Compressor mounted under bonnet

Submitted: Thursday, Jun 02, 2011 at 21:21
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Hi

I have a 200series GXL TD landcruiser

Has anyone got this compressor ( ARB CKMA12, compressor kit medium air locker 12) mounted under their bonnet. Is under the bonnet a good location for a compressor? If so where did you mount it? & are you happy with its performance?

ARB have suggested that I mount it between the air filter & fire wall & run a air line out to the front to the bull bar where I can attach an air line. A switch for operation would be on a switch blank on the dash.

I would appreciate any replies

Thanks

Cole
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Reply By: Member - DickyBeach - Thursday, Jun 02, 2011 at 21:36

Thursday, Jun 02, 2011 at 21:36
As well as an air-line to the bull bar I'd recommend an air-line to the rear bumper as well - very convenient.

My #80 has had an ARB compressor mounted under the bonnet for the last 10 years and given me no problems (it also serves the rear lockers) - sorry, don't remember which model and the car's not at home at the moment.

Cheers,
DB
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Follow Up By: Cole - Thursday, Jun 02, 2011 at 22:37

Thursday, Jun 02, 2011 at 22:37
Thanks DB

I will look into the rear airline


Cole
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Reply By: vk1dx - Thursday, Jun 02, 2011 at 23:18

Thursday, Jun 02, 2011 at 23:18
Our compressor is under the bonnet of our 100 series. No air lines. Instead a long hose that does all four wheels and spares with ease and rolls up for easy storage in the drawer system. Haven't got lockers.

Phil





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Follow Up By: vk1dx - Thursday, Jun 02, 2011 at 23:21

Thursday, Jun 02, 2011 at 23:21
I am not a fan of an airline to the front bullbar (or whetever). Mainly because of the risk of dust getting into the system. Just have an out let under the bonnet like mine for an air hose. Worry about lockers later. You may get a different system that does not need an airline to the back. I don't know what it may want. And that is exactly my point.

Phil
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Follow Up By: Member - Mark E (VIC) - Friday, Jun 03, 2011 at 14:48

Friday, Jun 03, 2011 at 14:48
You can get covers for the outlets which will prevent ingress of dust and water...

The dust issue is just as relevant with under the bonnet outlet than it is on the back or the front.

Enzed is the place to look for these.

Cheers,

Mark
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Follow Up By: vk1dx - Saturday, Jun 04, 2011 at 10:34

Saturday, Jun 04, 2011 at 10:34
Hi Mark

I have a cover for it. I was thinking more about damage from rocks, stones or (I hope not) hitting something. Maybe even water.

I built a stone and rock guard that goes right across the whole front of the bullbar. I have since replaced the wire twice in two years. Luckily we had this as the lights and radiator could have been history. And thank heavens I made it so that the wire can be changed easily!

That's why I do not put things on the front. And no driving lights either.

At least under the bonnet it has more protection than stuck out the front of the car.

Each to his own and thanks for the input.

Phil
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Reply By: ben_gv3 - Friday, Jun 03, 2011 at 16:00

Friday, Jun 03, 2011 at 16:00
How handy are you with the tools? If doing it yourself I would run an airline to the rear bumper so you can inflate your caravan/trailer tyres as well. If you're paying someone else to do it I would save the money and just have an extra long hose from the engine bay.

I have mine mounted in the engine bay and a rubber table leg foot keeping dust/water out of the fitting.
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Reply By: Cole - Friday, Jun 03, 2011 at 19:07

Friday, Jun 03, 2011 at 19:07
Thanks for the tips


Cole
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Reply By: rumpig - Friday, Jun 03, 2011 at 20:23

Friday, Jun 03, 2011 at 20:23
i just paid the extra and put the compressor in the rear cargo area with my storage system. the compressor is out of the elements and being in the back i have no need for extra hose to reach the camper trailer.
they'll want to charge you extra to run the hose to the bullbar anyway, aswell as if you have a camper you'll need extra hose to reach that or as said run another line to the rear of the vehicle, so i just mounted mine in the rear and saved the hassle.
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Follow Up By: rumpig - Friday, Jun 03, 2011 at 20:24

Friday, Jun 03, 2011 at 20:24
i forgot to mention i did it all at time of front and back locker install, so i had the bigger of the 2 ARB compressor.
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Follow Up By: vk1dx - Saturday, Jun 04, 2011 at 19:54

Saturday, Jun 04, 2011 at 19:54
One of our sons had his inside and the boss refused to go again until he got it out of the car. Too much noise. It's under the bonnet now. Either that or don't use the lockers.

Phil
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Reply By: Member - Alastair D (NSW) - Saturday, Jun 04, 2011 at 13:50

Saturday, Jun 04, 2011 at 13:50
Cole,
I have a compressor under the bonnet of my 100s. Been there for 5 years and no problems.

As others have suggested I have run a hose to a snap coupling on the rear bumper and also have an outlet under the bonnet. Use the rubber chair leg ends to stop dirt as others have suggested.

As well as making inflating tyres easy I use ours most for blowing off all the dust from the rear of the vehicle (and CT if we are towing) when we stop. It is much easier to keep clothes and self clean.

cheers
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Reply By: Cole - Sunday, Jun 05, 2011 at 17:54

Sunday, Jun 05, 2011 at 17:54
Thanks for your replies, I have decided to go with the under bonnet installation,outlet at bullbar & will look into the cost of getting an additional outlet to the rear for the reasons mentioned in other posts.


Thanks again for your replies



Cole
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