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Old 10-01-2000, 05:04 PM   #1
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Post has anyone noticed...

i dontknow just think week, i noticed this..kind of odd, tho never really thought about it but...

the gas tank and muffler are always(?) on the oposite side of each other? i dont know but ive noticed that lately. can anyone actually explain why this is?

well thanx, prolly means nothing and old news to lot of you...
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Old 10-01-2000, 05:14 PM   #2
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if you spill hot gas on your exhaust your gonna have some MAJOR problems.
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Old 10-01-2000, 05:49 PM   #3
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yeah.. But what about cars that have twin muffer pipes..

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Old 10-01-2000, 07:25 PM   #4
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yeah...YEAH! what richard said

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Old 10-01-2000, 07:55 PM   #5
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I guess that would mean that the gas tank is BETWEEN the two exhaust pipes

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Old 10-02-2000, 03:28 PM   #6
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Another reason is the exhaust is usually one of the last things to get designed, as it is easier to bend it around stuff than to move that stuff under the car.

So, the exhaust would rarely be run past or underneath the gas tank.
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Old 10-02-2000, 03:41 PM   #7
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What about cars with twin tanks and twin mufflers ?

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Old 10-02-2000, 04:13 PM   #8
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what about cars with no muffler? Where do they put the gas tank then? Or cars with no gas tank, do they just have a huge muffler?

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Old 10-02-2000, 11:53 PM   #9
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Okay, that's just messed up.

About 2 or 3 days ago, that EXACT same thought went through my head!!!

I figured it was for saftey reasons during accidents--not wanting the gas near the hot exhaust.

I too wondered about the dual exhaust thing.
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Old 10-03-2000, 10:13 AM   #10
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The delivery truck I drove back when I was in school had the gas filler directly over the exhaust tip. On every fill-up, gasoline was spilt directly on the hot exhaust pipe. Luckily, either the tip wasn't hot enough or the gas wasn't vaporized enough to blow me up.
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Old 10-03-2000, 10:17 AM   #11
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i'd guess the safety thing is probly considered when they're designing that. belive me...gasoline falling on a hot muffler CAN ignite. FIRE BAAAAAAAAD!!!!!!
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Old 10-03-2000, 10:55 AM   #12
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Lets see how much help I can be,

The reason is so that gas will not spill on exhaust - CORRECT.

Dual pipes? Dual tank? They have a shield over the exhaust. Or in that area so spillage will not get on the pipe. (Well stock ones do, ie. Jags)

the shields cost money, so, car companies just put the filler on the opposite side of the exhaust pipe.

Also, Shadrach has a point.
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Old 10-03-2000, 11:02 AM   #13
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At almost $2/gal., I make sure EVERY drop gets in that damned tank... even if I have to tap the nozzle for a while. :/
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