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[*] posted on 10-8-2019 at 08:08 AM
MD-50 Compressor


Good topic for most of us. Yes, I know it has been discussed before, But, IMO it needs to be a stand alone topic. Much better than buried in other threads.

Sigh: Good things need some effort to make them work better or correctly.
Yes the Mv-50 is a good choice for a handyman.
Check out this link to decide what improvements are necessary. I do not think you have to go the whole way, but just pick and choose to the important improvements that could be fatal out in teh boondocks.
https://www.toyota-4runner.org/3rd-gen-t4rs/131953-bfads-sup...
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[*] posted on 10-8-2019 at 08:29 AM


I had an MV-50 for awhile. Did several of the improvements shown in the link. Nonetheless, the reed valve still self-destructed so I replaced the entire unit with a Viair 400P portable compressor.

My Viair 400P has has seen heavy use for 6-7 years filling 33-35" tires and is still going strong with no modifications/improvements necessary. About $160 when on sale on Amazon.

In my opinion the MV-50 is okay for light duty use, but just okay even if/when "improved." There are better buys for portable compressors.

YMMV

P.S. - A damaged MV-50 reed valve can be replaced with a cut down piece of feeler gauge. Go slightly thicker than the original reed valve, but not too much.
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[*] posted on 10-8-2019 at 09:11 AM


I've had a Viair 85P for about 4 years, have had no issues at all with it. I probably should have gone with the battery connect style, but so far have not had a problem using the power port. Never blown a fuse and it airs up pretty rapidly.

I really like the screw on air connection, much better than the lever type, IMO.

John

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[*] posted on 10-8-2019 at 10:21 AM


PUMA

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reliable
durable

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[*] posted on 10-8-2019 at 10:31 AM


Pumas are indeed great compressors. Unfortunately, they take up a lot of space which is in short supply in my rigs.
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[*] posted on 10-8-2019 at 10:51 AM


This is the one I've had for 5-6 years: https://www.amazon.com/Inflator-Portable-Compressor-MasterFl...

Fits perfectly in the center console of the truck. Easily inflates 33" load E tires.





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[*] posted on 10-8-2019 at 11:16 AM


https://www.4wheelparts.com/p/smittybilt-2-54-cfm-air-compre...

This has seved me well for 6 years.

[Edited on 10-8-2019 by chippy]
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[*] posted on 10-8-2019 at 03:08 PM
MV-50 right ??


Quote: Originally posted by PaulW  
Good topic for most of us. Yes, I know it has been discussed before, But, IMO it needs to be a stand alone topic. Much better than buried in other threads.

Sigh: Good things need some effort to make them work better or correctly.
Yes the Mv-50 is a good choice for a handyman.
Check out this link to decide what improvements are necessary. I do not think you have to go the whole way, but just pick and choose to the important improvements that could be fatal out in teh boondocks.
https://www.toyota-4runner.org/3rd-gen-t4rs/131953-bfads-sup...


The photos at that link are compromised because somebody didn't pay the minimum on Photobucket for third party hosting.

Here's a pic of my MV-50 box:







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[*] posted on 10-8-2019 at 03:14 PM


Ultimate high end compressor. Way overpriced but is very close to being as fast as my CO2 bottle. I would never spend the money, it was in the jeep when I bought it. https://www.4wheelparts.com/p/arb-on-board-twin-high-perform...
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[*] posted on 10-8-2019 at 03:18 PM


Quote: Originally posted by ehall  
Ultimate high end compressor. Way overpriced but is very close to being as fast as my CO2 bottle. I would never spend the money, it was in the jeep when I bought it. https://www.4wheelparts.com/p/arb-on-board-twin-high-perform...


Yes, a crazy price...
A Nomad I know installed something like that in the back of his '03 Wrangler, taking up valuable space. I still could fill all my tires in less time with my MV-50 at $80. The MV-50 fits behind my driver's seat in a tote bag.




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[*] posted on 10-8-2019 at 03:44 PM


Mine is mounted under the passenger seat
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[*] posted on 10-8-2019 at 03:49 PM


Nice... I would enjoy a built-in setup... There is room in the engine compartment, too. I just don't go off-roading so much, now that the road guide driving work is done. Getting old fast and I hate it! It was really nice to be a passenger in the last two Baja trips (riding with TV camera crews and celebs)!



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[*] posted on 10-9-2019 at 11:54 AM


As mentioned above, I own a Viair 400P portable compressor.

I also have a Viair 400H mounted under the hood of my jeep.

The 400P and 400H have identical output and can easily handle 35" E load rated tires. They are significantly faster and run cooler and quieter than the MV-50 I have on my parts shelf, although an engine driven compressor or the ARB twin compressor would both run circles around my Viairs.

https://wranglertjforum.com/threads/how-to-simple-onboard-ai...



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[*] posted on 10-9-2019 at 07:55 PM


I have two VIAIR 00088 compressors. I use to have just one. I run my tires at 70 PSI due to the weight of the truck camper. I air down to 30 PSI if I am driving on soft sand.

The problem was when airing back up to 70PSI, the unit would over heat. It would be fine for two tires though. So I bought another one and I switch out the units.
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[*] posted on 10-10-2019 at 07:26 AM


DK, Thanks for the pic
Ed, I use a 20# CO2 tank and no one in our groups in Colorado or San Felipe can ever beat me in airing up from 12 to 28psi on my 35x12.5x15 tires. I use a fixed reg, Powertank gauge assy I got for a pittance. and a 3/8" hose. I can even beat the York compressor guy.
All others, Keep the compressor suggestions coming.
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[*] posted on 10-10-2019 at 12:02 PM


I have the Vivair 450. It's a 100% duty cycle model. It's certainty expensive, even on sale, but I've had it long enough the sticker shock has worn off. It has quality fittings and accessories. It fills tires resonably quickly and hasn't had a problem filling multiple vehicles worth. It's reasonably quiet too. The bag it comes in has more than enough room to put it away without duplicating a factory small-as-possible folding job. There's plenty of room left over for the valve stem deflator tool, tire plug kit items and extra pressure gauges. I like having it in a bag so I can take it in whatever vehicle I happen to be riding in.
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[*] posted on 10-10-2019 at 05:57 PM


Quote: Originally posted by PaulW  
DK, Thanks for the pic
Ed, I use a 20# CO2 tank and no one in our groups in Colorado or San Felipe can ever beat me in airing up from 12 to 28psi on my 35x12.5x15 tires. I use a fixed reg, Powertank gauge assy I got for a pittance. and a 3/8" hose. I can even beat the York compressor guy.
All others, Keep the compressor suggestions coming.


Ya. I use the bottle but love having the compressor for back up.
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[*] posted on 10-13-2019 at 09:08 AM


FYI, Here are other threads on compressors

http://forums.bajanomad.com/viewthread.php?tid=82810&pag...

http://forums.bajanomad.com/viewthread.php?tid=81425#pid1014...
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[*] posted on 10-13-2019 at 09:17 AM


I have the Viair Extreme (2 Viair 350c compressors with a 2 gallon air tank) on the TJ Rubicon. I bought an inexpensive Harbor Freight portable compressor for the JT Rubicon. When I go to 37" or 38" tires, I may upgrade to ARB twin compressors.
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[*] posted on 10-13-2019 at 09:28 AM


Quote: Originally posted by Ken Cooke  
I have the Viair Extreme (2 Viair 350c compressors with a 2 gallon air tank) on the TJ Rubicon. I bought an inexpensive Harbor Freight portable compressor for the JT Rubicon. When I go to 37" or 38" tires, I may upgrade to ARB twin compressors.



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