Long Range Automotive Vs Brown Davis

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HI All looking to install along range tank in my 2012 hilux .Has any body had trouble with either of these brands . carlh.
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Reply By: Member - TonyV - Wednesday, Mar 23, 2016 at 17:18

Wednesday, Mar 23, 2016 at 17:18
Both have a good reputation, have you priced a Longranger tank or the ARB Frontier Poly tanks?

I have a Longranger in the D4 and a LRA in the 100 series.
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Follow Up By: carl h2 - Wednesday, Mar 23, 2016 at 18:23

Wednesday, Mar 23, 2016 at 18:23
hi tony yeh ARB Frontier is $1200 Fitted and the LRA and Brown Davis are $1450 fitted.
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Follow Up By: Member - TonyV - Wednesday, Mar 23, 2016 at 18:59

Wednesday, Mar 23, 2016 at 18:59
Carl,

I noticed you mention LRA.

Longranger is a different company. Can be bright and installed through ARB for about $1500 or direct from Longranger in Barnsley NSW.
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Follow Up By: Supersi - Wednesday, Mar 23, 2016 at 21:14

Wednesday, Mar 23, 2016 at 21:14
Have you considered the weight saving of a poly tank such as the arb frontier versus a steel tank? It may be quite a bit.
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Reply By: Baz - The Landy - Wednesday, Mar 23, 2016 at 17:26

Wednesday, Mar 23, 2016 at 17:26
Over the years I have had numerous from Longranger without any problems.

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Follow Up By: Bob Y. - Qld - Wednesday, Mar 23, 2016 at 17:41

Wednesday, Mar 23, 2016 at 17:41
The only trouble I had with the Longranger Baz, was finding enough cash to fill it. Usually had to resort to the plastic for a happy transaction. :-)

Carl,
Can recall quite heated debates on the merits/failings of assorted aftermarket tanks on EO, with Longranger being the "best"(least complaints) and Brown Davis being at the bottom. Think they have improved quite a bit, with some documented good after sales service.

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Follow Up By: Allan B (Member, SunCoast) - Wednesday, Mar 23, 2016 at 18:14

Wednesday, Mar 23, 2016 at 18:14
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Our Troopy has a Long Ranger 180 litre which replaced the original rear 90L (now 270L in total).
It has survived several years of very rough tracks without a problem.

As Bob says, there have been a number of EO Threads on the relative merits of brands without consensus on which was best.
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Follow Up By: carl h2 - Wednesday, Mar 23, 2016 at 18:31

Wednesday, Mar 23, 2016 at 18:31
Thanks Baz Bob & Allan was leaning towards the LRA the guy at TJM was more towards Brown Davis. Ihave herd reports of the Brown Davis cracking in the welds in early years and customer service was not that great.
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Follow Up By: Baz - The Landy - Wednesday, Mar 23, 2016 at 23:56

Wednesday, Mar 23, 2016 at 23:56
If you ever get a chance drop by the Longranger factory at Barnsley in NSW. A very helpful bunch that will design anything you want a fair price - certainly been my experience!

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Reply By: Member - wicket - Wednesday, Mar 23, 2016 at 17:42

Wednesday, Mar 23, 2016 at 17:42
I've just installed an ARB Frontline poly tank on my hilux, does look very good BUT be prepared for it to hang lower than the oem tank, it sits about 100mm below the chassis rails, so there might be some effect on ramp over angles, 145 litres and $1183 installed.
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Follow Up By: carl h2 - Wednesday, Mar 23, 2016 at 18:37

Wednesday, Mar 23, 2016 at 18:37
Thanks wicked that's a lot of ground clearance lost. I looked at them but for $250 more I was looking at steel. Thanks for the info carl
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Follow Up By: Member - wicket - Wednesday, Mar 23, 2016 at 18:49

Wednesday, Mar 23, 2016 at 18:49
bugger, too late to edit it is Frontier not Frontline,

Carl. just as a matter of interest could you at some time measure how much the oem tank sits below the chassis rails, I should have done this myself but had a senior moment.
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Follow Up By: carl h2 - Wednesday, Mar 23, 2016 at 18:58

Wednesday, Mar 23, 2016 at 18:58
Will let you know wicket got the car booked in next month just deciding which brand to install thanks carl.
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Follow Up By: carl h2 - Tuesday, Mar 29, 2016 at 16:36

Tuesday, Mar 29, 2016 at 16:36
Hi wicked the factory tank is 40 mm below the chassis rail cheers.
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Reply By: Jason M16 - Wednesday, Mar 23, 2016 at 19:04

Wednesday, Mar 23, 2016 at 19:04
Hi mate

I have a BD 153L in my hilux and no probs. best thing at the moment is the low price of deisel.
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Follow Up By: carl h2 - Wednesday, Mar 23, 2016 at 19:08

Wednesday, Mar 23, 2016 at 19:08
hi Jason thanks yeh you carn't beat the 2005 fuel prices.How long have you had it fitted.
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Follow Up By: Jason M16 - Wednesday, Mar 23, 2016 at 19:17

