Onboard compressor

My portable compressor has decided to crap itself , so I need a new one.What are the good onboard compressors and how much are they or do I look at a portable again.


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Sun, 2012-07-22 05:41

 I take it this is for your car Snapper, I have had my bushranger for 10 years  now and still going strong.

Just be careful if looking at the new style ARB one as herbie has had alot of trouble with his.

The blue tongue ones are too slow if you have big tyres

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I saw Sherbs yesterday

Mon, 2012-07-23 18:45

and his compressor will work better when he sorts the wiring out properly, ( his words not mine).


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 spend the cash and buy a

Sun, 2012-07-22 09:16

 spend the cash and buy a good one..  small cheapo ones will overheat quickly or wont have the power to inflate quickly.



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I have ARB onboard for my

Sun, 2012-07-22 09:21

I have ARB onboard for my lockers with the tyre kit that stays in the box haha!! I have a black max not sure which one it is, love it i have pumped up 2 cars with 35's  after each other no dramas pretty quick. Love it ! Takes no time with my 31's

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 I second the bushranger

Sun, 2012-07-22 12:39

 I second the bushranger blackMax, have pumped up 3 sets of  up to 33" On a few occasions one after another with no over heating problems

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Not a typo

Sun, 2012-07-22 19:41

Try researching the abr , yep ABR sidewinder , twin head , not a bad bit of kit ,very quick

around 200 bucks, I have had bushranger (died , it was a small model) and blue tongue ( stolen from

car along with 2 straps ) before and the sidewinder is as good or better than them .

Also just seen on there site a ram air 120 , 500 bucks

looks the goods if you have the room





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i have just fitted the arb to

Sun, 2012-07-22 19:47

i have just fitted the arb to my car mate, pumps up a 275/16 from 10psi to 40psi in 2 1/2mins.

i have mounted it under the bonnet and the outlet in the roobar, the wiring kit it comes with was so easy to install with the hardest part being getting the wires to the indash switch.

this will also be running my lockers when i get them, with all the wiring already in place in the same kit, just plug and play.


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Hi mate,

Mon, 2012-07-23 18:43

which model did you go with.


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i went with this one

Tue, 2012-07-24 06:54

i went with this one mate.


this is only a fraction cheaper than buying it from arb local in welshpool once you include post, from memory i payed $285 instore and took it home that day.

just make sure you got room to mount it under the bonnet, i had a 8" battery tray where the second battery was going to be mounted, things changed and that was not needed so this went there with plenty of room around it.

seems to be good so far, but i have only used it a couple of times.



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Ha ha

Mon, 2012-07-23 21:03

 Last time he sorted his wiring out his antenna caught on fire lmao

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Yours drives itself

Tue, 2012-07-24 08:44

Around work shops, Smashing the bullbar lol______ When you need tracks cut on a soft beach you better drive  behine me--- Or drive  around the longway


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I have had an ARB Compresser

Tue, 2012-07-24 07:19

I have had an ARB Compresser (not Sure model) in my car for roughly 2 years now.

No issues with it at all, pumps up tyres in reasonable time and has never had to stop due to overheating .

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fire extinguisher

Tue, 2012-07-24 08:55

thats alright herbie I will put the fire out. Your car is under repair more than its on the road lol. Are you sure there isnt a landrover badge under that toyota one??

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ARB Compressor

Thu, 2012-07-26 13:23

I mounted one of the big ARB double head jobbies underneath the passengers seat of my patrol.

It goes like a trooper, can take my 285/75R16's from 15-42 in no time flat.


I put it under the seat as thats a bit of dead space anyway, plus its cooler for it than under the bonnet, plus i've positioned it so i can turn the aircon to 'feet' and it gets some extra cooling.


So far I've been more than impressed with it, I wouldn't go back to a portable one if I could avoid it



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i looked at them myself as

Thu, 2012-07-26 20:12

i looked at them myself as well mate, tested one in the shop and it was awesome.

just about run a spraygun of it...lol

just a bit to big for my bus mate, no room under the seat for that, or anywhere else, so i stuck with the next best thing.

its a pitty though.


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Under the seat

Thu, 2012-07-26 21:35

 The exact same spot mines bolted in

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 I got a Viair one. They are

Sun, 2012-07-29 18:15

 I got a Viair one. They are one of the main manufcturers (Bushranger are re-badged Viars).


The 400C is the main one they do and they come with an air filter relocation kit. Super strong construction. I have mine mounted under the bonnet and plumbed into an 18l tank in the tray tool box before running down to a quick connector coupling mounted on the rear tow bar.

They are cheapest to buy from Airride who have an ebay store or a website