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    So I picked up a brand new CKMA12 compressor for a steal and now I'm faced with trying to work out where to mount it.
    I've been using a portable one for years so it's never been an issue, but the idea of onboard air was too good to pass up considering what I paid for the ARB Jobby.
    I have an NW with dual batteries and there doesn't appear to be much room under the bonnet after fitting the second battery.

    I've seen someone mount it behind the spare wheel with a switch and an air fitting mounted in the carrier itself which I really like the idea of, I dont really want it in the rear seat well, or under the seat, just a personal preference really, I don't really have any objections with it, I just don't wanna

    Can anybody see any problems with mounting behind the spare and/or does anybody remember the thread that shows it mounted behind the spare, or who mounted it there?

    Cheers
    2012 NW GLS
    OME lift, ARB Deluxe Bar, Bushskinz, ARB Awning, ARB Roofrack, Hercules Winch, Lightforce Gensis HID lights, Dual Batteries, Cargo Barrier, 32" Summit Mudhogs.

  • #2
    just been reading this thread/post
    2009 NT GLS(NZ) diesel LWB auto
    BFG AT,Rhino Rack Vortex Bars,Foxwing Eco Awning,BUSHSKINZ I/C, sump guards and steps


    "do not check the button for faster communication, this will throw a wobbly with some dongles"

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    • #3
      There are 2 downsides that I can see, with regard to mounting the compressor behind the spare wheel:
      1. You will need to run a pretty hefty sized cable from the front to the rear of the vehicle. These compressors draw a fairly reasonable amount of current, so you need to use a pretty large cable to avoid voltage drop (which would stunt the performance of the compressor). And you need to work out how you are going to get that big fat cable from the body of the car, into / onto the back door. Doing this neatly could be a challenge.
      2. The compressor will be constantly exposed to the elements. Dust, rain, salt spray if you do any beach work. Obviously this will have an effect on its life span.
      Cheers, Dan.
      2004 NP DiD GLX, 5 spd Manual with SMF, ARB Bullbar, Ironman 12000lb winch, Lightforce Genesis lights, Airtec Snorkel, 81L LRA tank, Unifilter, GME 3500 UHF, Redarc elec brake controller, ARB dual Batt tray with 60AH Deep cycle Batt & Redarc Isolator, Bushskinz Sliders, intercooler and sump guards, Lovells raised HD springs, Polyairs & Bilstein shocks, Milford Cargo Barrier, Philips +100 globes, 2nd set of rims with 245/75x16 Bighorns, Waeco 60L Fridge & a Cavalier camper trailer!

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      • #4
        Hey wanderer, I mounted my compressor behind the spare wheel about a year ago. Its a Blue tongue from O/Lock not an ARB one. I already had 100A cable run from my auxiliary battery under the bonnet to the compartment next to the 3rd row cup holders. So I just ran a 30 or 40A cable from there to the compressor. As for dust and rain etc, I made a "roof" over it with a sheet of 1mm aluminum which stops all ingress from above. Obviously dust can get to it from underneath but it just means cleaning the air filter out a little more often. Which is a bit of a pain but I can have the compressor filter off now in about 10-15 mins. I love it there because of the lack of noise in the cab. Usually when I'm airing up the kids are asleep in the back after the driving and when I had it in the boot of my disco it always woke them up for the usual long drive home. In just roll up the hose and keep it under my seat.
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        Cheers, Hatto

        2012 NW GLS Diesel Auto with:
        ARB delux bar, full length Ocam ally roof rack with rear LED work light, dual batteries, DIY rear ally drawers with fridge slide, 2" lift oztec/kings, Polyairs, Kings awning 2.5 x 2.5m with LED strip light, pair of genr8 40w LED spot/flood driving lights, iron man 4x4 22" LED light bar, mounted thumper compressor, 70L water tank & 12v pump, 120w solar, LED interior lights, Boo Boo's bash plates, Safari snorkel and Grande mk lll 12000lb winch.

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        • #5
          i've got mine mounted in the rear seat well .... great spot to reach the camper as well as the car.
          NW MY 14 VRX, Lovells / Koni HD 40mm lift, LRA 58 litre aux tank, Bushskinz x4 and side steps, TowPro, Redarc BCDC 1225, Optima Blue top aux battery on ARB tray, Tanami side by slide drawers, MMA tow bar, ARB deluxe bull bar, Runva 1200EWX winch, GME 4500s, 90 watt 150mm LED spot / flood combo, Airtec snorkel, RAM iPad mount (and iPad running Memory Maps - Hema and Tom Tom), Projecta dual battery monitor, ScanGuageII, ARB compressor

