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post #1 of 17 Old 10-16-2021, 11:00 AM Thread Starter
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Regarding fuel tank skid guards

There's nothing wrong with mine (yet). I never go off road, so if it ever rusted out, couldn't I just remove it and go without? $300+ seems like a lot for a new one.


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post #2 of 17 Old 10-16-2021, 11:46 AM
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If yours isn't rusted yet then it should be good for another 10 years at least. When it's rusted and they have you over a barrel then you will pay the $300.
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That skid guard is what is holding your tank in place
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If the skid plate falls off, your gas tank goes with it.
Ive seen them in the $150 range, aftermarket.
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Part outs. I got a mint skid for $40.

One of those parts thatís good to pick up if itís comes available at a good price.
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Is the tank made of metal? If it is I'd consider making some metal straps to secure it, which is what most cars and trucks have.

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They also made 2 different ones, the earlier ones were much heavier and thicker material than the later ones. I forgot the change year, I believe 02 or 03.

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There are two types. One is a brushguard, thin metal. The other is an actual fuel tank skidplate, much thicker metal. If you bang on it with a small hammer or screwdriver, the brushguard with thump, but the skidplate will almost "Ring" because of the almost triple thick metal.
The Fuel tank skidplate is basically interchangeable 99-04. And yes they had the fuel tank skidplates on the 2004 Overland model. It was optional on other models.
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post #9 of 17 Old 10-18-2021, 07:40 AM
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I have questions here too, as mine is probably not long on life. I think there is also 2 tank straps under the skid plate. Couldn't a guy drop the assy, ditch the plate, and just hang the tank on 2 new straps?

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The straps attach and secure the tank to the skid.
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The straps attach and secure the tank to the skid.
Bummer. When the time comes, I'll have to study it a bit. There's gotta be a way to customize that - I've really no use for the skid plate myself.

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I agree with you Mr Bitey. There has to be a way to create heavy straps that will hold that tank in place.

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I agree with you Mr Bitey. There has to be a way to create heavy straps that will hold that tank in place.
I have a set of new-in-the-box straps for a 1996 Dodge B2500. Surely I can craft something out of them. Probably a spring project. The tank isn't ready to fall out just yet, but will definitely be close after another salty Wisconsin winter....

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The straps attach and secure the tank to the skid.
Bummer. When the time comes, I'll have to study it a bit. There's gotta be a way to customize that - I've really no use for the skid plate myself.
It'll be all good until you catch them fuel lines on a cardboard box. Not to mention these already had the pinto problem of being a bomb when rear ended not sure I'd want to remove any sort of protection that actually was in place especially on the dad bods.
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It'll be all good until you catch them fuel lines on a cardboard box. Not to mention these already had the pinto problem of being a bomb when rear ended not sure I'd want to remove any sort of protection that actually was in place especially on the dad bods.
Not like the rotten skid plate on most of the remaining WJs are doing anything for structural integrity. And I could be wrong, but I am pretty sure the exploding WJ's had to do with after market hitches, and they were ripping through perfectly sound skid plates. That was supposed to be solved with a dealer installed hitch. The hitch was designed to provide extra protection for the fuel tank.

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