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air compressor suggestions?

Discussion in 'Off-Roading & Trails' started by a.s., Apr 17, 2011.

  1. Apr 17, 2011 at 7:26 AM
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    a.s.

    a.s. [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Smmertime is coming and that means I'll be driving on the beach to do some fishing. My routine has been the same for a few years- deflate the tires to 15 PSI, hit the beach, then get back on the road and drive 8 miles to the nearest gas station to fill back up to 32 PSI. This has worked fine except for the fact that the gas station detour adds 40 minutes to my return trip home. I also don't feel safe driving on the highway with such low pressure and my 2 year old son in the truck.

    I'm looking for a cheap air compressor I can throw in the back of the truck to re-inflate my tires after I get off the sand. I don't mean those little crappy emergency tire inflators that take 30 minutes per tire. I'd like something quick that can get all 4 of my tires to 30 PSI.

    Can you help me determine which compressor would work best for this simple duty? I have an '07 Tacoma with the outlet in the rear cab.

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. Apr 17, 2011 at 8:17 AM
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    skytower

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    I've been wanting a Viair 400p, but after seeing the MV-50 in use yesterday I think its a good buy for the money. Just decide your intentions for it....like are you going 10-40psi on each tire, want to use it if you have to at home to air a tire, loan it out on the trail? Check the amp draw and duty cycle. 100% duty cycle is perfect, but the most expensive choice.

    Viair is about 180 for the 400p kit
    Smitty Built is about 80 for the MV-50 kit

    *edit check this link on that article, interesting...
     
  5. Apr 17, 2011 at 9:57 AM
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    maxamillion2345

    maxamillion2345 Go home if you don't like guns liquor and whores.

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  6. Apr 17, 2011 at 9:59 AM
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    achirdo

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    I've heard good things about the ARB air compressor. They are suppost to be able to run along time before they get too hot
     
  7. Apr 17, 2011 at 12:27 PM
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    bridaw

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    I bought the ExtremeAire 12 volt portable compressor about 6-7 years ago. I used it in my '99 Durango until I bought the Taco last year. It is just begging to be taken out of the tool box and mounted under the hood but until then it continues to serve just fine.

    It was in use again this last week on another Mojave/Sonoran desert trip. I use it to fill up our air mattresses as well as air up tires. It works so fast I don't dare walk away from the tire while airing up from 18 to 34 psi. It will overfill quickly if you aren't paying attention.

    It isn't cheap but it will last. Continuous duty cycle, 150psi max working pressure, 4 cfm free flow rate and it requires practically zero maintenance mounted in a solid box that protects the compressor and helps keep it clean. I've used it all these years in the desert and I still haven't had to clean the filter. It sits in the sun running the entire time while I air up all 4 and sometimes 8 tires. Toss it in the back of the truck and even toss gear on top with no worries. :)
     
  8. Apr 17, 2011 at 12:30 PM
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    maxamillion2345

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    Theres a new ARB compressor out, 100% duty cycle, just fyi.
     
  9. Apr 17, 2011 at 12:37 PM
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    sierrahsky

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    MINE! LOL

    I am going to be making some changes to my compressor set up in a few weeks and will probably switch and add a 2.5 gal tank to upgrade the one I have. THat thing sounds pretty awesome!
     
  10. Apr 17, 2011 at 12:38 PM
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    Check out Puma compressors. Not REALLY cheap (around $300 for complete setup including tank), but the best bang for the money by far. Essentailly the same compressor as Extremeair, and much less money...I love it, can do everything from air tools to simply airing up tires..quickly. Very high output (3.4 CFM), 100% dudty cycle, etc. Blows ARB, Viair, etc out of the water. Do some online searches (pirate, Ih8mud, etc), you will quickly see it is VERY highly rated and very few complaints. (its the hidden gem of the compressor world)


    1.5 gallon: http://cgi.ebay.com/PUMA-12-VOLT-1-...=310309608028&ps=63&clkid=8525295591768314899

    2.0 gallon: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=310309839048

    Here is my install: http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/2nd-gen-tacomas/132817-oba-install-05-tacoma.html#post2582777
     
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