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    Default SuperFlow MV-50 air compressor



    Late last season I purchased an SuperFlow MV-50 portable air compressor for airing up. The air gauge screws vibrated loose on the first use of the device so I decided to disassemble it, repairing the issue with upgrades.

    Researching the model on the Internet I came across other sites that talked about modding the unit. The primary mod is opening the air intake. I did that plus upgraded the wiring and paid careful attention to piston-to-cylinder alignment upon reassembly.

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    Thanks Jim, nice write up. I have the same compressor and I'll likely be doing the same mods soon.

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    Is it a lot faster now? How does it compaire to the ARB airing up?

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    carpenle previously posted:
    "Is it a lot faster now? How does it compaire to the ARB airing up?"

    No idea if it's faster as I did not perform a "before" test. With other folks around (Max & Tom) that have the unit I could perform a comparo test.

    It is SIGNIFICANTLY faster than the ARB compressor. The ARB, IIRC, is about 15 minutes per tire whereas the MV-50 is in the 2-1/2 minute per tire range. (I use the stopwatch feature of the phone and don't stop-check-fill-stop-check).

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    Jim previously posted:
    "It is SIGNIFICANTLY faster than the ARB compressor. The ARB, IIRC, is about 15 minutes per tire whereas the MV-50 is in the 2-1/2 minute per tire range. (I use the stopwatch feature of the phone and don't stop-check-fill-stop-check)."

    That is a good thing. I worked on my xj this weekend and taped in an air line off the AC compressor (air up tires and work arb's). I am surprised how quickly it worked. I aired down the 35 to 10PSI aired it up to 38PSI in about a min. I will have to take some pic and post it on the forum.

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    Just got this link in my email: http://wayalife.com/showthread.php?8...ation-Write-Up

    Which ARB air compressor do you have installed, Jim?

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    Max previously posted:
    "Which ARB air compressor do you have installed, Jim?"

    OLD !!!

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    Nice write up Jim. Thx.

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    Mine should be here by the weekend. Planning on most of the same upgrades. I'll do a before and after test and report back.
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    Nice write up Jim, some useful info in there that I wouldn't have thought of, thanks for sharing! My wiring for my on board compressor over heated and started melting the insolation and I have wanted to re-wire it and lose the case mounted switch and do an in cab one but will most likely just do a pressure switch. But in the mean time I bought a Smittybuilt compressor to get me by until I do all this.
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    Tom previously posted:
    "Mine should be here by the weekend. Planning on most of the same upgrades. I'll do a before and after test and report back."

    I am looking forward to this as I have the same compressor. Thanks for doing before and after times.

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    So my MV-50 arrived Thurs.

    Tires. 285/70R17. 33.3 in dia. Aired down to 20 PSI
    Engine idle. At Longmont.

    My pre-test yesterday @83F 2 mins airing up resulted in 34 PSI.
    Post test today @62F. 2 mins airing up resulted in 34 PSI

    I did the upgrade described on toyota-4runner.org.
    12 gauge wire, heavier relay, and a circuit breaker plus porting.
    My piston and cylinder had pretty good alignment so I didn't do anything there.
    Wires were noticeably cooler.

    I may post test again when the temp is around 80.
    Post test today @84F. 2 mins airing up resulted in 34 PSI No diff.
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    Nice.

    Engine off, on at idle, on at high idle?

    It'd also be curious to see a test at higher elevation, say 8 or 9K vs. 5K "down home".

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    Engine idle. At Longmont.
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    I just ran a pre-test with mine (I have the Master Flow MF-1050 version).

    35x12.50-15, started at 15 psi. After 3 min, 29 psi (which, conveniently, is what I run on the street.) Engine running at idle.

    Will update with results once I port the intake and exhaust.

    *Update*
    Well, somewhat disappointing results. I ported and slightly enlarged the intake and exhaust valves, and cleaned and lubed the piston/cylinder. Ended up with the exact same results. Started at 15 psi, 3 minutes run time, 29 psi ending. I guess at least it still works and I didn't mess it up.

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    I love my pump. Back when they were at Costco. Great little pumps! Thanks for the write up!

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