Part 5: Ready For Gas -Crawler Fuel Tank!
There's a point in a project build when people think they're close to completion, but reality sets in with a swift kick to let them know that finishing the rig ain't happening any time soon. The Scratch-Built Scrambler has graced the pages of Petersen's 4-Wheel & Off-Road for a number of months now. Just when we think the build is nearing an end, something pops up that makes us think, "Oh yeah, what about that?"
Installation of the CJ's fuel tank had us in a quandary; we could have scavenged an old fuel tank from a junk yard, but the old tanks have a limited capacity of 15 gallons! Since the Jeep will be used for long road trips and overland adventure, our goes is to get more miles per fillup without having to carry multiple jerrycans. Solving our dilemma, Gen-Right Off Road offers the Crawler EXT (Extreme) 19.5-gallon fuel tank with skidplate, perfect for the Scrambler. The Crawler tank holds 5 more gallons than a factory CJ fuel tank, which will give the Jeep an extended wheeling range.
GenRight offers a number of different replacement fuel tank applications, but the tank we chose is designed to fit the '97-'06 Jeep Unlimited TJ/LJ without modifications to the rear crossmember. This tank and skidplate will bolt onto a stock Wrangler with some minor drilling, but since our CJ-8 has a custom TJ frame, the skid required some minor modifications. We headed over to the experts at Off Road Evolution for installation.