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Thread: OPINION: Single or dual ARB compressor

  1. #11
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    I stumbled across this test while looking for something else. Has performance data for ARB single and twin in chart at end of article.

    https://www.4x4australia.com.au/gear...sor-comparison
    Last edited by Ducky's Dad; 01-07-2018 at 06:44 PM.

  2. #12
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    I went with the single/portable.

    I saw the single vs double as trading speed for current draw. I decided I did not need the speed, and since I was getting the portable, I wanted lower current draw as it might be in several different vehicles. I chose correctly, I as I have used in in my Hummer, 2500HD, CJ-7 and passenger car. I also converted it to the Warn quickconnect system, so no opening hood and full compatibility with that jump charge system. When I need more speed, I have an auxilary tank I can pre-fill.

  3. #13
    I've had both. Go with the dual, why mess around. It is worth the extra $$. The first dual I used for 3 years before selling that rig, never let me down. I'm 5 years into my second dual compressor. Both setups had 5 gallon tanks and chucks fore and aft. I'm adding one to my other 4x4.

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    I've ran the viair(FAILED after 6 uses). I bought the ARB dual compressor, works great. I'm running 35" MTR's, I'm plumbing in an expired air tank(4200 psi) for more volume. I recommend the dual compressor, Ron
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  5. #15
    No experience with singles but the dual is the bomb! Does 35's like a walk in the park with no auxiliary tank. IMHO worth the extra $ if you run larger tires.

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    A friend works at ARB in Australia and asked if I have the single or dual in my Africa Jeep.

    He was happy to hear I have the single (which I love) - they get a lot of the duals in for repair.

    I regularly air up my 34x10.5r17 KO2s, and have even aired up a friends 37s a few times. Never a problem.

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    they get a lot of the duals in for repair.
    The duals have a tendency to run hot.

  8. #18
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    Would be interesting to test the two... as the Twin compressor has a cooling fan and would be running half as long as the single.

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    I wonder if more people who buy the dual unit and actually use it, use it on bigger tires and give it a real workout.

    I have the single portable unit and it seems about perfect for stock size tires (31-32"). It seems to work 2-3 times faster than my old cheapo MV-50 and doesn't get absurdly hot in hot weather.

  10. #20
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    I originally used the single (CKMA12) and recently replaced it with the twin (CKMTA12). I wish I'd ponied up for the twin to begin with. I really just use it for airing up tires and I was tired of spending an entire duty cycle airing up my tires. I can't speak to the longevity, yet. I've also been able to seat a bead with the twin but was unable to do so with the single.

    On a related note, if you have the space and budget also look at the Extreme Outback compressors. I'd have gone that direction if I had the space.
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