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Old 12-26-2015, 09:40 AM
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12v Compressor, Inflator Suggestions

Hey all,
I'm looking for an inflator/compressor for around $100. All suggestions welcome.

Thanks.

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Old 12-26-2015, 10:10 AM
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This one looks interdasting.
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I bought the Slime Truck Spair and have been happy with it. I have aired down and reinflated several times and filled my boat trailer tires and wife's tires. It has worked like a champ. I plug it into the emergency starter pack I carry with me as that gives me more range . I can clip mine to the battery or insert in a 12v outlet. The bag is nice because it has the reflective triangle to warn other motorists. There are quite a few tools in it to fix flats as well as tire gauge. It also has an led light on it which works well.
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I bought the Slime Truck Spair and have been happy with it. I have aired down and reinflated several times and filled my boat trailer tires and wife's tires. It has worked like a champ. I plug it into the emergency starter pack I carry with me as that gives me more range . I can clip mine to the battery or insert in a 12v outlet. The bag is nice because it has the reflective triangle to warn other motorists. There are quite a few tools in it to fix flats as well as tire gauge. It also has an led light on it which works well.
That's an interesting looking kit. The repair stuff is a must. I'm thinking mostly airing up after airing down so having to air 4 tires at a time.
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Here's what I am looking to get

A bit over $100.00 but it's got a tank

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You don't want anything that plugs into the cigarette lighter; it won't last. Get the ones that connect to the battery directly.

I burned through three prior air compressors until I found this one: Smittybilt - 5.65 CFM Air Compressor | 4WheelParts.com --sorry, I am in Canada at the moment and the Internet provider won't let me access the US website, but the item is the same.

This one has lasted me 3 years and counting.
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Try this https://www.pepboys.com/product/details/9357343/00386
I know a few of us here use the MF-1050 and it's pretty good for $60.00
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Here, Amazon lets me access their US website: http://www.amazon.com/Smittybilt-278.../dp/B004K25GMG
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Here's what I am looking to get

A bit over $100.00 but it's got a tank

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That looks cool but I need 12v. Thanks.
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If you are going far off road you may wish to save up your money and get something more dependable than most of these $100 things.

Since I may find myself 30 or more miles off a road I dropped the bucks for one of the ARB compressors. Also, wheel in a group where more options are available for drivers to cover each other.
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Try this https://www.pepboys.com/product/details/9357343/00386
I know a few of us here use the MF-1050 and it's pretty good for $60.00
I have two of these. One was modified for OBA on another rig. The second is stock in the bag. Will fill my 35"s from 18 psi to 32 psi in about 20 minutes start to finish.
The QD gets very hot (too hot to touch) after filling the four tires non-stop, but it's never quit, or lowered output.

I stripped down both units right out of the box, and fixed all the poor quality issues, and they've been remarkably steady.
Also use the AEV Procal to idle up to 1,600 rpm for max output.

Just bought a Puma PD1006 to use OBA on this Jeep. It's a bit overkill to just keep in the Jeep in tact, but will work out nicely mounted and plumbed to a larger tank.
Will keep this little MF1050 compressor in the bag as a back up, and to share with others.
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I have two of these. One was modified for OBA on another rig. The second is stock in the bag. Will fill my 35"s from 18 psi to 32 psi in about 20 minutes start to finish.
The QD gets very hot (too hot to touch) after filling the four tires non-stop, but it's never quit, or lowered output.

I stripped down both units right out of the box, and fixed all the poor quality issues, and they've been remarkably steady.
Also use the AEV Procal to idle up to 1,600 rpm for max output.

Just bought a Puma PD1006 to use OBA on this Jeep. It's a bit overkill to just keep in the Jeep in tact, but will work out nicely mounted and plumbed to a larger tank.
Will keep this little MF1050 compressor in the bag as a back up, and to share with others.
Can you elaborate? I like this kind of stuff.
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If you are going far off road you may wish to save up your money and get something more dependable than most of these $100 things.

