long range fuel tanks for Hilux

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Looking for a replacement tank for the main tank for my 2011 Hilux.

I have a Brown Davis 70 Litre sub-tank above spare and the standard Hilux 75 Litre tank. The sub tank doesn't sit all that well and makes it difficult to wind down the spare wheel as it obstructs the winding bar. Other than that it works fine.

I am planning to do the Canning Stock Route so fuel quantity and quality of construction are very important.

I have read threads from 2004 and Brown Davis got some knocks and some wraps. I would say that my BD tank hasn't had any problems but I am not convinced it is as accurately built as I would have expected or liked.

I am looking at 3 brands: Brown Davis 153 Litre, Long Range Automotive 145 Litre and Out Of Town Long Ranger 140 Litre. All say the same things about their tanks and the difference in Litres is mostly irrelevant. What I am interested in is quality of workmanship and who should install?

A lot cheaper form of fuel storage is the flexitanks but that may take up valuable store space and I would worry about leakage and transfer to the main tanks.
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Reply By: Idler Chris - Vic - Monday, Jan 12, 2015 at 12:29

Monday, Jan 12, 2015 at 12:29
I have had a LRA tank for many years. Despite many dings its still good abet a slightly less capacity. Very well made and supported.
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Reply By: The Landy - Monday, Jan 12, 2015 at 12:45

Monday, Jan 12, 2015 at 12:45
I have Out of Town Long Ranger tanks, and had them on two other vehicles. I have found them to be of good quality and service excellent. They have been making them for years…

I had them make a larger main tank, and custom auxiliary tank for my vehicle, Toyota 79 Series dual cab.

The following picture shows the larger main, and the auxiliary sitting above and forward of it.



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Follow Up By: wombat100 - Monday, Jan 12, 2015 at 12:53

Monday, Jan 12, 2015 at 12:53
Sure looks nice & clean under there !!

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Follow Up By: The Landy - Monday, Jan 12, 2015 at 14:51

Monday, Jan 12, 2015 at 14:51
Was before about 20,000 klms of outback travel last year...!

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Reply By: peteC - Monday, Jan 12, 2015 at 17:25

Monday, Jan 12, 2015 at 17:25
Look on newhilux.net for all you answers
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Follow Up By: AlbyNSW - Monday, Jan 12, 2015 at 17:51

Monday, Jan 12, 2015 at 17:51
Yep agree, there is lots of info there, a number of guys had the LRA tanks and we're happy with them.
The only ones I recall there were any issues with were some of the cheaper ones getting around
The long rang tanks sit about 50mm lower than your standard tank currently does
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Reply By: Member - MIKE.G - Monday, Jan 12, 2015 at 21:30

Monday, Jan 12, 2015 at 21:30
Hi Hiluxhappiness. I had a BD tank in my last BT50 that developed a leak around a weld in the center of the base of the tank. They were happy to repair it "if I sent it back to the factory in Victoria". Not much use to me as I live in Qld. Turned out to be an expensive exercise to get it repaired as the dealer would not come to the party either. Have a new BT50 and considering the newly released Flexitank Diesel Bladders. Could be worth a look!
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Reply By: Bob Y. - Qld - Tuesday, Jan 13, 2015 at 18:51

Tuesday, Jan 13, 2015 at 18:51
Had a Longranger 166L tank fitted to an 80 series wagon, HH. Never had a problem, or leak, with it in over 10 years.

We had a Hilux dual cab back in the '80's, and I had a tank made by a bloke in the Alice. 80L and I fitted it between the mudguards, at the front of the tub. There wasn't a vast selection then, like we have these days.

Also check out Dolium and Poly RV (Enmach) tanks. They both make poly tanks, with a selection of different shapes and sizes, from about 30L up to around 120L. Using my iPad, so sorry I can't give you the links.

I wouldn't dismiss Flexi tanks totally, as they are often used in marine situations, so are quite robust.......as long as they don't get pinched or chaffed.

Enjoy the Canning,

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Follow Up By: Frank P (NSW) - Tuesday, Jan 13, 2015 at 19:38

Tuesday, Jan 13, 2015 at 19:38
Having had an expensive water bladder in the rear footwell of my Prado spring a leak at a self-induced crease, there is absolutely NO WAY I would ever trust a bladder full of diesel inside the car.

But that's just me, I guess.

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Follow Up By: Bob Y. - Qld - Wednesday, Jan 14, 2015 at 16:42

Wednesday, Jan 14, 2015 at 16:42
Neither would I, Frank!

Wouldn't even carry a jerrycan of fuel inside a vehicle, except perhaps in an emergency. Wasn't suggesting that the OP do it either, just trying to help him. In the end it's his choice what storage, and where, he uses it.

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