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Old May 12th, 2011, 06:49 PM
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Safari Equip auxiliary tank thoughts...

I'm seriously considering getting the Safari Equip SEL 72A aux tank for my 90. It is an in-line model and holds approximately gallons. It fits back of the wheel well and comes with everything needed to hook it into the stock tank.

I have been in communication with Safari Equip and that think that I need the 50mm (2inch) hose version but they also have a 60mm (2.5") hose version. My 90 is in the shop- anyone care to do me a favor and measure their 90's fuel filler hose?

Any thoughts on this unit?
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Old May 12th, 2011, 08:18 PM
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how many gallons??? what are they asking for it??
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Old May 12th, 2011, 08:23 PM
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Old May 12th, 2011, 10:33 PM
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now that is interesting -
when you say in-line does this gravity feed into the main tank? there are no transfer pumps from the picture.

do you fill this tank seperatly from the wheel well? or is it filled via the main tank fill?

Do you have a price from them (i'll drop them a mail as well) since it is not on the website apparently.

------ Follow up post added May 12th, 2011 07:50 PM ------

ok it looks like the Fuel filler pipe is 57mm and the hose it joins into the fuel filler hose running to the tank is 67mm wide respectively.
From the pictures it looks like this tank would join directly to the fuel filler pipe and join to the stock tank where the fuel filler hose comes in.
It would ride on top of the stock tank and gravity feed into the stock tank.

let me know if i'm right in my thinking here.

Adding 8 gallons would extend my range by apx. 100 miles - the fuel gauge would read Full for an extended period of time as the Aux tank drains into the stock tank.

I'm really interested in this (i.e. now top of my list of things to buy for the 90 now)
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Old May 12th, 2011, 11:09 PM
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I'm getting approximately 2.5" for the hose from the filler to the tank.
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Old May 12th, 2011, 11:12 PM
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Not sure since mine is a diesel now, but I thought there were some smog related items back there that blocked using that tank. I do know of a D110 300 TDI with that tank and he loves it.
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Old May 13th, 2011, 09:12 AM
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Yes, the tank is gravity feed. They make a few different versions based on the size filler pipe you have. I know they have a 50mm and a 60mm version. I'm trying to get some clarification as to what exactly should be measured- the filler pipe or the attached hose. I believe the measurement that is needed is the pipe on the stock tank which I am not sure is the same at the filler pipe (where the gas nozzle goes). I would imagine that these measurements (tank inlet and filler pipe neck) should be close. After I figure that out, I'm going to order one as I am happy to be the guinea pig.
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Old May 13th, 2011, 10:12 AM
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Yes. Please keep this saga updated. This is one of my biggest issues with the 90: range. I would definitely think about doing this if it indeed works well.
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Old May 13th, 2011, 10:33 AM
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If you have a roll cage, make sure there isn't intereference with the roll cage and the aux tank where the cage bolts to the frame. I looked at a similar gravity tank for my 110 and had to ditch it because there was interference with the cage leg that bolted to the frame on the right hand side. The aux tank went into the right hand side rear wheel well.

Henry Stinson in Toronto has a similar tank in his 110, but no cage so it works fine.
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Old May 13th, 2011, 12:16 PM
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I have a similar tank on the 110. It is great.
Be cautious of the roll cage supports for NAS trucks and tire size requirements. It would be impossible to go larger than 33's with mine and with 33's it is really really close when the wheel is stuffed.

I really want a pair of their belly tanks for the 110.
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Old May 13th, 2011, 02:13 PM
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One of these rear arch tanks is on my want list as well. There are several makers of them in UK and SA.

I just haven't resolved the issue of clearance with roll cage mounting yet.

And yes, at least on an NAS 110, there is an evap collection tank in that right rear wheel well. Mine is getting yanked out when I put this tank in eventually as I've gone diesel. Petrol rovers are going to be problematic.
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Old May 13th, 2011, 04:59 PM
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I've ordered the tank...will let you all know how it goes.
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Old May 13th, 2011, 05:05 PM
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I will say that this arch tank is different in design from the others I have seen, such as the front runner version.

I actually don't see the 72A tank, or any rear arch tank for a 90. safari equip was one of the companies I was looking at for a rear arch fuel tank, but for a 110.
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Old May 13th, 2011, 05:22 PM
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which size did you order the 60mm?
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Old May 20th, 2011, 03:14 PM
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I just wanted to update this thread in case anyone was considering this upgrade.

The Safari Eqip tank will indeed fit in the rear passenger wheel well on a NAS Defender. There are a few issues that need to be dealt with. First off, at least on my 1994 ST D-90, there is a charcoal canister mounted on the frame. This will need to be relocated as it will prevent you from correctly mounting the tank. Secondly, although the instructions say that you can install the aux tank without dropping the main tank, it seems to be nearly impossible to do this.

So, my mechanic will do the install and I'll have him drop the tank and relocate the emissions canister. All in all, I still feel that it's worth the time to get an extra 8 gallons so I plan to continue with the install.

Hope this helps!
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Old May 20th, 2011, 03:43 PM
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Any chance of getting some good picures of the install?? Please keep us posted.
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Old May 20th, 2011, 06:57 PM
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Does this particular tank require you to install a balance line between the two tanks?
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Old May 20th, 2011, 08:37 PM
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Is your truck blue or yellow?
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Old May 21st, 2011, 06:46 AM
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It's yellow. The pics posted are from the manufacturer. My install will happen in a couple of weeks since it's more involved as I thought it would be.


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