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The Pain of Servicing Duals


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I bought my dually more because I got a great deal rather than for the necessity that I had for dual rear wheels.  At first I wasn't sure I liked the wider back end but I have come to terms with it and really don't mind the extra pair of tires at all...except when it comes to checking air pressure and servicing the back tires.  What a pain in the butt!  I have stock wheels so in order to access the valve stem on either the inside or outside tire I have to remove the chrome beauty ring and coerce my 11 year old to help me remove the valve stem caps.  My hands are too big to fit through the holes in the rims and removing the outside tires isn't practical.  I am convinced that neither my air chuck or air gauge (both are the type meant for duals) are long enough so I am in the process of procuring a gauge and chuck that are longer to reach both stems.  I have seen different products on the internet such as valve stem extenders, but I have also seen reviews of them leaking.   Does anyone have great success stories of a product of technique that will make servicing rear wheels easier?

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http://www.autoamenity.com/Wheel-Simulators/Tire-Pressure-Equalizer.htm

 

those with duallys have you ever considered  one of these?  they are avaiable for many pressure ratings and give you go/no go at a glance.  the device has a built in indicator and fill port that tops the tires off through one fill port.

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As far as valve stem cap I have a pair of long handle needle nose pliers with 90 bend. And I just put up with the simulators, you can pull both cap and simulator off at the same time. Or get you a welding rod and put you a sharp bend on the end and make a handle out of the other end and pull cap off first. I usually check air about every 3 months. Between that time I just use the old thump stick or hammer and bump them, you will know right away when one is low.

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