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Old 06-27-2014, 03:06 AM
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New Fuel Tanks and ......??

My front fuel tank is now leaking to the point of dripping. The rear fuel tank has a minor leak of some sort. The bed is coming off in the next few weeks so I can get the rotted fenders replaced.

I've looked at the Spectra tanks on eBay as others have suggested, and I'm close to pulling the trigger on those. Is there any better recommendations than the Spectras? How about a larger capacity that will more/less bolt on without mods?

While the bed is off, I'm going to replace the rear shocks. I have a pair of bilstein 4600's, but I'm considering upgrading to the 5100's if there's significant improvements. I'm also going to modify the fuel fill so I can actually fill her up in less than 15 minutes LOL.

Anything else I should be looking at while the bed is off?
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Old 06-27-2014, 06:15 AM
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I replaced my rear tank with a 38 gallon tank not from a Bronco like most people (altho 87-96 Broncos work just fine @ 30 gal) mine crosses to a single tank truck. I love it. I had to trim my fuel tank skid plate to clear my exhaust and the mounting ears on my hitch had to turn in from the outside of the truck rather then the inside. So I ended up replacing my hitch at the same time but it was rusty and I like the piece of mind of a fresh hitch. I also did the fuel vent mods at the same time.

Here is the tank I bought.
Amazon.com: Shepherd Auto Parts 38 Gallon Gas Fuel Tank: Automotive Amazon.com: Shepherd Auto Parts 38 Gallon Gas Fuel Tank: Automotive
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Old 06-27-2014, 06:45 AM
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I replaced my rear tank with a 38 gallon tank not from a Bronco like most people (altho 87-96 Broncos work just fine @ 30 gal) mine crosses to a single tank truck. I love it. I had to trim my fuel tank skid plate to clear my exhaust and the mounting ears on my hitch had to turn in from the outside of the truck rather then the inside. So I ended up replacing my hitch at the same time but it was rusty and I like the piece of mind of a fresh hitch. I also did the fuel vent mods at the same time.
So it looks like you installed this in place of the rear tank. Did you lose the ability to mount the spare tire?
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Old 06-27-2014, 07:09 AM
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I still have room for the spare. It just hangs a few inches lower then it normally does. I have not had any clearance issues but I don't off road my truck. Mine is really a tow pig.
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Old 06-27-2014, 07:31 AM
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I think the larger rear tank in conjunction with the 19 gallon front tank would be a sweet setup. Is that what you did? I can't quite tell if that's what you mean or not. The picture for the 38 gallon looks very close to the stock replacement, but perhaps a little deeper and wider.
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Old 06-27-2014, 08:01 AM
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The 38 gallon tank is a direct replacement for our stock tank. It is just deeper. You have to extend the fuel pickup and the fuel level float. Do a search on the forum there are a ton of DIY step by step threads for Bronco tanks. I replaced my rear tank with the 38 gal and kept the 19 front tank. I also have a 70 gal in bed transfer tank that transfers to the rear tank. I can easily pull my 36ft 5th wheel over 1K miles without fueling.
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Is it the 4x4 truck in your sig? Most likely reason it's leaking is the stooopid design. NO straps; the skid plates hold up the tank directly. Around the edges of the tank where it sits on the plates, moist icky road crud builds up, perfect recipe for rust. Fix - get some actual straps for the tank and some longer bolts (or all-thread/studs) and extra washers and nuts, and some 1" - 1.5" spacers. Hang the tank with the straps and one set of nuts, and the extra bolt/stud length pointing down. Then slip the spacers on, some washers, then skid plates, and THEN the last set of washers and nuts. This eliminates that trough/edge where the tank (no longer) rests on the plates. Anything that might build up in there, you can hose out. Of course, prime/paint the tank, straps, skid plates, etc.

Amazon usu. has the best prices on the Spectra tanks (there's also a Spectra 38-gallon), shipped free. Every now and then they have a "scratch & dent" (not literally!) to sell; we got an open box 19-gallon front tank for < $60 that way.
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Spectra is the common replacement. They are descent, made in Canada not by the chicoms. Thats what I put in my trucks.
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