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Fuel Tank Repair\Weld VS New VS Pick a Part

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Offline fuzzy1

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Re: Fuel Tank Repair\Weld VS New VS Pick a Part
« Reply #4 on: March 27, 2019, 10:01:00 AM »
Well, you've posed several different questions. 1st, is it worth it to repair the OEM tank? Only you can look at it & know how bad it is. & you know your skill set... can you weld it safely & properly? If it's not rusty inside or out, it might be worth doing. 2nd if you can find a clean (inside & out) salvage tank... well it's worked for 20 odd years & as long as it's good & the install is done right, you're good to go!  Buying aftermarket is touch & go, but I'll say that Spectra is a well known brand & I installed one of their radiators in my '96 a couple years before I sold it. It was every bit as well built as OEM & the only difference is it didn't have the OEM foam rubber on the top tank. I've no doubt it's still going down the road today.
Personally, if I needed to replace a gas tank, I might look into adapting the Petroworks Sammy tank into a Trackick. I've always wondered why they don't offer one specifically for Trackicks (at least last i knew)... I mean what's not to like... ABS = no rust... ever... very hard to dent or damage... comes with its own skid plate & provisions for all OEM connections including the fuel level float. A bit pricey? Yeah but it won't need to be done twice either.
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Re: Fuel Tank Repair\Weld VS New VS Pick a Part
« Reply #3 on: March 26, 2019, 05:42:26 PM »
Radiator man Shop wants $200 to reinforce the filler neck since it is starting to push into the tank and the crack on the other side.  I know aftermarket axles are not as good as stock so I'm wondering if the stock tank is better than aftermarket Spectra Tanks at $225
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Re: Fuel Tank Repair\Weld VS New VS Pick a Part
« Reply #2 on: March 25, 2019, 09:15:56 PM »
Leaks a little around the filler neck as well
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Fuel Tank Repair\Weld VS New VS Pick a Part
« Reply #1 on: March 25, 2019, 06:26:51 PM »
A rock got wedged between the frame and tank and now it has a slice \ hole in the top corner.  I used Max Steel for a few years but it is getting worse so time to address it.  What are the opinions on Weld or Salvage or New

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