Wednesday, Mar 23, 2016 at 19:17
Got it fitted at home (Sydney) around last Oct in prep for a lap of oz. Am currently in Kalgoorlie towing a Junko Swan and the distances in between fuel stops is awesome. I used to get around 650 km a tank at home (77L) but would get double that now (without towing). I reckon I'm getting 900 km towing now. Best thing I did, especially with fuel price at the moment, plus I didn't want to carry jerry cans (although I'm carrying a couple of 10L) for more remoteish areas. Get one!
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Reply By: Member - DjohnW - Wednesday, Mar 23, 2016 at 19:30

Wednesday, Mar 23, 2016 at 19:30
As Tony mentioned, Longranger and LRA are different suppliers, I've had an LRA for a couple of years now and travelled some pretty rugged terrain with no problems.
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Reply By: LAZYLUX16 - Wednesday, Mar 23, 2016 at 20:02

Wednesday, Mar 23, 2016 at 20:02
Anyone used LR tank from 4wd systems in Adelaide .They are also made in Adelaide ..
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Reply By: Ausdigga - Wednesday, Mar 23, 2016 at 20:22

Wednesday, Mar 23, 2016 at 20:22
We bought a B/Davis 65lt auxillary for our NW Pajero and have never been able to cram more than 53 litres in from empty, when I took the car in to B/Davis their answer to the missing capacity was "(drum roll)" fill your car in servo's that lean away from the pump and to fully empty, stand the nearside wheels on a kerb !! Seriously--- I kid you not !!
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Reply By: Malcom M - Thursday, Mar 24, 2016 at 07:16

Thursday, Mar 24, 2016 at 07:16
Have a Long Ranger in a 100 series.
This truck does a fair bit of bush bashing and the tank now has a large dent right on one of the rear corners where it came down on a rock. The tank has not split and all the welds are intact. Pretty bullet proof units.

Others have reported that LR are extremely helpful with any tank repairs should you puncture one.
My experience dealing with LR is extremely positive.
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Reply By: Grizzle - Thursday, Mar 24, 2016 at 10:54

Thursday, Mar 24, 2016 at 10:54
I have LRA main and sub tank on Nissan Patrol. As Malcolm says my main tank has had a big hit with no leaks. My sub tank split where the internal baffles are welded and they fixed it straight away and only charged me 2 hours labour, which i thought was good as the tank had to be removed, patched, painted and re-installed. Both tanks are well out of warranty and have done some hard yards. Cape York, Simpson Desert, Kimberley, Maralinga etc.

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Reply By: Member - Alastair D (NSW) - Thursday, Mar 24, 2016 at 12:52

Thursday, Mar 24, 2016 at 12:52
I have a 180l LR in my 100 series. Good fit and no problems after 50k with some hard tracks and a few dents.
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Reply By: Kumunara (NT) - Thursday, Mar 24, 2016 at 22:41

Thursday, Mar 24, 2016 at 22:41
I looked at the Brown Davis, Long Range Automotive and Long Ranger tanks. Went with the Long Ranger and it is excellent. Would recommend it. Haven't looked at the plastic tanks that ARB supply but my dealings with ARB Darwin have left me with such a poor opinion of ARB that I would not touch them.
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Reply By: Mick O - Monday, Mar 28, 2016 at 16:35

Monday, Mar 28, 2016 at 16:35
I've had all three, Longranger from ARB, LRA from Lilydale and Brown Davis from Bayswater. I currently have Brown Davis tanks in the TuckTruck. I have managed to break all three over the years, two were leaks and the other was a mount. The big difference is after sales service and on that issue, ARB are extremely poor. If you take a Longranger tank back to ARB, they'll refer you to the manufacturer who will in turn refer you back to ARB. In the end, you're better off getting it fixed by people who know what they are doing (like Brown Davis or LRA).

Both LRA and Brown Davis provide excellent after sales service should you ever have an issue and that's what is important in my mind. Back in 06, I fractured three LRA tanks in quick succession in my Navarra while on a 13 month round Australia sabbatical. LRA were so perplexed, Roger flew to Alice Springs with a tank and fitted it himself and then took it for a drive to isolate the issues. A bit of engineering on the spot and it was fixed. The tank is still in that car and functioning perfectly.

In 09 the mounts on the subtank in my GU broke forcing me to drop it out in the middle of the Talawana Track. No issues, Brown Davis asked me to bring it back if possible (which I was able to do) or they would replace it when I got back. No problems, fixed the issues and provided extra strengthening. Brown Davis also fixed the LongRanger tank that ARB were reluctant to touch despite my GU Patrol being an ex-ARB show car! They reinforced all the side joins with Pacman like braces. That's another big difference a s well. The engineering of the tanks. Both LRA and BD are superb. Have a look at the reinforcing on those tanks compared to your common garden variety after market tank including the Long-ranger.

If you intend staying on the bitumen, then perhaps any old tank will do. If you intend driving on a dirt road or outback track, best you get an LRA or Brown Davis.

I have posted on this issue on the forum before and posted photos so a search should find those.

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Follow Up By: carl h2 - Tuesday, Mar 29, 2016 at 16:45

Tuesday, Mar 29, 2016 at 16:45
thanks mick got the car booked in next week to have the LRA fitted.we spend a fair bit of time up in the high country and are going to the kimberlys in june chers carl
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Follow Up By: Mick O - Tuesday, Mar 29, 2016 at 17:27

Tuesday, Mar 29, 2016 at 17:27
Cheers mate. A wise choice and you won't be disappointed.

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