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Old 01-15-2013, 06:51 PM   #1
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CHEAPEST way to air up

Okay so I'm a BROKE high school student struggling to pay for my jeep and gas, and right now I can't air down, because I can't air up. Time isn't real important, I just need someway to air up? Will a small cigarette lighter air pump work, or will I just burn it out?

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Old 01-15-2013, 07:04 PM   #2
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I just got a cig lighter pump, haven't used it yet though.

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Small compressors like are sold in auto parts stores have one big problem... they are sloooooowwwwww to refill four big Jeep tires but they are better than nothing. Be prepared to wait 40-45 minutes for a small compressor that plugs into a cigarette lighter to refill all four of your tires.

They run so long to refill the tires that some will overheat & shut off before they're done. They will usually turn back on once the cool off enough.

About the cheapest decent compressor is an MV-50 which you should be able to find online. You can even find refurbished MV-50 compressors on eBay for $50. Cut a few deals with your parents to borrow a little extra $$$ & check out the compressors at https://www.google.com/search?q=MV50....1.KeSjPQgIgKs & see if you can swing one.

The $20 compressors are not going to produce good results for filling multiple tires, they are bad/slow enough just refilling one.
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Small compressors like are sold in auto parts stores have one big problem... they are sloooooowwwwww to refill four big Jeep tires but they are better than nothing. Be prepared to wait 40-45 minutes for a small compressor that plugs into a cigarette lighter to refill all four of your tires.

They run so long to refill the tires that some will overheat & shut off before they're done. They will usually turn back on once the cool off enough.

About the cheapest decent compressor is an MV-50 which you should be able to find online. You can even find refurbished MV-50 compressors on eBay for $50. Cut a few deals with your parents to borrow a little extra $$$ & check out the compressors at https://www.google.com/search?q=MV50....1.KeSjPQgIgKs & see if you can swing one.

The $20 compressors are not going to produce good results for filling multiple tires, they are bad/slow enough just refilling one.
What's the air up time for a MV-50? Cause if I have to idle for an hour that's gas being burnt, and if I can cut down on that time then I can justify the MV-50. Oh and I have 31x10.5x15
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Old 01-15-2013, 07:30 PM   #5
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I air up my 31x10.5x15 from 15 to 30 psi in about 2 minutes with an MV50. Takes about 10 minutes total including moving the air nozzle. If I ever get off my ass and mod the compressor to take a standard air line it will be even quicker.
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Old 01-15-2013, 07:39 PM   #6
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as cheap as it's gonna get:



you might be there a while, but hey, you're savin' money!
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Old 01-15-2013, 07:42 PM   #7
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as cheap as it's gonna get:

you might be there a while, but hey, you're savin' money!
LOL it's always an option!
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Old 01-15-2013, 07:49 PM   #8
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one guy I wheel with spent 150 on the smittybilt air compressor, it refilled all 4 of his 33x12.5 and my 32x11.5 in under 20 mins. filled from 12 up to 28 psi. worked very well, very fast, and compared to the comperable viaire very cheap.
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Old 01-15-2013, 07:52 PM   #9
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as cheap as it's gonna get:

you might be there a while, but hey, you're savin' money!
but, if you want the cheapest way, here it is.
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Old 01-15-2013, 08:29 PM   #10
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Another vote for the MV-50. Its the best you'll get for the $$. It should air up a 31 in no more than 5 min.
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Will a small cigarette lighter air pump work, or will I just burn it out?
Here is another vote (from a satisfied MV50 owner) for skipping the cigarette lighter compressors and going for an MV50. They are currently on Amazon for only $57 including free shipping. That's a fantastic deal.

Q Industries MV50 SuperFlow High-Volume 12-Volt Air Compressor : Amazon.com : Automotive
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Hook an air hose up to my ex wifes suck hole!
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I forgot to say: when I bought my MV50, I was still running 31x10.50-15s. I would air down to 12 psi front, 10 psi rear. After 'wheeling, I'd go back up to28 psi for the street. This only took 10-12 minutes total, including opening the hood, getting the compressor out of the Jeep, etc.

Now I'm running 35x12.50-15s. I follow the same air pressure routine. Airing up now takes about 4 minutes per tire, but I'm still done and on my way in less than 20 minutes. (Besides just airing up, I also use this "down time" to reconnect the sway bar, look over the Jeep and check for damage, reorganize cargo that may have shifted, etc.)
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I am very pleased with the Mv50, aired up so far, four sets of time. Can't beat the price either..
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My MV50 has been in my basement for the past year because it broke after my second wheeling trip. The valve design is just dumb. They are thin metal strips tack welded that hold a rubber flap for each valve. The thin metal broke on mine and I can't find replacement parts. The only reason I haven't tossed it in the trash is because I'm determined to figure out a way to fix it.

Until I fix it, I just give a voluntary donation to the offroad park I go to so I can use their air hoses.
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Old 01-15-2013, 08:48 PM   #16
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you might be there a while, but hey, you're savin' money!
Cheapest way to air up..... is to not air down...
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Does your Jeep have a/c? I recently converted to OBA using my stock a/c compressor, using a great write-up on JeepForum. Admittedly, I have about $200 into it with fittings, oiler/mister, collector, etc., which is more than the MV50. But I also don't have to carry around an extra item, and I can air up my 35s from 10-30 psi in 90 seconds per tire.
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Cheapest way would be to wheel with someone that already has a compressor or CO2 and bum some air...
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Cheapest way would be to wheel with someone that already has a compressor or CO2 and bum some air...
Too bad no one around here as ever even heard of airing down.
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Sell some of your junk on eBay, then invest in a portable Viair 88p... They are roughly 60 bucks.. reliable, and you won't wait a lifetime to air up, Im running 33s and it might take 3 to 4 minutes a tire to air up..I've been using it for years now and it has never failed me..
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Another vote for MV-50. I use mine weekly.
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If the funds aren't there for air, how are ya gonna pay for repairs?
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This is the one I have floating around somewhere in the back of my TJ.

12 Volt, 100 PSI High Volume Air Compressor
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Sell some of your junk on eBay, then invest in a portable Viair 88p... They are roughly 60 bucks.. reliable, and you won't wait a lifetime to air up, Im running 33s and it might take 3 to 4 minutes a tire to air up..I've been using it for years now and it has never failed me..
Just ordered a Viair 88p from Amazon. Reviews between the 88p and the MV50 were way in favor of the 88p. Cost was $69 with free shipping.
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Cheapest way would be to wheel with someone that already has a compressor or CO2 and bum some air...
I'd let anyone in my wheeling groups use my previous TJ's high volume belt-driven York air compressor and its unlimited supply of air for as much & as long as they needed it. But now that I have to rely on my 10 lb. C02 tank that I have to pay to fill up, it'd be limited to strictly emergency use by anyone but me.
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MV50s rock. I've had 5 of them so far for different uses, and not a single failure. I had a viair 400c and the mv50s work just as well.
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After 6 years, I still have my MV-50 and it still works . Depending on my mood, I'll switch between the 12v compressor and my CO2. I really like CO2 as a refill option, I just don't appreciate the distance I have to drive to refill as you wait.

While the Viar 85p is ok for 31" tires, it plugs into the 12v outlet. I would actually recommend spending the additional $30 for a unit that connects directly to the battery terminals like the Viair 90p .

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