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Old March 24th, 2006, 09:35 PM   #1
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Does anybody use the Viair onboard air systems (listed in the Quadratech catalog)? How are they for airing up tires and such on the trail? DO they work reliably well? What size air tank do you use (if any)?

I am interested in some Staunies and an onboard air setup to air down and back up afterwards.

I know of the York A/C setups. Don't know if I have the motivation to hunt one down and make it work.
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Also check out the MV-50 / MF 1050....I hope I have those letter number combos right. Anyway made by superflow.......1/3 the price of the Viair and supposedly just as good.....do a search on the interweb you'll find lots of opinions on this.
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friend of mine runs the viair... itis quiet and quick as well. He doesn't have an air tank. He uses it just for the air lockers. He already had a dual CO2 setup for tires and such.
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What model are you lookig at? A friend of mine had the 200H and sold it because it was slow and overheated airing up his 35's. It's only rated for 33's and has a 20% duty cycle.:gman: I have also seen the 400C on the trail bu again it was slow to air up larger tires compaired to a CO2 tank. You would have to get the 550C to get a 100% duty cycle compressor.

I like the CO2 tanks better for a couple of reasons...no wires, faster, no duty cycle, and can run air tools and can be used as shielding gas for a welder. The tank came in handy when we had to pull a front axle on the trail and then again when we had to weld a control arm bracket back together.
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We sell Viair as well...

http://www.offroadoverstock.com/store.cfm....

I also have a 460c on my Jeep. I have it mounted under the hood on the passenger side.



Here is how it works.....I have a switch in the cab that turns the whole system on....




When the system is on it bring the pressure up to 150 PSI. A pressure switch shuts the comp off until the pressure gets down to 110 and then it will kick the comp back on.

Out on the comp I have it running 3 places. 1 goes to my ARB's, I bought a regulator at Lowes for 18 dollars and the takes the pressure down to about 90 and runs my ARB's

2 goes to a quick connect on the front of the rig.




3 goes to the tank I have mounted in the back. It is a 3 gallon tank and I use it so I can run air tools.




The 460c is a 100% Duty cycle comp. That means it is rated to run 100% of the time. We carry other models as well as the pressure switch and tank.

AND I have 35 inch tires and it works great at airing up and running air tools.....
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I think ZooKeeper is using one.
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What model are you lookig at? A friend of mine had the 200H and sold it because it was slow and overheated airing up his 35's. It's only rated for 33's and has a 20% duty cycle.:gman: I have also seen the 400C on the trail bu again it was slow to air up larger tires compaired to a CO2 tank. You would have to get the 550C to get a 100% duty cycle compressor.

I like the CO2 tanks better for a couple of reasons...no wires, faster, no duty cycle, and can run air tools and can be used as shielding gas for a welder. The tank came in handy when we had to pull a front axle on the trail and then again when we had to weld a control arm bracket back together.
The ONLY down fall of the CO2 tanks I don't like is they freeze up using them in the winter time. Unless you can keep them up by the dash with the heat. But alot of the buggies don't have that luxury. And nitrous bottle blankets/warmers don't work well either. Other wise they are great.
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HAven't had mine freeze up so it wouldn't work. Fittings have gotten frosty, but they do that in the summer too.

The only drawback I have found with mine so far is that there is a limit to how long it will run before you have to fill it...air pumps can run longer but are slower. Now co2 can fill alot of tires before you fill it...but you still have to fill it.
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Thanks so much for all the valuable replies. I was looking thru my Quadratech catalog and then browsed eBay when I spotted the Viairs. I was looking at the Viair 450C or 460C (both offer 100% duty cycle). On eBay there was a 450C kit with 5 gallon tank, pressure actuator, and accessory kit. Kinda expensive and I really don't have a place for the 5 gallon tank.

Looking for the MV50 and MF1050 brought up some interesting info. Thanks for that! A high capacity 12V electric portable air pump would work well for my needs. I just hate how long it takes my tiny automotive one to air up a tire from 20-30# (about 10 minutes). I don't mind paying the extra $ for the extra performance (thus why I am seriously considering the Viair).

After doing a little more research the Viair 460C looks really good (offroad overstock has a good price...more thanks for that). I was thinking that I could make (weld up) my own custom air tank to fit under the battery tray (there is a big open space under there...maybe enough for a tank sized for a few gallons).

According to Viair's site the "C" models require the use of an air tank and the "H" models are for airing up of tires directly from the compressor. For my intended purpose the "H" models fits...but the 400P portable one looks good too. Sigh...all the options!!!

I will be getting something in the next month or so. Thanks again for the responses.

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