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Old 03-13-2011, 01:39 PM
20StickyThorn12 20StickyThorn12 is offline
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Default Duel gas tank on a ranger

My '85 ranger has duel fuel tanks done factory. Is this common or no?I myself have not come across any others with duel tanks.
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Old 03-13-2011, 02:16 PM
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mine is but my gage is not workn for the back tank, I got to fix that soon. O and do you have a hitch?? I want one but I dont know how to do it with the rear tank...
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Old 03-13-2011, 02:32 PM
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I have only seen 2-4 with dual tanks. They stopped that after the 80's
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Old 03-13-2011, 03:19 PM
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just put a cell in the bed
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Old 03-13-2011, 04:03 PM
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Default Re: Duel gas tank on a ranger

Thanks for the replies guys. Any ?s about my truck just ask. I just have a bumper hitch that's all and the gauge for my rear tank don't work either. I as well need tHat fixed
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Old 03-13-2011, 04:05 PM
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ook thanks!
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Old 03-13-2011, 04:24 PM
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Default Re: Duel gas tank on a ranger

I agree with Mykhael, dual tanks weren't available on a Ranger after 92 at the latest. Definitely an 80's thing.
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Old 03-13-2011, 08:14 PM
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Got dual tanks on mine
and my rear tank sending unit is shot to! Gauge works fine for the front but the rear is always "empty" .
Time to replace the sender so I went to the junkyard and actually found a dual-tank ranger with the bed off (made it easy to get the whole in-tank setup)

I've seen a fair amount of the dual-tank setups out here, probably a dozen and I've only owner a ranger for 2mo.
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Old 03-14-2011, 09:01 AM
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Hey, i appreciate the advice, so it could be the sending unit?
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Old 03-20-2011, 08:21 AM
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Hey, i appreciate the advice, so it could be the sending unit?
It could very well be the sending unit in the tank, and the float being bent/broken/stuck. I've seen it happen on every make/model.

I got lucky, I went to drop my tank yesterday and noticed after it was loosened up that there were 2 electrical stud/connecters sticking out of the tank (the ONLY electrical connection on a carb'd tank), and there we're no wires! I traced the wiring harness and all the way back ath the firewall found the black/yellow and black wire that were cut. I soldered in 2 new connectors and filled her up and watched my gauge go up

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Old 03-20-2011, 08:36 AM
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Default Re: Duel gas tank on a ranger

I believe they stopped doing the dual tanks in 88.
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Old 03-20-2011, 11:14 AM
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Man oh man that is to bad i would love to have dual tanks in my 98. Would mean alot less stopping for gas but fill ups would kill me lol.
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Old 03-20-2011, 12:03 PM
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Default Re: Duel gas tank on a ranger

What's the fuel capacity of each tank?
Location of the 2nd tank?
Is tank 2 only feeding tank 1 or to the engine as well?
How is the switching done between tanks?
Think it would be possible to add it to a new Ranger?

I'd love to be going 1000km's between fills for that I'd need about another 10-14 gal over my stock tank
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Old 03-22-2011, 07:16 AM
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What's the fuel capacity of each tank?
Location of the 2nd tank?
Is tank 2 only feeding tank 1 or to the engine as well?
How is the switching done between tanks?
Think it would be possible to add it to a new Ranger?

I'd love to be going 1000km's between fills for that I'd need about another 10-14 gal over my stock tank
Front tank is 17Gallons
Rear tank is 13.5 ( when TOTALLY dry, 12.75 when "empty")

Dashboard throw switch to go from tank -to tank. There's a solenoid under the truck that physically swaps the line.
Mine is carberated, this makes it a fair amount easier as there is 0 pressure in the tank. For an EFI system your best bet is to get a whole tank with everything in the tank (pump/pickuip/sending unit etc) from something else and fit it in there.


My rear tank is located between the frame rails where a factory spare tire would go under the rear end. YES you can still have a trailer hitch in there ( no difference).
I litterally drive on the rear tank first until the truck starts slowing down, then throw the switch and let the front tank pick it up.

I go about 600mi between fill ups in town. or about 800mi on the highway.


Possible to add to your truck? TOTALLY! It's easy.

Grab a chiltons and look at the wiring diagram for the old dual tank system(probably page 6-28->6-33, it's a piece of cake to wire it in (easier than a head unit swap). The hardest part will be physically mounting the tank and making it bolt in and fit and clearance everything well.


I live/drive in very rural areas often where I'm 80-100mi to ANY filling station, so I'm actually looking at getting a Bronco II 23 gallon tank (sits between the frame rails too) and trying to swap my rear 13 gallon out for that one so I could hold a combined 40gallons, go 1000mi without stops!

Who knows. If I moved the exhaust from the passenger side a little more towards the driveshaft I could probably fit another factory 17 gallon on the passenger side .
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Old 03-22-2011, 09:24 AM
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Front tank is 17Gallons
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My rear tank is located between the frame rails where a factory spare tire would go under the rear end. YES you can still have a trailer hitch in there ( no difference).
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Thanks for all the info much appreciated.

Do you still have a spare tire? Where is it?
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