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Hey, everyone. So. I just installed some skid plates that are made specifically for the element. One was under the engine area and the other replaced the OEM bar around the gas tank. After installing, my gas gauge has not been the same. I normally get 300 miles on a tank driving highways and 200 driving cities, but now with the skid plates, my gas gauge is close to half of a tank when I have only driven about 60 miles. I think last time I got gas I only drove over 150 total and the gas tank light came on with about 4 bars above the bottom bar on the gauge. Any ideas? What is the device that monitors the gas gauge? Is it inside the tank? If the skid plate is very tight up on the tank, would that affect that gauge and throw it off? I still need to do a few more trips and more highway driving to really get an idea. Thanks all!
 

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is it possible that you pushed the tank up so high that the fuel line is crooked and no longer is vertical in the tank?
what happens if you drive another 60 miles, or another 120 miles?
(spare gas can recommended or stay close to gas stations or friends.)

i edited the above to replace the word i used to describe something out of position. it is also used to describe a male chicken. and apparently is also not allowed in this forum.
 

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It could be. I honestly really don't know how the fuel line and the gauge work together and where those mechanisms are located. Also, what was teh word you were using with the asterisk? did it start with a F? If so I hope the line is not busted.
 

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I think you just have a separate issue all together. I've had my skid plates on for a few weeks and I typically gas up every other day!! rofl
 

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No I am pretty sure it's the skid plates. I did not have this issue before putting them on. It's been the only change to the car. when I step on gas and let go the car feels like it's pulling back slightly.
 

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it attaches to the outside of the gas tank. Going into the bolts that the OEM bar that goes around the tank went into. GOnna check for damaged lines tomorrow, and never really saw any of those get hit or knocked, but you never know
 

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yes, I had to add a few spacers and longer screws to allow a few centimeters of clearance from the gas tank to the skid plate. It was just tight enough that the skid plate pushed the gas tank up and affected the sensors for the fuel gauge. All is well now.
 

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I know this is a year+ old post, but I'm curious about the skid plate idea. Are there any current conversations going on? Can anyone list some links for who sells them or where to find some? I'm thinking particularly about the gas tank and getting rid of the bar that bangs into twigs in the roadway! thanks!
 

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Hi there, been a while since I posted, glad to see how much valuable information is in here, please keep up the knowledge sharing on the E.

It happens the E is still running fine ... although I have a friend coming over tomorrow with a blowtorch for a whole day of fun trying to remove those seized rear strut bottom bolts (shoulda changed them before and not wait 170k to do it ...) that I've never got to move despite several attempts and few bottles of penetrating oil ...

Anyways, it appears it is also time for me to find a solution for my "gas tank guard" that apparently got some new encounters recently ... and is not "guarding" much anymore...

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I've been reading about these skid plates, will contact the "skid plate guy", those look cool, but can you guys recommend other aftermarket options?

I looked at getting an OEM part be shipped to France (where I relocated 14y ago with the E ...), but for the guard itself it's about 150$ and same for shipping ...., so looking for a cheaper solution.
Honda France can order it but can't give me a price estimate, so won't risk it ...

Also, do you know if a black-smith can bend this back (I suspect no, it will probably brake), or make a new one from my damaged one (I suspect yes, but probably at a high cost...).

Thanks for any hint.

Vince.
 

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The OEM guard is most likely steel tubing.
So your local fabricator/welder can definitely repair it (he may ask you to remove it first).
If you ask nicely, he might even build you a fuel tank skid.

Due to your location, this will probably be more affordable vs having one shipped.
 
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