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Old 07-18-2011, 10:41 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Drop Tank or Lift Bed?

Hey All-

I am needing to check to see if I am getting air in the fuel from the drawstraw or lines previous to the Rapor - Seem like we are getting air into the system.

What is easier, dropping the tank (1/4 full) or lifting the bed?

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Old 07-18-2011, 02:23 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I had a fuel pick-up problem in the spring and raised the bed to fix it. Drop the spare remove the 8 bolts a gnd strap and unplug your tail lts. You'll need atleast 1 assiatant 2 would be better. I raised the bed slid it back and supported it w/jackstands on the frame. Its not any easier than dropping the tank but I liked working on it that way you could see everything w/out slicing your head open
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Old 07-18-2011, 02:23 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Well....
I dont know how to drop the tank, but I have swapped beds... Its not that tough, but the SOB is freakin heavy...
The bed is held on the truck with 8 bolts through the bottom.. Just lay on the ground and look up..4 each side.. one will be by the trailer hitch in the frame rail, the next one is a few feet forward, then the remaining two are in front of the wheel on the outside of the frame rail.
Remove the tailights and drop the harness down through the metal work, and disconnect the two plugs on the drivers side near the frame rail in the back and the marker light harness comes off with the bed.
Remove the fuel door, then the 3 screws that hold the filler neck to the fender.. Remove the hose clamps from the filler tube for the tank and remove.
Have about two freinds minimum ready to help you lift the bed out of the way.
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When I did my raptor and drawstraw, I unbolted the bed and then used two floor jacks and blocks and lifted the front corners of the bed enough to get in there and work. It was easy and quick, just lowered the jacks back down and bolted bed back down, did it without any extra help
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Mine was really easy... I got a bunch of beer, a friend, and place a beer in one hand and a camera in the other and documented how it was done... I didn't have to do a thing...

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Mine was really easy... I got a bunch of beer, a friend, and place a beer in one hand and a camera in the other and documented how it was done... I didn't have to do a thing...


When is your friend's days off and what beer does he drink?
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Yup thats what happened to me, the tank fell on me and i cut my finger and messed up my thumb. The 2nd time was much better, two people and a floor jack acting like the third. On my truck a 2wd short bed i had to drop a cross member to fit the tank out but it wasnt to hard.
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That tank was empty... Even drink beer we were smart enough to pump the fuel into 5 gallon buckets.
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My gooseneck hitch is bolted to frame and bed. Removal is very difficult, so droped tank. When dropping tank, be carefull and don't destroy fuel line connections or damage fuel module... removing or tilting bed up would be a better option if possible.
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My gooseneck hitch is bolted to frame and bed. Removal is very difficult, so droped tank. When dropping tank, be carefull and don't destroy fuel line connections or damage fuel module... removing or tilting bed up would be a better option if possible.
Way to get around that problem is simple. Loosen the collar nut on the sender and allow the sender to come up and out of the tank as the tank is lowered to the floor. Once the tank is on the floor then you can remove the sender from the tank gently and the work with ease to remove the fuel lines from the sender.
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Yup thats what happened to me, the tank fell on me and i cut my finger and messed up my thumb. The 2nd time was much better, two people and a floor jack acting like the third. On my truck a 2wd short bed i had to drop a cross member to fit the tank out but it wasnt to hard.
Next time I am going to try to tilt the bed. Broke one bolt off and then a drill bit off in that bolt Only thing is I have a topper.
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I dropped the tank. It was easy. Before unbolting it I built something really easy to build and simple. It was essentially a wide ladder, that I chained to a branch in a tree. It was about 12 feet long, and I had it in the tree chained about 3 feet from the truck. I slid the ladder under the truck, and had my fiance' sit on the end sticking out. That raised the part under the truck to the tank, and I unbolted the tank, it sat on the ladder and she got off it slowly lowering it to the ground.

Then you can just swing it out. Oh the truck is up on blocks to get some height under it.

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