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I have tried searching around but have really gotten nowhere. I have a 3" body lift on the bronco. I wanted to know if there is a way to raise the tank maybe strapping it to the cab somehow. Modding the tank cover? Anyone raise their tank after a bl? Or ideas?

88 Bronco XLT 351W 32 Gal tank.
 

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I cut out the floor in my 86 & put the tank indoors. Don't know if you could fit the tank up higher with a BL or not. The frame is more limiting on the tank than the body it seems. I intended to take pictures when I was doing it, but got carried away cutting & beating & forgot the pics. I actually ended up taking out the rearmost crossmember & reversing it to get a little more space. You might be able to remove your rear bumper, the trim behind it, grind off the rivets, knock out the xmember & slide the tank into the frame from the back but I don't know for sure. It's a PITA to work on that xmember even without a back bumper & not minding cutting everything in the way to get in there. I drilled the holes to 1/2" & bolted everything back in & put a skid plate on the bottom of the frame. The tank actually sits on some 1/2" rubber pad on top of the skid plate. The xmembers in front of & behind the tank are what hold it in place once the straps are tight so it's hard to move the tank without lots of work. I know that's not what you wanted to hear, but......
And if you do what I did, you would end up with ~5" of tank above the floor inside, where I have 8" sticking out. I will eventually get a steel cover over it and a spare carrier & parts storage built to fill the whole backend. I can take pics of it if you want, it's going to be below zero in the morning but warmer in a few days. There is a thread in the 78/79 section about raising the tank but they are different from the 80s, but still the general idea.
 

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send a message to Jackson. he did it with great success. I think his name on here is jtg.
 

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I cut out the floor in my 86 & put the tank indoors. Don't know if you could fit the tank up higher with a BL or not. The frame is more limiting on the tank than the body it seems. I intended to take pictures when I was doing it, but got carried away cutting & beating & forgot the pics. I actually ended up taking out the rearmost crossmember & reversing it to get a little more space. You might be able to remove your rear bumper, the trim behind it, grind off the rivets, knock out the xmember & slide the tank into the frame from the back but I don't know for sure. It's a PITA to work on that xmember even without a back bumper & not minding cutting everything in the way to get in there. I drilled the holes to 1/2" & bolted everything back in & put a skid plate on the bottom of the frame. The tank actually sits on some 1/2" rubber pad on top of the skid plate. The xmembers in front of & behind the tank are what hold it in place once the straps are tight so it's hard to move the tank without lots of work. I know that's not what you wanted to hear, but......
And if you do what I did, you would end up with ~5" of tank above the floor inside, where I have 8" sticking out. I will eventually get a steel cover over it and a spare carrier & parts storage built to fill the whole backend. I can take pics of it if you want, it's going to be below zero in the morning but warmer in a few days. There is a thread in the 78/79 section about raising the tank but they are different from the 80s, but still the general idea.
Do you still have the bronco to take pictures of this?
I didnt really want to cut into the cab because i want to use the cab space still. I was thinking of somehow bringing the tank back up toward the cab, maybe bolting it in from the inside of the cab somehow.

send a message to Jackson. he did it with great success. I think his name on here is jtg.


Will do thanks man.
 

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Thought about it a few times, should be as simple as cutting 1"-3" out of the skid plate and adding the same amount to the straps on top.

I never did it because I was afraid it would make my receiver hitch seem awfully low. But if I did not have a receiver I would definitely want to raise it.
 

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I picked up a new skidplate/tank mount a few years back. One of the guys over at 2big made it I believe.... It is probably over kill but it is about 1/8" plate and lifted my take up quite a few inches, if you want I'll try to take some pics but the top of my tank is probably 3" above the top of the frame rail....
 

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could you take those pic's i would like to see how it was done. i want to raise mine, but dont want to cut the floor and drop it back in from the top. just want to move it up alittle.
 

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I'll take some this weekend and post up on Monday :thumbup
 

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Sorry for the crappy quality but it was dark and I was using my cell phone... Should give you the idea though, I wish I had a pic of it not installed but basically it makes a basket around the bottom of the tank and bolts to the frame rails...



 

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so you just cut the skid plate down and made new straps for the top. did you have any trouble with the gas filler hose????? how much did you cut out/ how much is it moved up in the frame?
 

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I bought the one I'm using from a 2bignw guy a few years back... It is a custom fab "basket" if you will out of 1/8" plate, I don't recall exactly how much it raised it but I'd say around 4" as a guess. it's heavy but protects the tank from rocks and prius's so I don't mind the weight...
Filler hose wasn't a problem at all.
 
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