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Old 05-02-2014, 11:29 AM   #1
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Co2 system build

I am in the process of making my own "Power tank". I found a free 20lbs C02 tank at a local recycler. Has anyone done this? Any thoughts or recommendations from your experiences? I am trying to decide what Regulator to go with and the best place to mount it on my LJ. I was thinking on the tire swing, I have a Hard Rock bumper and swing. Any thoughts, pics or even wild ideas would be appreciated. Thanks for the help.

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Old 05-08-2014, 12:25 AM   #2
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would love to know how this worked out for you.

I do know tanks you find if they are not up to code will need to be pressure tested. and re certified. most welding shops can do this for you or at least tell you where to get it done.

my brother has used this type of system in the past and it was very happy with it.
I believe he had a 20lb bottle in his set up and would fill like once a year doing several air down/ups for trails and also use of air tools on it.

I will see if I can get a hold of him and ask what he had for a reg.

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nice! thanks!
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Old 05-08-2014, 11:19 PM   #5
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I finished mine last weekend. Out the door I did the whole thing for about $80. Got an old expired 20lb CO2 tank from a craigslist add took it to the welding supply store and paid 40 for a new full tank. A 150 psi regulator from the welding supply store and a coiled air hose with a tire filler. I couldn't be happier. I will post pictures tomorrow.
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Old 05-13-2014, 08:29 AM   #6
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good info, A 150 psi regulator from the welding supply store and a coiled air hose with a tire filler.
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Old 05-13-2014, 10:11 AM   #7
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Something to remember is Co2 is very cold when released. So you can use a coiled hose but has to be a decent quality or it might crack. Better off using a quality rubber hose and coiling it up your self. Just a thought
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I ended up switching to a Good Year rubber hose. Here is a picture of what I put together. It works great. I have run and impact wrench and an air ratchet. It took about a min or so to put 20 PSI back into a 35" tire. I could not be happier.

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Old 05-14-2014, 05:25 PM   #9
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before you build your setup take the bottle to a welding shop and ask them to swap it out. most shops around here do bottle swaps instead of actually filling up your bottle. that way you get a good bottle and you can build your brackets around a bottle that you shouldnt have problems swapping and getting the same diameter.

think I paid $15-$20 last time I swapped.

I have a fixed 150PSI regulator on mine. runs every air tool you could find. need to use a die grinder or impact in the woods for a long duration? ill take CO2 over a tiny compressor any day.

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