Under Bonnet Aircompressors

Submitted: Friday, Jul 22, 2016 at 09:00
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Hi All anyone got any comparisons on or know of the different models of these air compressors like ARB, Air on Board, etc room seems to be the biggest problem would appreciate any feedback,,,,cheers Steve
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Reply By: Member - John - Friday, Jul 22, 2016 at 10:14

Friday, Jul 22, 2016 at 10:14
AOB would depend on what vehicle/engine you have.
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Reply By: Malcom M - Friday, Jul 22, 2016 at 10:50

Friday, Jul 22, 2016 at 10:50
Not sure what you are asking. You want a comparison between an engine driven compressor versus a little thing for engaging lockers?

The engine driven ones mount on the engine so maybe contact the manufacturers for vehicle specific info relevant to the vehicle you are thinking of.
Locker compressor location depends on what space you have in your engine bay or truck, something we don't have info on.
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Reply By: AlbyNSW - Friday, Jul 22, 2016 at 13:22

Friday, Jul 22, 2016 at 13:22
The ARB one is a very good compressor and very compact in size compared to many others which makes is easier to find a spot under the bonnet
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Follow Up By: Michael H9 - Friday, Jul 22, 2016 at 18:52

Friday, Jul 22, 2016 at 18:52
I'll second that. They aren't cheap but they are good.
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Follow Up By: Tim F3 - Friday, Jul 22, 2016 at 19:55

Friday, Jul 22, 2016 at 19:55
My arb pump is in engine bay and is approx 15 years old not as fast as others but works everytime..
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Follow Up By: Member - Boobook - Sunday, Jul 24, 2016 at 08:24

Sunday, Jul 24, 2016 at 08:24
I looked for ages and really didn't want to buy another ARB as my old one failed. The AOB ones looked good. But in the end the ARB won out because it was the only one that was water and dust resistant and it was ok ( but not great) with the output.
2 things to watch with the ARB one though.
1)Their cut out switch is only about 100 PSI ( from memory) others are 150PSI. Important if you use a tank as you wont get as much air in it.
2)The connectors they use are only rated at 15A from the manufacturer and get REALLY hot / melt, even the wires get very hot. Replace the connectors with Anderson or similar. They work a lot better. It is a bad cheap design.
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Follow Up By: Member - John - Sunday, Jul 24, 2016 at 08:40

Sunday, Jul 24, 2016 at 08:40
Boobook, "But in the end the ARB won out because it was the only one that was water and dust resistant", are you saying the AOB compressor was not water and dust resistant?
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Follow Up By: Member - Boobook - Sunday, Jul 24, 2016 at 09:15

Sunday, Jul 24, 2016 at 09:15
John, I am *pretty* sure that was the case. I told them I was putting it in behind the bull bar and they said that they didn't recommend that. I did really want to buy an AOB unit because their service was second to none. Great guys.

I asked 3 different ARB people including the product manager ( I don't usually trust what ARB sales staff tell me - every thing ARB is great. if you know what I mean) . All 3 said the compressor would work under water as long as the air inlet is above water level.

Dunno how true that is, but one of my compressors in mounted inside the bull bar covered in dust and river crossings. Touch wood it has been like that for 3 years. I also have one further up in the engine bay for extra air and just in case.
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Follow Up By: Member - John - Sunday, Jul 24, 2016 at 12:07

Sunday, Jul 24, 2016 at 12:07
Boobook, my apologies, I thought you were referring to the AOB engine driven compressor, not the 12 volt one, oops.
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Follow Up By: Member - Boobook - Sunday, Jul 24, 2016 at 14:49

Sunday, Jul 24, 2016 at 14:49
That WOULD be the best option. i wonder if it would fit in a 200.

Edit. The endless air one definitely doesn't

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Follow Up By: Member - bungarra (WA) - Friday, Jul 29, 2016 at 20:46

Friday, Jul 29, 2016 at 20:46
In my 200 I have fitted the ARB (single) in the front behind the grill but in front and off to the side of the radiator so as to not restrict air flow..........works a treat.
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Reply By: Batt's - Wednesday, Jul 27, 2016 at 16:17

Wednesday, Jul 27, 2016 at 16:17
I've had a 72 ltr per minute Bushranger max air since 2004 still works great. It was recommended to me to help the compressor last longer and to help prevent it tripping out from excessive heat if you mount it under a bonnet then you should open the bonnet when running the compressor this will help keep it cool it made sense to me because it cost $360 back then and has never let me down it's been one of my best purchases for my 4WD.

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