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Belt Driven Air Compressor a.k.a. Unlimited On-Board Air

Discussion in 'Off-Roading & Trails' started by rockgecko03, Nov 26, 2012.

  1. Dec 11, 2013 at 7:10 AM
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    http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/2nd-gen-tacomas/290646-belt-driven-air-saga.html

    Thanks to this thread, I started (barely) this project. I've done about all I can before I pull the trigger on the compressor, but I did a ton of research on exactly which compressor will work and hopefully give you the least amount of trouble.
    take a look at my thread for the homework side, and use this thread for the actual fabrication side. once life calms down for me, Ill tackle this project and maybe make a sticky- worthy writeup.
    good luck!
     
  2. Dec 11, 2013 at 7:31 AM
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    Wow this is a well thought out mod, props to you for taking time to apply this to your truck! Awesome job. You mentioned using a bumper as an air tank, that would be killer! hope to see it
     
  3. Dec 11, 2013 at 7:36 AM
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    The bumper air tank never worked out. I could only get it to hold about 80 psi before I started hearing hissing around a few of my welds. It is possible and it's certainly been done before. I just don't have that much experience welding yet. The bumper held up great in moab though. Even tugged a jeep up a 6 foot wall while he was in 2wd (broken front axle) and had his e-brake on, haha.
     
  4. Feb 24, 2014 at 11:43 AM
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    A word of advice/ caution: have your bracket(s) re-welded by an experienced welder... Would not be good if that air compressor got loose or broke off while driving...

    just a thought.

    Jesse
     
  5. Feb 24, 2014 at 12:51 PM
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    I appreciate the thought, but I'm not worried about those welds holding. I subsequently built a bedrack and a set of bumpers. The welds on my bumpers have held up to towing and winching without any issues.

    These were my first actual welding project (i.e. not very pretty welds), but they're plenty solid. Before putting those brackets together, I cut apart many practice welds to inspect them and tested numerous welds with a 20-ton press.
     
  6. Feb 24, 2014 at 1:20 PM
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    Did you make me one of these yet Ben? :p
     
  7. Feb 24, 2014 at 2:11 PM
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    Ok... Good to hear. Sometimes a weld looks ok, but lacks any real penetration..... I have seen welds break due to fatigue (vibration), and just bad welding technique.

    Jesse
     
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    Subd. This is awesome
     
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