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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken L View Post
    I have a York OBA system, and I like it a lot. But I have an air locker, and it gets used for that in addition to filling tires and air tool duty. My York system, specifically the tank, takes up as much room as a Powertank. I have the tank mounted in zone 3.
    Meaning an engine driven York compressor? I kept the mini York off my 1982 VW Rabbit to be used for OBA at some point. (Back when I still had my YJ.) It's been sitting on a shelf in the garage for over 10 years, now. Lol!

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    Let's talk about WJ's low hanging booty. The tank tuck. How many of you have actually done it and is it worth it?

    As for the options for the tank tuck, I have found 2 so far.
    OPTION1: Cut the old spare tire up and shrink skid plate 6". I heard if you do anymore then you run into clearance issues with filler caps and stuff and hoses. The fuel pump I want to keep stock for simplicity

    OPTION2: Ditch the old skid plate with the tank and get an aluminum fuel cell and tuck all the way up flush to the floor of the trunk. Still keep the stock fuel pump. Build a new skid plate for the new cell.

    Right now, I'm using the old wheel well as extra storage for fluids and some parts. My spare tire is also inside the jeep. If the tank tuck is done, then I lose storage and gain clearance out the back. Losing storage means also I need to build the spare tire carrier beforehand where the spare will go. I also want to get the rear bumper from trail forged but it also has the option whether you had the tank tuck or not.

    As of now I am leaning more towards option 1 because its cheaper, but this probably wont happen till after wheeling season to see if it even needs to be done. What do you all think?
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    ive done it. it was well worth it in my opinion. I did the cut out and re weld method. cut out the spare well at the floor board and then cut the hitch/skid plate till the tank was just below the hole. then welded back together and used a piece of diamond plate to cover the hole. i used 3/16 plate around the inside of the unibody to keep some strength. I drilled a large hole in the unibody to pass the filler neck through and routed it stock. it was so nice to not hit it on every obstacle. I also cut the hitch and flipped it upside down so that the receiver was on top of the main tube for extra clearance.
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    So the filler went through the unibody frame rail? Do you have any pics? Especially around the filler part

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    I don’t think I took any but might be able to take some. Try to remember but I think I went back and re did it so that it comes out over the frame rail now. Pushed it up and back. So pics might be a no go
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yjsaabman717 View Post
    Meaning an engine driven York compressor? I kept the mini York off my 1982 VW Rabbit to be used for OBA at some point. (Back when I still had my YJ.) It's been sitting on a shelf in the garage for over 10 years, now. Lol!

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    Yup, engine driven York compressor. It's a great mod.
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    Time for an update. I wish I knew where the more pics went, but I can't seem to find them on my phone. First, the new grab handles. They are working well. Even had dad test them on the last wheeling trip. Makes is so much easier to get in and out of the jeep now for the passengers.
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    Tried to make them look as stock as possible. Think it turned out okay. The fronts are attached with 4 self tappers each handle to the A-pillar. The plastic for the A-pillar just snaps off if you dont have handle in there already. The rear are attached just below seatbelt to the B-pillar with 4 self tappers also. To get to that one, you take the seatbelt off, remove one screw that holds the lower plastic to the upper and it all snaps off.

    Second were the hi-lift mounts. Originally I wanted them to go around the railing and slightly stick out, but that did not happen. The hi-lift didn't fit. So it now rests on top of the roof rail. its a little more wobbly than id like, but thats cause of the roof rail itself. It was still nicely secured after a trip to saran wrap/eagle rock. Had to make "custom" wing nuts. They aren't the prettiest, but do the job
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    I have since shortened the height on the mounts to make hi lift hug a little tighter to the mount.

    Lastly, I went to saran wrap/eagle rock and boy, does hippo need trimming. He did fantastic as as expected for a fully locked jeep, but I was still surprised. Here are some poser shots.
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    Here are the items that need to be trimmed:
    1) the rear part of the front fender
    2) the plastic bumper (probably will wait till i get a new rear or something)
    3) front lip of the rear wheel well. This will be just cut and folded and probably stitch welded to give it some strength.

    Next on the agenda is to buy some stuff. I am going to get the power tank at the truck and jeep fest this weekend and probably the smittybilt compressor as back up. also need a tree savior and some cameras if the guy selling them is there. Wheel well lights would be cool too. It would be cool to have the york compressor, but i like the option for AC even though i dont use it. may be in long run it'll be removed and replace. With school picking up for the final project idk what i'll be able to do next. Here is what I want to do:
    1) the wheel well trimming (front and rear)
    2) repaint rocksliders
    3) fix the intake
    4) do the tank tuck with valhalla fab 6" tuck skid plate
    5) figure out the spare tire carrying if not in the truck
    6) figure out rear bumper.
    7) 4 mounting points in the cargo area near each window for power tank and a shelf for stuff
    8) fold the rear quaterpanel (may be)

    Of those, I am only not sure on the rear wheel well, top part. The tire catches the edge, but the edge gives this part strength. can it just be folded over? Seems like a bad idea
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tuzmaster View Post


    It would be cool to have the york compressor, but i like the option for AC even though i dont use it. may be in long run it'll be removed and replace.

    I still have A/C with my York. The bracket I made for the York is sandwiched under the stock A/C compressor so that the York clutch pulley lines up with a combination serp/v-belt pulley that I put on the alternator. So you can have both, just takes some juggling of underhood components. I've moved so much stuff under the hood of my ZJ that I don't know where the stock location for things are any more.
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    Is yours a v8 under the hood? It looks really tight in there

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    No, 4.0. It was still pretty tight, I'd imagine a V8 would make it a bit more interesting to wedge in there.
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    Yea, I can see it fitting with the 4.0. Idk about the 4.7. There is no room under that hood

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