Long Range Fuel Tanks Explained

A long range fuel tank will equip your 4x4 to hold a lot more fuel as it can from standard. This will enable you to drive your 4x4 much farther without seeing a fuel station. Long Range Fuel tanks are necessary when travelling in remote places with your 4x4 where fuel is not readily accessible. It can also save you money on fuel as the price of petrol is much dearer in less accessible areas.

More about a Long Range Fuel Tank

I also need to make clear the fact that a long range tank can either replace your existing fuel tank and/or you can install an auxiliary fuel tank on your 4x4, so consider both options before you make your final decision. There is a benefit of having an auxiliary tank installed on your 4x4 as for some unforseen circumstance you get a hole in the tank or the fuel line, while climbing your 4x4 over a rock wall or something of the like, you can switch to the auxiliary tank which is hopefully still full with fuel enabling you to drive your 4x4 to a destination where you are able to get help, and even if the auxiliary tank doesn’t have fuel you can catch the draining fuel and put it in the auxiliary tank so that you might be able to drive to the nearest help or at least drive closer to the nearest help.

There are a heap of companies who you can purchase your long range or auxiliary fuel tank from. Let’s look at a few things which might help you to decide on which one you would like to purchase for your 4x4.

Firstly, look where the tank will be mounted and make sure there is enough protection for your new tank and enough clearance. As the tank will be larger than your original tank, most of the time the tank will hang lower than the standard one which can be cause for concern if you don’t have enough clearance on your 4x4 to compensate for the lower mounting position of your long range tank. Sometimes a body lift will give the tank, and your 4x4, more clearance and could be something to consider depending on your outfit.

Secondly, some of the different makes will have a different shape and if the auxiliary tank is being mounted at the rear of the car then check the shape. One type may give you a better departure angle than another.

Thirdly, check what sort of protection is available for your auxiliary/long range tank. If the tank is exposed to a degree then you may want to consider a bash plate as such which will protect your tank from anything that may cause damage.

Cost vs Benefit

Well, let’s just say if you are planning a big trip…it’s a necessity not an option, you’ll only run out of fuel in the outback once!

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