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ARB Mini......Just Got It

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas' started by Snoyota, Jan 7, 2011.

  1. Snoyota

    Snoyota [OP] Well-Known Member

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    I just got the ARB mini compressor for christmas, I am planning on powering my rear locker once I get it. My question is if I get a tank can the compressor fill it with enough PSI so I can inflate my tires. All help is greatly appreciated
     
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    2.5 gallons at 150 psi isnt even enough for 1 tire flat to 35 psi, 33s
     
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    colinb17 If at first you don't succeed, don't try skydiving

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    I believe vair makes a 7 gallon tank, but that would have to be mounted in the bed, which you may not want, and more than likely still isn't enough for all of the tires. but if the compressor is hooked up correctly, you should be alright, they'll inflate tires surprisingly quick for their size.

    the only way to inflate tires with a reasonably small tank is to use a powertank or something similar
     
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    The ARB mini compressor is not rated to fill tires. It was designed to run the lockers. Assuming we are talking about the CSKA12, it rated at .47CFM at 29 psi with a duty cycle of 35%. Meaning you're not getting much volume at all at load and you can only run it continuously for 21 minutes then you have to let it cool for 39 minutes.
     
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    I run A/Ts so i dont let their psi go below 10, And i run their street pressure at 33 psi. Can I fill my tires with my arb, with or without a tank, i wouldnt mind putting a large tank in the bed
     
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    Is it going to take more than 21 minutes to fill all 4 tires from 10 psi to 33 psi?
     
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    The mini compressor could fill the tank - but it'd take a long time. You'll deplete the air in the tank and the mini will never be able to replenish the tank fast enough.

    Use the mini to get your locker functional.

    Then, down the road.....you can put in a full on-board air system and sell the mini. That's what my husband and I did with our jeep/arb's.
     
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    ^^^^ i second this. You can fill tires, but between the duty cycle and the flowrate of the compressor it could take you a loooong time to do and will not be practical. Keep this compressor for the lockers and get a bigger one down the road to fill tires.

    The other thing you can do is put a 7 gal tank (like you suggested) in the bed and before leaving on an offroad trip, use a larger compressor, say one in your garage or at a gas station to fill the tank to 150 psi or higher (depending on the rating of the tank). You can then top your tires off directly off this tank without need of the ARB compressor.

    The third option is to get a portable compressor to fill your tires. There is a Vair 400 series for sale in the "Buy/Sell" section of this forum. Those things are pretty sweet. I just got a Vair 325 to run lockers and provide tire-fill for emergencies.

    Let us know what you decide
     
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    Also, if you seek air for your tires...you could also consider getting a liquid CO2 setup temporarily until you have a full blown onboard air system. I had a 10 gallon setup for a while and went to a 20gallon setup. Here's a writeup:
    http://www.lieblweb.com/liquidco2.html
     
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    Or, you could send the mini compressor back and get the "High Output" compressor which CAN be used to inflate your tires.
     
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