So i just bought a rear ARB air locker. One of these days i would like to put a front locker in as well. So with trying to think ahead..what kind of air system should i be looking at? I know the activation pressure is 90 so would a regulator do it? Should i get a tank too?
I don't understand, do you have a compressor or not? And if so, why are you wanting the tank? Do you have another brand compressor, like VIAIR or something?
If so, you should be able to run the front and the rear out of it.
I run the ARB MINI Compressor. It is the little guy, meant only for locker operation, nothing else. That thing runs both lockers all day long, without complaint. Anything that can air up tires can run these lockers all day without a problem.
Currently dont have a compressor. (next payday) But i would like to be able to air up tires as well as run lockers. Thats why i was thinking bigger compressor with a tank. I was looking at VIAIR from wheelers. But to be honest i like your ideas if the ARB compressor made for the lockers. I like CO2 anyway to do tires. ARB send it all with the complete setup? I have looked at there website but its hard to navigate. (maybe i was too tired when i looked)
Yeah, they're expensive, but it would be like having CO2 without having to pay for refills, and they take up less space than a CO2 tank. I would have the compressor run to a tank, then have a regulated output for the lockers. The way mine works, the whole system is at "ARB pressure", so it takes longer to fill tires than it would if the storage was at a higher pressure.
The little compressor is 150$, and runs at any angle, underwater, at high temp, low temp, in mud (as long as it has a snorkel), etc...free flow speed is low, don't expect to do any tires, but it's more than enough for lockers and has its own reservoir.
Thanks guys looks like i am goint to go with the ARB compressor. Ill probably do a CO2 tank somewhere down the road. But the ARB compressor is cheapr and easier than all that other stuff. Thanks again all.
I look at it this way: If you are going to have OBA for the lockers anyway, why not make it usefull and also have a significantly sized tank. I just tested my OBA system this last weekend and learned a few things. The inexpensive, but adequate MV-50 compressor will struggle to get a 2.5gal tank to 125psi at altitude. Granted, I have some minor leaks in my system, and heat/ventalation are an issue where I have the compressor mounted, but in the Denver area, it will get to 125psi without issue in about 18 minutes. Secondly, a 2.5 gallon tank does not hold very much air. At 110psi in the tank, I was just barely able to fill two tires from 22psi to 30psi before having to turn on the compressor. Here is my thread on the national board. http://www.tacomaterritory.com/forum/showthread.php?t=76325&highlight=breathegood+oba
Just a thought. Couldn't you buy two of the cheapies run them in parellel(pneumatically speaking) to the tank and double the recovery time. Current draw might be an issue. It might be just as expensive as a real rig and perform worse. I don't know. Jus throwin it out there.
I built my ENTIRE CO2 set up for under 100 bucks by surfing Ebay, and biding my time. I can fill 40 tires per tank (assuming I don't run air tools on the same tank). That is 10 trips. 15 bucks to fill, and you really can't get faster than C02. You can get as fast, but not faster.
IMHO, the only way a compressor for filling tires makes sense is if you wheel 2 days a week, every week, for 8 or so months out of the year. If you are like most of us, and get out a few times a month, the cost of filling CO2 is vastly overcome by its advantages.
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