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Titan Replacement Tank Install Review
After towing our RV cross country for 3K miles with our puny 26 gallon tank, I finally pulled the trigger on the 50 gallon Titan replacement tank. I don't know why Ford installed such a small tank. I have the crew cab short bed.
I installed it today and wanted to post up a few thoughts about the process while it's fresh on my mind. If you're considering this job, you need to watch epiccowlick's video on Youtube. He goes through the process in great detail although he did unnecessarily remove the fuel tank filler pipe, as he explained in the video.
The Titan arrived in a HUGE box and had a few superficial scratches on the outside. The tank straps were placed inside the tank, which scratched up the inside due to the sharp strap edges. I recommend wiping down the inside of the tank with some damp paper towels, as I did. I found quite a bit of small debris.
As for the install process, it took me around 5 hours. I didn't run into any major hitches, but here are a few random thoughts in case you decide to do this job:
1. Having around 18 inches of socket extensions is helpful.
2. An air ratchet is a BIG time saver and makes the job a lot easier. If you want an excuse to buy one, now you do.
3. The instructions from Titan are very detailed and accurate. I suggest reading through them carefully before starting the job. Don't skim - there are some very important details in the instructions.
4. I have the FX package so, as the instructions say, the front skid plate interfered with the longer Titan tank. I had to remove the that skid plate and notch it with a grinder. The notch was maybe 1 inch deep by 3 inches wide.
5. The Titan does hang a few inches lower than the old tank with skid plate.
6. I used 2 shims on the rear strap and 1 shim on the front strap. You'll know what I mean once you have the tank and are installing it.
7. The instructions say to install the outboard tank straps first. I tried this but it made installing the inboard straps a PITA, at least for me. I gave up and installed the inboard straps first and then the outboard, which was much easier.
8. I had around 3-4 gallons left in the old tank. I placed it on top of my tonneau cover and siphoned it into the new tank. I learned that diesel does not taste good despite its Mountain Dew appearance.
9. When reconnecting the electrical and fuel lines, it's a blind job that I had to do by feel. Make sure you pay attention to how you disconnected. Even blind it was pretty easy.
When I went to fill up, the low fuel light turned off with about 12 gallons in the tank. In other words, the low fuel light will probably turn on with about 12 gallons left, which is basically half the capacity of the old tank. Much better. No leaks so far.