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Wondering if anyone has recently ordered a new Genright EXT Tank/Skid and attempted to install it?

I ordered one thru David at Northridge and got it in Thursday. Upon inspection, I noticed the axle side brackets were not the same as the factory mounts and/or my Rokmen skid. Additionally, the instructions state and pics indicate using the 7 factory nuts to bolt it up. So apparently there's been a change . I started the install after measuring carefully and making sure the width of the skid matched perfectly to the inside frame measurements, and double checking the box and sticker on the tank that say "03-04 TJ/LJ EXT Crawler". I assumed the bracket would mount to a factory, pre-drilled hole, which made sense as the kit came with two bolts & nuts, 4 washers and 2 spacers. Needless to say, there's no factory hole for a perfect fit. I guess it requires the installer to drill a hole thru the frame rails.

I tried contacting Genright and got their VM...leave a message...and I did. It was 4pm on Saturday and didn't expect a call.

I guess my question is, is this the new product and the instructions just haven't been updated or is it wrong? Is there any reason not to use it, considering I can get the holes drilled in the right spot?

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GenRight hasn't updated the instructions yet.

The new tanks are as you've described. On the rear bolts (4 of them) you re-use the factory bolts/washers. For the front side mounts, you have to drill a hole through the frame. This allows you to put the bolts through the frame, and tighten the tank in towards the frame.

The easiest way, is to get the tank exactly where you want it, and secure the rear 4 bolts/nuts. Once they are tight, jack up the front of the tank till its in a good location. Mark the inside of the frame where the mounting holes are. Once marked, remove the tank and start drilling.

A few things to watch for, depending on what body lift your running.

1) Make sure the fuel pump housing clears the body of the Jeep.
2) Make sure the EVAP/Fuel lines clear the body, and aren't pinched shut.
3) You want the tank as far back as possible... this will allow the most stretch.
4) The skid plate sits at an angle, so don't let that fool you into getting it level.
5) If you're going to install outboard shocks, have fun with the fuel filler. Its a PITA to work with.




Anyway, sounds like a NICE project!!!
 

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Thanks Phillip! Started to PM you or Chris but thought I'd post for everyone else to have reference to. Too bad I didn't ask before, then I wouldn't have to disconnect everything before dropping the tank to drill. Excited about Clayton. See you later this week!
 

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Phillip said:
If you're going to install outboard shocks, have fun with the fuel filler. Its a PITA to work with.



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How so?
 

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Phillip said:
GenRight hasn't updated the instructions yet.
By no means am I trying to start a hate thread, or hijack the topic, but I think it's relevant.

Why is it that manufacturers will go to great lengths to re-engineer parts, presumably in order to make improvements, and then continue to send out instructions that don't take the changes into consideration? We see folks do very involved install writeups on various boards on a daily basis, so I don't think it's unreasonable to expect a manufacturer to invest a couple hours updating the instructions. That's part of what they use to justify the cost to the customer, right? Research and development?
 

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Phillip said:
GenRight hasn't updated the instructions yet.
By no means am I trying to start a hate thread, or hijack the topic, but I think it's relevant.

Why is it that manufacturers will go to great lengths to re-engineer parts, presumably in order to make improvements, and then continue to send out instructions that don't take the changes into consideration? We see folks do very involved install write-ups on various boards on a daily basis, so I don't think it's unreasonable to expect a manufacturer to invest a couple hours updating the instructions. That's part of what they use to justify the cost to the customer, right? Research and development?
Very well stated! I ordered an incredibly well built product and overall I'm highly satisfied with it. However, it has left a bad taste in my mouth. The instructions, as well as the website, indicate nothing has changed. A simple, one page print out of the corrected instructions would have been nice. Not a full reprint, just a copy that supersedes that one section of the install.

To top it off, I never received a returned call today.
 

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I'll say this for Genright. They are a great bunch of guys and there is a reason you probably did not get a call back. I know they just moved into a huge facility and had some phone/email issues. :dhorse:

If you need any help with their stuff feel free to call me and I will do what I can. I just installed 2 of the tanks you are talking about.

Josh
 

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I have found that instructions with many of the boutique products I have purchased have been wanting for more.

My tank was no exception, neither were many of my other parts from many manufacturers.

This and many other areas are where some fab required and all jeep builds are different. It did not bother me at all.
 

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I had the same issue when I did my stretch. I was pissed when I lowered my tank and put the new one up. I had to mark and drill the holes, then weld the spacer in place. Then when I started working on the rear stretch/coilover mounts the hole was dead in the center of where the mount was supposed to be. So I got it done and it all worked out but its just another obstacle that I had to overcome. By no means am I bashing them B/C I love all of there products I have ran. The rockers were the same way. The install instructions do not cover all of the changes from pre 03 to 03 and newer. So I called them up, took pics, emailed them, and hopefully it helps fix them.
All in all there were no show stoppers just obstacles.............this is a common occurance when working on any vehicle in my experience. It happens all the time on my 67 VW too.
 
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