Titan Fuel Tank Replacement
Story and photos by Dean Washington
If you own a Chevy pickup equipped with the Duramax diesel engine, your one complaint may be that it seems like every time you turn around, you’re having to stop for fuel. This is amplified when you are on a road trip and especially when you are towing your favourite toy behind you. At first, you would think that your truck must get the worst fuel economy on the planet, but then you realize that your tank is the real culprit in that its capacity is ridiculously small for a vehicle and engine of this size.
That is exactly how Mike Pennington felt soon after he purchased his 2008 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 with the 6.6L diesel. Mike was averaging less than 450 kilometres per tank, so he began researching how he could improve on his mileage. He found several options that could achieve modest gains, but he uses his truck primarily for towing his 27 foot travel trailer so they real didn’t address the real problem.
Then one day, Pennington came across an ad in this very publication that advertised replacement fuel tanks that replaced the standard 98-litre (25.6 gallon) tank with one that had a capacity of 196 litres (52 gallons). Needless to say, he quickly determined that this was the solution to his dilemma. He checked their site (www.titanfueltanks.com) to confirm that this was indeed what he was looking for, and then found a local dealer near him that carried and installed the product. He then decided he would give us a call to thank us for producing the magazine that helped to solve his problem. We immediately asked if we could tag along when he got the work done, as it would make for a great tech piece for the magazine. He agreed.
So it was off to Custom Truck Parts in Surrey, B.C. where installer (and former UFC fighter) Chuck “Wolverine” Terry guided us through the fairly simple installation process. Now this is something that can be installed in your own garage, but as Terry points out, “In the shop you are looking at about three hours labour and if you do it at home, it could be the better part of a day...if you have all the tools.”
The installation did take three hours and Pennington couldn’t be happier, as he now enjoys over 1,100 kilometres per tank compared to the dismal 450 kilometres he experienced in the past.