Congratulations! On carrying gas...
Posted by Last Chance Rand on February 08, 2002 at 00:59:04:
In Reply to: Fixing up the car for the desert posted by Lara on February 07, 2002 at 23:27:34:
There's no 100% safe way to carry gas. Mounting gas cans on the outside seems like common sense, but maybe inside they are a little more protected?
Regardless of how you choose to carry them, I believe the finest fuel can available are the "NATO" style. Given they are not used or defective, they are truly leakproof, even when upside down. I urge you to resist the cheap red Blitz style of gas can for their lack of a tight sealing cap.
If you do get a fuel can, don't forget to buy the matching spout -- every style of fuel can uses a different spout. AND, to complicate things, some spouts have nozzles that are too big for regular autos, so also make sure it fits in your Tracker's gas tank!
As an alternative to using pouring spouts, and also not having to hold and pour the fuel can, try a "Jiggler". It is a 6' length of clear poly tube with a special insert in one end that creates a siphon effect without the bad taste. It helps if you can elevate the fuel can above the Tracker's gas tank.
On another note, rather than a roof rack for a second spare tire, maybe try a set of really good offroad tires, like BFG's?