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Old April 10th, 2009, 07:25 AM
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Anyone interested in aluminum 1/4 inch 90 Gas Tank skid Plates (Cradles)

I had to have aluminum skid plate / cradle made for a project I am working on. Cost will be in the $200.00 dollar range. The plate fits perfectly. thickness is about 1/4 inch

The only issue is due to the fact that the plate is aluminum there is no logical way to add in speed nuts for holding on the anti-sway bar mounts. The holes will be there but one will have to use nuts and bolts instead of just bolts.

Please shot me a PM or post here if interested. Figure this will cure the rusty cradle issue found on most Defenders.

Thoughts and suggestions are much appreciated.

By the way the one pictured is the prototype. The only difference will be the 2 rear holes will be slightly different and the 4 holes for the anti-sway bar mounting will be smaller.

As always thanks for the feed back.
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Old April 10th, 2009, 08:25 AM
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Man, those are pretty! If this was two months ago I would have bought one instead of repairing and armoring mine....
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Old April 10th, 2009, 09:03 AM
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Bummer. I could've saved a few bucks over the Southdown. . Looks great though.
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Stephen, I am very interested.
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me too!!!!!!!
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Old April 10th, 2009, 12:48 PM
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I am interested also.

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Don't forget in most cases you will need a new front support as well. We make virtually the same plate and it includes the alloy front bar required to hold the tank in place firmly.
Here is ours that we have been making for about 10 years now:
http://www.eastcoastrover.com/Fuelskid.html

Stephens will be great too, and we don't really sell ours mail order so I'm not taking sales away from him and he will do a great job. I'm just pointing out stuff you will need to do the install when your original is rusty.
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this could be a great product. i think im in...
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All thanks for the input. The plate will have the front bar (truthfully I was not sure what it did, thanks Mike).

I have ordered 5 of these and hope to have them in hand in 10 days.

Will post when completed with images.

Price is expected to be around $200.00 but will know soon.
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Stephen, I have a stainless skid (I think slickrock) and instead of a bar, it has an upward bend at the rear. The way they did it is to notch the edge to keep the last inch or so straight on each side, but fold the rest of the edge in. I think this would work for the aluminum as well.

Like this

https://www.expeditionexchange.com/c...376&bestseller

Should be easy to get them to add that bend instead of a bar, and it's a one piece, no rust solution.

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Just FYI we have had 2 90s come to us with fuel tanks that we rubbed through due to tank movement with that style of skid plate, with just the front flip up design. IMO it does not put enough pressure on the tank, but to each their own. Just be aware the NAS 90 tank is NLA, so you want to make sure you don't design something that might cause tank damage.
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Just be aware the NAS 90 tank is NLA, so you want to make sure you don't design something that might cause tank damage.
And what would Charles know about tank damage?
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made some that look like that out of 1/4 steel with additional rock protection and drain holes to keep away the rust. I dont see the tank going anywhere.

Thats what I roll with anyways, I might have gone overkill on the rock sliders too. They must be a hundred pounds each.
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Just FYI we have had 2 90s come to us with fuel tanks that we rubbed through due to tank movement with that style of skid plate, with just the front flip up design. IMO it does not put enough pressure on the tank, but to each their own. Just be aware the NAS 90 tank is NLA, so you want to make sure you don't design something that might cause tank damage.
What kind of damage? I don't think mine can move at all. My tank got damaged, but I don't believe it had anything to do with the skid plate/cradle.

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What kind of damage? I don't think mine can move at all. My tank got damaged, but I don't believe it had anything to do with the skid plate/cradle.

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maybe he is talking about the amount of flex aluminum has.
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Dave

Can you chime in about tank movement. I have your slickrock cradle and I would like to hear this doesn't apply to stainless just aluminum
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Barry,

I have not had any reports of movement with the skid plates I offered.

The bend location was taken into account and on every 90 that I have seen they have been very snug and did not move.

I am not sure who made the ones Mike has seen issues with or what materials they were made from as there are many people that make or made tank skids. Regardless of the manufacturer it would be worthwhile to take a few min to check and ensure that your gas tank is sitting snug and in place.
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Thanks Dave
I will check it out. I am not worried.
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The one I made looks exactly like factory only three times as heavy. Anyone could make one in an hour or so.
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