Hello forum, new guy here who just bought is first P3 set. I’ve ordered the bracket/manifold kit from realtrainhorns and will be selling the original manifold that the horns came with.
I’m going to be installing the setup on a 2010 Lexus GS350, and will be needing some tips here and there. Here’s my current parts list:
RTL bracket kit
Puma air compressor
Parker 271-8 1/2" air brake hose
HB 1/2" solenoid for normal usage (idiot prevention)
Graham White 383-103 for demonstrations
HB 1/4" solenoid for remote tank purge
HB 4 gallon pancake tank to go in my spare tire hole
HB 90-120 PSI electric pressure switch
Load Genie check valve
To support extended compressor run times with the car off, I’m also wiring a dual battery kit with the following components:
Sears Die Hard Platinum 34/78 (rebadged Odyssey PC1500)
2 lengths of 2/0 SGX cable from front battery to rear
2x Blue Sea ANL fuse holders (one for each end)
250 amp fuses for each end
Merlin SmartBank Advanced dual battery solenoid and monitoring system
Steel battery bracket for rear battery
125 amp side terminal fuse for accessory distribution block
Blue Sea 6 port fuse block
Phew! Now I need to figure out how to get 3 large diameter “things” up to the front of the car - 2 battery cables and one air hose, each of which are about 3/4" diameter on the outside. Has anyone ever routed stuff on the outside of a car like mine? Anyone with a similar vehicle that can share their experience?
P.S. You might notice that the pneumatic portion of my setup is somewhat incomplete - that’s because I’m an electrical kind of guy. Anyways, recommendations for the right fittings for the hose I have would be much appreciated. Parker has hundreds of different styles and I have no idea what to get.
Hi and welcome to the forum. I run a dual battery system for air myself and can vouch for the effectiveness of that kind of setup. I ran cabling and air lines underneath the car following the fuel and brake lines but every vehicle is different I suppose. The P series have such a lovely sound, so I’m looking forward to seeing some pics and vid.
It’s probably going to be a few months before I can get everything all installed and working, but I’d like to get all the right parts now so I’m ready. I’m going to need to find someone with a lift and knowledge about my car, as well as the ability to fabricate some stuff since I can’t.
How long do you guys think I can run the Puma compressor in my trunk without ventilation? Anyone used one of these things before? Even with the pancake tank in the spare tire hole, the ports are going to stick out the top so I will need to build a box or something to protect the fittings from damage.
Thanks Dan! I’m in the process of buying some NPT tank plugs to fill some of these holes that I won’t use, and a few other miscellaneous fittings. I have a Load Genie coming so I can ditch the huge factory pressure switch and unloader valve combo and replace it with the more compact HB pressure switch.
Starting with the second battery, installed in the left rear quarter panel on top of where the muffler is, and wired to the fuse holder that will be part of the dual battery wiring:
I had an Amish guy build me a wood platform to mount everything to. Once I get everything mounted, wired, working, etc, I will paint or carpet the wood. I might even build a box to enclose everything, but I would have to consider ventilation too:
I mounted the compressor head after removing it from the tank it was attached to, using the rubber feet from the bottom of the old tank for vibration protection. Also connected the leader hose to my 4 gallon pancake tank via the Load Genie check valve, and mounted the tank to the board as well:
Here’s a video of the setup running with no load for 5 minutes to break it in before closing off the tank and airing up:
Hello Kris, thanks!
I’ve already bought my wire - it’s 2/0 SGX which is a high temperature automotive wire that is specifically designed for use in the engine bay. It has high abrasion resistance, good low temperature performance, and is rated for 125 degrees Celsius.
My stock alternator is 130 amps which should keep me going for a little while, but once the car is paid off and the warranty is up I will be upgrading to something a bit bigger.
Unfortunately, the P3s don’t fit. I was at a friends body shop this weekend to see what we could make happen, but there was no way in hell that we could fit them in. My car has every single square inch taken up by something. I might have to use Shockers, but that sucks since I bought the P3s based on their awesome sound.