1. Welcome to Tacoma World!

    You are currently viewing as a guest! To get full-access, you need to register for a FREE account.

    As a registered member, you’ll be able to:
    • Participate in all Tacoma discussion topics
    • Communicate privately with other Tacoma owners from around the world
    • Post your own photos in our Members Gallery
    • Access all special features of the site

08 Fuel Tank Armor Plate

Discussion in 'Technical Chat' started by ph16drive, Aug 15, 2008.

  1. Aug 15, 2008 at 1:00 PM
    #1
    ph16drive

    ph16drive [OP] \m/.....\m/

    Joined:
    Jan 21, 2008
    Member:
    #4360
    Messages:
    559
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Paul
    Clevelandish
    Vehicle:
    08 DC, V6, 4x4, 5-Speed Auto
    Shorty antenna, Pop-&-Lock tailgate lock, Undercover bed cover, Aeroforce Interceptor gauge (custom mount), bed mat, AFE Pro Dry S air filter, map light mod, suspension TSB, Billy 5100's all around, Eibach springs, custom fuel tank armor plate, custom cat armor plate, painted front brake calipers, Grillcraft MX upper grill & Hella 500s, ipod adapter, dash pushbutton garage door opener, aux reverse lights, custom ipod nano 4G mount, seatbelt chime mod, custom bull bar w/ (3) Lightforce 140 Lance lights, POR-15 Chassis Coat Black drivetrain, illum 4x4 switch, xtra bed D-rings mod, locker anytime mod, diff breather relocation mod, ABS disable switch mod, Heated seats
    I finally finished an armor plate for my fuel tank. The stock fuel "skid" plate looks like this and it's made of plastic:
    [​IMG]
    The stock skid plate is supported by 4 nuts with studs that extend from the tank straps. Since the stock skid plate is offset from the fuel tank by about 3/4" I decided to make mine from 2 pieces welded together with a lot of careful measurement. I routed the sheetmetal through the fab shop at work after making them a drawing and sheetmetal flat pattern.
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    After everything was tacked and welded together, I prep'd and coated it with POR-15.
    [​IMG]
    Here's the final install:
    [​IMG]

    I'm working on a CAT armor plate next . . .

    EDIT 8-18-08:
    Thanks to Chris4x4 for pioneering a fuel tank plate found here:
    http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/technical-chat/9814-fuel-theft-gas-tank-skid-plate-build.html
     
  2. Aug 15, 2008 at 1:02 PM
    #2
    eordonez

    eordonez Living vicariously through mjp2

    Joined:
    Mar 17, 2008
    Member:
    #5340
    Messages:
    8,341
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Ed
    Chihuahua, Mexico
    Vehicle:
    TRD Sport Dcab 4x2 Black Sand Pearl
    OEM All Weather Mats, wheel locks, Toyota Silver Tube steps.....
    very nice!
     
  3. Aug 15, 2008 at 1:04 PM
    #3
    mjp2

    mjp2 Living vicariously though myself Moderator

    Joined:
    Feb 16, 2007
    Member:
    #924
    Messages:
    17,767
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Milton Juevos Portimous II
    NJ
    Vehicle:
    '06 TRD Access Cab, v6, 6-speed
    Scaffolding and a painted grill
    Very well done!
     
  4. Aug 15, 2008 at 1:06 PM
    #4
    klown

    klown Tacoma World Ring Leader

    Joined:
    Dec 5, 2007
    Member:
    #3716
    Messages:
    1,071
    Lynchburg, VA
    Vehicle:
    2008 TRD sport 4x4 double cab 6-speed
    Black, leather and heated seats, borla sport exhaust, side curtain airbags, daytime running lights, all weather mats, JBL premium 6 disk changer system, stainless step tubes, window tint, tow package
    What do you mean armored? That thing can take a bullet?

    Looks cool BTW
     
  5. Aug 15, 2008 at 1:08 PM
    #5
    Imrubicon

    Imrubicon Wife thinks I am done Modding truck

    Joined:
    Jun 20, 2008
    Member:
    #7442
    Messages:
    173
    Texas
    Vehicle:
    08 Access 4X4 SR5
    Shhh! the wife thinks I dont do mods on trucks anymore
    very nice .If you hit the rocks well worth the effort
     
  6. Aug 15, 2008 at 9:29 PM
    #6
    camsbored

    camsbored Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Apr 12, 2008
    Member:
    #5932
    Messages:
    185
    Raleigh, NC
    Vehicle:
    08 PreRunner DC/Sport/LB
    Kenwood DNX8120, Homelink mirror, Valentine One hardwire
    ... or if someone wants to steal your gas by drilling a hole in the tank...

    Would there be any heat dissipation concerns with putting a skid plate under the cat?
     
  7. Aug 15, 2008 at 9:41 PM
    #7
    tacomaman06

    tacomaman06 Carolina Alliance: Enforcer

    Joined:
    May 1, 2007
    Member:
    #1475
    Messages:
    26,258
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Will
    York,South Carolina
    Vehicle:
    '16 Tundra TRD Pro
    getting there....
    awesome man!!!! that skid looks friggin sweet!!
     
