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Thread: ARB Twin Compressor in a Tool Box

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    ARB Twin Compressor in a Tool Box

    I started with this box:


    It is a DeWalt ToughSystem DS130. I picked it up at Home Depot: https://www.homedepot.com/p/DEWALT-T...8130/207205062

    I added a female quick connect to the compressor and clocked it over as much as possible. I then found the ideal location where the quick connect would nest into the lid of the tool box. Using the template supplied with the compressor, I marked and drilled the holes to bolt it into the tool box. I used blue loctite on the threads. I did have to notch one of the bosses on the bottom to make way for the bolt and washer.


    I purchased some cheap alligator clips from Amazon (the China stank is nearly unbearable) and soldered those onto the main wiring harness. There is plenty of space to coil it up to the left of the compressor:


    With the compressor mounted, there should be enough room for a coil hose? next to it. My coil hose is pretty old, and its coils have become larger and larger with extended use. I will have to look around for either a new coil hose or a standard hose that I can store separately.


    To get the switch to work, I had to swap around some wires on the 3-pin connector and I 3D printed a bracket for the switch.


    So far this thing is quieter than my Viair, and took no time to add 5 psi to my 275/70r18 tires on the Lexus.

    Eventually I will move this compressor to a hard mount in the Lexus, but that is 6 months out at least.

    Any recommendations for a good air hose? I have about 4" x 4" x 8"
    Last edited by Seanz0rz; 12-23-2017 at 12:49 PM.
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    Nice work Sean! I love the creative portability factor. Great idea thinking outside the box. Good air hose? You're telling me you didn't find anything cheap on Amazon?!
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    I found lots of cheap stuff on Amazon! One I really liked but had a rating of 120 PSI, and the pressure switch is set at 150. I have no interest in blowing up an air hose.

    Also, I can't take credit for the idea. ARB sells a kit for over $800(!!!!!!) with an air tank and everything. This will fit under my planned sleeping platform, so a relatively low height of the box was key for the project.
    2005 Lexus LX470 - Stock for now...

    1998 Toyota 4Runner SR5 V6 4x4 + a bunch of goodies. Lifted, Locked, Illuminated and Armored. Winner,"Best Offroad Truck" - 2010 Pismo Jamboree. It's been upside down and still drives me to work.

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    Great job Sean. Those boxes are very nice and sturdy. We use those at the fire department for portable radio kits and they have held up to heavy loads and being thrown around.

    As for a hose I'd look into one with tighter coils, like Powertank.
    https://powertank.com/products/sfID1/57/productID/182

    That link is for a short one but with your limited space I think you'd have to go short or small diameter to fit. Years ago I copied BruceTS and used some ice maker water line to make a hose. It was cheap and smaller diameter so I ran 30 feet of it. It was nice and rigid but can kink if you force it.

    I currently run one of these: https://campbellhausfeld.com/25-in-p...ategory_id=341
    It's got the tighter coils and is much more flexible than the hard yellow ones.

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    Thanks Mike! That Powertank hose looks like the one for me. They have a 30 foot one that will be perfect.

    I am finding most of the coiled hoses like the Campbell Hausfeld linked are only rated at 120psi. While I know they can withstand more, it just means a shorter life and more chances of it failing me at the most inopportune time.
    2005 Lexus LX470 - Stock for now...

    1998 Toyota 4Runner SR5 V6 4x4 + a bunch of goodies. Lifted, Locked, Illuminated and Armored. Winner,"Best Offroad Truck" - 2010 Pismo Jamboree. It's been upside down and still drives me to work.

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    But will the 30 footer fit in your case? I forget what I have my York set at (maybe on at 115 and off at 140) but I haven't had any issues with hoses. I've used the Powertank ones and they are nice.

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    Good point about the size. I asked on Amazon, I'll see if I get a response. If not I'll contact power tank. I might just roll the dice on a cheap Amazon hose.
    2005 Lexus LX470 - Stock for now...

    1998 Toyota 4Runner SR5 V6 4x4 + a bunch of goodies. Lifted, Locked, Illuminated and Armored. Winner,"Best Offroad Truck" - 2010 Pismo Jamboree. It's been upside down and still drives me to work.

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    Got an email from Powertank.

    Diameter of the coils is 2.25" and overall length of coils is 32". You can fold in half for a width of 4.5" and length of 16".

    That is a bit too big for my box, I have about 11" in length to fit it in, and about 4.5" in height and width. I am slightly tempted to order it and "make it fit" with folding it twice to make 3 ~10" long sections of coils and stack them in a triangle fashing. 10' will just not be long enough to do all 4 tires. I might pop down to Lowe'st Expectation and see what they have on the shelf, I already checked Homeless Despot with no success.
    2005 Lexus LX470 - Stock for now...

    1998 Toyota 4Runner SR5 V6 4x4 + a bunch of goodies. Lifted, Locked, Illuminated and Armored. Winner,"Best Offroad Truck" - 2010 Pismo Jamboree. It's been upside down and still drives me to work.

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    That's a good looking compressor and unit you built, nice work Sean.

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    Thanks Ken. It worked great airing up on NYE out in Mojave.
    2005 Lexus LX470 - Stock for now...

    1998 Toyota 4Runner SR5 V6 4x4 + a bunch of goodies. Lifted, Locked, Illuminated and Armored. Winner,"Best Offroad Truck" - 2010 Pismo Jamboree. It's been upside down and still drives me to work.

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