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Removing Gas Tank on '96 SSLX


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So, I'm trying to install my new (to me) manual wedge, and I've been fighting getting the fuel tank out of my 1996 Sunsetter LX. It has the lift-up rear seatback so it needs to slide laterally one direction or the other, then slide one corner forward to get it out. Problem is, I'm being held up from sliding to either side enough to get a corner free. It's looking like my last option is to drop the rudder from the boat to stop the interference in that direction. The other direction is being held up by an air hose duct going down into the hull on the starboard side. The plastic flange going down into the hull does not appear to be removable, although I can obviously pull the duct out of the plastic piece. I also can't lift the tank more than about 1" due to the converging nature of the fuel tank area as you go upward.

Before I drop the rudder, does anyone have any ideas or other comments?

Thanks Crew!

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So, I'm trying to install my new (to me) manual wedge, and I've been fighting getting the fuel tank out of my 1996 Sunsetter LX. It has the lift-up rear seatback so it needs to slide laterally one direction or the other, then slide one corner forward to get it out. Problem is, I'm being held up from sliding to either side enough to get a corner free. It's looking like my last option is to drop the rudder from the boat to stop the interference in that direction. The other direction is being held up by an air hose duct going down into the hull on the starboard side. The plastic flange going down into the hull does not appear to be removable, although I can obviously pull the duct out of the plastic piece. I also can't lift the tank more than about 1" due to the converging nature of the fuel tank area as you go upward.

Before I drop the rudder, does anyone have any ideas or other comments?

Thanks Crew!

Try the reach around. Pull up on the back side of the tank while pushing tank toward the stern to get it on a slight angle, then try to slide

to the right.

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Well I did find a solution that saved me from dropping the rudder. The plastic hose flange going down into the hull on the starboard side actually has 2 hidden screws that screw it to the transom that were just difficult to find with the fuel tank in the way. Once I removed those 2 screws and moved the flange out of the way, the tank was a piece of cake to get out of there. ;)

Whew, now on to getting the wedge mounted up! Thanks for the reply - it's great to have people that are trying to help each other out!

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Well I did find a solution that saved me from dropping the rudder. The plastic hose flange going down into the hull on the starboard side actually has 2 hidden screws that screw it to the transom that were just difficult to find with the fuel tank in the way. Once I removed those 2 screws and moved the flange out of the way, the tank was a piece of cake to get out of there. ;)

Whew, now on to getting the wedge mounted up! Thanks for the reply - it's great to have people that are trying to help each other out!

So the wedge will be installed this weekend :whistle:

Glad to hear you had results removing the tank.

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So the wedge will be installed this weekend :whistle:

Glad to hear you had results removing the tank.

Yes, the wedge has been scheduled for install "this weekend" for about 2 months now... Between moving, life, and weather, it just hasn't happened. This weekend isn't looking good either on 2 of those fronts.

On the plus side, it's ready to go! Here's what it looks like inside the transom area of a SSLX. You can see the hose duct on the left hand side of the picture where it screws onto the transom.

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