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    Default Safest petrol tank?

    Which petrol tank is safer in an accident, a metal tank, or a plastic tank?

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    I'd ask my local fire brigade guys, as they would have the most experience with disasterous situations like you are asking about.
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    neither...if given the choice id take a bladder in carbon. But out of those 2 AND aftermarket, i would choose plastic. - Chris

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    Plastic tanks don't rupture as easily, apparently. Metal ones split at the seams. I remember reading this when the first plastic tanks came out, as there were plenty of doubters.

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    i guess its six to one, half dozen the other.....

    a steel tank will tear open before it folds up, but a plastic tank will be affected greater by heat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jo proffi
    I'd ask my local fire brigade guys, as they would have the most experience with disasterous situations like you are asking about.
    Jo

    I must admit I'd never thought of that, I'll give them a ring.



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    a point of curiosity-in the 40-50's[i think] jaguar were disqualified for 10 years of racing for using a rubber petrol tank.it was used without permission and was deemed illegal by the scrutineering of the day.
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    Hey Baz, someone's pulling your leg. No one gets banned for ten years from any form of racing.


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    Tank placement is more important than type. Modern petrol tanks don't often split or detach in dreadful head on crashes. A 306 fuel tank survived a multiple roll over that ripped the wheels off. Fires come more from ruptured lines and electric pumps that keep on pumping. A 504/505 will burn if hit badly from the back. Don't see rear enders in the country. LPG gas tanks have an automatic shut off valve in accidents. Trucks are prone to fires because of the exposed tanks. It takes a lot of heat to set a petrol tank off, more for diesel.

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