4x4 Compressor pump

Submitted: Monday, Jan 12, 2009 at 16:45
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Hi all

A friend and myself will be taking her brand new JEEP wrangler over to Stockton beach.

I realized that we have not got a compressor pump for the JEEP. from what i can tell we need a decent one for about $300 but neither of us can afford this after xmas etc.

We're still keen to go and wondered are we able to get to a service station with the PSi on half way? I don't know the area so is there a servo nearby? would driving with 16psi be dangerous or likely to ruin the wheels/ tyres?

we should be up there around 10am on Saturday, if you see a Chrome and black wrangler come over and say hello.


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Reply By: Member - Tony B (Malanda FNQ) - Monday, Jan 12, 2009 at 16:59

Monday, Jan 12, 2009 at 16:59
Benje. If you are not going to use it often then go for the cheap $25 or so one that will give you many a tyre pump anyway. Better than driving with flat tyres. FYI - You can get a Good Kingcome one for around $120. Cheers Tony
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Follow Up By: Benje - Monday, Jan 12, 2009 at 17:22

Monday, Jan 12, 2009 at 17:22
Cheers tony, where is best to buy one from?
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Follow Up By: Member - Tony B (Malanda FNQ) - Monday, Jan 12, 2009 at 18:32

Monday, Jan 12, 2009 at 18:32
Benje. ANY OF THE CAR PART STORES STOCK THESE CHEAPER VERSIONS. Some more upmarket than others - but there all good for a few outings and sometimes if you do not run them too long at any one time ie in small bursts of 1min they can last for a while. Cheers Tony
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Reply By: Crackles - Monday, Jan 12, 2009 at 17:19

Monday, Jan 12, 2009 at 17:19
I wouldn't hesitate running my Jeep at 16 psi for 50 km limiting my speed to below 80kph. Williamtown & Anna Bay are close by for reinflating at a Servo. Be aware the car won't handle as well.
I would however always carry a compressor in case I got sand in the bead which can be easy to do. Possibly for this trip you could borrow one.
Cheers Craig...............
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Follow Up By: Benje - Monday, Jan 12, 2009 at 17:24

Monday, Jan 12, 2009 at 17:24
I think we may buy one as we will use it but cheers for the advice re the Jeep. How do the Jeeps handle on sand? The one my friend has bought is the 2008 vewrsion of the Wrangler.
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Follow Up By: Crackles - Monday, Jan 12, 2009 at 18:48

Monday, Jan 12, 2009 at 18:48
I have the manual diesel Wrangler & is absolutely brilliant, the petrol auto would be even better. Drove around quite a few bogged vehicles down a Robe with relative ease as the power to weight is excellent.

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Reply By: timglobal - Monday, Jan 12, 2009 at 17:32

Monday, Jan 12, 2009 at 17:32
Hi Benje

There are services within safe, slow driving distance at either end.
Lavis Lane (western end) or Anna Bay (eastern end) services. Low pressure at low speed (<50kph) for short distances should be fine on black-top. Don't forget to disengage 4WD is you're using it, before hitting the black-top.

You may find queues for air on a nice day, but that's a small price to pay.
Don't forget to buy an access permit, available from either servo.
An enterprising 4x4 club could set up an air up/down point I reckon!

Enjoy the dunes, but be careful about other users, sites of aboriginal interest, etc.

Sygna wreck, tank traps, downed bomber, tin village and aboriginal shell mounds and fishing are the attractions. Do show us pictures after.

All Jeep Wranglers are exceptionally capable vehicles. Note they (and other makes) have ESP which sometimes causes issues on the sand. Disengaging ESP on sand seems to be the overall recommendation. Read the manual for the various ways to enable this, such as engaging 4Lo or manually deactivating and understand the implications before doing this.

Golden rule on sand to avoid bogging - if you're not going forward, you're likely going down, so stop giving it gas.

