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Guys,
Just bought new 2018 outback limited and was looking to buy tire inflator and car vacuum.
They are lot of product in market, so was looking for any suggestion on tried and tested products.

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Hold off on the vacuum a couple weeks; some people here are reporting SOA sent them a free bonus handheld vacuum right after purchase. No guarantees, and we're not all sure how they chose who gets them, but I would hate to sit here and say nothing, see you buy something, then have one sent to you free right after you bought one.

Regarding inflator - do you want something portable, or a more stationary plug-in unit that does other tasks around the garage? Answer differs according to how you answer that question.
 

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https://www.amazon.com/Slime-40031-Power-Heavy-Inflator/dp/B00BSG2YE0
Have this and it works great. Problem with most these portable units is how long it takes to inflate a tire and will burn out if they run too long. Other problem is where to keep it in the Outback, at least in the 2018 models. The styrofoam bins in the back are too shallow. And there’s no room underneath with the tire.
 

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https://www.amazon.com/Slime-40031-Power-Heavy-Inflator/dp/B00BSG2YE0
Have this and it works great. Problem with most these portable units is how long it takes to inflate a tire and will burn out if they run too long. Other problem is where to keep it in the Outback, at least in the 2018 models. The styrofoam bins in the back are too shallow. And there’s no room underneath with the tire.
Well if you have an inflator and a tire repair kit you can leave the spare at home. That will give you lots of space.

Our '11 Camaro came with an inflator kit, no spare.

Cadillacs I have been test driving do not even have that...but they come with run flat tires.
 

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Well if you have an inflator and a tire repair kit you can leave the spare at home. That will give you lots of space.

Our '11 Camaro came with an inflator kit, no spare.

Cadillacs I have been test driving do not even have that...but they come with run flat tires.
I travel with a tire repair kit, and a inflator.

a viair 85p =60psi, (wish it was the 120psi model though),...

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however, none of these will help if one hits something that damages the rim, or damages the sidewall, or does any major damage to the tire,

(rare events,...but such things still happen,

... like hitting something 6" tall that fell off a truck, or swerving offroad while avoiding a child,
may leave you punching the onstar button....and waiting.)
 

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I travel with a tire repair kit, and a inflator.

a viair 85p =60psi, (wish it was the 120psi model though),...

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however, none of these will help if one hits something that damages the rim, or damages the sidewall, or does any major damage to the tire,

(rare events,...but such things still happen,

... like hitting something 6" tall that fell off a truck, or swerving offroad while avoiding a child,
may leave you punching the onstar button....and waiting.)
I personally would just call triple A.
 

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Hold off on the vacuum a couple weeks; some people here are reporting SOA sent them a free bonus handheld vacuum right after purchase. No guarantees, and we're not all sure how they chose who gets them, but I would hate to sit here and say nothing, see you buy something, then have one sent to you free right after you bought one.

Regarding inflator - do you want something portable, or a more stationary plug-in unit that does other tasks around the garage? Answer differs according to how you answer that question.
Thank you for the info, I will hold off vacuum. I am looking portable inflator to keep in the car
 

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Have this and it works great. Problem with most these portable units is how long it takes to inflate a tire and will burn out if they run too long. Other problem is where to keep it in the Outback, at least in the 2018 models. The styrofoam bins in the back are too shallow. And there’s no room underneath with the tire.
Thank you, I agree with you after reading reviews for the portable units.
 

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Thank you, I agree with you after reading reviews for the portable units.
the Viair 85 I got off amazon is a centrifugal type pump = made to work and keep working,
...the ones that burn up are things with a diaphragm that vibrates.

here is the one that I got:
https://www.amazon.com/VIAIR-85P-Portable-Air-Compressor/dp/B0036E9VB6

and this is the one that I wish I had now:
https://www.amazon.com/Viair-00088-88P-Portable-Compressor/dp/B005ASY23I/

(prices have come down recently)

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it rides in a plastic box with one of these:
https://www.amazon.com/Antigravity-XP-10-Microstart-Enough-Diesel/dp/B015T8KN5Y/

(I actually burned up a diaphragm air pump that was on the side of my old lead acid jump pack,...like many others have).
 

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Keep the portable inflator in a cheap 12" Craftsman tool bag. This is what we use:

Sears.com

Separately, the Viair compressors are rugged. The 88P (we have three as previously stated, since 12/2013) is a high quality, heavy duty little unit with long 16' rubber hose with brass couplings. More specs below:

88P Portable Compressor | VIAIR
 

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Bought this tire pump at a Meijers after burning up 2 of their cheapies:

https://www.slime.com/us/products/auto/inflators/12v-auto-/2x-tire-inflator.php

https://www.amazon.com/Slime-40026-Heavy-Direct-Inflator/dp/B005Z8HAUK

Looks to be very well made, and has worked great so far. Bizarre that they would use the name "Slime", though! :)

The only downside with it is that the case it comes in is rather large, since it has to house a plastic coilhose. As soon as I can, I plan on replacing the coilhose with just a short ( 2 foot) hose, and then add about 12 feet to the power cables.
 

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the Viair 85 I got off amazon is a centrifugal type pump = made to work and keep working,
...the ones that burn up are things with a diaphragm that vibrates.

here is the one that I got:
https://www.amazon.com/VIAIR-85P-Portable-Air-Compressor/dp/B0036E9VB6

and this is the one that I wish I had now:
https://www.amazon.com/Viair-00088-88P-Portable-Compressor/dp/B005ASY23I/

(prices have come down recently)

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it rides in a plastic box with one of these:
https://www.amazon.com/Antigravity-XP-10-Microstart-Enough-Diesel/dp/B015T8KN5Y/

(I actually burned up a diaphragm air pump that was on the side of my old lead acid jump pack,...like many others have).
Thanks for sharing these links
 

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Bought this tire pump at a Meijers after burning up 2 of their cheapies:

https://www.slime.com/us/products/auto/inflators/12v-auto-/2x-tire-inflator.php

https://www.amazon.com/Slime-40026-Heavy-Direct-Inflator/dp/B005Z8HAUK

Looks to be very well made, and has worked great so far. Bizarre that they would use the name "Slime", though! :)

The only downside with it is that the case it comes in is rather large, since it has to house a plastic coilhose. As soon as I can, I plan on replacing the coilhose with just a short ( 2 foot) hose, and then add about 12 feet to the power cables.
Slime :grin2:
but with carrying case and dual piston its good candidate. thank you!
 

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The Oreck hand held car vacuum is the best car plug in I have ever had. I have had mine for about 14 years. If you don't get one free from Subaru, check out the Oreck.

Get a AAA membership or if you buy the Subaru extended gold warranty, it comes with a towing and road service benefit.
 
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