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Hi gang,
Well, I got new skins on the Dub and, in doing some soft sand trails, I found that, running around 8-9 psi, sure helps it float through a bit easier. But, upon re entertaining the pavement, having that low of air pressure is NOT GOOD! So, I need to find a small but, efficient and DEPENDABLE air compressor. Now, I know there’s some logistics and operational parameters here to be taken into account. By some of those I mean, just what kind of “spare” electrical power is available to run ANY electrical accessories?
There are a couple of really small compressors on Amazon that might fit the bill for my application but, unlike my Honda GL1800 Goldwing, which has gobs amperage that can be used for the Slime compressor I carry on that bike, I have no idea what the little 12V T-Dub System will power up. I’d sure hate to buy one that I think will work, only to find out the Dubs 12V system/battery can’t make it work or, it maybe works but very poorly.
So, if any of you serious off road Dubbers carry one, what’s the model and specs? Thanks way in advance.
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Although I mis-spoke a couple of times, I hope this is helpful.
 
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You could carry a battery powered compressor with you i guess. They are the size of a cordless drill. Work very well, I use mine at trail rides, although i leave in the truck.
 

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I like the little $10 ones from WALMART, so affordable that I've given an old one away to forum member then simply bought another. Having no worries about theft means I can leave it unattended in my bike rather than carry it on my frequent off-bike hikes. I would not do that with a $80 unit.
The duty cycle is so short for our tires that current draw is minimal & failure from over-heating have not been issues for me. I would go with a higher priced one if you wish to rapidly air-up full size truck tires, otherwise the $10 units will do the job if you take a periodic cool down breaks .
Plus the investment is so minimal that I was not apprehensive to chop the current one up for needed wiring for a legitimate emergency back country repair. Had it been an 80 dollar air compressor I instead would have chopped up turn signal and horn wiring to get the needed wiring. Bottom line was wiring was needed and something simply had to donate the wires. Once home everything got soldered back together and restored to service.
Additionally if you have a compact LiPo4 battery the available space created in the battery box has been used by others to store the guts of these mini-air compressors once their housing was removed.
 

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I carry a bicycle hand pump instead of electronic. Doesn’t pump as fast as the electron models, especially as I age. :D
 

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I've carried a Slime compressor for several years. If I'm using it with the Dub the engine is kept running and rev'ed up to keep the battery charged.
 

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Hey Gang,
I most certainly appreciate all of you getting back here with ideas and experience in the use of air compressors for T-dub application. I've had plenty of different 12V models during our Jeeping career and presently, I'm using a C02 system for that. I also have a Viair 400P for backup, if and when needed. But, for carrying in some sort of pouch or bag, on the T-dub, I need COMPACT, efficient and dependable. I'm not looking to air up from zero psi to 30 psi. Since I might run the indicated 8-9 psi for soft riding and sand (I really don't like sand while on the T-dub), and, I might be quite a few miles back to camp/home on the pavement, I'd like to just top them off from the 8-9 to say, about 18 for the street. So, if this works, this is one I'm looking at:

Scott

https://www.amazon.com/Dynaplug-Ultra-Compact-Volt-Inflator/dp/B01F6I4222/ref=asc_df_B01F6I4222/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=309788226955&hvpos=1o3&hvnetw=g&hvrand=3964370599897592479&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=m&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=1013462&hvtargid=pla-361956622764&psc=1
 

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I found CO2 cartridges fine for topping off a tire for transitioning from low PSI to street pressures. However several cartridges are just inadequate for replacing lost air in a puncture scenario. Electric pump permits frequent & repeated re-filling of a punctured tire on ride home. Very, very few of us can claim to have successfully broken the bead on a TW's rear tire and replaced or patched the tube in the field.
If one is counting on a field repair of a rear TW tire I strongly urge them to first attempt at home in the dirt with only tools and equipment planned to have always on the bike....no getting a stand, or forgotten tool, or rag to clean up the inevitable dirt on bearings or axle..that is cheating! If you can't do it at home you probably won't be able to do it in the field. They are definitely not the flexible 21 inch tires from our past.
The listed Dynaplug would work, and would be more compact if the carry bag and plastic housing were omitted.

P.S. RideOn tire sealant and balancing compound can often negate the need for a pump. The peace of mind having RideOn in both tires is worth the cost of admission. Like me you may one day notice a worn, scratched up nail sticking out of the tire and ask yourself "Gee, wonder how long that has been there, tire is still properly inflated".
 

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I carry a Best Rest products Cycle pump. Yes it is a top of the line pump. Price reflects that. I have broken down a TW rear tire in the field with the tools I carried. I now carry better tools, spare front and rear tubes, an electric pump and Co2 cartridges. All this is bulky and heavy but if you like rides like the White Rim at Moab then you need to be prepared to get yourself home. For what it is worth check out the Best Rest web site. He carries things that will get you home from the back country.
 

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I've had Best Rest Cycle Pump for a long time and only carry it on my GS. I carry a Slime Sealer/ inflator aerosol on the TW and also on the scooter with a plug kit .
 
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Stop & Go mini, so far it has worked great. It is made for motorcycles, nice little carrying case, super compact, attaches to SAE quick disconnect, which is the same as battery tender lead. I am a huge fan of ride-on as well. I have a small patch kit that I hope I never have to use.
 

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Many of the numerous SAE 2 pin 2 pole flat connectors sold by Battery Tender ( Deltron) are listed as having only 14 or 18 gauge wire pigtails. However several other sources vend the SAE 2 pin flat connector with 12 or 10 gauge wiring for higher amp applications.
 
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Many of the numerous SAE 2 pin 2 pole flat connectors sold by Battery Tender ( Deltron) are listed as having only 14 or 18 gauge wire pigtails. However several other sources vend the SAE 2 pin flat connector with 12 or 10 gauge wiring for higher amp applications.
Roger that Fred. I recently cruised around on Amazon looking for the stationary plug for those SAE mobile plugs. I found them in 14-16 GA and, in 12-14 GA. So, I ordered up three of those stationary plugs and, some fused connectors for those plugs. One of which is gonna be mounted on the TW. I installed one of the stationary plugs on the back of our motorhome and one on the back of our boat. Both can be used for any and all kinds of stuff. The main reason the one is on there for the boat is, to hook up a battery charger if and when needed, without gaining access to the dual batteries. The one on the motorhome is a general purpose 12V source. I also purchased some male/female shorties, of which the use of, is to be determined.
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Most one needs on pavement is about 20 psi.
When I go to out of the way locations,
Take a Lezyne Carbon bike pump,
It weights about 8 oz and takes almost no space.
Highly reliable and effective, just a little slower than some other methods.
PS... Also carry a bottle of ride on in case of puncture type of flat,
Plus, Don't forget a valve wrench.
 

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The RideOn works very well, especially if one puts it in the tube prior to a puncture. Consider it a preventive measure, rather than a repair measure.
Plus it has a hard time balancing one's tires while still in the bottle.:p
 
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