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Old 02-08-2020, 09:27 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Is the low DEF tank really a problem offroad?

I take my current 2005 dually off road quite often for work. I'm often going over things that drag bottom, largely due to the long wheelbase and stock tires I guess. I'm looking at upgrading to a newer truck and that low handing DEF tank looks like it would get knocked off very quickly.
For those that take non-lifted long wheelbase trucks off road what's your experience with hitting the DEF tank? Is this really a concern? Can it be moved easily? Or, maybe I should just get rid of it entirely. Yes, I know that's a whole 'nother subject.

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If you’re talking about a 2020 they moved the tank.

For 2011-2019 trucks, no, it’s not a problem. I literally have tried to hit my tank while off roading and I couldn’t do it. The guys that say it’s a problem are the same guys that have to lift their truck so they can clear their driveway approach into their asphalt townhouse driveway. . . . . .

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Thanks. I knew they moved it on the 2020s but I still am also looking at good deals on new 2019 and even 2018 trucks. There's still some dealers with new ones sitting around I hope to get a good deal on.
I take my truck into some fairly off road situations and it's a stock dually. I don't want to lift it because that makes it even harder to access my upper tool bins on the utility body.
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I take my current 2005 dually off road quite often for work. I'm often going over things that drag bottom, largely due to the long wheelbase and stock tires I guess. I'm looking at upgrading to a newer truck and that low handing DEF tank looks like it would get knocked off very quickly.
For those that take non-lifted long wheelbase trucks off road what's your experience with hitting the DEF tank? Is this really a concern? Can it be moved easily? Or, maybe I should just get rid of it entirely. Yes, I know that's a whole 'nother subject.
If you typically just drag the center because of length, you’ll be fine as the tank is close to the front wheel.
Everyone’s idea of off-roading seems to be different so look under your truck and see if that area is banged up.
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Google (DEF ‎tank Images for Duramax 2017-2019 DEF tank shield)
Some on here might say it’s not a problem but if you search it is.
There are hundreds of manufacturers that make them and all different price ranges. Just one.
https://cstsuspension.com/shop/skid-...ack-with-logo/

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