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PeterPaul383

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Sorry if this isn't in the correct section to post this but I have been researching air compressors for my pickup and was looking into getting the ARB twin tank but discovered that you can convert an AC compressor into an air compressor. So here are my questions.
1: Can I install an AC compressor on my 22r even though it didn't come with one stock?
2: Is it worth doing this or should I just bite the bullet and spend the extra money on the ARB
3: If it is worth it, do you know of any good write-ups on how to convert an AC compressor to an air compressor? All the ones I've found either aren't very good or the pictures won't show up.
Thanks!

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Yes, the block has the mount for the A/C on the passenger side of the block near the front.

You will need to set up a filter to keep the oil out of the air line, and an oiler to add oil in, as a/c comps are not self lubricating.
You can either run an oiler, or add oil each time you run it.

Fairly good write up here. 
https://forum.ih8mud.com/threads/ac-pump-to-air-compressor-write-up.602432/
https://forum.ih8mud.com/threads/a-c-compressor-to-on-board-air-writeup.586422/

'90 black X-cab mod'd 3.0, 33's/4.88's, rear ARB, custom bumpers, sliders, safari rack, etc.
'91 Blue X-cab 22re, 35's/5.29's,Truetrac front, ARB rear, dual cases, and custom Safari flatbed, bumper, interior.
The money pit '87 Supra resto/mod

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Make it easy on yourself and go with the ARB.
Simple to install and much lighter.

Good luck.
'02 Prerunner, ARB F/R w/5.29's, 4WU 3 link, Diamonds F/R, Fox shocks F/R, Shrockworks front bumper, self made rear bumper, WARN M8000S, Inchworm Lefty, Deaver 8 pack, self made sliders that hold air & a bunch of other stuff.

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Viair would be another option, or if looking for a cheap 12vlt comp, SuperFlow holds up well enough for for their price.
'90 black X-cab mod'd 3.0, 33's/4.88's, rear ARB, custom bumpers, sliders, safari rack, etc.
'91 Blue X-cab 22re, 35's/5.29's,Truetrac front, ARB rear, dual cases, and custom Safari flatbed, bumper, interior.
The money pit '87 Supra resto/mod

PeterPaul383 [OP]

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Yeah, I think I might just go with the ARB. The high output probably performs the same if not better anyway and would only cost $50-$100 more.

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Good call. 
I went with the twin version.  Works well, is compact and fits under the hood nicely.
'02 Prerunner, ARB F/R w/5.29's, 4WU 3 link, Diamonds F/R, Fox shocks F/R, Shrockworks front bumper, self made rear bumper, WARN M8000S, Inchworm Lefty, Deaver 8 pack, self made sliders that hold air & a bunch of other stuff.

 
 
 
 
 

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