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Old 10-31-2014, 06:26 PM
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Draining Fuel from My 2012 WK2

I am trying to install fuel tank skid plates on my WK2. This requires draining the fuel tanks on both sides as the plates attach at the fuel tank mounting points. Does anyone have a good procedure for draining the tanks without blowing myself up?

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Re: Draining Fuel from My 2012 WK2

Did you think to install the fuel tank skids right before your next fill up with most of the gas gone?
All you have to do is drive the gas down to near empty, no danger of blowing yourself up by doing that!
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Re: Draining Fuel from My 2012 WK2

I did give that some thought, but I am on call 24/7 for Search and Rescue and required to keep 1/2 or more fuel available for calls. I don't use that much fuel to run it down without being out of service for several days to a week. So I was trying to drain the tank, install the plates refuel the tanks in one day. The installation should only take a couple of hours with the tanks empty.
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Re: Draining Fuel from My 2012 WK2

As well as i remembered, you dont need to drain the fuel for fuel tank skid plates installing. Just make it side by side (upon unbolting one side it will go down a bit, but then when you install skid plate, you will bolt it again in place)...
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Re: Draining Fuel from My 2012 WK2

I did two sets of skid plates with Noons. I'm pretty sure that one of us had rather full fuel tanks... definitely over 50%. Used a cheap trolley jack with a piece of wood to spread the load... there was no drama.

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Re: Draining Fuel from My 2012 WK2

Thanks Slowtraveler and Barboots. I ended up running the fuel pretty low, maybe 5 gallons and then doing the installation. Actually worked out well, I used a floor jack with a 2X4 to spread the load. The tanks did drop a little but no problem. Jeep instruction recommend draining the tanks, but not necessary. The work only took an hour tops for both tanks, and luckily I had no page out for SAR while the fuel tank was low.

Only problem I had was having to drill two holes in the drivers side skid plate to allow a bolt through for my Rocky-Road Outfitters deluxe rock slider installation.

Thanks again, Gary
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Re: Draining Fuel from My 2012 WK2

Great posts

I have just installed oil pan and trans MOPAR skid plates.

About to do fuel skids.

Question: How did you spread the load with jack/wood when the skid plates need to over the fule tank? Will not the jack be in the way????
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Re: Draining Fuel from My 2012 WK2

Hi, if I remember correctly, I put the 2x4 and jack in place and unbolted the tank. Then I gently lowered the jack and removed it and the 2x4. I put the skid plate in place and raise it back in position with the jack and 2x4, aligned it and bolted it in. The 2x4 and jack only holds the tanks in position while you are removing and replacing the the bolts. Only took about an hour to do both sides.

It has been well worth it having them. Just run the tanks as low as you dare and they will not be that heavy.

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