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Air compressor recommendation

Discussion in 'Off-Roading & Trails' started by Madjik_Man, Feb 27, 2011.

  1. Feb 27, 2011 at 2:17 PM
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    Madjik_Man

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    I would like something simple and effective to air down and air up tires for rocky trails.

    It doesn't have to be hardwired or mounted in the truck anywhere.

    If they're effective, something to just plug into the 12V cig outlet would be fine by me.

    Thanks
     
  2. Feb 27, 2011 at 2:29 PM
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    malander

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    Sharper image used to have a compressor that plugged into the 12v, don't know about effectiveness but may wanna check their site.
     
  3. Feb 27, 2011 at 2:31 PM
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    MV-50 are alright. But I would go with a Viair compressor. They are pretty expensive, but you get what you pay for.
     
  4. Feb 27, 2011 at 2:53 PM
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    Which Viair?

    I see some models that are very affordable.
     
  5. Feb 27, 2011 at 2:56 PM
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    I have the 350C, but I have a tank and this compressor is ment for use paired with a tank. Look at the fill times and see how much money you want to spend and how long you want to wait for your tires to be filled.
     
  6. Feb 27, 2011 at 2:59 PM
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    DWreck

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    I have the ARB and it's fine for me. I have it hardwired on the passenger fender under Hood. It gets flippin hot sometimes tho.
     
  7. Feb 27, 2011 at 2:59 PM
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    I just looked at their portable "off-road" compressors (the on-road would be too small of a compressor) and looks like the smallest one I would say to get is the 300p.

    EDIT: the on-road compressors are for a totally different application.
     
  8. Feb 27, 2011 at 3:05 PM
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    $150 is very palatable.

    Fill times seem reasonable... but then again I don't have much experience with these things
     
  9. Feb 27, 2011 at 3:15 PM
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    The first compressor I bought was the Slime HD. It cost me $60 and down in cali elevation it did alright filling from 20-30psi with 265/70/16 tires, took about 20 mins (at this time I didn't the tank setup). But up at 8,000 feet (where I went offroading) it took 45mins to fil 255/85/16 tires for 15 to 35psi:eek:. And I had the air conditioner blowing on it to keep it from overheating (I had it infront of the passenger seat, because of my OBA system).

    My brother has the MV-50 and it does fine with 33x12.5 R15s tires going from 15 to 25 psi. It gets hot but its located in the engine bay (on his jeep), just it will over heat on a summer day (90+).

    After a trail run back in cali I used my Viair to air up both mine and my brothers tires and the compressor got warm. And it probably only took us 20-25 mins to fill up both vehicles.

    This coming summer I'm going to do a dual compressor set up (buying another Viair 350C). Its gonna be sweet!
     
  10. Feb 27, 2011 at 3:16 PM
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    Thanks for the insight/info.
     
  11. Feb 27, 2011 at 3:20 PM
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    No problem.

    And I just saw that you are in Denver. I believe the Fill time tests on Viair's website are done at sea level, so it will take longer to fill then advertised (due to higher elevation). Good luck at picking.
     
  12. Feb 27, 2011 at 8:32 PM
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    I currently have the Viair 90P (I just ordered a Puma compressor/tank to replace my 90P though), I could fill my 265s no problem in the heat from about 15-30 psi. I've only filled the 285s (15-40psi) in 40 and below temps and it takes about 30 minutes. Looking at the viair website the specs are different than what my 90P says. It says it will run @72* for 30 mins before the thermal unit will cut it off.

    I would suggest it for 31/32s and if you see only an occasional use but you may want something slightly larger. The 300P although slightly more expensive would probably be the way to go if you don't mind spending the extra money. I'd still suggest the 90P as a cheap/reliable compressor though and I've had great luck with it, just a little slow and I think with the 33s it won't do well in 100* NV summers.

    Another option is the MV50 or MV90.

    The MV50s have a cult following and everything I've read about the MV90s suggests they live up to the MV50s reputation. Both the MV50 and the MV90 have a 100% duty cycle, which is nice.
     
  13. Feb 27, 2011 at 10:34 PM
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    The only ones I've seen with 100% duty cycle are the 450P 450H 350C 450C and 460C those are all quite pricey.
     
  14. Feb 27, 2011 at 11:30 PM
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    Harbor Freight has a very fast air pump that clips onto the battery for around $50 (on sale frequently)...

    I can add 6 psi per minute with it... that's 12 psi to 30 psi in 3 minutes for those of you in Rio Linda. :D

    The cigarette lighter air pumps add only 2 psi per minute... taking 3 times longer.

    [​IMG]
     
  15. Feb 27, 2011 at 11:50 PM
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    I had someone with a mv50 help me this weekend I managed to debeed my tire and it took a while for it to air my tire up but it sealed the beed for my 33. So now im in the market for a compressor as well.
     
  16. Feb 28, 2011 at 12:24 AM
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    Ive been on reno4x4. Ive gone out with them on a few trail runs. Nice finding new trails.
    Lets go wheel sometime Im out almost every weekend

    Im going to look into the mv90.
     
  18. Feb 28, 2011 at 1:52 AM
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    MV-50 is great. Tons of guys run them. Some guys have even mounted them in the engine compartment. At $60 on Amazon.com, it's a no brainer. I actually originally bought a Viair 300P and returned it. The bag it came in had a bad zipper and the insulation on the wires was split open exposing the copper. :( Shouldn't have seen that on a $150 unit.

    Of course I also carry one of these as a backup ...

    [​IMG]
     
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    Where do you have it all mounted?
     
  20. Mar 1, 2011 at 1:24 AM
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    Good to know! Got the same kit. Sure is gonna be nicer than 10-15 per tire from my portable compresser.
     
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