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          • #6
            Hi,
            Mine is between the air filter and RHS headlight, there is just enough space in this position. Someone put up a post on how to make the bracket and I copied this.
            2013 NW GLX-R Factory Locker, TC mod,Dual Battery, 240V inverter, Anderson Plug, Fire Extinguisher. GME TX3500 UHF Radio, MM Alloy Bar, ORU 12000lb Winch,EGR mod, Fancy wheels, 33" Pirelli ATR Tyres, LRA Aux tank, Custom bash plates & Rock sliders, Ultra Gauge, ARB Compressor, LED Light bar, little mods around the cabin. Kings Std Ratecoils & Ultimate Shocks, Firestone HP airbags, Airteck Snorkel, Hema 6. Towing: Starcraft outback

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            • #7
              Couple of good ideas so far, I'll have a better look tomorrow and try to nut out where to mount it.
              Although I still really like the idea of having it behind the spare wheel
              2012 NW GLS
              OME lift, ARB Deluxe Bar, Bushskinz, ARB Awning, ARB Roofrack, Hercules Winch, Lightforce Gensis HID lights, Dual Batteries, Cargo Barrier, 32" Summit Mudhogs.

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              • #8
                Hi Wanderer
                I am like you looking to fit the compressor under the bonnet and also have two batterys so not much room I did not like the idea of running high voltage cable all the way from the bonnet to the spare wheel however I do have an Anderson plug at the rear of the car which is dedcated to run the c/van fridge while driving this has fairly hefty cable so I may be able to use this or I can just wire in an Andeson plug to the compressor and plug in when required I am just down the road fron you in S/ Harbour maybe we should meet and see what we can come up with
                Cheers
                George
                2015 Sahara
                Black Mica in colour
                BFG A/T 275x70x18s Black Widow drawers Redark dual battery system GME CB radio Redarc Tow Prow Elite

                Wish List lots

                SOLD 2013 GLX- R Pajero

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                • #9
                  Hi Wanderer. I installed mine in behind the LHR interior trim. There is plenty of room in there and a reasonably flat section of floor panel to mount it to. I'll get around to tidying up the hose one day, for now it just exits where the old 3rd row seat hinges were. Made sense in my case as I already had heavy cable from the Aux battery running down this side to the rear. It's been working trouble free in this spot for a year now.
                  2009 NT GL 3.2DiD Auto, Safari Snorkel, ARB Deluxe Winch Bar, Winch, 265/70/17 MT ATZ P3, ARB compressor, Bilsein's and HD Lovells allround, Pollyairs, EGR Module, Rhino Track-Pioneer Platform and Awning, Factory Diff Lock and Wetseat covers.

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                  • #10
                    I never got the chance to look at it today, maybe tomorrow...maybe not.
                    I've got 6mm twin core running from the second battery to an Anderson plug at the towbar, would that be heavy enough to run the compressor?

                    I was thinking more about it last night and was thinking that it may be able to fit behind the drivers headlight if I make up some brackets to hold it, do Bunnings have DIY bracket kits or similar?
                    2012 NW GLS
                    OME lift, ARB Deluxe Bar, Bushskinz, ARB Awning, ARB Roofrack, Hercules Winch, Lightforce Gensis HID lights, Dual Batteries, Cargo Barrier, 32" Summit Mudhogs.

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                    • #11
                      I put mine behind the RHS headlight, I will take a photo tomorrow and and post it here.
                      MY14 GLX-R Pajero, Modified Brown Davis Intercoola & Sump Plates, Bushskinz Rear Bumper Protector, Bushskinz Transmission & Transfer Plates, ARB Bullbar, Warn Zeon 10-s Winch, Cheap HID Spotties, Koni shocks with 40mm Lift, Cooper AT3, Ultra Guage,Stedi ST4000 Light Bar, HPD Catch Can, Dash Cam

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                      • #12
                        mounting arb compressor

                        Hi wanderer, with reference to your bracket question, I posted a thread on mounting the compressor under the bonnet:
                        Electrical section - Mounting ARB compressor in NP pajero - in Dec2014
                        There are pics of a bracket I made with the "make-a-bracket" stuff bought at Bunnings. It may be suitable for you to make your own bracket if you still want to mount the compressor behind the headlight. It is not sold as a kit, just pieces of different sizes.
                        Cheers
                        Peter

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                        • #13
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                          Hi, I purchased a spare battery holder and mounted to it in the engine bay, works a treat.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Stonka610c View Post
                            Hi Wanderer. I installed mine in behind the LHR interior trim. There is plenty of room in there and a reasonably flat section of floor panel to mount it to. I'll get around to tidying up the hose one day, for now it just exits where the old 3rd row seat hinges were. Made sense in my case as I already had heavy cable from the Aux battery running down this side to the rear. It's been working trouble free in this spot for a year now.

                            This what I did as well....plenty of rooms and a couple of HD threaded studs already in that area for the rear seat bracket.

                            Ran the hose out of the trim and into the spare seat well.
                            Then mounted a rocker switch near the rear cup holders on top of the trim.

                            Works a treat

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                            • #15
                              +1 for the rear left hand trim panel. I wonder if I was the first or if you other blokes also had an awesome idea too and didn't share haha.

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