ARB Compressor Install

Having an air compressor in your vehicle for off-roading or overlanding is a “must have” tool.  I will have a blog post about tire pressure and why it’s important to deflate your tires when on the trail, but having the ability to inflate your tires is a necessity. The alternatives of relying on assistance, limping to the ‘nearest’ gas station, or essentially being stuck are not as attractive as this small investment.

There are many options for air compressors.  Expedition Portal has a great review article about air compressors. They test many different compressors and give you their expert opinions.  (See below)

I have had three air compressors over the years.  I first had the “Little Red Compressor.” That worked well for many years – it was slow in inflating my 35” tires – but it worked, regardless. “Little Red” died at the worst possible time when I was at Gateway to the Cumberlands Jeep Jamboree in 2016.  I then upgraded and got my next compressor from a friend who had a ViAir.  That was great – it was quick, and I was happy. When I got my 2018 Rubicon I wanted to go in a different direction on the build.  I wanted to organize and slim down my gear.  Being able to conceal the ARB Dual Air Compressor under the passenger seat was just the way to do that. I measured the pro’s and con’s to permanently mounting the air compressor in the Jeep.  Overall I came to the decision to mount the compressor inside the Jeep.

There are many options where to mount the ARB Dual Air Compressor including under either the driver or passenger seat, or on a bracket that is in the cargo area on the 4-door JKU/JLU.  You can also mount them in the engine bay.  I initially wanted to install it in the engine bay, but the custom bracket conflicted with where I have my fuse box. I “settled” on buying the Innovative JK Products under passenger seat bracket and air up system.  Their system is fairly simple to install.

Pro Tip: If this is your first time running wire through the fire wall, use a long drill bit and clean out the hole. (Instruction 4C on the Innovative JK Products instructions for the JKU.) Where the fender meets the fire wall there is a “T” section of fender that makes it difficult to run many or thick gauge wire through.

Pro Tip: If you want to be able to run different air hoses or attachments, other than the Innovative JK Air Up Air Down system, contact them to get a universal attachment.

The directions and customer support from Innovative JK Products is outstanding.  I was able to email him a few times about install questions/issues I had, and he got back to me right away.  

I chose to get the universal adapters for the air up system, that way I can use the ARB hose and generic air hoses to blow up other inflatables (pool toys, etc.), or other deflated tires on Jeeps!

Overall, I am very impressed how quickly it inflates four 35” tires.  What used to take me 5+ minutes a tire, connect/inflate/disconnect/repeat, now takes less than half the time. I am airing up all four tires (15 psi to 28 psi) in about 7 minutes flat… pun intended!

Published by Expedition Team. Overland

As a Boy Scout Eagle Scout, camping, camp fires and maps have always been a passion. After getting my professional carrier established as a Boeing 737 Captain for a Major US Airline, I was able to get back to my routes of playing in the woods, mud and building things. I got my first Jeep in 2012. It was a 2002 Jeep Wrangler TJ, I did not modify it, and it had many mechanical problems, as I was a novice, and not mechanical, I sold it for a new 2013 Jeep Wrangler Sport Unlimited. In 2014 I installed an American Expedition Vehicles (AEV) 2.5" lift with Kelly Safari 35" tires. In 2015 I continued my build with AEV front and rear bumpers, snorkel, skid plates, and off road lights. Up until now, I did off-roading at the local Southington Off Road Park, Rausch Creek in Pennsylvania, and Badlands Park in Indiana. was an outstanding resource and I was able to make life-long friendship. In 2015 I did my first big trip with the jeep, first we stopped in Ouray, Colorado. We had two days of trails and did Imogene & Engineer Passes. I left part of myself in the San Juan Mountains and my want to return has been strong since. After Ouray, we went to Moab, Utah for Jeep Jamboree. Moab is "Jeepers Paradise". Endless miles of trails, from dirt roads to the most extreme, Moab offers endless possibilities for the Jeeper, hiker, mountain biker, everyone. Since 2015 I have returned to Moab in 2017 & 2019. In 2018, I traded in my 2013 JKU Sport for a 2018 JKU Rubicon Recon. I did this drastic move, because I was at the point in my build where I needed to upgrade my axels. I made the very difficult decision and striped as much as I could from my 2013 Jeep to move to the new jeep, as they were both the same style of jeeps; JKU's. I spent the spring and summer of 2018 to build my jeep. I once again installed an AEV 3.5" lift, 35" BFGoodrich KO2's and AEV front and rear bumpers. With this build I wanted to move from the "Rock Crawler" to an Overland build. I can still do all the difficult trail of Moab, Rubicon Trail, but also the fire roads and cover many miles full of camping and off road gear. With Overlanding in mind, I have build a cargo platform for my ARB 50q Fridge, and specific loading of the camping gear. Where is the Future? Buying an Earth Roamer and exploring as much of the country as possible? Thats a goal, but I hope in the coming years to get a roof rack, roof top tent, and then doing more Expeditions though Appalachian, Rocky Mountains, desert of New Mexico and Arizona, and the National Parks west of the Rocky Mountains.

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