Long Range Fuel tanks

Submitted: Thursday, Mar 23, 2006 at 07:16
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Hi all
Thinking of installing a Long Range fuel tank to my 80 Series Cruiser, rear one to replace the sub tank.
There appears to be two main players here in VIC - Brown Davis & Long Range Automotive. Both are around the same price, any comments on either would be most welcome.
Cheers 4 now
Mike
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Reply By: Member - Doug T (QLD) - Thursday, Mar 23, 2006 at 08:14

Thursday, Mar 23, 2006 at 08:14
Try ARB or TJM, and if your going to Perth get on down to K&N at Canningvale; or try this link

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Reply By: Leroy - Thursday, Mar 23, 2006 at 09:48

Thursday, Mar 23, 2006 at 09:48
Hmmm Brown Davis......as helpful as tits on a bull! Everything is too much trouble for that bloke and he goes on and on about how busy he and how good he is but want to get something done or buy something and it's hard work. Had a LRA tank in and the factory bracket broke that supported the tank. Try and make a warranty claim! LRA said see Vehicle dealer our tank didn't fail. Vehicle dealer said that's not out tank that's prob too heavey for the bracket! (I know your's is outa warranty) But that's my experience. I must say though that it was great being able to fill up when prices were low and having the extra capacity.

Leroy
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Reply By: Member - Tony G (ACT) - Thursday, Mar 23, 2006 at 10:30

Thursday, Mar 23, 2006 at 10:30
Out of those two i would choose LRA. I have a Lone Ranger from Newcastle, nice tank, fits well and for mine easy to purchase through the local ARB dealer.
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Follow Up By: Member - Crazie (VIC) - Thursday, Mar 23, 2006 at 11:23

Thursday, Mar 23, 2006 at 11:23
LRA are Long range automotive at lillydale in Vic, I would also totally recomment them to. I have had mine hit by a car and is still not leaking. It is getting replaced with the same tank.
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Follow Up By: Leroy - Thursday, Mar 23, 2006 at 11:44

Thursday, Mar 23, 2006 at 11:44
Tony,

the one you're thinking of is the Long Ranger from Out of Town or ARB.

Leroy
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Follow Up By: Member - Tony G (ACT) - Friday, Mar 24, 2006 at 07:27

Friday, Mar 24, 2006 at 07:27
Long Ranger thats the one Leroy. I wondered where Tonto came into it.
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Reply By: Member - Sam (NSW) - Thursday, Mar 23, 2006 at 11:37

Thursday, Mar 23, 2006 at 11:37
There is Long Range Automotive and then there is Long Ranger (the ones ARB supply)

They two are different products
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Reply By: Member - Roachie (SA) - Thursday, Mar 23, 2006 at 11:47

Thursday, Mar 23, 2006 at 11:47
I had a Brown davis on my GQ.....had to get it welded up twice cos it split along the internal baffle weld lines.
Now have a Long Ranger (from ARB) in the GU and it's been there since day one (5.5 years) and not a moment's trouble (except that I have to mortgage one of my kids everytime I wanna fill it up!!!!)
Good bit of kit.....I could not honestly recommend the Brown Davis unit.
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Follow Up By: Member - Sam (NSW) - Thursday, Mar 23, 2006 at 12:13

Thursday, Mar 23, 2006 at 12:13
Roachie,

which tank did you replace? the main or the sub?

I am just in the process of looking to replace one or both and not sure which way to go. Definately looking at Long Ranger.

Also, how much extra range did it give you?

cheers,
Sam.
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Follow Up By: Member - Roachie (SA) - Thursday, Mar 23, 2006 at 13:32

Thursday, Mar 23, 2006 at 13:32
Sam,
Mine is a 145l replacement of main tank. It maintains the same contour/ground clearance as the original tank. I would like to have replaced the sub tank with an 80 litre instead , but it seems to hang down below the chassis rails by about 30mm or so.....to me this is unacceptable. However, the one I saw is not a Long Ranger, but is from that mob that advertises with a double page every month in 4WD Monthly (can't think of their name....might be Goanna Gear to GoAnywhere or something like that). Benefit of the sub tank is that it would share the weight over both axles.
My range with the 2 tanks is about 1000klm in "normal" conditions....I have a roof rack on 100% of the time which knocks my figures around (not to mention what my base weight of 3T does to the economy!!!!).
Cheers

