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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 09-21-2019, 04:46 PM Thread Starter
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Dropping tanks

I am tossing around the idea of dropping my tanks to clean the pickup screens in the tank. It has never been done before. I cleaned one of the screens on the fuel bowl a while back and remember it was clogged. The truck ran fine with it being in that clogged state and never gave any symptoms that it was clogged. Thats what is making me thing the tanks might be a bit dirty.

How much of a pain is this to do. From what I've read around, it seems that I just need to hook up some ratchet straps for support, and get a fuel line removal tool. Then everything else is pretty much unbolt and unplug, then the revers of that to install.

Is there any tips to making this go easier or should I just wait until I start to experience problems?

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Re: Dropping tanks

Forget about cleaning the screens and just replace the pick up foot.

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Ratchet straps are good as is a floor jack. Get as much fuel out of the tank as you can before trying to drop it. If you have a few buddies pulling the bed might be a easier option. Just lift it and place blocks under it while you are working under it. That way you won't need to disconnect any of the electrical.

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Re: Dropping tanks

i would lift the bed before ever trying to drop the tank.
i dropped a tank once about 40 years ago and learned my lesson back then.
i pull the bed to do any work on the tanks ever since.

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Re: Dropping tanks

+3 pull the bed.


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Definitely pull the bed, then replace the bed bolts with the super duty bed bolts

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Re: Dropping tanks

The only problem that you might have raising the bed would be the rusted bed bolts. But then you would have the same problem with rusted bolts on the tanks straps also.

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The only problem that you might have raising the bed would be the rusted bed bolts. But then you would have the same problem with rusted bolts on the tanks straps also.


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Re: Dropping tanks

Bed pulling is way easier if you have means of lifting the bed.

However, if it is rusty, or has been subjected to heavy mud and junk, or oil soaked underneath for en extended period, dropping the tanks and cleaning the mounting straps may save you from a hole rusted or worn in the tank later. Replace the pads if needed.
In a pinch I've used nylon ratchet strap material out of the dumpster glued around the tank where the bands ride.

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I cleaned one of the screens on the fuel bowl a while back and remember it was clogged.
If this is the screen about a 1/3 way down fuel filter canister on drivers side of bowl, thatís the screen for fuel return to the tank. Generally when it had black goop on it, it can be injector o ring material and also keerap from the tank. When ever mine has been really dirty, once cleaned truck seems to idle better.

Iíve always pulled the tanks from the bottom, ratchet straps are your friends. Pending your needs be a great time to swap in F26 series of tank in the rear, 145 litre or 38 US gallon. Bolts right in and is only 7Ē deeper then stock. Also a SD CcSB poly from 05 (or so) will fit mid ship (did that earlier this summer) on my Tan White Tan truck. Itís 132 litres, did the hutch mod on it too plus plumbed in my 200 litre inbox combo drybox fuel cell, so it drains gravity into mid ship tank (ball check valve for safety).
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There is a good video of it on YouTube... Guy deletes the screens and walks you through the process. Does it without pulling the bed. Looked easy enough where I may get suckered into doing it as well.

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