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Gas tank skid plate

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by sandawgk5, Sep 18, 2006.

  1. sandawgk5

    sandawgk5 3/4 ton status

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    I am looking at making a skid plate for my gas tank. Question is what to use for the metal. I was thinking 1/8" but is that too thick? What is the thinnest I could use . I do mostly rock and some sand but no mud. I would like something thick enough to spread the load on the tank and thin enough to work with a large hammer and some angles to bend it around. I plan on bolting it in place to my bumper in the rear and to the crossbar that the tank is mounted to in the front. I have a K5 with a 31 gallon tank if that matters. Oh ya buying one is not an option as I am faw(kin cheap:D .

    Ira
     
  2. Muddytazz

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    My stock skid plate is 1/4" thick steel plate
     
  3. sandawgk5

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    :eek1: :eek1: :eek1:

    Ira
     
  4. 1985_K5_Silverado

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    You might check the boneyards for a cheap deal on a nice, used, stock K5 gas tank skid plate.
     
  5. sandawgk5

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    I dont even care if it is nice as long as it will bolt up and it is cheap or free. I am just gonna drag it over rocks. I would normally not worry about it but I just raised my rear bumper and I already have a couple of dents and obvious rock rash on the tank.

    Ira
     
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    Muddytazz 1 ton status

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    Tomorrow I can dig mine out of storage and take some pics and measurements if you need.
     
  7. sandawgk5

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    That would be great:D . Maybe I could not have to test fit a lot that could be quite the work out:doah: .

    Ira
     
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    1/8 is too thin. I did 1/8 over the top of the stock plate... my fuel pump tube is very upset with me :D I'm sure the baffles are pissed too.
     

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