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kotadude21
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7/12/2004
19:53:16

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what's the easiest way for me to replace the fuel tank on my 97 dakota. It has the 22 gallon tank and it has a hole in it. I've found a replacement and wanna know if I should drop the tank or remove the bed to make it easier?
Any help would be cool.

Brent



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7/13/2004
02:58:10

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If the tank is empty, dropping the tank would prolly be easier...if full, lift the bed unless you wanna bench press a tank full of gas.

Josh



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7/13/2004
18:58:30

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Can you just patch the hole? If so,it would probably be the easiest and cheapest.

If you can't, its easy to drop the tank (if empty or close to it). Use a hydraulic floor jack to lower the old one and gently lift the new one in place.

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7/13/2004
23:50:29

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getting the tank out is easy, just long ass screws. i would take off the bed simply to get to all the fuel pump fittings, much easier when you can see what your doing. taking off the bed is a simple task, 8 bolts and 3 people to lift it off and your done.



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7/14/2004
00:00:21

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if you take off that bed, the manual says not to reuse the bolts, they are impregnated with a type of thread lock, you can get replacements cheaply at the dealer, good to know



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7/14/2004
22:12:37

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If you remove the bed be sure to disconect the tail lights, fender braces, gas filler neck etc.





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