Larger gas tank

Larger gas tank

Postby Pengyou [OP] » September 20th 2015, 2:31am

This is especially addressed to those of you who have installed a 2" or more body lift. Have any of you ever installed a larger gas tank - since you now have 2" more of space underneath?
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Re: Larger gas tank

Postby Astrofarian » September 20th 2015, 4:22pm

Hmmm.....actually, I'm kind of intrigued by this. Is there anything out there that would fit or would we be talking custom fuel-cell here?
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Re: Larger gas tank

Postby Pengyou [OP] » September 20th 2015, 8:11pm

Not sure...that's why I asked :) if I decide to go with lift I am going to visit the largest wrecking yard I can find with a tape measure. I am guessing that something from a truck might fit the bill without having to go custom$.
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Re: Larger gas tank

Postby Lumpy » September 20th 2015, 8:23pm

Why do you WANT a larger fuel tank?


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Re: Larger gas tank

Postby Pengyou [OP] » September 20th 2015, 11:32pm

I am planning on taking some long summer trips "way up north" where cities are few and far between...and spending some time off paved roads going through forests. I will probably not keep a larger tank filled all the time while home because of the weight, but would like to have the option.
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Re: Larger gas tank

Postby Lumpy » September 21st 2015, 12:00am

I'm not sure how it might apply to our vans, or to gasoline engines in general - But our Dodge Ram 1 ton has an aftermarket auxillary fuel tank. It's built into the cross bed tool box. I think it holds another 35 gal. Entirely automatic, when the OEM tank gets to about 1/3, the reserve tank elec pump comes on and brings the level up.


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Re: Larger gas tank

Postby CoasterCoaster is online! » September 21st 2015, 12:35am

get rid of the spare tire under the van and there is plenty of room for another tank. i like lumpys idea
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Re: Larger gas tank

Postby Pengyou [OP] » September 21st 2015, 12:58am

That is good to think about. I have a few repairs to make/have made. In a couple of weekends I am going to crawl under Sam with a ruler and see what is possible. Ideally, if there is extra room with the 2" body lift, I would like to have 2 tanks - both taller and narrower - in case one springs a leak ,maybe 2 x20 instead of 1 40. I really enjoy the wilderness, so I tend to plan for possibilities that will more likely be probabilities for me than for people who stay on the beaten path.
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Re: Larger gas tank

Postby Big_kid » September 21st 2015, 3:18am

The straps that hold the tank are attached to the body. Lifting the body will also lift the tank. The only space gained would be tank to ground clearance. These vans are unibody construction- there is no separate frame like there is under a pickup truck.
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Re: Larger gas tank

Postby sixsix » September 21st 2015, 3:26am

Oh

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Well, after all... what would Banacek say ?... “It is only a matter of time before armed citizens, waiting or not for the police, take things into their own hands, fire on the rioters for personal and property prot. & end up hunted like dogs.”

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Re: Larger gas tank

Postby Lumpy » September 21st 2015, 3:33am

I doubt you'll find any kind of room for something like a 20 gal tank. Those air tanks that fit into the spare tire space are 3 gal.

Maybe if you built an exhaust stack that comes out near the front of the van, like the redneck diesel guys, you could free up some room for another tank.


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Re: Larger gas tank

Postby Pengyou [OP] » September 21st 2015, 3:41am

Big_kid wrote:The straps that hold the tank are attached to the body. Lifting the body will also lift the tank. The only space gained would be tank to ground clearance. These vans are unibody construction- there is no separate frame like there is under a pickup truck.


Yes, but then the gas tank would be 2" further away from the ground, so if the tank is made 2" deeper, it will be the same distance from the ground as the original tank before the lift....is that right? It sounds like new math :confused:
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Re: Larger gas tank

Postby sixsix » September 21st 2015, 4:22pm

sixsix wrote:Oh

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Re: Larger gas tank

Postby 97cargocrawler » September 21st 2015, 4:35pm

I have 10 gallons of water tanks where the spare tire was and they are only about 9" deep. So perhaps you could have something like 20 gallons under there if you arranged the tailpipe and removed the heat shields etc.
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Re: Larger gas tank

Postby Big_kid » September 22nd 2015, 3:53am

Pengyou wrote:
Big_kid wrote:.... space gained would be tank to ground clearance...


Yes, but then the gas tank would be 2" further away from the ground, so if the tank is made 2" deeper, it will be the same distance from the ground as the original tank before the lift....is that right? It sounds like new math :confused:


Exactly.

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