Since I may find myself 30 or more miles off a road I dropped the bucks for one of the ARB compressors. Also, wheel in a group where more options are available for drivers to cover each other.
I am starting to think this way. It's got to be reliable. I'm thinking about CO2 just because as long as you make sure there's enough gas, you're good to go. No moving parts to let you down.
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I have two of these. One was modified for OBA on another rig. The second is stock in the bag. Will fill my 35"s from 18 psi to 32 psi in about 20 minutes start to finish. The QD gets very hot (too hot to touch) after filling the four tires non-stop, but it's never quit, or lowered output. I stripped down both units right out of the box, and fixed all the poor quality issues, and they've been remarkably steady. Also use the AEV Procal to idle up to 1,600 rpm for max output. Just bought a Puma PD1006 to use OBA on this Jeep. It's a bit overkill to just keep in the Jeep in tact, but will work out nicely mounted and plumbed to a larger tank. Will keep this little MF1050 compressor in the bag as a back up, and to share with others.
I remember your posts on the MF1050. What mods did you do ? Did you ever remove the red paint to make it run cooler ?
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MV50 Superflow. (looks like the same unit as the mf1050)

Great reviews, some people have been using one for years without issue.

Airs my 35s from 15psi to 30psi in about 4 minutes each.
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I have a Superflow. Was a gift but looks like the HV40 on amazon. Given to me by my dad in 2005 when I went to college. I have kept it in every vehicle since. I used to use it for pumping up my tires all the time before I got a real compressor in the garage. Now I only use it when I'm away from home. It's a cheap one but has lasted a very long time and is still going. No problems with the 12v cigarette lighter plug. If the compressor ever fails, I'll likely buy another one. Can't beat 10 years and still going strong for only $40.

Btw, I timed it once pumping up a friend's flat truck tire from 0 psi to 35 psi in about 5 minutes.
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Can you elaborate? I like this kind of stuff.
Sure.
I disassembled both compressors, and found some issues. The first was DOA, due to a missing wire nut. The second nut just pulled off. So I soldered and used heat shrink instead, for both compressors.

Second was where the cable goes through the motor back plate. It's sharp stamped steel hole. I added a nylon grommet to eliminate chaffing issues.

Next was the head. On both heads I deburred the ports for better reed valve sealing. On the OBA unit, I removed the stock fitting and re-tapped 1/4"NPT to run a standard one way valve.

The stock cables have a pretty good volt drop. On the OBA unit, the cables are cut about a foot long, and connected to the battery. The voltage drop on that one is within limits (about 0.2V if I remember correctly). For the stock one, I just run engine idle up, to increase available voltage. Would be better to just run good quality cable, and engine idle up.

The rest of the work was just about tweaking things, cleaning flashing, ect..
On the OBA unit, I changed the bolts that hold the end plates on. I don't remember why I did this. It was either to make future service easier, or to increase longevity. Maybe both. It's been a few years since I did this project.

On the stock unit, the insulation cracked down to bare wire at the grommet from pulling it in and out of the bag. I just shortened up the cables a bit, but it should have a strain relief added for durability. Otherwise a bit of care when putting it back in the bag, rather than just stuffing it back in, would be a good idea.


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I remember your posts on the MF1050. What mods did you do ? Did you ever remove the red paint to make it run cooler ?
I still haven't removed the red paint from the head and barrel, but sincerely believe it would make a difference on temperature.
I will probably leave the stock kit as is, but will do the head and barrel for the OBA unit, when it all goes back together. Going to try bead blasting, to get a rough texture.

Hope this information is helpful. Here are some pictures of the compressor. I should have done a better job documenting this. My apologies.

Picture of missing wire nut, and wires disconnected. You can also see where the wires go through the end plate without a grommet.


Head as comes from factory. All I did was deburr the edge. Others have done some porting, but the reed is pretty cheesy, so didn't want to chance that.


Unit setup for OBA on my old Scout.

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