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Old August 29th, 2007, 08:56 AM
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Fuel tank skid plate making ...

The 110 fuel tank is off and inspected and now I look at the cheezy skid plate Land Rover put on and I want to make something better because of the 110 overhang.

I am thinking :

- Thicker
- Drain holes
- More space between the tank and the skid plate
- Probably steel

Any other thing I should think about ? Steel or aluminum ? Thickness ?

All comments are welcome.

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Old August 29th, 2007, 04:29 PM
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if steel, get it galvanized so it doesn't rust.

Or go stainless.

Or thick aluminum. (How hard do you 'wheel?)

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Old August 29th, 2007, 06:50 PM
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How hard will it be wheeled ...

Well I really don't have straight answer for that but I really want to make one that will last and even if the weight of the back of the truck is on it, it will not arm the fuel cell.

Though of 1/4" of steel with 1.25" drain holes (8 or so).

Is this overkill ?

I was also be letting a .5" gap between the cell and the skid plat to allow air and ice to be ventilated and cleaned. Good or bad ? Looking for input ...

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If you go with aluminium you'll save a lot of weight, wich is good.
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the skid plate actually holds up the tank (on my 90 at least).. there is a tube ontop of the skid that fits into a recess/groove in the tank that when its all bolted up, keeps the tank squeezed up in there. So if youre is the same configuration, plan on installing maybe a plastic strip to press against the tank or weld some pipe, or something.. maybe hockey pucks would work... Id probably get a few pieces of wood of diff thicknesses and test fit them, see which fit best, etc.. on and off, on and off... until you get a good thickness for the spacer, then make it out of hard plastic or metal.

drain holes are a good idea so you can get in there and rinse everything out.

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Old August 30th, 2007, 03:07 PM
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Thanks Steve,

Well the fuel cell on the 110 is somewhat held in place by the skid plate and I like the idea of putting rubber discs to allow the skid plate to hold some of the weight of it.

Presently I will go for 1/4 " of aluminum with 1.25" holes, it will also be wider than the original to cover all of the fuel tank and have a .5" gap between it and the fuel cell.

Still open to suggestions.

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