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    Default What compressor? Just not T-max

    So I have now gone through my second T-Max compressor. The first was replaced by the second under warranty and the second had to be repaired once...

    My original Leisurequip compressor might have taken longer to pump up a tyre but it also lasted longer than these sorry excuses for compressors.

    Any thoughts? I know SA 4x4 (or was it Drive Out) had a review, but I can't seem to find it, so if someone can point me to an issue number that would be helpful.
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    If used often it might be worth it to fit a 100% duty cycle one permanently to the vehicle, with air tank and all. Definately one of the mods I want to do in future, talk to the guys that fit the firestone air helper springs

    i have one of these autozone joppies with the dual head ant after 3 years it is still going strong
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    Simon.....My twin head T-Max is also on its way out after less than a year. Its also been back & forth to Megaworld but it won't last much longer. The ARB one, which is permanently mounted seems very robust, bit its pricey & only pumps around 72L/Min. These seem to last though.

    When mine pops, I will get the single head 160L/Minute compressor from Midas, that a lot of guys have gone for lately. I think it sells for Circa R800 or R900. It is a fast as a Finney, but these are usually big money.

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    Don't buy the Midas/Autozone units. The piston is a plastic one and it is rigid. No small end bush. The piston and the conrod are merged. The piston is also just flat. The barrel is aluminium.

    I fitted a 120l/min T-Max unit and I must admit. I have a ARB pressure switch with a 10l air tank. The compressor will switch on, then run for about 1 min and switch off again.

    In the Troopie I am fitting a 160l/min unit. My thinking is to rather go overkill and have the compressor last as long as possible.

    PS. The alternative is an aircon compressor or a air brake unit. Space to fit either of these is usually a problem. (Maybe you could drive it with a DC motor.)
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    I don't think we are talking about the one, Henris. I know they do carry some dodgy Compressors. The one at Midas looks identical to the Megaworld T-Max 160L/Single head (+R1200?), just not branded, but costs less.

    http://www.4x4megaworld.co.za/Produc...?i=160&CatID=5

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    Chris Meistre(CMCS) and I use these compressors. Mine is about 9 months and Chris's one is more than 2 years old already, and we've had no problems so far.
    It delivers 160lpm and costs about R1300.


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    Thats the one Zantus. The T-Max looks basically identical to the Midas one (less than R1k at Midas).

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    The filters on the heads of these compressors are not that effective. So try and "help" the filter a bit. Don't use it when there is dust around. Try and mount it where it will not be sucking dust. This will eat the barrel and the rings.
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    Makes sense . I think I should fit a power point in my boot to keep the Compressor off the ground.

    I don't really have much space left under my bonnet to permanently mount a compressor .

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    In the Troopie, I will mount it into the the back in the car. So when it is running, it will be breathing cabin air.

    I don't like the idea of mounting it under the bonnet. Lots of dust and lots of heat.
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    Don't you have to open the back to plug the hose in?

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    In my 80 I fitted 2 flex pipes. One at either back door. I will do the same on the Troopie. 1 pipe with a speed coupler at each front door.
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    I went for the underhood ARB unit, yes it was expensive, but I've also thrown away 2 "cheap" R1400 compressors in the past.

    Also maybe not the fastest unit out there, but for me the convenience factor makes up for it. One less thing to pack, with the hose always under my front seat, pop the bonnet open and have air on tap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Henris View Post
    In my 80 I fitted 2 flex pipes. One at either back door. I will do the same on the Troopie. 1 pipe with a speed coupler at each front door.
    Could you post some photos if you get a chance. Sounds intriguing

    Quote Originally Posted by Dirk View Post
    I went for the underhood ARB unit, yes it was expensive, but I've also thrown away 2 "cheap" R1400 compressors in the past.
    Also maybe not the fastest unit out there, but for me the convenience factor makes up for it. One less thing to pack, with the hose always under my front seat, pop the bonnet open and have air on tap.
    Most guys that I know who have the ARB have also gone that route after throwing away a few R1500 jobs. The ARB is very reliable.

    I must admit that the convenience aspect is very appealing, but I just don't have much space

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    The T max look a like Autoquip 160l/min (or is it other way round ) at makro now for R999

    http://www.makro.co.za/p/29528/moto-...ir-compressor/
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    Yep, its the same one again . I think they are all the same. Just branded up & sold for more. As with many things these days

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    I have one of these Monster compressors,
    http://www.4x4community.co.za/forum/...ead.php?t=6202

    Bought it about 2 years ago for about R600 when Map & Trail had their close down sale,no problems so far.

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    Similar to mine (T-Max) 110L/minute. They work well but don't tend to last. But we use them once per week & maybe they aren't supposed to be used as frequently.
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    I have two of the R250 midas compressors (gold). I had a more expensive safaricentre one which let me down in the centre of Kaokoveld when I really needed it...

    IMO - 2 x midas compressors make sense - you have a backup in case one fails. Also if used toegether, they are almost as quick as the more expensive compressors. I have used the midas compressor for years and have had no problems - used often.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KimballR View Post
    IMO - 2 x midas compressors make sense - you have a backup in case one fails.
    You also needs twice the packing space......
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