2007 SEMA Show Report
Las Vegas, Oct 29, 2007 - Chrysler will debut eight ultra-customized Chrysler, Jeep® and Dodge vehicles at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) trade show, the annual showcase of technology, trends and products representing the $36.7 billion automotive parts and accessories industry. The SEMA show will be held Oct. 30 - Nov. 2, 2007 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
Chrysler's 'tricked, tuned and customized' Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge vehicles were conceived and designed for SEMA by the Mopar Underground design team, a group of in-house automotive enthusiasts who donate their time to the SEMA project vehicles.
ARB Tire Inflator (do it yourself)
Airing down is a HUGE advantage while on the trail. It gives you a wider foot print. What do you do if you go out and nobody has a compressor? You don't air down or you leave the trail head with 4 low tires.
After my ARB install it was obvious the air compressor was powerful enough to run the air lockers with a flip of a few switches. It dawned on me there was a kit available to turn the ARB compressor into a tire inflator. Looking around on the net I noticed the price of a inflator kit ranged from 30-50 dollars depending on where you looked. I was simply amazed that the contents of the kit was an air hose and a few fittings that plugged into the ARB compressor. Toying around the garage I decided I could probably build one for alot less and do exactly what the kit would do.
OBA part 0. Locating a York Compressor
Locating a York Compressor is easy if you know where or what to look into. Here is a nice list of various vehicles to look through for your York compressor.
I had a friend pull a York 210 for me and I was pretty sure it was a 210, but like usual the negative in me had to prove it. First off normally there is a tag identifying exactly what you have. Is it a 206, 209 or a 210? Theres the tag way and there is the pull the clutch and look at the tip of the crank method. My York was missing the Tag.
Im not a York expert by any means and Ive been told that York 210s are pretty easy to spot due to their shape. However I wanted to be sure so I spent a few minutes and pulled the clutch/pulley off to verify.
OBA part 2. York Compressor Inspection
I had a compressor shipped from me from a buddy on the forum and I decided it was warm enough to play in the garage so I decided to open it up and start inspecting it.
OBA part 3. York Gasket and O-Ring Replacement
When I opened up my Junkyard York 210 I noticed that the top gasket was missing. I did a little leg work and found out there are actually two gaskets on the top of the York 210. Brad Kilby suggested I should rebuild it with their gasket kit. "EF210R-KIT" I figured I needed it because of missing gaskets and for around 20bucks I couldn't go wrong. I'm planning on building an entire system and if I'm depending on a Junkyard Compressor I might as well make sure its as sound as I can.
York Mounting Bracket
In order to mount your York compressor under the hood and utilize the belt system you have to add this new bracket or design your own. Kilby Enterprises designed a system along with a new belt that solves the problem by relocating the alternator. After a few emails my bracket was ordered and sent for installation. I do have air conditioning and this kit works along with it so I could maintain my A/C. Whats a Jeep without A/C? =)
Air Compressor Basics
In this article we are going to look at the differences between air compressors and how how to choose the best one for you.
To start off, the first thing you will notice when you start shopping for a compressor is that Prices run anywhere from $10.00 to 500.00 or more. So what makes one better than the other. well usually it comes down to duty cycle and CFM.
Air Diagram for building your own OBA
Onboard Air diagram for those who are looking to build your own system. Diagram explains the entire layout of a new system being planned.
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Convert a fire extinguisher to an air storage tank
I got hold of a 2.5 gal stainless steel fire extinguisher that was used with compressed water and I decided this would make a perfect air tank for my onboard air setup. Just remember to label the tank so you don't try putting out any fires with it.
Homemade On-Board Air
After the first big trail ride even I quickly felt the need for a way to air down/up on the trail. I needed an onboard air system. I didn't want to spend a lot of money and I have the ability to fabricate mounts so because my jeep does not have factory AC an engine driven compressor could be installed in the factory location without much trouble.
Installation of REV111 MetalCloak Fenders and Flares
Well, I knew this day was coming. From the day I started wheeling I realized I would need more money for modifications. In fact, I remember telling my wife one day that all I needed was just a couple last items. I am sure if you are reading this you know where I am coming from. You always need a few more. On the list of last few items where new flat fenders. Flat fenders were something I have wanted for a long time, they can help address clearance issues, visibility, and I had heard they could address the “small” dent I had in my passenger side fender and the future dents I had yet to receive.
Installing On-Board Air York/Sanden
After bumming air off others, I finally made the decision to put on-board air on the Jeep. I decided that I was not interested in cutting the inner fender well in order to fit one of the popular York compressors on the side of the engine. This left the option of going with a reciprocating compressor with the hopes I wouldn’t need to do any trimming of the fender. I thought about fabricating my own brackets but decided to purchase them from Kilby Enterprise.
Jon's On-Board Air setup
One of the most interesting projects I have done with my Jeep to date is fabricating a custom on-board air system. I decided that I could spend some money getting something fancy like a new battery or sway-bar disconnects, or I could do something really useful like on-board air. Not only would it allow me to air up my tires, but also run air tools while I'm on the trail (or in the garage, for that matter).
Engine- driven air compressors can be extremely cost prohibitive, so for all you "wheeling poor" and cheap skates, I bring to you the SuperFlow 12 Volt Air Compressor.
Airing down is the easy part, it’s getting the air back in that becomes the challenge. If set up with an auxiliary air tank, the York will provide a very impressive amount of air. Enough to air up your tires in a matter of minutes and run air tools.
Onboard air the cheap way
When I started looking at what I wanted on the Jeep, I found that one of the items on everyone's list was on-board air. That took me down the road of looking at the ARB & Quick Air systems, and the A/C Compressor conversions. Oh yes, also the CO2 Power Tank.
All I can say is OUCH. I freely admit that at this time I am not in the same league as anyone who really needs a solution like any of these fine systems. I don't have air lockers, air horns, and do not expect to be running air tools on the trail. At first, didn't think I would air down that much so I opted for a high-capacity compressor that does a good job of airing up four tires from about 20lbs to 35lbs in about 20 minutes. That worked OK to start out.
Onboard air with a stock a/c compressor
Tired of having that silly air conditioning in a topless/doorless Jeep? Or maybe you'&re just willing to sacrifice a creature comfort in order to gain an awesome on-trail tool. Either way, if your Jeep came from the factory with air conditioning, you have the makings of an excellent on-board air system, with fewer headaches than adapting a compressor from another application.
Outback Air C02 System
One of the all-time coolest modifications that you can make to your trail vehicle is to add an onboard air system. For years there have been many options for adding onboard air to just about any on or off-road vehicle. In general, these systems fell into one of two categories: expensive and cheap (literally and figuratively). There has not been a middle-of-the-road option for someone that wants a reliable system and doesn't want to invest a small fortune.
Meet the middle-of-the-road: the Outback Air CO2 System. To be called “middle-of-the-road” may not sound to you like a very positive endorsement but this is not the case with the Outback Air. The Outback Air is an awesome tool.
At one extreme we have powerful electric and belt-driven compressors (as well as other CO2 systems) that can be expensive and/or difficult to install. At the other end of the spectrum there are those inexpensive compressors that plug into your vehicle's power adaptor but provide very little power – and don't even think about running air tools on one of those puny things. Though the Outback Air System is not the first CO2 system on the market and doesn't have the fanciest regulator or guard, the Outback system is positioned at a more comfortable price point for the masses, possessing an impressive blend between air, power and cost.
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