|Tank dimensions are 23.5" long, 7.5" tall and 6" wide.
|This area is on the drivers side, opposite the muffler (we're looking toward the rear
of the vehicle). It doesn't seem like much, but there's a solid 2 feet of space from
front to rear and another 15 inches or so in width. My goal was to find a tank that
wouldn't extend below the frame rail, so my options were somewhat limited.
Fortunately, Viair had the right-sized application for this space, a 2.5 gallon tank with
six 1/4-inch ports. Mounted on its side, the tank is no taller than the frame rail.
Next question: where to put the compressor. Again, Viair makes a nice little 100%
duty compressor that is so small it almost looks like a toy. Moisture resistance and
horizontal mounting capabilities were an added bonus.
Ahhh, my master plan was falling into place. On went the computer, out came the
credit card, and 10 days later I had a lot of cool stuff. Now here's where it's a clear
advantage to be the son of a farmer: heated tool shed, heaps of scrap iron, every
tool known to man, and an advisor (Dad) willing to help keep me from destroying
stuff (including myself). To do this job, at minimum you must have a drill press and
some sort of metal cutting device that doesn't involve a $15 hacksaw. Anything less
will frustrate you beyond belief (an air grinder works pretty well, too).
|Let's see what's inside....
|Viair 380C compressor, complete with relay and intake hose
and filter. The relay is unnecessary if you buy the Viair pressure
switch, which has its own relay inside. The air line is for the
|Four horns, 20 feet of 5/16" air line, solenoid air valve and fittings
|All the accessories to make everything work.
|Removing the grille: 10 metal tabs...
|...and two light bulbs. That's it.
|Where'd that plastic come from?
|For 10 minutes I tried to get the plastic thingy out in
one piece. Then Mr. Air Cutoff Tool showed up.
|Now we're ready to get started.
|2004 Chevy Blazer ZR2
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