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PostPosted: Fri Jan 16, 2009 10:31 pm 
CHANGE THOSE FUCKERS, DAMMIT!!


And here's why. Some of you know I had a blowout a couple of months ago. Took a header off the BR, was ejected mebbe 25' at around 35 mph, landed face and chest first in the ditch and walked away with nary a scratch.

Well, I thought I'd had a blowout.


I let the BR set for the past few weeks. I wanted to get back to it with an unjaded eye; in order to assess damage and find all the little shitty stuff that's easy to miss when the crash is fresh in your memory.


I didn't have a back tire blowout. I had rear tire valve stem failure.

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Now, that particular valve stem has over 26,000 hard miles on it. So, a head's up folks. Change 'em bastards. Probably every 10,000 miles would be a good idea. But you can plainly see the rupture in the pics. Sorry they're a bit blurry, I couldn't get the right light and angle around the rear shock.


As for me? Well, I'm buying metal shorty valve stems from here on out.


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 17, 2009 7:09 am 
The stubbies are a bitch to check tire pressure
and fill tires. Just hold the back side of the bend
when you are checking or filling tire. Will keep
flexing to a minimum. I changed the ones in BR1
& BR2 when I'm at the 10 K mark now. Good
advice though. I do have the 90° stems on both
wheels. The front one definetly should have the
bent one as it's tough to get at the stubby.

When I get tires I tell them to look for cracks or
drying symptoms on the stems. So far not a problem.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 19, 2009 6:59 pm 
The shop where I get my tires changed put a new valve stem on every time they put on a new tire. They say it reduces liability. Seems like it might be a good idea.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 20, 2009 1:27 am 
yeah, but since last summer I'm the one doin' the tire swaps on #5. 8)

But for some reason my local shop does NOT carry the 90* stems. Just the tall shit. One horse town, though, so I'm not surprised.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 20, 2009 6:46 pm 
No extensions on mine... just the stock straight MET stubbies...

no problems here.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 24, 2009 1:46 pm 
I would stick with the 90° and
hold it like I mentioned. Keep
a spare in the tool box and inspect
it when you change tires. I tried
the stubbies and they really complicate
the proceedure.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 30, 2009 8:02 am 
http://www.rucksters.com/products.php?v ... category=6

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 30, 2009 9:07 pm 
ChrisH wrote:
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Those are nice, but I'm not paying $12 for a pair of valve stems. When you rack up 10,000 miles per year on yer scoot, that's just too much moola.

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 25, 2009 11:14 pm 
Sorry to hear about this Hightech, :pissed:
yeah maybe try the stub set of stems. They do look a little bling to!

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 25, 2009 11:23 pm 
I like what it said on the $12 package though "visual tuning" LMAO. This is the first I heard of this crash to, glad you came out of it with nary a scratch, I'm sure it wasn't a good time though. I understand what Katman is saying about holding the stem while filling, I do that on the LR cause they bend like crazy otherwise, but 10,000 miles or so is a pile of tire pressure checks and fills.

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