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Looking to add a portable air compressor to my "survival/emergency" Kit. Mainly used to inflate tires and a few other toys and misc.

ARB Makes an awesome one but at $400+ it seems a bit much for a tool that will be used occasionally. Also it would be nice to be able to store it in the spare tire storage space.

Here is the sweet looking ARB one.

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Re: Portable Air Compressor

Take a look at this one for $80.00 you cant beat it and it comes with a nice carrying case as well.

http://www.autobarn.net/mv50.html?si...g_shopping.com
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Re: Portable Air Compressor

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Looking to add a portable air compressor to my "survival/emergency" Kit. Mainly used to inflate tires and a few other toys and misc.

ARB Makes an awesome one but at $400+ it seems a bit much for a tool that will be used occasionally. Also it would be nice to be able to store it in the spare tire storage space.

Here is the sweet looking ARB one.

This ARB model retails for $295.00 @http://www.autotoys.com/x/product.php?productid=22597
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Re: Portable Air Compressor

What about an air tank like this:
http://www.outbackequipped.com/products.asp#system
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This ARB model retails for $295.00 @http://www.autotoys.com/x/product.php?productid=22597
Awesome, nice find!

If I do get this I am going to take it out of the toolbox and see if I can mount it in one of the spare tire storage bins.
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Re: Portable Air Compressor

Don't forget a top-notch tire gauge, especially if you have low-profile tires where correct pressure is especially important. I have a $150 German pro gauge for the shop, plus some $20 USA-made units to keep in each vehicle. Surprisingly, the $20 units are as accurate and consistent as the pricey gauge.

See http://www.joesracing.com/index.php?...product_id=764. Joe's is a reputable racing equipment supplier, but I don't know how they manage to sell these for $20 and make money, but they do.
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Don't forget a top-notch tire gauge, especially if you have low-profile tires where correct pressure is especially important. I have a $150 German pro gauge for the shop, plus some $20 USA-made units to keep in each vehicle. Surprisingly, the $20 units are as accurate and consistent as the pricey gauge.

See http://www.joesracing.com/index.php?...product_id=764. Joe's is a reputable racing equipment supplier, but I don't know how they manage to sell these for $20 and make money, but they do.
Excellent link! I was recently wondering where to get a high quality tire gage.
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Don't forget a top-notch tire gauge, especially if you have low-profile tires where correct pressure is especially important. I have a $150 German pro gauge for the shop, plus some $20 USA-made units to keep in each vehicle. Surprisingly, the $20 units are as accurate and consistent as the pricey gauge.

See http://www.joesracing.com/index.php?...product_id=764. Joe's is a reputable racing equipment supplier, but I don't know how they manage to sell these for $20 and make money, but they do.
Are the Tire Pressure Sensors not accurate?

This is what I use. It can also be used to properly deflate your tires for sand.

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Re: Portable Air Compressor

I don't have a link at the moment, but a few years ago, I bought one of the cheapy cordless/rechargeable compressors which also has the 12vdc outlet from Home Depot for about 40 bucks. Granted, it's not the fastest thing in the world, but it will work in a pinch. Beauty of it was it fit perfectly in the compartment under my drivers seat and still had room for a tow rope and some misc tools. I can post up some photos of it tomorrow if anyone is interested.

I've seen a few WK2's with some sort of module in that compartment. I'm unsure what it is, but mine does not have the mentioned module mounted in that compartment hence the extra space available for the taking..err stockpiling.
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Don't forget, your WK2 will have a 110v outlet in the hatch. You can use a 110v compressor if you do not have a 12v one onboard.
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Are the Tire Pressure Sensors not accurate?
No, they're no substitute for an accurate gauge, and Jeep states as much. Too, they take time to catch up with pressure changes, and on mine the left rear takes longer to catch up then the other three. What they're for is to tip you off if a tire gets really low, and the EVIC lets you see which of the four is the culprit.

That's a huge safety benefit. I saw an overcrowded minivan on I-70W near St. Louis with a very low rear tire. I tried to honk and let the guy know, but he was unreceptive -- possibly a foreigner. Just as I finished passing him in the left lane his van began to oscillate, and he didn't control it properly, then it went flying and tumbling off the road scattering unbelted unfortunates onto the median at 70 mph.

Low profile tires have less cushioning/compression range than regular tires, so if underinflated they and their rims are more likely to be damaged by potholes. Too, because they contain less air volume, a leak deflates the tire faster. So if your GC has 20" tires, invest in and use a good gauge -- and also thank goodness you also have tire sensors for warning.
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Don't forget, your WK2 will have a 110v outlet in the hatch. You can use a 110v compressor if you do not have a 12v one onboard.
A mighty small one, yes, because of amperage limitations.
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