few pics from install. I'll give the tank a good test later this week as I plan to drive the FJ62 from Phoenix to Vegas and back, so about 550 miles roundtrip. Some things we noticed:
It was a chore getting the OEM tank out, between the OME suspension and the non-OEM exhaust system that's on the truck.
The LRA instructions were great in terms of lengthening the bracket for the fuel pump to get it to the bottom of the tank. That worked well.
However, my kit was missing the 145mm rod used to lengthen the fuel level sender arm. Just got some 1/8" rod from Home Depot that worked just fine. Early indications are that the fuel level reading at the gauge cluster is right on, at least for the lower portion of the tank (which of course is the most important). I'll know more when I fill it up. But for now, having lengthened the fuel level sender arm to the precise measurement in the instructions, the first five gallons in the tank took the fuel gauge from dead empty to the top edge of the Empty line. Next five gallons took the fuel gauge to dead on the Quarter tank mark. So far so good.
The tank was fairly easy to fit in the space with the help of a transmission jack and a lift. The rear holes to bolt to brackets have ovals so that you have a little play, while the front ones do not have ovals and require a much more precise fit. a pry bar to move the tank into exactly the right position did the trick.
Fit and finish of the tank is top notch, I'll say that. The mechanic commented that the fuel line provided looked like aircraft grade to him. No clamps or hoses or small parts were missing other than the aforementioned length of rod.
My big fear was clearance. The tank of course requires relocation of the spare tire and the spare tire carrier. With the install finished and the tank bolted in place, my clearance is about 5 inches higher than it was with the OEM fuel tank and the spare in the OEM location. I'll drag my aftermarket tow package long before the tank. I also have a Kaymar bumper in mind for this truck if I can ever find one, which will of course replace the stock bumper and the tow package, as it has an integral hitch sleeve receiver.
Hope this helps folks who are thinking of getting one of these. I'll share more on range after my trip.
Thanks for the report, Todd, and apologies for the missing rod stock. Very nice photos/coverage
We are working on updated instructions with photos and your contribution will help.
As for the Kaymar, we are working on it.......
Finally, we are having a pre-Thanksgiving OKTOBERFEST GROUP BUY on fuel tanks, Harrop elockers and Terrain Tamer HP brakes. Stay tuned for more details, but all tanks will be $200 off - on all models. If you want an update when it hits, register your interest at Request a Quote - and visit this link for a listing of available tanks/kits. Please call me with questions if interested....209-636-0831 (Ward Harris). You can call Georg Esterer / @orangefj45 as well, but he is at the Southern Cruiser Crawl later this week, so kind of hard to track down.
Long Range Automotive Extended Range Fuel Tanks
Didn’t affect driveability at all. It’s like having one of your friends riding in the back seat.Would love to see identical pics of both 80 series LRA options to see the drop down. Also, any feedback on driveability with each in regards to weight/balance? I’m running heavy Kings.
Is there a shop on the east coast that you can recommend for installation? Thanks!