Fuel guage adjustment?

Submitted: Friday, Aug 01, 2003 at 13:25
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Hello Again,
I have a lone ranger fual tank fitted t my GQ, but the fuel guage is the original, so I get an unrealistic fuel reading, ie it stays full for a couple of hundred k's and can go below empty for at least 100ks. I have put up with it because most of my trips have been around serviced areas, however with the trip to Darwin I will be travelling on long stretches that I would like to have an accurate reading for. Has any one modified their sender or is there a way to overcome this problem. Or is everyone in the same boat?

cheers,
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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Friday, Aug 01, 2003 at 13:48

Friday, Aug 01, 2003 at 13:48
Theres a template you get that you use to modify the standard guage for the long range tanks.

Try calling Lone Ranger Tanks.
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Reply By: Allyn (Pilbara) - Friday, Aug 01, 2003 at 14:22

Friday, Aug 01, 2003 at 14:22
same boat for me. I know that as soon as my gauge starts to move I've still got 350 km's left which is ample time to find a servo. I use the LR tank first too which means I still have the 95 litre tank left also.so many places, so little time !!!
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Follow Up By: Hank - Friday, Aug 01, 2003 at 14:33

Friday, Aug 01, 2003 at 14:33
I had the full replacement, one big 145 litre tank remains!! The needle can go at least a match head under the E. What are fuel prices like at the moment - I take it you are in the pilbra.
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Follow Up By: Allyn (Pilbara) - Friday, Aug 01, 2003 at 14:49

Friday, Aug 01, 2003 at 14:49
Fuel in Port Hedland is 96 cpl for Diesel as of yesterday with outlying roadhouses being about 10 cpl dearer than that.so many places, so little time !!!
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Reply By: Matt M - Friday, Aug 01, 2003 at 14:53

Friday, Aug 01, 2003 at 14:53
As Truckster said, lone ranger should have a template to show how you bend the origional sender unit to give a full reading. You want it so the float is at the top when full, not under the fuel and at the bottom when the fuel is at the bottom. ie the full range of motion. If they cant help, although there is no reason why they shouldnt, its a case of measuring the distances from the top to the bottom and then relating that to your guage!!
Not all that hard if you can get to the guage easily but a bugger if you cant and have to use trial and error!

Matt.
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Reply By: Member - Bigbear - Friday, Aug 01, 2003 at 15:02

Friday, Aug 01, 2003 at 15:02
I have ARB Long Ranger tanks in my GQ. The guage does not move while the 70 litre aux tank is being used and only starts to move once the main tank (145 l ) is down to the original 95 litres. Like Allyn said when you get to this satge you know there is still plenty of fuel to get to the next servo. Takes a while to get used to but seems to work fine for me.
If you have a diesel I for one would not by choice go below 1/4 tank cause all sorts of problems could begin to raise their ugly head;
1. Dirt in fuel - blocked filter.
2. Air in system if you run out - can be real testing bleeding system in the bush.
3. Wife becomes somewhat unfriendly - can be for a long period
4. Long walk to next servo - 100's of k's

I was in Port Hedland 3 weeks ago and diesel was 94c but you could get 3c discount if you bought more than 100 litres.

Bush Bappo's 4WD Club
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Follow Up By: Lyds - Friday, Aug 01, 2003 at 21:48

Friday, Aug 01, 2003 at 21:48
Do you have to ask for the discount? or get it automatically?Cheers,
Stuart
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Follow Up By: Member - Bigbear - Saturday, Aug 02, 2003 at 21:57

Saturday, Aug 02, 2003 at 21:57
Generally they offer the discount without asking.
This happened in several places
CheersBush Bappo's 4WD Club
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Reply By: Leroy - Saturday, Aug 02, 2003 at 01:20

Saturday, Aug 02, 2003 at 01:20
Hi Hank,

I have a Long Range Automotive replacement tankin my Rodeo. A template came with the kit that you follow to extend the low fuel sensor and float. You simply cut the arms and add in pieces by silver soldering.
My guage stays on full for almost 200km bofore the gauge moves but the top part of the tank goes over the tailshaft so it is 'full for longer'! When the guage gets to empty you can go for over 100km's but you just get used to the way the guage reads.
I probably wouldn't bother trying to get it more acurate. I don't know about patrols but I would have to pull the tank out to make any changes to the arms.

Leroy
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Reply By: Hank - Saturday, Aug 02, 2003 at 11:38

Saturday, Aug 02, 2003 at 11:38
Thanks to all who replied, I think I will stick to keeping an eye on the odo until I have to get into the tank for a more serious reason.

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