grace in that mess is the ridiculously small box this thing ships in. You can give them a box size of 18 x 36 x 5 @ 33 lbs including the box to get your quote.
Here's a pic of the surprisingly small box it comes in...
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Neither, trying to figure out how to fix your problem. The obvious answer is to run the skid in the lower position, but that defeats the purpose of a raised skid. So then I was trying to recall if the bar went over the tank and by how far or was there enough room slightly behind it?

Having looked at all 3 different versions of the TJ and Unlimited gas tanks in the last week, I'm a bit fuzzy at all their dimensional nuance and they are most assuredly not the same in that area.
My bar goes above the tank but right at the back about where the tank starts to curve down. I have an earlier model though so don't have all that mess of lines that sit on the later model tanks.
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My bar goes above the tank but right at the back about where the tank starts to curve down. I have an earlier model though so don't have all that mess of lines that sit on the later model tanks.
How far is the top of the tank from the bottom of the tub crossmember?

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If his tank hadn't been nearly full, it would have been a half banana job.
You'd think Jerry would have known better...

Sorry, Jerry, just had too. When I installed my Kilby, I ran it down to fumes. Now, to be fair, Jerry had the kind of skid that is really just an add-on shield that did not require the tank to be dropped when it was installed.

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How far is the top of the tank from the bottom of the tub crossmember?
I'd have to measure that , but until I can do that, I'd have to say more than an inch and less than three
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You'd think Jerry would have known better...
Yes I did but I had a mental disconnect there when leaving the house & noticed the tank was empty. As soon as I got through filling the tank I immediately did a Homer Simpson "DOH!" and a slap to my forehead, I felt pretty darned stupid. Oh well, that wasn't the first and it certainly won't be the last time I have a mind-fart.

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Nice looking product, Blaine. As usual, well thought out and functional. I would have considered myself in the market for a replacement skid to my old solid but heavy Kilby, but recent changes make such a skid unnecessary.

Al Corners? Maybe we could work something out there. When I stripped out the back of my rig the other day, feels like I dropped about 150lbs of extra weight by losing the gas skid, rear corners, and the rear quarter armor. It protected my tub from the rocks, I'd forgotten how much that stuff weighed.

Good luck to you and Gerald on the new business venture. I hope things work out!

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