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Old 05-23-2010, 10:26 PM   #1
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Tire pressure gauges

I am looking for a good tire inflator. I have a cheap one and it does not work well with my tire extensions. Doesn't fit on valve stem properly so doesn't give accurate readings.
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Old 05-23-2010, 10:40 PM   #2
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I am looking for a good tire inflater. I have a cheap one and it does not work well with my tire extensions. Doesn't fit on valve stem properly so doesn't give accurate readings.
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desertdust, I use a fairly industry standard air gauge (stick) that I bought at the NAPA. It has a dual foot and it's about 10 to 12" long and I believe it goes up to 150 PSI.

This is typically the same type of gauge you will see at truck tire stores. I calibrate my gauge to the air gauge at the truck store just to check for accuracy.
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Thanks DriVer, I'll check out NAPA
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I was talking to the tech at HawksHead tire pressure monitoring systems and he told me that almost all of the sensors that are returned to their factory are set to the correct pressure. He said that one of the worst gages, the kind I have, is the stick gage where the pressure is read on a stick that comes out of the bottom. He said that they have to use very expensive and exact gages that are usually digital. He warned that digital gages are ok but when the batteries get weak they will give bad info. I now use a stick and a digital gage to set my tires for the tpms. If the pressure at one of the sensors is off by a little then you raise the monitor pressure for that sensor.
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I use the Mr. Monk method. To check for level he had a nice long bubble level, a level to check his level, and a level to check his check level.

For pressure, I have a heavy truck gauge, a short 120 lb gauge, and a fairly cheap electronic one.

When checking pressures I use all three on the first, easiest to check tire, and if they are all within 2 or 3 lbs of each other I assume no problems.

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This is the best gauge ever Model #DT150 5-150 psi backlight.. Instant readings
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I bought one of these a month ago and it is fantastic.

Fleetline Digital Air Gauge

It reads up to 160PSI and has a button on the side that allow you to "bleed off" air to get your tires to just the right pressure.
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I have the same exact gage Batman 777 has , and also feel it is a very good gage.
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This is the best gauge ever Model #DT150 5-150 psi backlight.. Instant readings
That's a great gage. When the battery goes bad, it's almost (no almost for me -it was) impossible to replace the battery and get it to work again.
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This is the plain ol Vanilla Tire Guage I use. No batteries
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Driver, that's the one I have and the one the TPMS guy said was the least accurate of them all. The funny thing about it was when I was putting the sensors on my tires they were all within 1-2 psi of the sensor reading. But this one tire read 4 psi lower than the sensor. I haven't tried swapping sensors yet but I will soon. I also had the gage pictured above with the round faced dial and I had problems with it. I did like the air escape button though. If I remember correctly it was made in China to high standards I'm sure. Like the baby milk and dry wall.
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This is the plain ol Vanilla Tire Guage I use. No batteries
YUP, me too, for the rear duals on the MH - fortunately, I also have the digital for the other tires, so have what seems a good method to verify accuracy between the two - assuming the digital is reasonably accurate...
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I use the old timer...

Remember when all the gas stations used to have this one? Joe

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Wow, Am I showing my age! Joe
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