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Old 11-08-2015, 03:30 PM   #1
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Valve extenders for tires

I have a Pacearrow 37 C and checking or adding air in the rear tires is PITA and the valve extenders will rotate as I go down the hwy and they leak so they suck. I purchased some valve extenders that pop rivet to the center of the wheel covers (stainless steel). This stainless steel is the hardest thing I have ever tried to drill a hole in. I have not been able to drill them with anything I have tried.

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You will probably need a carbide drill bit. Try a tool supply house.
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Old 11-08-2015, 03:56 PM   #3
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You will probably need a carbide drill bit. Try a tool supply house.
I have tried a couple carbide bits with no success, one guy said to get a carbon (not carbide) bit, have not tried them yet, also had a guy tell me that I had to drill real slow and lub the bit, he said the heat from the drilling would harden the stainless steel. We are camping in Myrtle beach now so will try again when we get home.
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Old 11-08-2015, 08:48 PM   #4
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I use these.

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss...re%2Caps%2C293
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Cobalt drill bits http://home.howstuffworks.com/cobalt-drill-bits.htm
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I use some that reach in and just screw on I think name is maxx air.
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Old 11-09-2015, 08:16 AM   #7
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Your advice to drill slowly and use "cutting oil" while drilling is correct. Otherwise the heat will dull the drill bit very quickly. I have drilled many pieces of stainless using cobalt bits but it must be done correctly and with lots of lubricant. Chuck
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Get the kind in which the bracket goes behind a lug nut.
No drilling through those wheels.
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Why not just go to a tire shop and have longer valve stems installed? I tried using different extenders and they all leaked, went to the tire store where new tires were installed (Les Swabb in Oregon) they installed long valve stems and never charged me a dime. No more leaks and checking air levels is now a breeze.
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The secret to drilling stainless is getting it to cutting temp.

Get a good sharp bit, add a little oil and start drilling. Keep the pressure on, do not let off, when the stainless gets to the right temp it will cut very quickly. For the small bit you are most likely using use a high speed drill.

If you can, it is best in a drill press.

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Save yourself the frustration and either have the correct stems installed or get the proper tools to check and air up your tires.

I've had nothing but bad experiences with extenders.
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Why not just go to a tire shop and have longer valve stems installed? I tried using different extenders and they all leaked, went to the tire store where new tires were installed (Les Swabb in Oregon) they installed long valve stems and never charged me a dime. No more leaks and checking air levels is now a breeze.
Really? Was this the store in Junction City?
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After having leaks with 2 different brands of extenders, I had dually valve stems installed. Wish I had gone that route first.
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Had Les Schaub install dully valves, they are a dealer and have a great price. No more troubles with leaking extenders or trouble airing.
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