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Fuel theft/gas tank skid plate build.....

Discussion in 'Technical Chat' started by chris4x4, Jun 4, 2008.

  1. Jun 4, 2008 at 6:13 AM
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    chris4x4

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    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. :)
     
  2. Jun 4, 2008 at 6:33 AM
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    Cost would be a factor, but I'd be interested.
     
  3. Jun 4, 2008 at 6:52 AM
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    chris4x4

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    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. :)
     
  4. Jun 4, 2008 at 6:56 AM
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    Looking forward to seeing some pics.
     
  5. Jun 4, 2008 at 6:28 PM
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    Sounds good! Looking forward to seeing it too! :thumbsup:
     
  6. Jun 4, 2008 at 7:30 PM
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    chris4x4

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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. :D
     
  7. Jun 4, 2008 at 7:33 PM
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    sounds killer, but...........:worthless:




    gotta see em' chris!!! i'd prolly be down for $200.
     
  8. Jun 4, 2008 at 7:48 PM
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    Ok, Here they are!!! :cool:
    Fuel tank as it is stock:
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    Mounting brakets being welded on:

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    Test fit:

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    Pianted:

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    FINISHED PRODUCT!

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  9. Jun 4, 2008 at 7:50 PM
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    wat?
    looks damn good man...
     
  10. Jun 4, 2008 at 7:51 PM
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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!!
     
  11. Jun 4, 2008 at 7:55 PM
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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. :eek:
    Im thinking of one to replace the factory front skid, since I allready bent it. :)
     
  12. Jun 4, 2008 at 7:59 PM
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    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??
     
  13. Jun 4, 2008 at 8:02 PM
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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. :)
     
  14. Jun 4, 2008 at 8:04 PM
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    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:)
     
  16. Jun 4, 2008 at 8:19 PM
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    A drill bit will go dull before makeing it thru this stuff! :cool:
    After handeling the stuff in person, I dont think there is anything I could run into that could damage this skid.
     
  17. Jun 5, 2008 at 3:46 AM
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    very nice Chris
     
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    Chris . . . nice work . . . hopefully if someone looks beneath your truck to steal fuel, they'll see the plate and go somewhere else looking for an easier target.
     
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    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).
     
  20. Jun 5, 2008 at 4:22 PM
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    It weighs about 30#'s. We didnt throw it on a scale, and my arms are not very well calibrated. :)
     
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