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Old 06-04-2008, 06:13 AM   #1
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Fuel theft/gas tank skid plate build.....FINISHED

Not sure if you folks remember me starting a thread about people puncturing fuel tanks to steal your gas, so Im starting a new thread. Since the factory skid plate is only good enought to fend off slight brushes with the terrain, and does nothing to prevent someone from sticking a hole in your tank from underneith and stealing your gas, I have decided to make a REAL skid plate for my fuel tank. The build is going to begin in 2 hours. I should have pics as soon as its done. Im hoping to have it completed and installed by Noon my time. Let me know if there are others interested in this type of skid.
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Old 06-04-2008, 06:33 AM   #2
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Cost would be a factor, but I'd be interested.
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Old 06-04-2008, 06:52 AM   #3
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Cost would be a factor, but I'd be interested.
Cost would probably be arround $200.00 for 1/8" cold rolled steel. Given that a new tank is over $1000.00, plus the gas in it, I personally think its going to be worth it.
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Looking forward to seeing some pics.
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Old 06-04-2008, 07:30 PM   #6
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Ok. Its finished. Jake, owner of Toy Box Auto, did all the work for me, even painted it! Pics are going to follow in a few min.
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sounds killer, but...........




gotta see em' chris!!! i'd prolly be down for $200.
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Old 06-04-2008, 07:48 PM   #8
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Pics Are Here!!!

Ok, Here they are!!!
Fuel tank as it is stock:


Mounting brakets being welded on:









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FINISHED PRODUCT!




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damn nice install bro!!!! looks really awesome, and i know its very functional!!! great job!!

i tried to rep ya for it............gotta spread it around some more!!
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Old 06-04-2008, 07:55 PM   #11
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Thanks you guys! It took much longer than anticipated, But, well worth it. There are only a couple of small spots that something can get thru, but nothing bigger than a fist sized object. And only then, it would only get thru from the top. The skid can probably support the rear half of the truck.
Im thinking of one to replace the factory front skid, since I allready bent it.
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Thanks you guys! It took much longer than anticipated, But, well worth it. There are only a couple of small spots that something can get thru, but nothing bigger than a fist sized object. And only then, it would only get thru from the top. The skid can probably support the rear half of the truck.
Im thinking of one to replace the factory front skid, since I allready bent it.
im still gonna make a skid for the transmission, even though it does sit up in there pretty good. better safe than sorry,right??

what you thinking for the front skid plate.....same material??
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Old 06-04-2008, 08:02 PM   #13
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what you thinking for the front skid plate.....same material??
Absolutly. Seems it strength to weight is awsome. Jake was talking with me about maybe useing Aluminum, But Im really happy with how this turned out with the cold rolled stuff.
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Absolutly. Seems it strength to weight is awsome. Jake was talking with me about maybe useing Aluminum, But Im really happy with how this turned out with the cold rolled stuff.
how much does the gas tank skid weigh??
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Chris how tough is that steel? Inpenetrable? How bout drills? Good going man
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Chris how tough is that steel? Inpenetrable? How bout drills? Good going man
A drill bit will go dull before makeing it thru this stuff!
After handeling the stuff in person, I dont think there is anything I could run into that could damage this skid.
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very nice Chris
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Chris how tough is that steel? Inpenetrable? How bout drills? Good going man
If they have titanium bits they could probably do it. I routinely drill through 1/8" angle iron with the same titanium bit without sharpening it. Standard metal bits on the other hand would dull before going through (or take an hour or so to do it).
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how much does the gas tank skid weigh??
It weighs about 30#'s. We didnt throw it on a scale, and my arms are not very well calibrated.
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