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post #1 of (permalink) Old 02-02-2004, 12:23 PM
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Pics of my radiator/gas tank relocation project

I moved the radiator and gas tank to inside my tub to prevent damage from sticks and bushes. It uses an electric fan and a piece of 3/4" pressure treated plywood. The inside of the fan shroud is sealed, hopefully creating maximun air flow. I made an unistrut sub frame bolted to the tub where the rear seat was and then a wood frame to house the radiator and gas tank. Then I simply bolted the wood frame to the unistrut sub frame. In the future, I will make the entire assembly out of unistrut.




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post #2 of (permalink) Old 02-02-2004, 12:30 PM
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Re: Pics of my radiator/gas tank relocation project

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Re: Pics of my radiator/gas tank relocation project

even more pics
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Please don't forget something between you adn the rad.

I've seen more then one rad blow up or spring a leak right behind the driver like that.

ONe guy got the little leak.. and got some nasty burns..

the other guy got a full rupture.. and some how.. miraculously escaped without a scratch.
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Re: Pics of my radiator/gas tank relocation project

Before the it looks like something i'd do comments start flying I swear i'm not in florida and have never talked to this dude. I'll have you an A for effort but the execuation of this idea leaves a little be desired. I'm not a big fan of wood being used on a trail rig also having a ton of hot air blowning on to a gas tank isn't a good idea. I'd atleast cut a hole in the floor and drop the tank down as much as you can. Also do things right the first time re-doing booty fab sucks, that's why my tj is gone, it was a booty fab disaster. Think about these things before you do them.

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VERY true about the dangers of the radiator blowing. The finished project will include a "blast shield" made out of wood. Also the radiator hoses will be run inside the tub, encased in sealtight (flexable steel conduit with a thick PVC coating) run on an unistrut rack, supported every 2'. Once the radiator hose leaves the tub through the fire wall, the hose will no longer be encased in sealtight. The gas tank will have a hindged metal cover plate, with insulation on the bottom. The gas lines will also be run in the same fashion of the radiator hose and well as the battery cables. (The battery is in the back also)
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your project scares me. I've seen a lot of people move their rad into the back but the wood is scary.
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Any pics of other people's radiator relocation projects? I am open to suggestions.
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Re: Pics of my radiator/gas tank relocation project

I am not going to repeat what others have said about the execution of the mod, but I will ask Why?
Have you had a problem with sticks and radiators?
I know it is a little late, but wouldn't it be easier to weld something like this in front of the radiator to protect the fins?

It would protect the radiator fins and let you leave it in the stock location.
I would think that the extended hoses running back to the rear mount would be more susceptible to damage to you and the hoses than having the radiator in the front.
I can see why you would want to move the tank higher, but unless you run through a lot of very deep thick mud, I don't think it is necassary to risk yourself and lose all of you storage area to move the radiator.
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