Long Range fuel Tank - D40 Navara

Submitted: Monday, Jan 19, 2009 at 21:46
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Folks I'm looking for advice on which of the long range fuel tank options is best for the D40. LRA have a one piece 150ltr tank that replaces the OEM 80ltr tank. Long Ranger have a couple of sub tank type options for an additional 60 or 70 ltr. Do any of the D40 owners out there have a long range tank fitted - if so what would be your recommendation?
Thanks in advance.
Cheers
Pete
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Reply By: Member - Jeff H (QLD) - Tuesday, Jan 20, 2009 at 03:27

Tuesday, Jan 20, 2009 at 03:27
Pete,
I share your pain.
The first mob to twig to this dilemma will decimate the opposition.
Mate we fitted a 125L tank to our last Rodeo,(cost around $1150, if I recall correctly, giving us a range of 1200 km (easy). With our present chariot we carry 80L in cans, = 150L total, = 1200.Maybe. So that's progress, eh.(Gerrys cost $120 all up,I guess).
So it comes down to cost, space, and frequency of need.
Mate, I can't help you, but I just pray that some poor idiot shiny bum will convince her Boss that a 60/70/80 L tank of diesel is a flamin' insult to Australian consumers.
I shan't hold my breath.
Jeff.
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Follow Up By: Russell [Pajero] - Tuesday, Jan 20, 2009 at 21:19

Tuesday, Jan 20, 2009 at 21:19
I have fitted a 160l from opposite lock through Nissan, see http://www.oppositelock.com.au/redesign/department/productDetails.aspx?deptID=6&catID=47&itemID=FTN51

I'm happy.


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Reply By: Saint Kev - Tuesday, Jan 20, 2009 at 07:27

Tuesday, Jan 20, 2009 at 07:27
Pete, got the Long Ranger sub tank (70 ltr?) fitted prior to Christmas by ARB. Was going to got the replacement tank at TJM (about $400 cheaper) but they don't fit the auto. Haven't had a chance to work out how many extra litres I can fit onboard yet.
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Reply By: Wizard1 - Tuesday, Jan 20, 2009 at 13:51

Tuesday, Jan 20, 2009 at 13:51
Try these guys. They have 143 L replacement tank.

I had a replacement main tank (170L) fitted my Prado. Did the Birdsville Track and not one sign of damage apart from the odd stone chip.

Brown Davis Long Range Tanks

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Follow Up By: Member - Mary W NW VIC - Wednesday, Jan 21, 2009 at 17:34

Wednesday, Jan 21, 2009 at 17:34
Have a 130 litre one of those under the landrover.Good sturdy tank that has taken some heavy bumps with no damage,
mary
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Reply By: RossL - Tuesday, Jan 20, 2009 at 14:08

Tuesday, Jan 20, 2009 at 14:08
I have a LRA 150 l tank fitted to a D40 Diesel Auto, replaced original tank.
Easy to install with the help of a mate, or by yourself if you take your time. Just need access to some gas to extend the sender float arm. Kit even included the rod to extend the sender arm and the measurements.

Also check out some of the Navara and Frontier (USA version of the Navara) forums for comments on larger tanks.

Ross
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Reply By: Flywest - Tuesday, Jan 20, 2009 at 16:13

Tuesday, Jan 20, 2009 at 16:13
Sorry I don't have a Navara.

That said I had ARB install a 2 piece 250 liter tank to the F 250 which has given no trouble, and I bought and installed a second Long Ranger to the 80 series cruiser myself.

Both tanks have been trouble free for a couple years now thru some tough offroad conditions in the Pilbara.

The thing impressed me most about Long Ranger was - the owner is actually an approachable bloke - who takes the time to talk with his clients past and future, even participates at forums online at times to seek opinions & ideas to improve his product etc.

I had one small issue with someone once using a shifter spanner on the tank bung on the 80 series to steal all our spare diesel when the truck was parked up (140 liters @$2.00 a liter - ouch!).

When I spoke with the owner of Long Ranger tanks - he listened and was working on some "deterrents" around the bung opening, so that it would be possible to install a lock, in a protruding tube to sheild the bung from anyone but the owner etc and only a deep socket would be able to be used to drain the tank - not some opportunist camper parked alongside with a shifter and jerry cans in the middle of the night!

In my experience - not many company owners will take the time to converse with their clients and the Long Ranger taks guy is the exception.

Because I've had no problems with the product - and the owners a good guy - I tend to recommend the long ranger tanks despite the cost.

Now with all that out the way - I have seen new poly tanks in the 4wd shops that seem cheaper and wondered if they mightn't be an easier / cheaper solution for SOME needs.

Maybe the poly tanks are more suited to carting water - I don't know - just don't do what i did and get stainless steel tanks built for carting your water! For what they cost i could have bought another 4wd ute specifically to drive alongside with MUCH more water!

Good luck whichever way you go!

Cheers
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Reply By: Best Off Road - Tuesday, Jan 20, 2009 at 16:52

Tuesday, Jan 20, 2009 at 16:52
Pete,

Firstly I'll admit a vested interest in what I am about to say as my company builds _Affordable_Storage_Drawers.aspx.

Assuming you've got a canopy the answer is to make the best available use in the back of your ute. Fitting a set of _Affordable_Storage_Drawers.aspx to the D40 ($1099) leaves two "pockets" either side of the drawer unit (that is the space from the wheel arches to the tailgate) each of which will hold 2 x 20L jerries.

This gives you 80L of extra fuel, plus a set of _Affordable_Storage_Drawers.aspx for the price of a long range tank.

If I haven't explained this well, give me a call on 03 9706 6527.

Cheers,

Jim.



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Follow Up By: Patrol22 - Tuesday, Jan 20, 2009 at 18:42

Tuesday, Jan 20, 2009 at 18:42
Thanks Jim I had thought about this option but am reluctant to carry fuel inboard and use up space for other things on our longer trips.
Cheers
Pete
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Reply By: dave73 - Tuesday, Jan 20, 2009 at 17:26

Tuesday, Jan 20, 2009 at 17:26
I had a 160 ltr supplied and fitted by Opposite Lock for $1400 to my D40. Done a fair bit of travel and no problems as yet.
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Reply By: Patrol22 - Tuesday, Jan 20, 2009 at 18:41

Tuesday, Jan 20, 2009 at 18:41
Thanks everyone that sure gives me some options to consider. Gotta say my preference is for a replacement tank but it seems there are some problems rejigging the fuel gauge and its pick up/sender unit. Once again thanks for the advice.
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Follow Up By: Member - Mary W NW VIC - Wednesday, Jan 21, 2009 at 17:39

Wednesday, Jan 21, 2009 at 17:39
TThe brown Davies one in the landy uses the same sender ,just stays on Full till you get down to capacity of old tank and registers from there quite accurately Iin my case i have used about 1/2 the tank before guage starts to move.You soon get used to it and it's really only neccessary to know when you are getting low on fuel
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Reply By: Patrol22 - Saturday, Feb 14, 2009 at 13:53

Saturday, Feb 14, 2009 at 13:53
Thanks for the advice folks. I eventually went for the Opposite Lock 160 ltr. Supplied and fitted for around $1300 and compliments my 70mm RidePro suspension upgrade nicely.
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