Take a snatch strap in case you get bogged and understand how to use it. Jeep forums (like ausjeepoffroad.com ) will give you the info on setting up a rig for this and *never* use a tow ball :)

I believe (but check) that the OEM recovery point is good for emergency snatching. Double check yourself or do the gentlemanly thing and offer to get them fitted for her before Saturday. I'm sure she will be grateful.



ps - Chrome and black wrangler - is she a hairdresser? :)
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Reply By: deserter - Monday, Jan 12, 2009 at 17:38

Monday, Jan 12, 2009 at 17:38
Why not just drop the pressures to 24 or so and see how that goes.
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Follow Up By: Member - Teege (NSW) - Monday, Jan 12, 2009 at 19:03

Monday, Jan 12, 2009 at 19:03
24 won't get you very far on Stockton. 16-18 is the norm and sometimes less. Of course you can tear up and down the beachfront on 30 if you want to. But go behind the first dune and you have to air down.

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Reply By: stephen looking - Monday, Jan 12, 2009 at 18:01

Monday, Jan 12, 2009 at 18:01
G'day Benji,

I wouldn't worry to much about the compressor as others have said the servo down the road is close you can pump up the tyres and also wash off the sand. just drive slow and all will be ok.

But mate do get a snatch strap and a couple of shackles (3.25 t), because if you get bogged i beleive it is just respect full to provide you own recovery equipment. Also a big flat piece of wood that you can put your jack on if you do roll the tyre off the rim.

Also mate i noticed in a previous thread you where thinking of camping at the beach don't do it you will get sand in cracks you didn't know you had.

Have a good one. And remember tread lightly.

Cheers and cold beers.........Steve

PS when i was there last i had a ball and when the fighter jets go over it is some thing special, irag iran????
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Reply By: Ozboc - Monday, Jan 12, 2009 at 18:58

Monday, Jan 12, 2009 at 18:58
ebay my friend ---- i got a double pump 150 LPM pump ( 40 amp usage) for $68.00 + $25 delivery -- been going strong now for a while --- bought a name brand one -- lasted JUST past its warranty at 4 x the price

get what you pay for ?? sure -- buy $400 pump lasts just over a year - buy an el chepo from ebay -- going strong well after 2 years ... and its used almost every weekend in summer to do 6 tires ( my vehicle and trailer ) and friends ...

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Follow Up By: Member - Hairs & Fysh (North - Monday, Jan 12, 2009 at 19:56

Monday, Jan 12, 2009 at 19:56
Gotta agree with you Ozboc.,
Two year ago I bought an Ebay pump 150psi, 50 amp fuse, 150liters per minute.twin piston,
It'll pump up up from dead flat, Desert Dueler 31x10.5x15 in just under 3 minutes. Cost me less than $100.00 with freight. I use it all the time, Kids Pushbike tyres, Balls, blowing things out, just keep the air cleaner/filter clean.
Here's an EG, Heavy Duty Dual Motor Air Compressor-JD120
Supercheap were selling the same pump with different stickers on the pump & case for $230.00 at the time I bought mine.

You'll find one, Hope you have a blast.+

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Follow Up By: Ozboc - Monday, Jan 12, 2009 at 20:42

Monday, Jan 12, 2009 at 20:42
yup , this is the same one i have - don't be in a rush to buy one -- there ALWAYS ON EBAY - check the average price paid for them - do this by going into there feedback - look for the compressors that have been sold -- it will show the price it went for

dont get caught up in bidding wars - if you miss it today -- there will be another one in maybe a few hours or following day ...

i have seen the same item sell for $250 one day - then $60 the next

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Follow Up By: Member - Hairs & Fysh (North - Monday, Jan 12, 2009 at 21:19

Monday, Jan 12, 2009 at 21:19
Your dead right Boc ,

Don't get caught up in a bidding war, another will come along.

eBay, it as saved me a truck load of money. The trick is to know your product, know its price and don't bid just for the sake of winning and above all be patient.

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Reply By: Member - John M (NSW) - Tuesday, Jan 13, 2009 at 07:49

Tuesday, Jan 13, 2009 at 07:49
Hi Benje

I don't know where you are located but if close to Glenwood, Sydney I will lend you one and give you a cheap one that will get you out of trouble as I have a couple spare after installing compressors and tanks into my vehicles.

Regards John
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