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post #1 of 58 Old 01-24-2020, 02:36 PM Thread Starter
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Best reasonably priced Air Compressor 12v for 35" rubber

I don't plan on ARB lockers just yet, but may instead of the Eaton E Locker4. But I will need an on board air compressor that can fill 35" rubber back to streetable levels after riding the trails. I don't want to spend a bunch, but don't want to sit and listen to a cheesy loud aircompressor fighting it's way for 10 minutes to fill each tire..... Any suggestions? I searched a few things like "compressor" but came up with zilch.


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post #2 of 58 Old 01-24-2020, 03:25 PM
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I have been using my Smittybilt 2781 with my 36" tires for years. Not as fast as OBA, but not bad at all.

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This ARB dual compressor is one of the fastest 12v units out there - it's something like 6 cfm - but pricey,

https://www.amazon.com/ARB-CKMTA12-P...9917216&sr=8-7

I run a Viair 480C, which is also relatively fast compared to other 12v units, but also pricey.

https://www.viaircorp.com/c-models/480c

Bottom line, any 12v compressor which will meet your criteria needs to be 100% duty cycle. You are also looking for the unit with the highest CFM - don't pay any attention to the pressure rating. The compressors which will not leave you irritated are all going to be pricey.

But even the bests compressors will not be lightning fast with 35's. My Viar takes about 5 minutes to run my 40's from 10 to 25 PSI. And it's loud.

If you are just looking to inflate tires, have you considered a 10lb Powertank CO2 tank? One of those will fill a 35 in about 15 seconds. But also not cheap.

https://powertank.com/products/pt10-builder

I carry one of those, and in terms of speed there is no comparison to a 12v compressor. It's also quiet, but you do have to get it filled occasionally.

Here is a video of me airing down from 25 to 10 psi, and then using the Powertank to inflate, my 40's. By comparison, as I said it takes over 5 minutes to do the same thing with my Viair.


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I use the smittybilt 2781 as well. Takes 90 seconds per tire to go from 15 psi to 28psi on my 33x12.5x15’s. It’s really quiet too. Been really happy with it. For the $150 price tag, you can’t beat it.
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I've run the ARB single for years (on its forth jeep) and really enjoy it. It isn't super fast but I never seem to be airing up longer than anyone else.

One of my better quality buys I would say.

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I use the smittybilt 2781 as well. Takes 90 seconds per tire to go from 15 psi to 28psi on my 33x12.5x15ís. Itís really quiet too. Been really happy with it. For the $150 price tag, you canít beat it.


Thatís sounds pretty good.

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Smittybilt 2781 $101.49 at Amazon and Ebay.

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How about Wolo 858-C Heavy duty?

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Smittybilt 2781 $101.49 at Amazon and Ebay.

I just read a few reviews on this guy, and they are all good. Seems like a very good option for the price. Lots of folks very happy using it to air up 35ís.

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I just read a few reviews on this guy, and they are all good. Seems like a very good option for the price. Lots of folks very happy using it to air up 35ís.
I might get one if I can scrape the Smittybilt logo off it. I can hide the "Made in China" label with a Trump 2020 sticker.
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I might get one if I can scrape the Smittybilt logo off it. I can hide the "Made in China" label with a Trump 2020 sticker.
just make sure you trim off the "made in China" part of the trump sticker


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I run 440c Viair compressors in single on my F150 and my TJ, I run a pair on our F450. Never have trouble with them, rated at 100% DC.

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Here's a good review of the Smitty. Draws 45 amps. No wonder it's quick.

(Just ignore the vehicle...)


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...and if you REALLY, REALLY want to have to ignore the vehicle, here's another good review.

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I use a Viair 400H compressor. It is a solid, reliable unit that airs up my 35" tires with reasonable speed.
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