  8. Aug 16, 2008 at 4:41 AM
    #8
    ph16drive

    ph16drive [OP] \m/.....\m/

    Joined:
    Jan 21, 2008
    Member:
    #4360
    Messages:
    559
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Paul
    Clevelandish
    Vehicle:
    08 DC, V6, 4x4, 5-Speed Auto
    Shorty antenna, Pop-&-Lock tailgate lock, Undercover bed cover, Aeroforce Interceptor gauge (custom mount), bed mat, AFE Pro Dry S air filter, map light mod, suspension TSB, Billy 5100's all around, Eibach springs, custom fuel tank armor plate, custom cat armor plate, painted front brake calipers, Grillcraft MX upper grill & Hella 500s, ipod adapter, dash pushbutton garage door opener, aux reverse lights, custom ipod nano 4G mount, seatbelt chime mod, custom bull bar w/ (3) Lightforce 140 Lance lights, POR-15 Chassis Coat Black drivetrain, illum 4x4 switch, xtra bed D-rings mod, locker anytime mod, diff breather relocation mod, ABS disable switch mod, Heated seats
    I designed the cat plate to be 2.5" away from the cats as well as having louvers that point forward so they grab a little air to cool them.
     
  9. Aug 16, 2008 at 5:09 AM
    #9
    chris4x4

    chris4x4 With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine. Moderator

    Joined:
    May 8, 2008
    Member:
    #6497
    Messages:
    106,153
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    FlimFlubberJAM
    Tenoe, AZ
    Vehicle:
    2013 Rubicon Unlimited,
    4.10 gears, sliders, and lots of buttons.
    Nice job!
    Looks like mine. :)
    You used 1/8"?
     
  10. Aug 16, 2008 at 9:34 AM
    #10
    Mingy

    Mingy Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Apr 24, 2008
    Member:
    #6164
    Messages:
    114
    Milton, Ontario
    Vehicle:
    V6 uble Cab TRX/Towing
    Lear cap.
    Thats fantastic - and something I've been wanting to do!
    Any chance you could post mechanical drawings?

    One thing - did you leave drain holes for water?

    Well done!
     
  11. Aug 16, 2008 at 6:56 PM
    #11
    Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Mar 14, 2008
    Member:
    #5269
    Messages:
    3,621
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Frank
    San Francisco
    Vehicle:
    2001 prerunner doublecab limited
    2001 with; cat-back twin exhaust,elbow mod, Westin bullbar with Hella550's, Snugtop XTR camper shell, TRD off-road 2x4-black beauty.
    So you did precisely what Chris4x4 fabricated a few months ago when he was the first to originally design and make one here with photos a couple months ago. Yours is nice but credit where credit is due.
     
  12. Aug 16, 2008 at 7:07 PM
    #12
    Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Mar 14, 2008
    Member:
    #5269
    Messages:
    3,621
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Frank
    San Francisco
    Vehicle:
    2001 prerunner doublecab limited
    2001 with; cat-back twin exhaust,elbow mod, Westin bullbar with Hella550's, Snugtop XTR camper shell, TRD off-road 2x4-black beauty.
  13. Aug 16, 2008 at 9:35 PM
    #13
    ranmec

    ranmec I'm not crazy

    Joined:
    Aug 5, 2008
    Member:
    #8358
    Messages:
    9
    Gender:
    Male
    Clearwater, FL. June-> Texas
    Vehicle:
    1st Gen V6 4X4
    Before June- ZUK springs in rear and 5100s up front.
    You mounted yours by those four bolts while chris4x4 had to make brackets. Slight differences in the plate as well. Both are similar and both are nice designs. Good job both you and thanks for sharing with the community. I just can't believe people are that desperate for gas.
     
  14. Aug 18, 2008 at 2:14 AM
    #14
    ph16drive

    ph16drive [OP] \m/.....\m/

    Joined:
    Jan 21, 2008
    Member:
    #4360
    Messages:
    559
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Paul
    Clevelandish
    Vehicle:
    08 DC, V6, 4x4, 5-Speed Auto
    Shorty antenna, Pop-&-Lock tailgate lock, Undercover bed cover, Aeroforce Interceptor gauge (custom mount), bed mat, AFE Pro Dry S air filter, map light mod, suspension TSB, Billy 5100's all around, Eibach springs, custom fuel tank armor plate, custom cat armor plate, painted front brake calipers, Grillcraft MX upper grill & Hella 500s, ipod adapter, dash pushbutton garage door opener, aux reverse lights, custom ipod nano 4G mount, seatbelt chime mod, custom bull bar w/ (3) Lightforce 140 Lance lights, POR-15 Chassis Coat Black drivetrain, illum 4x4 switch, xtra bed D-rings mod, locker anytime mod, diff breather relocation mod, ABS disable switch mod, Heated seats
    Yes, 11 gauge (.120")
     
