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Anybody run Airtanks off of Arb Compressor?

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by Boss, Dec 6, 2001.

  1. Boss

    Boss 1/2 ton status Author

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    I know, I know, aint the best air compressor in the world, but I got one for a decent price. I needed one to run the air locker up front anyway.

    Anyhow, wondering if anyone has/had one and used a 2.5 gallon tank (or larger if possible) off of one. I figure this should add alittle more speed and power when using air tools and filling up tires. So what needs to be done to do this?
    One day I'll be cool and put a York under the hood, but it's not feasible at the moment. Thanks for anyhelp.
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    I just tapped into my rock sliders and made air tanks from them. Once pressurized it will cycle the locker 20 or 30 times before the compressor kicks back on, which is great because my arb compressor is NOISY!

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    I'm interested in this also. I have a ARB compressor and a few 2 gallon tanks (about 2 gallons, maybe less ??) If I have the plumbing handy I might do a test of some-sort soon. -maybe-.

    Hind sight is 20/20, I think I would have went with the quick air2 and made my own wireing. From what I've read, they seam to be a bit better.

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    I went wit h a differnt pump and the 105psi cutoff switch (ARBs can onlt take 105psi). Mike had a special maniflod made that splits to the tank and ARB. Pic in my members ride section.

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    Didn't answer your question - sorry. Make sure the ARB is rated for a 'duty cycle' that will fill up the tank you are using.
    If you use too big of a tank, you may burn up your pump while it is trying to fill....
    If the pump is 100% duty cycle you are golden.
    You may have to time the duration the pump stays on.

    I will look for the 4 Wheeler that gives specs on pumps and reply if I find useful info....

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    The ARB has a 20% duty cycle - 12 minutes of run time out of every hour.
    .83cfm @ 29psi.

    Probably fill a 2 galon tank to 100 psi in a few minutes.

    Any math majors out there wanna crunch the numbers?

    Dont see why it wouldn't work......

    I can get you a wiring diagram and list of hardware if you need em.



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    Thanks everyone for the reply!

    96c4,
    You're right, it's 20%duty cycle. Kinda weak. Now, that I'm thinking about it, it's probably not a good idea to run air tools off this thing. But, I would still like to run a remote air tank with it, to run the locker off of and maybe fill up air matresses and stuff. Then carry a CO2 or something for the heavy duty stuff. Yeah, can you PM me or post here the diagrams and what hardware is needed to add a tank? Thanks a lot. Much appreciated.
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    Hey Boss,
    Here is the quick, cheap, and cheesy way:
    http://www.extremeoutback.com/catalog.htm
    The list of parts is at the bottom.

    The dude at Extreme Outback has burbs and blazes - fellow enthusiast.

    Dave

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    I'd check that duty cycle # out, I think the newer compressors are 100% cycle except in really hot temps. Like over 90-100 or so. I don't know where my paperwork is or I'd check it. I've run the compressor filling tires for 20-30 minutes at a time before, no problems.

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