||The seventh and
final bolt that needed to be addressed can be found on a single leg
that extends up from the stock gas tin near the passenger side rear
Here is another
view of the stock gas skid leg. This leg can be seen through the
rear wheel well, under the frame, and between the shock and the
upper rear track bar mount.
After all of
the nuts were loosened, it was time to start lowering the gas tank
I had a well-equipped facility at my disposal at OK
Auto, 4WD and Tire. This transmission jack took alot of pain out
of the process of lowering and raising the gas tank. An alternative
parking-lot method to this procedure would be to put the Jeep up on
jackstands and use a floor jack to lower the tank in a similar manner.
lowered the tranny jack, while a friend stood on a ladder and guided
the fuel filler hose down through the body. I imagine its possible
to perform this task by oneself, but having a friend to help is
much easier. The official instructions even list "a friend"
as one of the tools needed for this installation.
Make sure you
buy your friend a beer afterwards for his or her help!
||This is the stock
gas tank assembly, competely removed from the TJ. See? That wasn't
so bad! The gas tank is secured to the skid plate using metal retention
straps. These straps will have to be disconnected to swap skids. After
we swap, the gas tank will be strapped down to the Kilby GTSP1 instead
of the flimsy stock gas skid.
Here is the
Kilby GTSP1 in all its glory, resting on the transmission jack right
before we're about to trial fit it. I highly recommend doing a trial
fit on the TJ before you swap the gas tank over.
The GTSP1 came
unpainted, but I had it sent out to be powdercoated black for better
lasting protection. Although it will probably get banged up and
scratched pretty good, at least the coating will be less prone to