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Old September 12th, 2006, 02:24 PM
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Fuel Tank Cradle - Skid plate

Over the next few years, I am going to have to be replacing a number of long term parts on my D90 - as most of the members of this page have either done, or are facing.

One thing I need to replace is my Fuel Tank Skid Plate. Rovers North has a product in their Summer book that is a Galvanized Fuel Tank Cradle - for an introductory price of $199. I have spoken to someone at Rover's North who give me the prices for stainless, and answered some of my questions about the Galvanized. He told me that the Galvanized was a really good heavy duty, thick coating and I would get many, many years out of it.

I got 11+ years out of the stock steel one that came on the truck. I KNOW that pure stainless would be the BEST options - and last forever. But I have to try to save money somehow.

If I can get another 7-10+ years out of Galvanized, I think I will go this route. I am sure that everyone will blast me about not going stainless.................

Has anyone used or seen this Galvanized product from Rovers North??

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Old September 12th, 2006, 02:38 PM
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I just signed on to ask the same thing. Awesome
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Old September 12th, 2006, 02:38 PM
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I put one on about 2 months ago (galvanized). If you want I can report back in 7-10 years.
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Old September 12th, 2006, 02:39 PM
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You can also go alloy, like the Safari Gard or ECR ROX unit.
The one benefit of the alloy ones (or at least ours) over the others is that we also use an alloy tank support bar, where most others either want you to re-use your old bar, or they send you steel (rust) and I find the bars rust just as bad as the plate themselves. Galv coating can come off and leave steel showing. I'd go SS or alloy to avoid rust 100%, but the galv. plate would likely outlive us all too.
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Old September 12th, 2006, 02:43 PM
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I installed a heavy duty galvanized gas tank skid plate last year, but I can't for the life of me remember if I got it from RN. No matter, it is probably the same (about 1/4" thick) and is quite a bit more robust than the stock cradle/skid plate. Just for cosmetics I painted it chasis black. It has been through a salt-laden winter and offroading in both mud and muck (Illinois) and sand/mud/hard rock in Utah and Colorado. So far there is no hint of the start of any corrosion. I figure will last me at least a decade and almost certainly more if I make sure to hose out any gunk in there a couple times a year.
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Old September 12th, 2006, 03:38 PM
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If you can afford to have it out of the truck for a few days, take it to a local welding shop and have them replicate one for you. Prob cheaper and you can have whatever kind of material, thickness, finishing you want.
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May want to check out www.slickrockfabrication.com. Outstanding work.
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Old September 13th, 2006, 08:16 AM
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i second slickrock. Have Dave's skid and its holding up great.
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May want to check out www.slickrockfabrication.com. Outstanding work.
Just to jump on the Slickrock band wagon. These are the best I have seen. This plate survive a direct nuke hit! And the craftmanship is super!.

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Old September 13th, 2006, 10:16 AM
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Go slickrock, you will be very happy with it.
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Old September 13th, 2006, 10:21 AM
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Dave used our shop when he was specing the DII rock sliders. His attention to detail is amazing.
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Does anyone have thoughts about using a skid with or without holes--regardless of SS or Galvanized, etc.? Doesnt a solid enclosure increase the likely hood that mud/water/roadkill will accumulate and create rust issues behind the plate? Or are the holes just a gimick? Just curious...


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Old September 13th, 2006, 08:11 PM
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The slickrock plate doesn't have holes in it but its stainless so no real worry there. The mounting bracket has enough holes in it for me atleast to get a hose in and wash everything out. The tank itself won't rust since its plastic.
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The slickrock plate doesn't have holes in it but its stainless so no real worry there. The mounting bracket has enough holes in it for me atleast to get a hose in and wash everything out. The tank itself won't rust since its plastic.
The slickrock skid has 2 drain holes that match the frame drain holes
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Old September 14th, 2006, 03:52 PM
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Oh yeah. forgot about that.
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Slickrock is out of stock on this item - on the web page - but I will call them because the product looks great........

Rover's North does not get their Galv. ones until at least October 10th. They are out of the stainless unless I want the black powder coated. Black would be cool.......but just increases the price.

What to do......what to do........Flagg
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Slickrock is out of stock on this item - on the web page - but I will call them because the product looks great........
Thanks for bringing this to my attention, they are in stock but I forgot to adjust the inventory on the site :D
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