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Re: Browne Davis Long Range Fuel Tanks

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Dan Grec used something like that on his Jeep that he drove all the way around Africa (www.theroadchoseme.com).

But I am not a fan of the concept. It adds a lot of extra load to the rear suspension, and the rear spring perches is one of the few known weak points on the Patrol. Keep in mind that this is more than 1m behind the rear axle, and that constitutes more than 30% of the wheelbase...

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I have an "Exel" long range tank supplied by Northern offroad.

Its been in for many years & I can report only good things... no leaks, rattles or noises from it.
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Peter Connan wrote:
23 Sep 2020 13:25
Dan Grec used something like that on his Jeep that he drove all the way around Africa (www.theroadchoseme.com).
O wow, he's done some epic trips!
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JohnBoyZA wrote:
24 Sep 2020 05:01
Peter Connan wrote:
23 Sep 2020 13:25
Dan Grec used something like that on his Jeep that he drove all the way around Africa (www.theroadchoseme.com).
O wow, he's done some epic trips!
For sure.
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hugejp wrote:
23 Sep 2020 13:44
I have an "Exel" long range tank supplied by Northern offroad.

Its been in for many years & I can report only good things... no leaks, rattles or noises from it.
Just an extra comment...

I had another long range tank installed before this one, that never leaked, but did rattle & would also make a noise like a GONG at any random hour once the fuel expanded or cantracted once parked for long enough (great at 3am in camp :rolling:), this was most likely a baffle plate that had broken loose.

When sat next to each other the only marked difference was that the new one had an "exel" badge welded onto it & also had a drain plug. So the previous one looked to be a noname brand.
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@Kirbster
I have also fitted the BrowneDavis lager Aux tank and followed the instructions regarding extending the float arm by 50mm. My aux fuel guage also does not reflect what is in the tank. Filled it the first time with 40Lt but the guage only showed just over I/4. Transfer of fuel also continued well past the empty mark on the guage.

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Chukkie wrote:
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@Kirbster
I have also fitted the BrowneDavis lager Aux tank and followed the instructions regarding extending the float arm by 50mm. My aux fuel guage also does not reflect what is in the tank. Filled it the first time with 40Lt but the guage only showed just over I/4. Transfer of fuel also continued well past the empty mark on the guage.

Did you manage to check your system for a possible solution?
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Yes I too had the problem with my fuel gauge on the aux tank not indicating the correct fuel level when it was full. The needle would sit about 2mm to the left of the half-way mark.

I took the Troll back to R&D and they made some adjustments by rotating the fuel pump (clockwise or counter clockwise?) and that improved the full reading a bit and the needle then went to 2 - 3mm to the right of the half-way mark.

I do recall that in the beginning the transfer pump didn't switch off automatically when the tank was empty, but that hasn't happened since they rotated the fuel pump. I'm however not sure if this was the actual problem because I noticed that if I filled the aux tank completely and then pumped the entire load across to the main tank then it switched off automatically before they rotated the aux pump. If I pumped a smaller quantity across then it wouldn't switch off automatically every time. That being said, I have noticed that I not had this problem for a for a very long time since the aux pump was rotated.

Long story short, it's possible that the extended arm is getting suck against one of the baffles inside the tank when it is empty?
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Thanks for the info. I will check the float travel and and position of the top cover.
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Just out of interest, I was at Northern Off-Road in Strijdom Park yesterday.

Northern Off-Road made their name doing Long Range/Auxiliary fuel tanks.

I mentioned that Brown-Davis were now in SA.
The son said he had never heard of Brown-Davis.
The PA started doing a google search and confirmed I was right.
The father (& founder) came out and said "Yes, but the tanks are imported from Australia".

When I pointed out that a Brown-Davis tank can run you over R32k, he said, "That sounds right, it's in line with what we charge."






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Re: Browne Davis Long Range Fuel Tanks

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Yup, need to run a lot of long trips to make that sort of price tag worthwhile...
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