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post #1 of 14 Old 01-25-2011, 11:11 AM Thread Starter
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write-up: Fuel can install without a tire carrier

PROBLEM: tire carriers that allow for fuel can storage screw up my departure angles and visibility on the trails I like to run, but 40" tires eat up gas like crazy. I don't want to store gas inside the jeep, but also don't want a big Jerry can hanging somewhere outside the Jeep.

SOLUTION: RotopaX makes very nice low-profile cans that can be mounted almost anywhere with a little creativity. I looked at various mounting locations and found that the tailgate hinges offer a perfect location.

THE PROTOTYPE: I cut two 3" pieces of 1.5" C-Channel, and one 12"x6" aluminum plate. I drilled holes on the channels to attach to the inside hinge bolts, with the channel opening facing down so you can fit a box wrench in there to tighten the bolts. I then positioned the aluminum plate over the channel pieces, and drilled holes to bolt the plate on. Finally, I centered the Rotopax gas can over the aluminum plate so it did not interfere with the lights, license plate, or operation of the tailgate and marked the center hole with a pencil. I then centered the Rotopax mount over the pencil mark, drilled and bolted that to the aluminum plate. Please keep in mind that this is just a rough prototype that I threw together in about an hour to see if my idea would work. I will be fabricating and welding together something better as I have the time (between about 100 other unfinished projects). The entire mount can be installed/removed with 2 bolts in about 3 minutes.

This picture shows the C-channel and aluminum plate mounted to the tailgate. The mount looks tilted because the Jeep is parked on an incline in my driveway, but it sits perfectly parallel with the tailgate.
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In this picture, you can see how I bolted the RotopaX mount to the aluminum plate after centering the fuel can on the mount.
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As you can see, the can does not obstruct the lights, license plate, or view through the rear window.
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Close up of RotopaX installed. Mount is very sturdy and solid. you can grab the mounted can and shake the entire Jeep without any movement of the can.
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The thin profile of the RotopaX keeps everything close and does not interfere with departure angle.
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The can does not interfere with the operation of the tailgate at all.
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very very cool!

how many gallons is the jug?

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That is cool. You should have the mods move this to the write up section and add it to the directory.

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very very cool!
how many gallons is the jug?
Thats the 2-gal. I also have the 3-gal and it fits the same. With the roto mounts, you can also double stack two 2-gal cans.

All I really need is a little 2-3 gal reserve to give me a little extra security for those close calls. my main priority is to keep it tight and sturdy.
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Nice.... turned out great DD.

Where I was showing you were I keep mine... you could still do some of those longer Rotopax "cans" there for other liquids... water or more apt for the IOR club requirements, booze.
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Where I was showing you were I keep mine... you could still do some of those longer Rotopax "cans" there for other liquids
Yep, I was looking at that after you mentioned it. I can interlock two 2-gal sized cans and mount them to the inside of the tailgate and still clear my 40" spare tire. Im thinking of the water and storage Rotopax for inside the Jeep.

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Great writeup! Did you mount each c channel with 1 or 2 bolts each?

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Great writeup! Did you mount each c channel with 1 or 2 bolts each?
Just one bolt from each hinge. I used the inside bolt (bolt toward the center of the tailgate).

I suppose you could just as easily use both hinge bolts, but I didn't feel it was necessary and would make the mount look odd because the rotopax has to be oriented more toward the center of the tailgate.

When I get around to making a final version, I think I am going to use 1" channel to suck the mount up closer to the tailgate. This should still provide enough room to get a wrench in from the bottom of the channel to install/remove the mount.
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That is cool. You should have the mods move this to the write up section and add it to the directory.
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Yep, I was looking at that after you mentioned it. I can interlock two 2-gal sized cans and mount them to the inside of the tailgate and still clear my 40" spare tire. Im thinking of the water and storage Rotopax for inside the Jeep.

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Very cool! I like it


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Hello, this is exactly what i need, do you sell this?
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