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Air compressor

Discussion in 'Off-Roading & Trails' started by Cnasianfire, Feb 26, 2018.

  1. Feb 26, 2018 at 11:13 AM
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    What air compressor do you use and how much money did it cost? Looking to be able to inflate back up after beach trips, but really don't want to spend a lot if I don't have too since I do this like 6 times a year.
     
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    I have 33s too and go down to 15 and pump up back to 34. This is great to know that it works. Thanks guys!
     
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  6. Feb 28, 2018 at 9:44 AM
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    Mainly what you are buying with the more expensive compressors is speed, so if you don't mind waiting a bit, you can do it with a fairly cheap compressor. The 88P posted above seems like a great compressor, and VIAIR is one of the more respected brands out there. I wouldn't hesitate to jump on that one.

    If you want to be all fancy-pants, you get yourself an on-board air system. VIAIR has "kits" for $200 (and up) with an air tank, compressor, most plumbing pieces, etc... I'm considering going this route 1) "because I can", 2) so I can run basic air tools, inflate tires faster and 3) get a train horn and annoy the neighbors. :D
     
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  7. Feb 28, 2018 at 1:58 PM
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    You can also go the co2 route. I have a 5lb tank, and it will inflate my jeeps 35" tires from 8psi to 30psi several times. When you run out though... you're out. The above compressor works well. I know several who use it.
     
  8. Mar 21, 2018 at 7:19 PM
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    I picked up a Viair 88P a couple weeks back. I've only used it twice thus far, but it does the job appropriately on my stock tires (31"). As others have mentioned, its not as quick as more expensive options, but I'm alright with waiting a couple of minutes per tire. It will get HOT (enough that it burned me slightly with a quick touch) after the first two tires, so be careful about not touching the piston end when you're moving it around and putting it back in the truck. The two times I've used it so far, I just stood it up in the rear seat foot well after using it and packed it away later after it cooled down, though I want to come up with a better solution to that problem.
     
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  9. Mar 22, 2018 at 3:53 AM
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    I need something that can air up from 15 to 32 in like 2 or 3 mins per tire. I guess I could put it in the bed for the hot issue
     
  10. Mar 23, 2018 at 7:57 AM
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    I've had this for a couple of years and think it would meet your performance requirement http://www.lowrangeoffroad.com/superflow-mv-90-mega-air-compressor-mv90.html These guys look to have a pretty decent price but you might find better with a bit of searching.

    Whatever you end up with, make sure you check the 'duty cycle' and CFM specs. Even the CFM can be misleading from one mfr to another - look for the psi rating at that flow. Max psi is meaningless in our applications. Don't waste your time on anything that doesn't hook directly to your battery. The cigarette lighter types will work but you'll probably have to let them cool down between tires.

    Get you a good plug kit too and make sure you know how to use it.
     
  11. Apr 3, 2018 at 4:06 PM
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    The Viair 400P will fill a 33" from 15-30 in just over 2 minutes while drawing a max of 27 amps (less strain on the alternator than the superflow model posted above), but it's ~$20 more expensive, too...

    I said earlier I'm considering the Viair OBA route, but honestly, a good portable pump (likely the 400P) will be fine, unless you want to run air tools, lol.

    I picked up a 5 gallon air tank from harbor freight the other day for $30, too. It was so cheap, I couldn't pass it up.

    So I plan to run some tests with the tank and compressor combo, and see how well the 5 gallon/125psi tank works. If I needed to, I could use the compressor (150 max pressure) to refill tank, or just use the compressor to fill the tires directly...

    Very good points. Most decent pumps have about a 33% duty cycle, which is generally plenty to inflate a tire, might need to let it sit for a minute or two between tires to be safe, though.

    The compressors that hook to your cig lighter are a joke. My sister in law gave me one of those Slime compressors several years ago. I recently hooked it up to my tire to see how long it goes from 15psi to 30 (265/75r16 tire). Over 7 minutes for ONE tire, and manual says to not let it run for more than 8 at a time...
     
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    I bought a Viair 400p automatic for $143 last month.
     
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    where?
     
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    400P @ $139.96 and free shipping on Amazon from 4Wheel Drive Hardware. Don’t know about sales tax. Viair makes a good compressor. I think the MV90 may have a slightly better duty cycle - my manual says forty minutes continuous at 45 psi then forty minutes off. I can’t find an apples to apples CFM spec to compare the two but suspect they’re fairly similar.

    There may be a 12V compressor in this price range capable of running air tools but, even with a tank, I have doubts. My TJ has a York driven OBA system that will easily put out 2.5 CFM @90 psi but that’s a whole different animal.
     
  15. Apr 3, 2018 at 5:37 PM
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    Been investigating the viair compressors. Can anybody tell me the pros and cons/differences between the 88p and 300p?
     
  17. Apr 3, 2018 at 5:44 PM
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    About 212P......simple math really.
     
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  19. Apr 3, 2018 at 5:57 PM
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    Haha! Thanks but what does that extra p get me?
     
  20. Apr 3, 2018 at 6:03 PM
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    Kidding aside, if you look at their website it's basically about your tire size and duty cycle (how long it can run continuously before it needs a rest). Depends on your needs. I wasn't planning on getting the one I did but I found a great deal on it so I pulled the trigger.
     

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