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I have L/Cruiser 75 series ute with with two diesel [2] tanks [separate filler points]
My question is, which tank do you first [assuming both asre full to the brim]

a] On Road

b] Off Road

Logics seem to be :-

"On Road" rear tank 1st no need for extra weight at the rear = keeep load closer to centre of vehicle.

"Off Road" centre tank first to keep weight over the rear axle = less wheel slip and more traction.

Any views gratefully accepted or links to other forums

Mike
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Reply By: Member - Kiwi Kia - Tuesday, Jan 05, 2010 at 16:11

Tuesday, Jan 05, 2010 at 16:11
Hi Mike,
I always use the rear tank first no matter where I am.

KK

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Follow Up By: equinox - Tuesday, Jan 05, 2010 at 16:46

Tuesday, Jan 05, 2010 at 16:46
ditto..

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Follow Up By: Member - Scoot (SA) - Tuesday, Jan 05, 2010 at 18:54

Tuesday, Jan 05, 2010 at 18:54
Me too
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Follow Up By: pop2jocem - Tuesday, Jan 05, 2010 at 20:28

Tuesday, Jan 05, 2010 at 20:28
Me three, I usually have so much crap in the back when we go away I try to reduce the load as much as possible. Having said that I don't think 70 kg or thereabouts is going to make that much difference.

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Follow Up By: Member - Barry (NT) - Tuesday, Jan 05, 2010 at 20:49

Tuesday, Jan 05, 2010 at 20:49
me too always rear first
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Follow Up By: Richard W (NSW) - Wednesday, Jan 06, 2010 at 08:18

Wednesday, Jan 06, 2010 at 08:18
Me as well.
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Follow Up By: Member - COLIN D (VIC) - Wednesday, Jan 06, 2010 at 08:21

Wednesday, Jan 06, 2010 at 08:21
Yep, me too me too

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Reply By: Member -Tukka (WA) - Tuesday, Jan 05, 2010 at 16:32

Tuesday, Jan 05, 2010 at 16:32
G'day Mike.

I try do what you say and use the front first when off road because that extra weight over the back seems to stop the bouncing a little bit more.
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Reply By: Member - Allan B (QLD) - Tuesday, Jan 05, 2010 at 16:34

Tuesday, Jan 05, 2010 at 16:34
Like KK, I always use the rear tank first. Prefer to have weight distributed over all four wheels as much as possible.

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Follow Up By: Member - Kiwi Kia - Tuesday, Jan 05, 2010 at 17:02

Tuesday, Jan 05, 2010 at 17:02
I know it works as the beam from the headlights drops down as fuel is consumed at night. Also steering is not so light when rear tank is empty. Mind you I have a dual rear wheel carrier so I am already heavy at the rear.

KK
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Follow Up By: Member - Duncs - Tuesday, Jan 05, 2010 at 17:14

Tuesday, Jan 05, 2010 at 17:14
If it is making that much difference why not get the suspension upgraded to carry the load better?

Surely if it is doing that with just the fuel load then a truck full of camping gear will be weighing down the back end to the point of it being dangerous.

Duncs
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Follow Up By: Member - Kiwi Kia - Tuesday, Jan 05, 2010 at 19:08

Tuesday, Jan 05, 2010 at 19:08
Hi Duncs,
I am already at full load but everything comes right as I lower the rear tank. You are right about the suspension - now have upgraded rear springs.

KK
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Reply By: Member -Pinko (NSW) - Tuesday, Jan 05, 2010 at 17:41

Tuesday, Jan 05, 2010 at 17:41
I always use the main tank first because when the red light on the gauge comes on I zero odo A and I can get 55 to 57 kms with the light on and that leaves about 1.5 litres or less remaining at switchover to the rear.
There is no red light on the rear gauge.
I have a Scan Gauge 2 and it is accurate down to 3 lts or less over all and even gives kilometres remaining in fuel.
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Reply By: Member - Flynnie (NSW) - Tuesday, Jan 05, 2010 at 20:56

Tuesday, Jan 05, 2010 at 20:56
In my 79 series ute I mainly use the main tank first. After I took off the drop sides recently I noticed it gets bouncy (even more bouncy) unloaded if the rear tank is emptied first. This is the on road situation.

Off road, with a moderate load onboard, I empty the rear tank first.

Doubt it really makes much difference either way.

Flynnie
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Reply By: howesy - Thursday, Jan 07, 2010 at 08:34

Thursday, Jan 07, 2010 at 08:34
I dont give 2 shivers because at some stage you use the other anyway while the alternate is full.
I use one then switch to the other tank and then fill the empty so I only ever have one empty tank but on a long trip I start with what ever tank is up for its turn and drain that then the other and on the fill switch back again.
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