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Old October 6th, 2009, 10:58 AM
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Mantec Fuel Tank Install on a NAS 110?

Has anyone installed a Mantec fuel tank guard on a 93 NAS 110? I emailed Rovers North who then asked Mantec if the currently offered fuel tank guard was a straight forward installation. The response was in (in summary) that "some modification" was needed. Not the kind of answer I was looking for. Does anyone know what mods are needed?



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Old October 6th, 2009, 02:15 PM
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Have you bought it yet?
My experience with Mantec sliders was very unimpressive. Poor support, thin and weak. When hit from the side (rollover) they were both throwaways. I assume the same quality is in their gas tank shields but I could be wrong.
Another thought is that Mantec must be imported from the UK so you have additional shipping and currency issues built into the price.
I'd suggest (without knowing if they offer 110 items)

rockware.net
and search the net for other offerings.

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Old October 6th, 2009, 11:33 PM
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Thanks for the input. Per your suggestion I check Rockware but there wasn't a fuel tank guard shown. A general internet search for a 110 tank guard only turned up Mantec. I believe Safety Devices made one quite a while ago but it appears the re-formed company is only making roll cages.

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Clark, sorry I did not answer your first question, no I have not bought it yet. I need to determine how much additional work is needed before investing the money.
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Old October 7th, 2009, 12:44 AM
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Slickrock used to make one which I installed on my d90- but i dont think they make it anymore..
However i believe that southdown makes one for defenders- check Atlantic British..
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I've not heard of one mantec fuel tank guard that didn't need some fettling and persuasion to fit properly.

A friend of mine in the Falklands fitted a Td5 guard to his Td5 110, and had so much trouble with it (trying to fit) and numerous emails with mantec, and posting pictures of it on LR4x4 (not slating them off either) that they outright refused to deal with him anymore, calling him a "trouble maker", so you can get an idea of their customer support!

I've got an old 200Tdi guard on my Td5... had to cut and weld the support brackets in a different position, but i also modified the front end to fit around my NATO hitch, so i wasn't bothered about butchering it up at all.
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I've not heard of one mantec fuel tank guard that didn't need some fettling and persuasion to fit properly.

A friend of mine in the Falklands fitted a Td5 guard to his Td5 110, and had so much trouble with it (trying to fit) and numerous emails with mantec, and posting pictures of it on LR4x4 (not slating them off either) that they outright refused to deal with him anymore, calling him a "trouble maker", so you can get an idea of their customer support!

I've got an old 200Tdi guard on my Td5... had to cut and weld the support brackets in a different position, but i also modified the front end to fit around my NATO hitch, so i wasn't bothered about butchering it up at all.
You have to keep in mind that these trucks are hand made by extremely retarded people. I have found areas of my truck to be 7/16 off from the other side. I have also found welds that I could not have done so poorly if I tried. The inside of the frames are appaling. I found a bolt and a washer on the bottom of my oilpan and George at RDS said thats pretty much normal.

Point being, how do you make an aftermarket bolt on to a truck made like a snowflake? I would suggest no matter what you buy, be prepared to ream out holes and BFH it into place.
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Point being, how do you make an aftermarket bolt on to a truck made like a snowflake?
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Richard.......

I'd call Rockware. Their website is crap and I think they have other items not shown.

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Forgot to add that Rockware makes excellent stuff and are very good guys to deal with. It is just their site that needs work.
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Old October 9th, 2009, 12:25 AM
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Thanks for the comments and input. Disappointed to hear about the poor quality stories on Mantec. I have a rear tire carrier from them, it installed without problem and has worked well for two plus years so I was assuming the other products would be similar quality. I will search some more, and check out Rockware and Southdown.

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