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Old August 8th, 2004, 02:32 PM
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I am guessing yall didnt take off the rear bumper, what did yall use to support the gas tank, please mind my asking... I am going to embark on this endeavour this week I think..
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Old August 8th, 2004, 03:28 PM
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I used a nylon dog leash to support the fuel tank. Worked like a charm. I think pretty much anything will work to hold it up. I also supported from the underside with a jack stand as a backup.

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Old August 8th, 2004, 04:52 PM
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I used 2 ratchet straps. One across the back, one run in between the old skid and the tank up front.
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Old August 8th, 2004, 06:54 PM
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cool thanks. I got the bolts undone it was a breeze, I was expecting it a be a bitch from yalls horror stories, long live the PB
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Old October 18th, 2004, 10:59 AM
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Talking Gas Tank Skid Plate Update - Thanks Dave!!!

Dave,

I finally got around to installing your gas tank skid plate and I am extremely impressed with the quality. It is such a major upgrade over the piece of $%*& that was there.

After a bottle of PB I was able to get the bolts off without much of a problem, even though the old skid plate disentegrated. I have attached pictures of the old skid plate, it is amazing that it was able to hold the tank in place. It took me about 2 hours because I cleaned up the surface rust and installed the rear seat belt bracket that sits above the tank.

Thanks again!
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Old October 18th, 2004, 11:10 AM
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WOW!!!

Skid plate? I don’t see a skid plate in your pictures, just a pile of rust scale

Glad you are enjoying you new skid plate
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Old October 18th, 2004, 11:31 AM
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After all these "horror" Stories I went out and looked under the rover, not a lick of rust on the skid plate. My 90 spent all of its first life in Arizona, now that it is in Ohio, should I just be proactive and replace in now, how fast do these things rust out. I just got a case of waxoyl, should I spray the shit out of it and not worry about it for a couple of years. Is nayone elses skid plate in great shape?


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Old October 18th, 2004, 11:45 AM
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I read all this and decided to take mine off and inspect, all was well I sanded and painted with undercoating (3M) and rustoleum since I am poor and couldnt muster the funds for the stainless. If you can I say go for the stainless it is worth it.
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Old October 18th, 2004, 11:53 AM
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After all these "horror" Stories I went out and looked under the rover, not a lick of rust on the skid plate. My 90 spent all of its first life in Arizona, now that it is in Ohio, should I just be proactive and replace in now, how fast do these things rust out. I just got a case of waxoyl, should I spray the shit out of it and not worry about it for a couple of years. Is nayone elses skid plate in great shape?


Matt...
If you can I would change it before it gets in too bad shape, it makes it much more difficult to change later. I have a low mileage D-90 that has only minor surface rust on the axle and I was shocked at how bad the skid plate was. The previous owner only used it to get too work in the winter in the Northeast.

Dave's is also much higher quality and gives better protection then the stock one.
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Old December 13th, 2004, 11:41 AM
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Well, now this one is my issue too now . . . .

What of Daves skid plate? Details?

I have air rachet. Will I need impact?

And once I get skid any last minute advice before I start my hellish battle of replacement.
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Old December 13th, 2004, 12:49 PM
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“I have air rachet. Will I need impact?”
Hand tools or air tools should be all you need for the bolts. You will also need a ratcheting strap (or 2) to hold the tank in place. Possibly a drill and tap if you bust a bolt.

Well… that and a bunch of PB blaster

“And once I get skid any last minute advice before I start my hellish battle of replacement.”
1. Run the fuel down some so the tank is not as heavy.
2. Pressure wash the area
3. Soak the bolts with PB blaster
4. Soak the bolts with PB blaster
5. Soak the bolts with a little more PB blaster
6. Clean and paint any areas that may be rusty while you have the skid off.

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Old December 13th, 2004, 05:05 PM
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Clean any dirt and girt off the threads of the bolt that are accessible (all but the rear). And soak them. That'll make the front ones easier to take off.

Unfortunatelty, the back two are inaccessible. So when you try to unscrew them, you may end up drawing dirt and grit into the threads, at which point they'll seize up.
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Old December 13th, 2004, 07:07 PM
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I had no issues with getting access to any of hte bolts on my 95?? fwiw
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Old December 13th, 2004, 07:17 PM
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Thanks!

I guess uh . . . I need some PB Blaster

Oh, and one of them skid plate things too

Hopefully the air rachet will do the trick then
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Old December 13th, 2004, 08:09 PM
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Air tools will help i managed to get mine off with hand tools and a can of PB Blaster and Liquid wrench. And a lot of colorful language.
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Old December 13th, 2004, 08:12 PM
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did some mention PB Blaster??
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"And a lot of colorful language"



I will have to add that to the list of required tools
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Old December 14th, 2004, 05:20 AM
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I find it comes in very handy when you need to scare the parts off.
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Old December 14th, 2004, 11:38 AM
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I had no issues with getting access to any of hte bolts on my 95?? fwiw
The bolt heads are easy to get to. But on my 97 at least, the threads on the rear bolts are not accessible. Spraying lubricant on the threads works the best.
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Old December 15th, 2004, 02:44 PM
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Dave, sorry for the delay, been at the &*^%&*% auction trying to get the spouse a benz. I received your mail and will be in touch re skid once I get my interior buttoned up this week
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