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Old 04-16-2020, 12:45 PM   #1
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Rear Tank - Difference in Ride?

Maybe the Suspension forum is an odd place to ask this question, but for those who moved your tank out of the cab to the rear, did you notice a change in the way your truck handled?
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Old 04-16-2020, 08:00 PM   #2
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Re: Rear Tank - Difference in Ride?

I have the boyd welding tank in my 66 along with a host of other stuff done and the ride is good. Can't say the tank alone made it better but it does make the weight split better. Good springs, shocks. a lower stance and a long track bar all work to improve the handling.
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Old 04-17-2020, 10:05 AM   #3
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Re: Rear Tank - Difference in Ride?

Its probably hard to get a definitive answer as it will be somewhat subjective but moving the weight rearward and lower certainly makes sense.
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Old 04-17-2020, 10:23 AM   #4
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Re: Rear Tank - Difference in Ride?

I know, kind of a hard thing to confirm. I'm thinking it should help.
Should also help with rear traction.
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Old 04-21-2020, 04:08 PM   #5
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Re: Rear Tank - Difference in Ride?

Moving the weight rearward also can mess with ride height. A kid i did work for put a Blazer tank there, and a full tank was almost a inch lower then empty.

Other then that it seemed to help traction a fair bit too. Although we put a 4.3 in there for him. Since he rode 3" off the ground at the frame he could get in trouble quick even with the 6 gun.
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Yes, it felt better, lower center of gravity so less roll and better weight distribution.
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Its probably hard to get a definitive answer as it will be somewhat subjective but moving the weight rearward and lower certainly makes sense.
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Not only is it subjective, each truck will be different. Different spring rates, shocks, wheel base, tire sidewall height, & tank volume would all impact the ride.

If one wants to know for 'their' truck, put a similar amount of weight @ the end of the bed & burn a tank of gas for the best answer.

The weight can be 50# bags of mulch or whatever. Buy it @ Wally-World, keep the receipt, & return it on your way back from the testing. Estimate your required weight @ 7lbs per gallon of capacity (6.x per gal of fuel; the extra weight would be tank materials weight).
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Re: Rear Tank - Difference in Ride?

I'd agree it's subjective.
But my question was for those whose variables hadn't changed.
They moved the tank to the rear, what did they notice.
Good idea on throwing 50#'s in the rear of the bed.
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I'd agree it's subjective.
But my question was for those whose variables hadn't changed.
They moved the tank to the rear, what did they notice.
Good idea on throwing 50#'s in the rear of the bed.
My point was also maybe their set-up was already better or worse than yours. The results would only reflect what they had & how it was impacted.

Adding 3-4qty 50# bags is easy enough for someone to test their exact set-up to know what they think.
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Re: Rear Tank - Difference in Ride?

Yeah, I already have a tank I plan on putting in the rear. So my question was really general curiosity. And it's a good chance having the tank in the rear won't be enough to notice anyway. I'm just sitting around the house thinking of threads to start. 😷
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Yeah, I already have a tank I plan on putting in the rear. So my question was really general curiosity. And it's a good chance having the tank in the rear won't be enough to notice anyway. I'm just sitting around the house thinking of threads to start. 😷

No problem. Others will see the info so it might help their decision process.
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Re: Rear Tank - Difference in Ride?

Interesting question and one one in my head. My truck is stock height but have an ECE 23 Gallon stainless steel rear tank ( bought in 2003 for my other truck and never used it ) and one of their hidden hitches to mount as well and a Hellwig Rear Sway Bar to mount too. Future plans are to do a 2 1/2 Front Spindle Drop and a 4 inch Rear Spring drop with adjustable Trac-Bar and repositioned shocks which will level the truck out somewhat without the extra weigh of my rear accessories. Thanks for the idea of loading up the weigh in the box to see how far she drops with the extra weight cause I sure dont want the front of the truck higher than the rear when the gas tank is full. I'll take the sway bar and hitch to work and weigh them on the industrial scale, and I think the gas tank is sixty pounds empty but will take it too. I love how there is always ideas to pick up and things to learn when scrolling the different threads and posts.
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Interesting question and one one in my head. My truck is stock height but have an ECE 23 Gallon stainless steel rear tank ( bought in 2003 for my other truck and never used it ) and one of their hidden hitches to mount as well and a Hellwig Rear Sway Bar to mount too. Future plans are to do a 2 1/2 Front Spindle Drop and a 4 inch Rear Spring drop with adjustable Trac-Bar and repositioned shocks which will level the truck out somewhat without the extra weigh of my rear accessories. Thanks for the idea of loading up the weigh in the box to see how far she drops with the extra weight cause I sure dont want the front of the truck higher than the rear when the gas tank is full. I'll take the sway bar and hitch to work and weigh them on the industrial scale, and I think the gas tank is sixty pounds empty but will take it too. I love how there is always ideas to pick up and things to learn when scrolling the different threads and posts.
That's why we're here. When people share ideas, good things can happen.
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