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Old 02-15-2009, 04:26 PM
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I need to get onboard air for my cruisers and would appreciate some input. This application is specifically for airing up after runs. My criteria is that it must cost under $300 and be transferable between cruisers. I have it narrowed down to either an Ultimate Air CO2 system or a 12v Puma like this.

I know that a lot of folks use CO2 and at least a few use 12v compressors. I believe that Tch2fly has this Puma. Help me out and post up what you have, what you like AND dislike about it, and which way you would go if you were to do it again. Thanks!
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I love my UA CO2 setup and would not trade it for anything! Well, maybe a compressor when my tank is empty!I really want a compressor with a tank to run my air horns instead of the instant on compressor. If I had both setups, it would not matter if my tank emptied out with one tire to go.
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Old 02-15-2009, 06:13 PM
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Don't have any experience with the Puma compressor. Co2 is fast and works well. the negative side is you have to take it to be filled and usually leave it overnight to be filled. 9 times out of 10 you will run out of co2 between tires 3 and 4. 12 volt is slow and pretty dependable. OBA is the best way in my opinion but I have OBA. Hope that helps
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both. compressor and co2.. I always carried both. Now, just a compressor.
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Old 02-15-2009, 07:17 PM
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Right now you can get a high volume ARB compressor for $208, the tire fill kit for $30 and you can get a 2.5 gal air tank for $65. This comes pretty close to meeting your budget. Thats what I have and it never runs out.
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I would like C02 but I know I would forget to fill it and that was the main reason I went with a compressor.
I have not had a chance to use my Puma to refill after wheeling but it has worked great around the garage and Friday I filled a friend's Volvo tire and it took a bit over a minute from dead flat to 35 psi.


Plus side- cheaper than most C02 setups or high end compressors. It fills much faster than the small Qmax compressor it replaced.

Neg side - heavy and a bit bulky (though not much bigger than a C02 tank) slower than C02 or engine-driven OBA.
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Old 02-15-2009, 09:54 PM
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I would also vote for 12v. CO2 just has too many inconveniences attached, IMO.
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It is a pain to go get the CO2 tank filled, but it's a lot faster than most compressors. It's not as nice as OBA, but I like being able to use it in any of my rigs, around the garage, etc. I have probably aired up my tires (34's) 4 or 5 times on one tank plus loaned some out too and I still have some gas left.
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the negative side is you have to take it to be filled and usually leave it overnight to be filled.
Red Comet will fill while you wait, for cheap. Great folks.

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Red Comet will fill while you wait, for cheap. Great folks.

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Thats where I go, takes about 10 minutes and I get 3 tanks filled. (3 vehicles).

I have a compressor I carry just in case, but have never needed it. I figure I get 4 to 5 fills out of a tank and I just get it filled. Going with the gorls allows me to pilfer some of theirs if I run out and then I know its time to get all 3 filled.

This Puma sounds interesting though.
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