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Re: Alternative fuel pump mounting location?
I had a ton of trouble with my in-tank pump (89 YJ 4 cyd./OEM TBI). The OEM's are no longer available and the Chrysler dealer said they are not making a replacement. The NAPA/Carter pumps didn't hold up. I drained and cleaned the tank and replaced the fuel filter several times (usually with each replacement pump) and still went through five replacement pumps. I opted for the E-2000 and it has already outlasted all five of the NAPA/Carter pumps combined.
I mounted it on the brace that runs across the driver's side of the tank. I have about six inches of fuel hose, an in-line filter, ten inches of hose straight into the pump. It is positioned about in the middle of the tank. Something would have to wipe out the bottom half of the fuel tank to snag the pump so it is pretty safe where it is. I did put a piece of hose over the fuel line where it passes by the seam of the tank to protect it from wearing through. Rather than risk drilling or screwing into the tank. I simply "clamped" the pump to the strap. First, with wire ties, to test the fit, then with screw type hose clamps.
I don't think you CJ has the same brace down the side if the tank but yes, havining it close to the tank and mounted low has seemed to work well for me.