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Old 11-22-2008
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High Capacity Replacement Fuel Tank 08 FX4 Ranger

Hi all,

Does anyone know of a custom fabricator in S Florida that can either adapt a Summit Racing Fuel Cell or fab a custom tank for my Ranger. I know there is a place in Australia that makes a 33 gallon drop in aftermarket replacement tank, but I can probably get one made for cheaper.

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You can get a fuel cell and put it in the bed. Or you could put an aux tank in the bed (toolbox transfer tank)
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I'd talk to some fiberglass fabricators. Maybe even a custom boat building company. Most fuel cells in boats that I've seen are fiberglass. This may even save you a few pounds.
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+1 on the remote fuel cell. A bigger tank and you'll probably have to upgrade tank mounts and clearance issues with driveshaft/shocks/etc.. A small 5-10gal fiberglass/aluminum cell mounted in the passenger side corner of the bed would be discrete yet practical.
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You have to get adapters and other things for a fuel cell though. Talk to zabeard and highrollerII about it, they had special parts made by NicksterSVT to make their fuel cells work.
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You can get a fuel cell and put it in the bed. Or you could put an aux tank in the bed (toolbox transfer tank)
You cannot do that. You can only do it with diesel. Something with the explosion temperature and stuff like that. You can not put gas in those bed boxes.
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You cannot do that. You can only do it with diesel. Something with the explosion temperature and stuff like that. You can not put gas in those bed boxes.
ohhh, yes the ignition temperature of gasoline IS lower. I didn't think about that.
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also keep in mind that the austrailian tank you are looking at probably is not compatable with the north american ranger.
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Yeah, you can't carry gasoline in them. You can only carry diesel because it is noncombustible.
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I had a 28 gallon replacement tank made for my 89 Ranger. So, when I bought my 02 Ranger I wanted do the same. No luck with that. I did an extensive search for someone to build one. Somewhere around 96 the laws on gas tanks changed and no one builds gas tanks for the later models.

I did find one company that said if I wanted one at no limit on cost, they would build one. Their estimate to build was about $1500 but could not guaranty that number. I passed on it and just carry extra fuel in a safe fuel can when needed.
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Yeah, you can't carry gasoline in them. You can only carry diesel because it is noncombustible.
Diesel may fall into the definition of non-flammable but I am sure it still defined as combustible.

Edit: I should have said; Diesel may not fall into the definition of flammable......................... The term non-flammable infers that it does not burn, which is not true.

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You cannot do that. You can only do it with diesel. Something with the explosion temperature and stuff like that. You can not put gas in those bed boxes.
Why CAN'T you? Is it a law or are you saying it can't be done. My dad built a tank inside his toolbox on his F100. Has never had any problem with it.
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Diesel may fall into the definition of non-flammable but I am sure it still defined as combustible.
diesel's flash point is 300*, gasoline is 200* OSHA states that gasoline is a hazzard in the workplace (along with acetone, etc) because of it's low flash point temperature.

You COULD store it, but it's definetly at your own risk.
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diesel's flash point is 300*, gasoline is 200* OSHA states that gasoline is a hazzard in the workplace (along with acetone, etc) because of it's low flash point temperature.

You COULD store it, but it's definitely at your own risk.
The flash point of diesel is recorded as 110-190 degrees F. That makes it a combustible liquid (flash point greater than 100 F). I don't know what the flash point of gasoline is but I do know it it considerably less than diesel and according to shipping regulations it is a flammable liquid (flash point less than 100 F). The flash point of acetone is 15 F and that is considerable lower than the flash point of gasoline.

You are right that flammable liquids are considered a hazard in the workplace.
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I had a 28 gallon replacement tank made for my 89 Ranger. So, when I bought my 02 Ranger I wanted do the same. No luck with that. I did an extensive search for someone to build one. Somewhere around 96 the laws on gas tanks changed and no one builds gas tanks for the later models.
It's because of an OBDII test for leaks in the evap system. During the test, the PCM commands that vacuum be applied to the tank while a transducer monitors pressure. The PCM checks pressure rise versus time to infer if there is a leak that exceeds the EPA standard. The PCM is uniquely calibrated to the factory fuel system, so a change to the volume of the tank (or its peripherals) can impact the validity of the test.

OBDII was launched in 1996 for most vehicles. Rangers got it as a phase-in in 1995.
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Do you suppose the 21 gallon tank Ford used to put in XLT supercabs would fit in a newer ranger? My old 1996 XLT 2wd had a 21 gallon tank in it.
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Why CAN'T you? Is it a law or are you saying it can't be done. My dad built a tank inside his toolbox on his F100. Has never had any problem with it.
i kno wat ure saying but it might also have something to do with how ure not supposed to fill ur 5gallon tanks in the bed, take them out. because of the static will ignite it. idk its gay. if i were you id do it.
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I'd talk to some fiberglass fabricators. Maybe even a custom boat building company. Most fuel cells in boats that I've seen are fiberglass. This may even save you a few pounds.
This is not true. I was a boating engineer for two years... they have federal and international regulations to meet. Most marine gas tanks are roll formed plastic.

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Diesel may fall into the definition of non-flammable but I am sure it still defined as combustible.

Edit: I should have said; Diesel may not fall into the definition of flammable......................... The term non-flammable infers that it does not burn, which is not true.


"Who knew inflammable meant flammable?!"
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