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Old January 24th, 2011, 07:39 PM
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Question Defender 90 Fuel tank - Disco 97 / 98 tank

Hey all - a while ago my tail pipe got nudged and it landed pressed against the heat shield of the fuel tank. The pipe then proceeded to burn through the heat shield and made it's way to the tank itself.

Several layers of JB Weld and coat hanger wire have my 97' Defender on the road but I need to find a replacement fuel tank, but I cannot find one ANYWHERE. Does anyone have any ideas on where I can get one or some other solution?

I did hear from one source that a Disco '97-'98 tank would fit my '97 D-90 , but nobody else can confirm it.

Any advice - ANYTHING?

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Old January 24th, 2011, 09:01 PM
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Disco tank is not the same. Tank is NLA, but there are a few floating around for sale.
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Old January 24th, 2011, 10:05 PM
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True the tank is not the same but rumor is that it the same fittings / positions but larger. The d90 is plastic ans the disco's metal. It is true that I'm wishing up this tree, but the D-90 forum is a place to tap into a vast array of experience.

The few that are "floating" are making themselves hard to find... well other than this guy in the UK that has offered to sell AND ship me a D90 fuel tank for $150. Wishing it was real is different than something being real.



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Old December 7th, 2011, 07:38 PM
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What did you do in the end?

I have the same issue with my '94 NAS D-90. My tank melted at the top so I'm researching replacement options. I heard the same thing about Disco Series I tanks working as a replacement. What solution did you eventually go with? I'd appreciate any advice you can offer.

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Old December 7th, 2011, 07:54 PM
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having both tanks in front of me I cant imagine how you'd get a Disco tank (which is plastic also) to fit. It would be easier to modify the frame cradle and fit a Td5 tank which is still available.
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Old December 7th, 2011, 09:27 PM
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I'm still looking for a tank,or rather a reasonably priced tank. I have had offers for $2,800 and another for $500 Western Union in advance to an account on the UK , no address. So over a year on I have JB Weld'ed the tank. the seal has lasted without fault for 18 months now. But as I said, I'd swap a patched fuel tank for a seamless one in a defender minute, which might get my D90 to 45 MPH with the wind on our back ;-)

Junkdog - a Td5 tank? Modify the cradle.. hmm I will look into it. can you offer any links, pics etc?

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Old December 7th, 2011, 10:51 PM
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Santiago I had the exact same thing happen to me and I repaired it with a "plastic welder". This is basically a soldering iron with a foot on the end that you can feed polyethylene rods through it to build up material with. That combined with stainless steel mesh embedded makes it stronger than before. I'll dig up some pictures when I get back on a computer.

Anyway I'd be happy to lend you the tool and you can use as many rods and mesh you need - the kit came with plenty. Just pm me your addy.

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Here is what I did to mine. First image shows the damage, and the last the final result before adding a new heat shield.
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Bullshit, Charles. I saw you at the mall buying some Flex Seal.
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fuel tank

Bill at Kensington Motors http://www.kmcnv.com/ was showing a full aluminum replacement tank with skid plate at the last national ralley for a NAS defender. Not cheap at about $1500 if I remember but really nice and holds an extra 3 gallons. Worth a call if nothing else.

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This is what I have, although again, you are welcome to borrow mine. I don't understand why anyone would want to spend the amount of money these tanks call for when you can fix it for free!

http://www.urethanesupply.com/ATV-Fe...der-Pro-Model/
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This is what I have, although again, you are welcome to borrow mine. I don't understand why anyone would want to spend the amount of money these tanks call for when you can fix it for free!

http://www.urethanesupply.com/ATV-Fe...der-Pro-Model/
Galpin, your plastic welding skills seem to be pretty good but your photo skills need some work!
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Old December 9th, 2011, 09:27 AM
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What's wrong with them? At least they are usable .

Or would you prefer I take 1000 high quality photos of something and none of them see the light of day like a certain friend of ours coughEDcough. Would that be better? LOL

------ Follow up post added December 9th, 2011 09:30 AM ------

Bleh, ok some are blurry. The first and last are in focus, so job done!
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i would have a tank made here
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I would like to see what an aluminum replacement looks like especially of it holds 3 gallons more. 1500 isn't horrific considering 800 would get you a used original tank if you could even find one.
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Ecr has tanks.
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