Fuel tanks

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Hi there...
Just a couple of quick questions...
1 I want to up my fuel range so am going to get a long range fuel tank but
wanted to start by replacing the current fuel tank (80 litres I believe)
with something bigger. Main reason for this is to keep the weight in the
best place, low and central. Anyone done this and can it be done and is it
an expensive option...? Be great to have a main fuel tank with a capacity of
120 litres + but would like to know if it is possible. I think S Africa spec
cars come with a main tank of 120 litres...
2 I will then put an aux tank at the back, under the load space but I want
to keep this down to maybe about 120 litres as I don't want the extra weight
of anything bigger sloshing around at the back.
Anyone out there who has the experience, I would be grateful for your
thoughts.
Julian... Probably best to put the camera in with everything else as it will
be some time before I can get down your way I'm afraid.
Jeremy
HDJ81, usual overlanding stuff +
 
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Hi Jeremy,
As far as I can remember ARB/Long Ranger tanks do a replacement for the
main tank at around 160litres, best to fish around their site to see
what you can find.
They also do assorted rear tanks including a split tank for water and
fuel that might be worth considering.
The ARB site is at http://www.arb.com.au/long_ranger_fuel_tanks.htm -
it doesn't go into specifics, but if you drop them a line they should
be able to give you more details.
Once you have part names/numbers shop around the likes of Frogs Island
and Devon 4x4 to get the best price.
Another one to consider is Front Runner in South Africa, although you
are best off handling your own imports from them - see:
http://www.frontrunner.co.za/.
As for the camera I'm going to stick it on ebay in the next few days if
interested.
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Regards,
Julian Voelcker
Mobile: 07971 540362
Skype: julianvoelcker
Cirencester, United Kingdom
1994 HDJ80, 2.5" OME Lift
 
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Hi Jeremy,
I opted for the big aux tank (180litres) behind the rear axle. Weight is
certainly an issue. I think the tank itself weighs about 80kilograms, add
180litres of diesel and you have a hell of a lot of weight at the back. It's
a trade-off, but it can be compensated for by a good suspension. I do try to
keep all other large weights in more ideal places: 100litres of water on the
ground behind the rear seats, rooftop tent mounted at the front, no other
items on the roofrack.
My tank is a Long Ranger, basicly because it was the only one available for
the 75 series landcruiser. Frontrunner has one too, but they had some
availability issues and the largest capacity they could deliver was
90litres.
The long ranger works with a fuel transfer pump, just transfer the diesel
from the aux tank to the main tank when your main tank gets empty. What I
regret by now is that I did not order the optional fuel level gauge for the
aux tank. I always have to do the math on how much I already transfered and
how much is presumably still left in the tank. No way to know for sure.
What might be a concern too is the ground clearance. The Long ranger tank
fits really nicely in the space behind the rear axle. The tank does not come
any lower then the rear diffs, and is nicely formed to follow the contours
of the chassis. The only possibly concern I have is hitting a stone when
taking a steep incline. When I bottomed my rear bumper last weekend, I still
had some clearance under the tank, so you'd have to be in some real extreme
rocky terrain before you'd hit the tank.
Those aux tanks don't come cheap though... but you can earn back some money
by buying cheap fuel when available. I filled up my tank(s) last week...
300euro's.. :-/ But it'll last me for some weeks ;-)
I did have some issues with the installation of the tank. I had it done by a
shop that didn't install such a tank before, result: when I first filled it
up about half of the tank leaked out on the street! They forget to close
some additional breathing holes. So it might be worthwhile to go for a shop
that has experience with these things. If you plan on doing it yourself, get
some help(strong guys), a bridge, and a device to lift the tank, because
it's a huge and heavy thing to mount!
Some links:
Some more info on my tank: http://www.radiobaobab.be/index.php?id=3D102
Long Ranger: http://www.oot4wd.com.au
Frontrunner: http://www.frontrunner.co.za/
When you buy in SA, try Safari Centre in Capetown, talk to Horst, he has
experience in shipping to Europe.
Cheers,
Frederik
On 3/31/06, Jeremy Llewellyn-Jones <[Email address removed]> wrote:
>
> Hi there...
>
> Just a couple of quick questions...
>
> 1 I want to up my fuel range so am going to get a long range fuel tank
> but
> wanted to start by replacing the current fuel tank (80 litres I believe)
> with something bigger. Main reason for this is to keep the weight in the
> best place, low and central. Anyone done this and can it be done and is it
> an expensive option...? Be great to have a main fuel tank with a capacity
> of
> 120 litres + but would like to know if it is possible. I think S Africa
> spec
> cars come with a main tank of 120 litres...
>
> 2 I will then put an aux tank at the back, under the load space but I
> want
> to keep this down to maybe about 120 litres as I don't want the extra
> weight
> of anything bigger sloshing around at the back.
>
> Anyone out there who has the experience, I would be grateful for your
> thoughts.
>
> Julian... Probably best to put the camera in with everything else as it
> will
> be some time before I can get down your way I'm afraid.
>
> Jeremy
>
> HDJ81, usual overlanding stuff +
>
>
> --
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> Further Info: http://www.landcruisers.info/lists/
>
 
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You can get a collection of tanks for these vehicles. The ARB drop in
replacement is a lot larger than the standard (90L), the standard rear
tank that Toy. do is 50L, I have seen Two in America for the back at
32 and 40 Gallons (US). Just stop away from stainless and aly.
Regards, Clive.
 
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