View Full Version : Powertank for the JK

Xtremjeepn-Cole Ford
March 13th, 2009, 12:37 PM
On my last Jeep (TJ) I ran a York compressor as my OBA. It was a nice set up but had a few drawbacks. Broke a belt once and left the Jeep stranded, could only use when the Jeep was running, which became and issue if you needed to work on the Jeep itself on the trial.

I have two rigs now and I was needing something that could be easily moved from one rig to the next. (Trail clean up truck and my JK).

I personally did not want to mess with trying to find and old tank and coble together a C02 system. I simply wanted to do it right from the start and know that I had a quality system.

Mounting is the first issue I have.

-The JK is really just a very expensive dog crate for me. So I need to leave as much space available for gear and pups.

-I picked up the roll bar mounts and temporarily put the tank out of the way on the roll bar. What you will see in a second it this location would prevent the softtop from working.


Both pups inspected the location and their new crate mate in great detail as I was trying to get you guys photos.



The bracket itself and the red anodized roll bar clamps are awesome! The roll bar clamps fit perfectly over the roll bar padding without having to cut it. They also come with rubber so that if you wanted to fit them to a bare roll cage you could.

The problem you will see in this photo is that the location of the tank works perfectly with the hard top on, but is totally in the way of the soft top mount right above it. Thoughts?



Here is tank mounting location option #2, but it also has problems. As you can see it blocks access to the floor cubby.


Location option #3. Actually looks to be the best spot, since it does not block the floor cubby, or the soft top, but now it takes up floor space, and you can see Foster is not happy about that location already.

Any other ideas?


There is nothing more manly than more gauges!!! The Powertank tire inflator is AWESOME all by itself. Fluid filled!!! The shrader valve connector clips on for hands free opperation.

You can also see the two gauges on the tank. The top one is the pressure in the tank when the tank valve is open. The bottom one is your pressure regulator setting. The gauge reads from left to right, "Lockers", "Tools" and "Tires".


Xtremjeepn-Cole Ford
March 13th, 2009, 12:39 PM
More pics.




The tank comes out of the bracket easily and the bracket holds it tight when you want it to stay put.

The Powertank hose easily reaches the front tires without taking the Powertank out of the back.


March 13th, 2009, 01:03 PM
IS that a 5lbs?

Xtremjeepn-Cole Ford
March 13th, 2009, 01:16 PM
10lb tank.

Got it filled over at RedComet for $9.50

March 13th, 2009, 01:47 PM
Remember that the tank needs to be upright for it to work properly. I would use a floor mount location as in 2 or 3. I like 3 the best. That way you don't need to move the tank at all to use. On the roll bar, you will need to take the tank out every time you want to run air. Big pain when you are loaded with camping stuff and room is at a minimum. Mine will be located in your number 3 spot but on the passenger side. Nice tank, and guages:)

Also don't waste the money on the digital weight scale thing that they sell, go to sportsmans and pick up the one for weighting fish, $20 cheaper and the same thing. I have both and there is no diference.

Xtremjeepn-Cole Ford
March 13th, 2009, 01:51 PM
I think #3 spot will ultimately be the spot. But since that requires some drilling I will wait at the moment. Unless someone comes up with a better idea.

March 13th, 2009, 01:57 PM
I'll keep watching this also as I need a new spot for mine. I had it laying down on the wheel wheel but it was a major pain to unclip it, take it out, air up and the re install it in that location.

March 13th, 2009, 07:02 PM
that had to be the best power tank photo shoot i have ever seen

March 19th, 2009, 02:21 PM
How much did that setup run you? And did I read right-you use CO2? Why is this?

Alpine Spirit
March 19th, 2009, 03:26 PM
CO2 has a higher compression ratio. The setups can be expensive but I run CO2 as well and its been awesome... very reliable.

ETA: I like option #3.

Xtremjeepn-Cole Ford
March 19th, 2009, 05:01 PM
that had to be the best power tank photo shoot i have ever seen


This set up is about $550 with all the gauges, hoses, handle etc.

March 22nd, 2009, 08:42 AM
i mounted mine behind the console by the back seat,

usually we have no riders so it worked good for me,

i like the roll bar mount, perhaps i will revisit it,

Rocky Clymer
March 2nd, 2010, 09:45 PM
I mounted mine in your position 3 - there is a thick metal plate behind the thin body plate that supports the roll bar - took a bit to drill through it! I rarely get in the floor cubby, so no problem for me. My boonie box is my main storage for trail stuff.

Xtremjeepn-Cole Ford
March 2nd, 2010, 10:31 PM
Thanks for the feedback.

March 3rd, 2010, 08:19 PM
Thanks for the feedback.

I like the Roll Bar mount as well and had one with mine but for the same reason that you and daPozer pointed out, I ended up mounting mine flat on the floor as well...easier access to the hose....can use while in the rig, etc...
looks good at any rate!

Colorado 5.9
March 4th, 2010, 01:40 AM
Love my Tank! The setup works great for lockers too. The gauge & solenoid are at the bottom for the locker. Since the photos where taken a few yaers ago I've upgraded to the liquid filled black gauges/regulator capable of handling nitrogen gas for shocks & the like.




April 7th, 2010, 10:37 PM
How much did that setup run you? And did I read right-you use CO2? Why is this?

as opposed to...propane? NO2? freon? please say you're not suggesting N2.