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ARC for on board air?

Discussion in 'Modified 1995-2001 Explorers' started by davy crockett, May 16, 2013.

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  1. davy crockett

    davy crockett Member

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    I'm looking at buying a '97 Limited that comes with ARC. I don't plan to keep the ride control system functional but it got me wondering if the compressor could be repurposed to run a small onboard air system, mostly to air up tires or maybe a future rear airbag mod.

    I did some searching on the site but didn't find anything. Has this been done or is it not feasible?
     
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    There's no reason that it wouldn't work, you'd need a pressure vessel and a relief valve.
    You'd also need to work out a way of keeping the hoses tidy and accessible.

    I knew a bloke who used his fabricated bumper as a pressure vessel and I read about someone who was talking about welding up the holes in his chassis and using one of the frame rails.
     
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    From my experience, the ARC pump goes on for a few seconds and then shuts off. If you run it for longer than what it was intended for, then it may overheat (bearing seizes in the motor).
     
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    If I remember correctly RookieShooter used a air ride pump from a Caddy for his on board air system.

    Should be the same concept just using a diff factory pump.
     
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    If this is the case, mount a fan and some kinda heat sink.
     

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