Motorcycle Tire Air Pump
Mini Motorcycle Tire Air Pump
Make your own!
by Rick K. for webBikeWorld.com
This air pump can be used for motorcycle tires -- it's
easy to carry and can be powered from a motorcycle battery or other
I was on the lookout for a cheap,
lightweight and effective motorcycle tire air pump.
This would be something to carry in a
saddlebag or tank bag in case of a flat, or to use at home for
inflating motorcycle tires.
Motorcycle tires should always be
checked before each ride to make sure they are inflated correctly,
so it pays to have a simple air pump handy.
I have a flat repair kit, that I usually only carry
on long trips, but it won't do much good if I can't get the tire
After looking around at hand pumps, cans of tire inflator gas, CO2
cartridges, etc., I happened to read a post on a motorcycle email
list that discussed converting an air pump.
It said that if you can find a small, inexpensive Campbell Hausfeld air compressor, you can rip the guts out and make a small
and lightweight pump that can be used for motorcycle tires.
I'm not the only person to think of this -- there are
other websites out there with similar information and some photos.
But I was definitely intrigued, so I had to try it for myself, and I
figured I'd post this information for others to see.
easy to turn one of these small air compressors into an even smaller
carry-on motorcycle tire air pump.
Photo 1 (above).
Photo 3 (above).
Photo 4 (above).
Photo 5 (above).
Here are the instructions for making this motorcycle
tire air pump:
If you really get carried away, you can strip this
pump down to the bare essentials by cutting down the air hose and
electrical cable to minimum lengths.
I elected to leave my
cables at full length; I figure that the whole assembly is pretty
small, and you never know when you may need the extra length to pump
a buddy's tire or to connect to a car's cigarette lighter.
Plus, I planned on using this in the garage, and leaving the length
as is makes it easier to get to my motorcycles.
You should be able to find this Campbell-Hausfeld
RP1200 (or similar) air pump at your local Wal-Mart (Photo 1). I found
mine just by chance for $9.96. A definite bargain!
Take out the 3 screws at the locations
shown in Photo 3. Split the case apart -- it may take some force with a
screwdriver, but there's really nothing in there that can get hurt.
You'll hear some serious crunching, but this part is trash anyway.
Note: wBW Visitor "J.M." wrote to tell me why
I probably had to use a screwdriver to force it apart -- a fourth
screw! He writes: "Yes, I bought one of the Campbell-Hausfeld
compressors at Wal-Mart. This is really a nice small package.
My comment is that in your instructions, you say
to remove the three screws when there is actually a fourth screw
hiding under the pop off cover. Using a knife to slice the stickers
along the seams allows the case to easily separate". Thanks
Rip out the guts!
Here's what you're left with, shown in Photo 4 (minus the clump of grass
on the right-hand side of the photo!); the only
difference is I used some electrical tape to attach the
on/off switch to the cable. That's a 12-inch scale
at the top of the photo.
I didn't cut the
electrical cable and the air hose to make them shorter,
although you can do this if you want an even more
The arrow in Photo 5 points to the fan that keeps the pump cool
when it's in the case. I used a hacksaw to cut the
shaft to remove this piece; I figured I wouldn't need
it, since the case is history.
Be careful if you
do this -- the shaft that the fan runs on is made of
some pretty tough metal, and you don't want to bend the
internal part of the shaft.
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