Long Range Tank Leak (1 Viewer)

Spike Strip

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Topped off my Long Ranger tank for the first time and I get home and notice a drip-drip-drip from the tank ... An hour later, I determined there's a pinhole leak in the weld at the return bung --

Anyone know of any gas-proof sealants?

Man, I do not want to drain 40 gals and drop that tank.

This is a brand-new $1000 tank !! Don't they pressure test these bastards at the factory ?? This is the 5th big-ticket thing I've bought from MAF that has been defective, wrong application or missing parts. I am done with MAF. Period.

If anyone else is thinking of a Long Range tank - look for any other alternative -- This tank has been a giant pain in the ass -- from installation and line fitting, and now to lousy welds. :mad::mad:

Breathe....
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JB weld will do a fine job. Just use enough fuel so it is not dripping still. Dry the area and let it set up.


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Inexcusable. I'd demand a full refund, return freight, and if it's not given, a call to the attorney, for an unsafe fuel tank? I wouldn't want to be marketing that thing.
 
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That sucks Spike.

Personally I would demand a new tank.
Damn if i'd spend a grand and have to JB Weld something as important as a fuel tank.
Welding on a used fuel tank can be hazardous to your health so let them do it .:hillbilly:
 
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talk to MAF directly. It looks like this tank is defect, and they will make good on it. There is no use in ranting about a vendor on the website without giving them the chance to make good first. I am sure you know that it is not SteveO with his stick welder that makes the tanks in the MAF backyard.
You had 4 other bad large-ticket transactions with them? Did they get resolved? If not, why did you buy there again?

I understand your frustration, but there is little doubt that MAF is a good company. I am sure they'll make good on you. this thread does not help.

good luck,
J
 

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anyone know of any gas proof sealants?



rub a bar of soap on it. plain old bar Dial rub on the leak. seriously! it works.
 

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Called MAF and they said "they'd get back to me..." I'm of the opinion that I do not want a repaired tank, I really wouldn't trust it... It's either gonna be replaced or refunded or they're gonna get Hell.
 
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Called MAF and they said "they'd get back to me..." I'm of the opinion that I do not want a repaired tank, I really wouldn't trust it... It's either gonna be replaced or refunded or they're gonna get Hell.
Did you talk to Steve. If you did I am sure they will stand behind there product.

You really should give them a chance to resolve this before you bash them on the net.
 
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...You had 4 other bad large-ticket transactions with them? Did they get resolved? If not, why did you buy there again?
...Is because they are sometimes the only ones that sell such things as extended range fuel tanks kits for 60's or landcruisers. Find me someone else that does I would buy from them.
 

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Call Man-a-fre back and ask to talk to Steve. Steve has always treated me exceptionally well including taking back a set of 1 year old 3FE headers that leaked at the downpipe flanges from day 1. I continue to buy from Man-a-fre specifically because of the excellent service that Steve has consistently given me.
 

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Did you talk to Steve. If you did I am sure they will stand behind there product.

You really should give them a chance to resolve this before you bash them on the net.
I disagree. The essence of the Net is the free flow of information. If I'm not libeling someone, it's critical for others on this forum to understand what they might be up against with a vendor, product, or person. It's something I'd want to know when doing research.

MAF has satisfactorily resolved the issues I've had with other stuff. But what irks me is the time lost because of their negligence, I mean, they're not Autozone - they're SPECIALISTS... I've bought a trans mount there that was the wrong one, and had to return. I bought a CAT (racing there on a Friday afternoon, in traffic, to have the part for the weekend), only to find that, too, wouldn't fit. My t'case kit was missing parts... Of course they took all parts back and made good on the missing stuff, but part of what you pay for is for their EXPERTISE... As Mark Algazy would say: "you pay for the knowing where to hit the hammer...."

I don't really mean to bash, because as I've said, they made it all right, but this is just information for others to help them make informed choices.

When I hear from MAF, I'll post the resolution.
 

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Mine didn't leak.. well at least until I drilled a hole in it while mounting the aussie drawers. That was a 3/8' hole. So far two years later the JB weld is leak free.
I'm curious what the other 4 big ticket items were defective.
 
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Regardless the tank will have to come out and will have to be drained...possibly use the fuel up first.Then pull the tank. Take it to someone with a tig welder...(FLUSH THE TANK WITH WATER THEN FILL IT WITH WATER) set the tank up so when it is filled the spot to be welded is the highest point of the tank. Now you can weld it, paint it and drain it. Put about a quart of fuel in it and wash it around all sides to get the condensation to run and the dump it out.Use an air hose with a length of tubing to blow out anything that remains. Install the tank and fill with fuel but add the appropriate ammount of water dryer (additive) to the tank and run it. I had this problem on a tank that got punctured and this was my solution. I drove that truck for years after the repair with no leaks or fuel problems.
 
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I think Spike is merely venting his frustration after doing all that work himself.. ( I dont blame yah brah). :meh:

I swap my tank not long ago and it was a biotch having to do it all by myself.. I imagine a long range tank being twice as heavy and the size would make it awkward to fit oh yeah and lets not forget the holes did not match up....

Guess you can look at it on the bright side and see that you found the leak right away and it is easily visible...

Let us know what happens.. hey if they take it back maybe I can get a long range tank at half the price :grinpimp::grinpimp:

I have a few gas cans that you can use if needed be..:grinpimp::grinpimp:

laugh it off brah...... Im sure a few of us have had our incidents at one time or another......





F#$%^ FIS:bang::bang::bang:





Good luck and hope they make good.....
 

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