Roachie
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Reply By: gbc - Thursday, Mar 23, 2006 at 13:15

Thursday, Mar 23, 2006 at 13:15
Try 4wd systems SA. I've got one of theirs (2003 v6 hilux) and haven't had any issues. They deliver all over oz and probably a bit cheaper too. I installed it myself with the instructions which came with it - all holes lined up etc so relatively painless experience.
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Follow Up By: Gramps (NSW) - Thursday, Mar 23, 2006 at 14:24

Thursday, Mar 23, 2006 at 14:24
gbc,

I have a 2004 V6 and have looked at larger tanks but $$$s ruled them out for what you got. What size is your tank and approx cost ?

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Reply By: Gu_Patrol - Thursday, Mar 23, 2006 at 14:14

Thursday, Mar 23, 2006 at 14:14
I have friends that have brought 4wd systems tanks and never had any troubles, I think they have stores all over Australia, also almost half the price
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Reply By: gbc - Thursday, Mar 23, 2006 at 14:44

Thursday, Mar 23, 2006 at 14:44
Gramps,

117 l replacement tank cost me approx $700 if I remember correctly.
I did a package deal for suspension, dual batt sys, snorkel, front locker, l.r.tank for about $3k a couple of years ago.
Their stuff isn't top of the range, but hasn't given me any trouble. Highly recommend the front locker option - cheap and the difference has to be seen to be believed. I'll be getting a rear one soon to complete the package.

C.J.
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Follow Up By: Gramps (NSW) - Thursday, Mar 23, 2006 at 16:42

Thursday, Mar 23, 2006 at 16:42
CJ,

Thanks for the info. Now to begin negotiations with the Chancellor of the Exchequer - SWMBO :))))))))

Regards
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Reply By: gazza60 - Thursday, Mar 23, 2006 at 18:15

Thursday, Mar 23, 2006 at 18:15
Have dealt with both companies, there is no comparison in service.
The guys at long range automotive "lilydale" are great to deal with.
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Reply By: Bob Y. - Qld - Thursday, Mar 23, 2006 at 22:10

Thursday, Mar 23, 2006 at 22:10
Mike,

Fitted a Long Ranger rear tank(166L), to the 80 series, from ARB Rockhampton, over 6 years ago, and have had no trouble with it. Once its full, you can notice the difference in handling, but by the time we hit the bitumen, all's good.

Cost around $1100 fitted, but the fitting of these things is often less easy, than the instructions suggest.

The original fuel gauge sender was used, and the vehicle often travels over 600 clicks, before dropping off "full". No big deal, soon get used to it. We can travel from south of Winton, to Toowoomba, before fuelling up, over 1600km.

One of the better accessories we've fitted.

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Follow Up By: Member - Mike - Thursday, Mar 23, 2006 at 22:21

Thursday, Mar 23, 2006 at 22:21
Thanks Bob
That's the type of feedback I need.
Cheers 4 now
Mike
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Reply By: Member - Mike - Thursday, Mar 23, 2006 at 22:19

Thursday, Mar 23, 2006 at 22:19
Thanks to you all for your feedback - will check out Lone Ranger a bit further - I hadn't had a quote back from them - Am particularly interested in feedback from those who have replaced the sub tank on a 80 series - weight issues etc
Cheers 4 now
Mike
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Reply By: Sarg - Thursday, Mar 23, 2006 at 22:19

Thursday, Mar 23, 2006 at 22:19
LRA. Fitted in '94 to a dual cab Hilux, 130lt capacity, done nearly 280000ks over every terrain/road out there & never a problem.
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Reply By: RustyHelen - Friday, Mar 24, 2006 at 20:40

Friday, Mar 24, 2006 at 20:40
We have a Brown Davis-- absolutely STAY AWAY from them. The quote above is spot on-- David Brown is very busy-- except if you want to talk about roll cages or seats for race cars.
Our filter blocked as I drove out of the place-- so the tank was filthy, but of course this was denied. Capacity given as 65 litres useable and can transfer on the move in about 20 minutes. We get 55>60 in 40 minutes (time is not an issue so that doesn't worry me but capacity does). If I put the vehicle on a forward slope facing towards the on side of the vehicle I can get another 5>10 litres out of it.
Once again-- stay away from them.
Rusty
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