Has anyone fitted an ARB skid plate to their 200 Series with a 40 gallon Long Range tank?
I can not comment on the armor, but based on my 12.5 tank, I would recommend that you powder coat the tank. My tank after two winters is showing some rust in spots.@Markuson or anyone else who has added armor to the bottom of their LRA tank, can you share some details on how you did it? Things I'm interested in are:
1. Thickness of additional plate added to the tank. The tank plate is 3mm so adding a 2mm plate would bring it up to about my SS BB 3/16" thickness which I think is total overkill (for me) but I like it. What have you guys done?
2. Attachment to the tank. I assume people weld the additional plate to the tank directly and not make some kind of bolt on plate. For welding, are there any coatings or anything in the tank that is a concern?
3. From a structural standpoint, a few 1" welds would certainly be enough and for a southern truck that never sees road salt, I think that would be fine. But for us that deal with winter road salt, would be a little worried about chloride concentration in the crevasse between the tank and the plate. If some salty water gets in there and isn't flushed out with fresh water, the salt water will evaporate which concentrates the chlorides in a localized place. It doesn't mater that its SS. Chlorides will eventually win. Eventually, of course, might be a very long time. A complete perimeter weld would solve this but that is a lot of work. Maybe some kind of bonding agent or something could go between the plate and tank to prevent any moisture getting in the space.
For some reason, I thought the LRA tanks were SS. Guess not. Thanks. Makes we worry even more about corrosion if I were to add extra meat to the tank bottom.I can not comment on the armor, but based on my 12.5 tank, I would recommend that you powder coat the tank. My tank after two winters is showing some rust in spots.
I had extra armor added to my LRA 24 gal tank followed by Line-X. Here is a picture of it. I was under the impression it can be shipped from LRA with the added armor.The people who have done this welded some extra plate to directly to the bottom of the tank prior to installing it. They also coated it with under body paint/coating.