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Old February 15th, 2015, 12:02 PM
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Rock Slider Air tank

I'll be taking my rock sliders (Mantec I think ) off to have them stripped and powder coated.

While they are off I may fit them with provisions for air. Other thank being out of harms way, is there a recommended position for the pipe fittings? What type of fittings have you welded on?

How much capacity can one expect from two sides on a 110? Wondering if it's worth it.
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Old February 15th, 2015, 12:06 PM
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Personally I don't think its worth it.. Much easier to grab the reservoir off a range classic and install it right on the frame..it's in my build thread..
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Sorta what I initially thought as well. Especially because Im not pressed for every square inch (like if somebody was on some transcontinental expedition).
Still, I've got to strip my sliders down to bare metal and it wouldn't take much to make them ready to hold air.

Like most things, I have a tendency to overthink and over engineer, so it's helpful to hear a realistic perspective.
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I estimate roughly a gallon of air per slider.

How much of an air reservoir you need really depends on your compressor.

Given quarter inch wall thickness on the sliders, simply drilling and tapping the sliders for 1/4" NPT should be sufficient. There's hardly a need to weld in bungs.
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Old February 15th, 2015, 01:07 PM
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I wonder if Jon (madcowdungbeetle) has thought about trying that? The internal volumes on his XD sliders must be massive! I might try this as I gave in and ordered a pair from him.

Then again, without draining them properly, they could rust from the inside out and that would be a shame at $500 per tank/slider. I might reconsider....maybe.
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Personally I don't think its worth it.. Much easier to grab the reservoir off a range classic and install it right on the frame..it's in my build thread..
Agreed.

I installed an ARB CKMA12 under the hood of my RRC and used the OEM frame tank. Works great for both airing up, lockers, and short air showers. Not enough volume to run an air gun, but most everyone has gone 18v nut guns anyway.
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Thanks for the input guys. Exactly what I needed to hear.
More complicated than I need. There's plenty of room elsewhere for a proper tank (with a drain hole) should the need arise.
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Not sure if lockers are on the horizon? If not, and you are just looking for a mean to air up after wheeling or sanding, you may want consider a Powertank kit. I've been eyeballing for a while their propack 10# kit with padded bag. Quite a few buddies run's. By far my favorite way to air up, second only to my wife doing it for me.
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I thought about doing air-sliders 12 years ago.
Instead, I made the rear bumper a reservoir tank.
It only held about a gallon of extra air but I mainly did it so I could put a quick disconnect air chuck on the the left and right side.
I also had a 2.5 gal tank on the frame.
You can see it in the Reg on RR #1(gone).

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