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On board air compressor for truck


I've been needing another project to work on, so I'm thinking about adding an on board air compressor to my truck.

I already have a 3 gallon tank from an old air compressor, so I just need to find a good compressor (12 volt).

Anyone have experience with this? What PSI should I be looking for?



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what are you looking to do with it? and hidden or in engine bay mount or in the bed? budget?


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Well I was planning on mounting the tank either under the bed, or under my toolbox. (F150)

Not really sure where the best place to mount the compressor would be. I would rather run longer wires than air lines.

Would like to keep it <$200 for the compressor. I can get all the lines and fittings relatively cheap so they aren't an issue.

It'd mainly be used to air up tires (35's) and maybe some other light duty air tools.






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you would probably do best looking at Vlair


Also, run a line and mount a female end quick connect to somewhere easy, like your bumper



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Just remember to put a pop off valve on the tank. Also you might need a regulator according to what compressor you find. We used to do this when I worked as a farm boy.





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Ill check em out. What PSI should I be looking at for what I want? ~150?

I did see something on a DIY about using a compressor out of an old Lincoln with air suspension or something like that. You can pick em up for like 40$ at a junkyard, I just don't know what the specs on it would be.

And I planned on putting a female under my toolbox, back bumper, and maybe behind the grill if I have enough air line.







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Just remember to put a pop off valve on the tank. Also you might need a regulator according to what compressor you find. We used to do this when I worked as a farm boy.


I was planning on going the pressure switch route, and ill probably put a regulator on it as well.






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With a smaller 12v compressor, it probably won't be able to keep up with pneumatic tools so airing up tires and balloons would be your deal.

I have always wanted a loaded out work truck(hoist, welding machine, compressor, bench vise, filled with tools, etc.). I know I need to have about $80k and that ain't happening soon






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Don't know the answers to your questions, but maybe if you stop at a Class 8 truck dealer (Freightliner, Kenworth, International) or repair shop and see if one of the mechanics can give you any tips. Class 8 trucks have an onboard air compressor to supply air pressure to the air brakes, so these guys might be able to give you some insight on how to set up something like that. Even though the engines on Class 8 trucks power the air comprssor and you are talking about trying to power yours electrically.


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I might give that a shot.

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Even though the engines on Class 8 trucks power the air comprssor and you are talking about trying to power yours electrically.


I would love to mount an extra AC pump and convert it to an air compressor, but I feel like that would be overkill.






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Oh yeah, ARB and Viair are the ones the off-road community uses. They make them basically for filling up tires


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I'm guessing that's the same ARB that makes locking differentials?





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Yes

IIRC those two companies normally mount them either in the engine compartment or under the truck on the frame rail, but you can put it wherever you want






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120PSI 12 volt air compressor & tank for air horns
for $125.

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under the truck on the frame rail


I'm leaning towards this right now.







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I'm guessing that's the same ARB that makes locking differentials?


Yes, they even have a new dual compressor unit, that can power some tools. The arb's are above 200 though.

The vlair units come in different versions, get the one that has the best duty cycle rating that you can afford or willing to spend.

Pressure switch is also the correct route, you might consider mounting the tank under the bed and the compressor in the box, to keep it dry and give you drier air.

As for under the hood, York compressors are where it's at. But cost a bit, unless you can find a salvage and good at fabricating.






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Stuff one of these under the hood

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