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Old 07-04-2015, 03:46 PM   #1
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TPMS - Don't like looks the rear inner value stem!

In prep for the arrival of my TPMS, Tire Minder A1A, on Tuesday, I was looking at the valve stems used on the wheels.

The front a metal and should do fine for mounting the sensor on the existing stem. However, the rear dually's leave a lot to be desired in my mind. The inner wheel has just a cheap plastic extender that is fairly short added to a flexible rubber valve stem. I can imagine the extender cracking in no time from the centrifugal force that the sensor will add - thus a flat inner tire.

Am I the only one who finds this a poor setup?
If I'm not alone, what have others found as the best solution?

Thinking of taking AI to a truck tire dealership and having metal stems installed.
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This is what I replaced them with for my TPMS:

DL1SPAL Chrome Dually Valve Kit
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Old 07-04-2015, 03:57 PM   #3
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This is what I replaced them with for my TPMS:

DL1SPAL Chrome Dually Valve Kit
Looks like a simple solution!
BUT $120!! Is that correct?
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Old 07-04-2015, 04:02 PM   #4
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FWIW I would not trust any but metal valve stems to put TPMS sensors on. I use the same ones as gmillerok1. The set has appropriate mounting for the steel inner wheels and aluminum outer wheels.
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Old 07-04-2015, 04:34 PM   #5
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In prep for the arrival of my TPMS, Tire Minder A1A, on Tuesday, I was looking at the valve stems used on the wheels.

The front a metal and should do fine for mounting the sensor on the existing stem. However, the rear dually's leave a lot to be desired in my mind. The inner wheel has just a cheap plastic extender that is fairly short added to a flexible rubber valve stem. I can imagine the extender cracking in no time from the centrifugal force that the sensor will add - thus a flat inner tire.

Am I the only one who finds this a poor setup?
If I'm not alone, what have others found as the best solution?

Thinking of taking AI to a truck tire dealership and having metal stems installed.
Tao, you definitely want to go with G Miller's recommendation on the Dually Valves. They are around 120 bucks + another $75 or so to have them installed but they are a quality product that will properly handle the weight of the TPMS sensors. (use a quality tire shop that will take the time to properly align the inner tire stems).

I have used these on two Sprinter based rv's over the last 6 years with absolutely no problems.
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Old 07-04-2015, 04:34 PM   #6
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Looks like a simple solution!
BUT $120!! Is that correct?
Yep. Supply and demand. This is the only solution I am aware of. I even had a MB/Sprinter parts manager refer me to them after I couldn't find any solution at all on my own.
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Old 07-04-2015, 05:01 PM   #7
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OK, I'll order them Tuesday from the link in the post.
Thanks for the input/solution.

Just to confirm, the linked item will work on the AI Grand Tour Alcoa outside rim AND the steel inner rim?

PS: Anyone using the Centramatic balancers on the rear dual wheels? If so, impressions or just stick with a good tire shops balance of each dual wheel separately?
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It probably wouldn't hurt to contact them if you're unsure of fitment.
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If the wheels are the same size as the 2011 model, then yes. I think they are but you need to check with them or Airstream to be sure.
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If the wheels are the same size as the 2011 model, then yes. I think they are but you need to check with them or Airstream to be sure.
Will do on Tuesday.
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OK, I'll order them Tuesday from the link in the post.
Thanks for the input/solution.

Just to confirm, the linked item will work on the AI Grand Tour Alcoa outside rim AND the steel inner rim?

PS: Anyone using the Centramatic balancers on the rear dual wheels? If so, impressions or just stick with a good tire shops balance of each dual wheel separately?
I had the tire shop balance my wheels when they installed the Dually Valves and being as all 4 were out of balance I had them balance the fronts also. They were out as well.
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The Tire and Rim Association gives 65 psi as maximum pressure for standard rubber valves. Information on maximum pressure for various types of valves is here:
http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tirete...jsp?techid=208
I will only use steel valves on my truck, which has 80 psi maximum tires.
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Safe to assume most of going with 61psi that Airstream recommends?
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Tao, I have used 61psi and it seems to work well for me
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