The Achievable Dream 5-part series - the definitive guide on DVD for planning your motorcycle adventure. Get Ready! covers planning, paperwork, medical and many other topics! "Inspirational and Awesome!" See the trailer here!
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So you've done it - got inspired, planned your trip, packed your stuff and you're on the road! This section is about staying healthy, happy and secure on your motorcycle adventure. And crossing borders, war zones or oceans!
On the Road! is 5.5 hours of the tips and advice you need to cross borders, break down language barriers, overcome culture shock, ship the bike and deal with breakdowns and emergencies."Just makes me want to pack up and go!" See the trailer here!
Tire Changing!Grant demystifies the black art of Tire Changing and Repair to help you STAY on the road! "Very informative and practical." See the trailer here!
Ladies on the Loose! For the first time ever, a motorcycle travel DVD made for women, by women! These intrepid women share their tips to help you plan your own motorcycle adventure. They also answer the women-only questions, and entertain you with amazing tales from the road! Presented by Lois Pryce, veteran solo traveller through South America and Africa and author of 'Lois on the Loose', and 'Red Tape and White Knuckles.'
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I'm kitting my Defender out for the BIG TRIP across Africa in 7 months time and have been toying with the idea of fitting an onboard compressor to help with all manner of things....filling tyres especially!
I have a 300TDi engine, without air-con, and have thought about fitting an air-con compressor to the mounting point on the block as a pump which will then fill a reservoir.
Can anyone tell me if this is likely to work...or am I barking up the wrong tree totally!
Hi. You can do what you want to do, but you have to put oil through the air con compressor, then take the oil out at the other end. There are 'oilers' you can buy to do this.
If you have the air con compressor and oiler, I will be able to supply you with all the other parts you'll need to make up your system. Take a look at Matt Savage - Home
Thanks for all of the info from all parties, it seems that it is very possible to do with some subtle engineering to acheive it.
The report from overland.co.za is about as comprehensive as you get when it comes to retro-fitting such a system.
Matt - I will have to look into the oiler setup and get back to you about the remaining parts I'd need, my biggest concern is having a reservoir tank of a suitable size mounted somewhere on the chassis, originally I was going to use a fire extinguisher but AlexAircon's setup reported that this was too small to be of much use.....thinking cap back on then!
I used an air-con pump on my 110 300tdi without a tank- it worked a treat for the tyres. I got a standard 300tdi air con pump. I then made brackets to mount this to the engine (the original casting was way too expensive) a new longer drive belt is required, along with a tensioner pulley & bracket and an idle pulley. IIRC the pulleys are about £30 ea, the bracket around £10 and I guess the belt £5.
By the time I got this far and despite getting the air-con pump for free I'd gone way over budget, so I made the inlet filter out of a 500ml gear oil bottle - the type with the long narrow spout -the spout being ideal to connect to the air hose that ran to the pump. I used some open cell foam for the filter (off-cuts of the mattress I used for a bed in the back of the 110). I over-oiled the foam with ATF, which provided the lubrication for the pump (this worked better than an air-line oiler I tried -they're designed for compression, not suction).
I ran a hose from the air-con outlet through a mini-filter (to catch the ATF) to an open male quick-release coupling and used the female (closed when disconnected) connector on a hose, long enough to reach all the wheels, with a tyre valve connector, with the trigger cable-tied open. Set up like this, the air path was always open, except when connected to a tyre. Tyres went up in seconds.
It worked a treat and lasted for a couple of months hard work pumping tyres (approx 80 tyres from 15psi to 50psi, 80 from 15psi to 30 psi, 10 from 0psi to 50psi and 5 from 0psi to 30psi) I then got home & ran it for 20 minutes non-stop to do some paint spraying and melted the compressor.
The system that these air-con pumps fit into don't just provide lubrication, they also cool the pump. If you're going to use it for more than a few minutes (I was re-inflating 8 tyres at a time on 2 110s) then it may run too hot. Note that the pistons in the pump have polymer o-rings. I guess the self-lubricating yorks are designed to be cooled by the air-con gas too.
My choice for the next big trip would be a compressor, without a tank, for tyres only from Matt Savage- I like using an air ratchet/impact wrench at home, but I can't afford the weight of a load of OTT tools, or even air-shake makers etc. on an expedition (especially when you consider you still have to have duplicate manual tools anyway). If you still intend to go down the air-con pump route & need the pulleys, belt & brackets for a 300TDi, then I'd be happy to offload mine to you for the cost of postage.
Mo matter what you use, don't forget a foot-pump as back up!
45 quid for the whole works and still over the budget? Ian, you're a scrounge, admit it :-)
Yorks rely on lubrication achieved by splash and positive pressure and oil return through suction, so the medium doesn't make a difference. They are damn good and duty cycle doesn't seem to apply to them.
Mine can pump tyres and run power tools for as long as I need (a 20L air tank is a bit pathetic, though). I'll have to try harder to bring it anywhere near the melting point!
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