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Old 12-12-2007, 04:01 PM   #1
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valves (for your wheels)

check what kind/brand of valves you have on your wheels,

the typical local joe wheel/tire installer normally use them cheapo ones
make sure you get some quality ones and that they are properly rated (psi) for your application
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Old 12-12-2007, 04:35 PM   #2
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Is that a typo? Valves???Or Value. Blackstone tire does or did the rims and tires for SMB when I got my van. They used the best they had and although I don't know the brand they are metal and rubber. You can give them a call. I would stay clear of the all metal. I had a rock damage one on my pickup while off roading and the rubber type give a little especially if you put deflators on to lower the air. There mght be some kind of high tech valves for off roading but I have never looked into it.
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Old 12-12-2007, 10:50 PM   #3
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thx dave
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I went with the all metal ones after being sick to death of the valves dry rotting. Even the partial metal sleeves I've had problems with. I've heard the full metal ones are bad if the installer doesn't seat them just right, but I figured I'd try them so now they are on both my SMB and trailer which makes 11 tires all together.
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Old 12-13-2007, 07:07 AM   #5
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The Hella Tire Pressure Monitoring system I got installed this fall uses metal valve stems, since they connect directly to the pressure sensors inside the rim. I will try to do a write up of this system this weekend and post it.
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Old 12-13-2007, 10:51 AM   #6
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Jage, don't the metal style have rubber seals? Mine on my truck do and I have had those leak on me more tham once. A replacable stem would be great if it were able to do without removing the tire. I really have never watched how they put them in. Field repair would be a key issue.
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i raised this b/c i had new tires/rim installed this pass summer , and dang installer used cheapo valves rated at 65 psi...

my pressure were 80 psi, in rear, and i see the rubber showing cracks,

here are some nice ones that i ordered, they were stamped "germany"

http://www.myerstiresupply.com/pls/myer ... d=bioi0805
High Pressure Snap-In Valves
Ideal for light trucks. Maximum Air Pressure 100 psi. Fits rim hole .453". Caution: for maximum thickness of .205" (13/64")
$25.00 Minimum Order Total
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On mine there is a nut on the outside and that screws down to make the seal on the tire, and there is a little rubber gasket or two involved. Field replacement is not a lot different from rubber valves, except for the nut instead of just pulling through. Since your tire is likely flat anyway, just remove the wheel and use the base of a jack on the sidewall, jack something up for pressure and it should pop the bead. One side is all you need. Remove the old stem and put the new one in, then reseat the bead. Reseating the bead can be done slow or fast it just requires pressure, and patience if you've got a slow compressor.
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I've got the Hella system as well with metal stems. I put on "no-loss" sealing valve caps. They're supposed to keep the air in the tire even if the valve itself goes. A nice feature, but really I bought them because I forget to put the caps back on half the time.

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