Valve Stems


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bigbrown
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Valve Stems

Postby bigbrown » Tue Sep 06, 2011 10:38 am



I believe this has been noted before, however for everyones safety I want to reiterate, when you replace your tires ALWAYS replace your valve stem. I had a new rear tire installed this summer in Sturgis at the Metzler booth and they did not replace the valve stem. That $1.81 piece of equipment almost cost me my life !!! At 70 mph the valve stem split and I had instant deflation. I was fortunate that I was on a secondary highway ( had left the I90 an hour earlier) because all of a sudden I was all over the highway from shoulder to shoulder. Why I never high-sided I will never know. I was very fortunate to keep the bike upright. Anyway to make a long story short, insist that your valve stems be replaced every time that your tires are replaced. It could save your life and your bike !!
Ron
aka Big Brown



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Re: Valve Stems

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Sep 06, 2011 5:30 pm

Wow, you were very lucky! Shame on Metzler, replacing valve stems when replacing tires is really a standard item, they definitely should have done that!

bigbrown
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Re: Valve Stems

Postby bigbrown » Wed Sep 07, 2011 7:13 am

I know, when I worked in a service station years ago we would have been fired if we changed a tire and didn't put a new valve stem in !! I guess it is partially my fault for not asking for a new valve stem, something I will never forget to do again.

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Re: Valve Stems

Postby riffraff » Sat Sep 10, 2011 3:07 pm

I run metal 45 degree angled stems for easier access. They're not as prone to catastrophic failure as regular rubber stems.




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