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Recommendation for Air Compressor When on the Trail

Discussion in 'Wheels & Tires' started by JandAOffRoad, Jul 29, 2018.

  1. Jul 29, 2018 at 10:48 PM
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    JandAOffRoad

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    Looking for suggestions/recommendations for air compressor to keep in my truck.

    1. Portable
    2. Tank
    3. Installed in the engine compartment ( My buddy has one of these in his Tacoma Pro, single cylinder)

    I have a 2018 Tacoma 4x4 OR...

    I've done some research regarding pros and cons for all three above, and pricing is obviously all over the board. My first thought was the tank option due to speed of airing up. Down side is once it's empty, it's empty and if I'm on a longer trek with the potential of several air up/air down scenarios, possible that I run out. Research I've done says the tanks are good for about 30 air ups.

    Second thought was a two cylinder install in the engine area, again for quicker air ups.

    Thoughts and thank you!
     
  2. Jul 30, 2018 at 8:18 AM
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    Smittybilt sells a decent one
     
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    I assume you mean something like the CO2 power tank... Then Yea that's not an air compressor option.. Because an air compressor and reservoir tank can be refilled.

    What are you really asking for?
     
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  5. Jul 30, 2018 at 11:10 AM
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    Okay and sorry for any confusion.

    Looking for best option for airing up after a trail ride. I've seen a combination of small single cylinder portables (0-30 PSI takes about 3 min/tire), to two cylinder portables (faster fill) to same type of compressors, but mounted in the engine compartment.

    The tank style I was referring to was a Smittybilt for about $318 (Power Air Tank (Co2)..4x4 Auto Parts said it was the fastest option to airing up a tire from 0-30 PSI in about 1 min or less. Said it needed to be refilled once empty by any welding shop for about $10 a fill and each tank was good for about 30 fills.

    Thanks again.
     
  6. Jul 30, 2018 at 11:16 AM
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    The smittybilt 2780 is portable, but I have it hard mounted under my hood and takes about 3 mins/tire (255/85/16) from 18 to 40psi. You don't really need speed when airing up tires. I like a compressor because you always have air, no forgetting its empty and forgetting to go get it filled.

    Single piston compressors, like the smittybilt/arb/viair/etc do just fine, again speed isn't really needed. The ARB twin compressor is just 2 of their single compressors bolted together. Higher CFM will mean faster fill and also can be used to run air tools. CFM at load (generally 90psi) will be the number you want to compare on compressors.
     
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  7. Jul 30, 2018 at 5:06 PM
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    Ordered and thank you for your feedback!
     

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