  15. Aug 18, 2008 at 2:21 AM
    #15
    ph16drive

    ph16drive [OP] \m/.....\m/

    Joined:
    Jan 21, 2008
    Member:
    #4360
    Messages:
    559
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Paul
    Clevelandish
    Vehicle:
    08 DC, V6, 4x4, 5-Speed Auto
    Shorty antenna, Pop-&-Lock tailgate lock, Undercover bed cover, Aeroforce Interceptor gauge (custom mount), bed mat, AFE Pro Dry S air filter, map light mod, suspension TSB, Billy 5100's all around, Eibach springs, custom fuel tank armor plate, custom cat armor plate, painted front brake calipers, Grillcraft MX upper grill & Hella 500s, ipod adapter, dash pushbutton garage door opener, aux reverse lights, custom ipod nano 4G mount, seatbelt chime mod, custom bull bar w/ (3) Lightforce 140 Lance lights, POR-15 Chassis Coat Black drivetrain, illum 4x4 switch, xtra bed D-rings mod, locker anytime mod, diff breather relocation mod, ABS disable switch mod, Heated seats
    Relax . . . I do appreciate Chris's design and pioneering this. There was already a plate on the truck from the factory . . . all I did was make something better than the stock one. Our plates are not identical in their mounting or construction though as we designed/built them independently of each other. I added thanks and link to original post . . . and thanks again Chris.
     
  16. Aug 18, 2008 at 2:43 AM
    #16
    ph16drive

    ph16drive [OP] \m/.....\m/

    Joined:
    Jan 21, 2008
    Member:
    #4360
    Messages:
    559
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Paul
    Clevelandish
    Vehicle:
    08 DC, V6, 4x4, 5-Speed Auto
    Shorty antenna, Pop-&-Lock tailgate lock, Undercover bed cover, Aeroforce Interceptor gauge (custom mount), bed mat, AFE Pro Dry S air filter, map light mod, suspension TSB, Billy 5100's all around, Eibach springs, custom fuel tank armor plate, custom cat armor plate, painted front brake calipers, Grillcraft MX upper grill & Hella 500s, ipod adapter, dash pushbutton garage door opener, aux reverse lights, custom ipod nano 4G mount, seatbelt chime mod, custom bull bar w/ (3) Lightforce 140 Lance lights, POR-15 Chassis Coat Black drivetrain, illum 4x4 switch, xtra bed D-rings mod, locker anytime mod, diff breather relocation mod, ABS disable switch mod, Heated seats
    There are drain holes at the front and none req'd at the rear as there are chamfered corners without walls. Drawings attached . . . if anyone needs a flat or more details, I'll post that as well.
     

    Attached Files:

  17. Aug 18, 2008 at 6:02 AM
    #17
    hillbillynwv

    hillbillynwv Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 25, 2008
    Member:
    #7555
    Messages:
    1,066
    Gender:
    Male
    Fairmont, WV
    Vehicle:
    08 Tacoma 4x4 TRD V6 SR5
    Rear Leaf Spring TSB, Front Bilstein 5100's set to 1.75, Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac 265/75/R16 tires, Black WeatherTech Floor Liners, aFe Pro Dry S air filter, lighted 4x4 switch......
    You need to fab more up and sell them on eBay.
     
  18. Aug 18, 2008 at 3:17 PM
    #18
    chris4x4

    chris4x4 With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine. Moderator

    Joined:
    May 8, 2008
    Member:
    #6497
    Messages:
    106,153
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    FlimFlubberJAM
    Tenoe, AZ
    Vehicle:
    2013 Rubicon Unlimited,
    4.10 gears, sliders, and lots of buttons.
    Actually, it would have been a little more easy to make it bolt right to the existing tank straps. I made the skid a separate unit with its own mounting brackets to keep any extra weight off the tank straps. That way, if it snags something, the force is distributed to the mounts on the skid (which are attached to the frame and 2 cross members), and not the straps of the fuel tank. I have seen fuel tanks pulled out of a couple of vehicles, and its not an easy "trail" repair". :)
     
  19. Aug 18, 2008 at 4:38 PM
    #19
    Mingy

    Mingy Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Apr 24, 2008
    Member:
    #6164
    Messages:
    114
    Milton, Ontario
    Vehicle:
    V6 uble Cab TRX/Towing
    Lear cap.
    Fantastic! Thanks!
     
  20. Sep 29, 2008 at 6:32 PM
    #20
    Gordon-Gekko

    Gordon-Gekko Member

    Joined:
    Feb 13, 2008
    Member:
    #4732
    Messages:
    18
    Gender:
    Male
    Fort Lauderdale, Florida
    Vehicle:
    08 2.7 PreRunner SR5
    Ivan Stewart Wheels, RollBak Tonneau, Hellwig Rear Sway Bar, URD Short Throw Shifter, LC Engineering Header, Fumoto F-103, WT SW Deflectors
    Flat pattern would be much appreciated!
    Thanks
    GG
     
To Top