Well I ended up going with the filter relocation.
It's up under the hood now. About 16' of 1/2" heater hose and few clamps and fittings did the trick.
Ran the hose above the frame until the point the body was too close and then along with the fuel lines.

Should have done that a long time ago. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/rolleyes.gif" alt="" />

2001 Kia Sportage
Warn manual hubs, 2" spacer up front, TJ 105 springs Rav4 shocks, 235/75/15 BFG A/T KOs, Skidplate back to under the T-case, trans cooler, XRC8 winch on custom bumper, Synth winch line, fuel can mount, Rigid D2 Dually overhead lights.