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Old 01-28-2018, 04:59 PM   #1
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Metal stems

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Stock rims. Prepping for TPMS.

What length metal valve stems should I get?
1", 1 1/4"?

Steel stems with nickel coating? Aluminum?

What's this about a recess in the inside of the rim that the stem must fit into?

Do you trust the tire store or do you take the tires/rims off and drive them there for replacement? (Every time I get car tires I'm amazed how careless the installers are...missing valve caps, dirt stains on my seat. )
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Old 01-28-2018, 05:14 PM   #2
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following..... I have same concern. Would love to know make/model of correct metal stems.
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Old 01-28-2018, 05:18 PM   #3
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I take them off and take them there. 1.25 length for me. Any shorter and the bulbous sensors might contact the wheel.
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Old 01-28-2018, 08:14 PM   #4
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I swapped my valve stems at home....if I weren't able to do that, I would pull the wheels and take them to a shop.
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Old 01-28-2018, 09:51 PM   #5
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I purchased
1- 1/2" and the 2" version of the
VTR TR416
VTR TR416L - 2"

Neither would fit in the hole and allow a socket to tighten the nut in place.

There wan not enough clearance in the wheel opening to allow a socket to tighten them.
Ended up not using them.
Still looking.
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Old 01-29-2018, 09:44 AM   #6
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I purchased
1- 1/2" and the 2" version of the
VTR TR416
VTR TR416L - 2"

Neither would fit in the hole and allow a socket to tighten the nut in place.

There wan not enough clearance in the wheel opening to allow a socket to tighten them.
Ended up not using them.
Still looking.
Wow! That's the stems I was going to buy.
Tell me what kept them from tightening?
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Old 01-29-2018, 11:22 AM   #7
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The stems I used are about 1 1/4 in. and have a 45 degree of set. The off set if positioned correctly allows for a TPS system to be mounted and not stick out as far.
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Try these:

https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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Old 02-12-2018, 01:44 PM   #9
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Sorry to beat a dead horse, but I don't understand what prevents the normal one from working. Is it that you can't get a deep socket over the stem before it hits the rim? Or turn a box end wrench?
But if clearance is an issue, then how is there room for a screw on TPMS sensor and the tool to tighten it?

Yes I did a search and got lots of information that conflicted. I suspect Airstream wheels changed several times and so what works for one person won't for another .

Or maybe these, but will they stick out? (with the TPMS)?
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Sorry to beat a dead horse, but I don't understand what prevents the normal one from working. Is it that you can't get a deep socket over the stem before it hits the rim? Or turn a box end wrench?
But if clearance is an issue, then how is there room for a screw on TPMS sensor and the tool to tighten it?

Yes I did a search and got lots of information that conflicted. I suspect Airstream wheels changed several times and so what works for one person won't for another .

Or maybe these, but will they stick out? (with the TPMS)?


I bought a set like those that were straight. The problem I had, the body is chromed brass and knuckle head tire tech stripped the threads. At highway speeds the force leaned them over and they leaked.
I found steel ones with the nut on the outside and there was no way to get a socket into the recess in the rim. I was able to tighten them by grabbing the backside with vice grips. So far, so good.
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I bought new Sendel wheels and these valve stems fit the rims and worked with my tst tpms. https://www.oreillyauto.com/detail/x.../17428/4870862
The nut is extended, so it isn't sunk down into the wheel and it's easy to tighten up. I put them on myself and used a little thread locker. So far, so good.
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Sorry to beat a dead horse, but I don't understand what prevents the normal one from working. Is it that you can't get a deep socket over the stem before it hits the rim? Or turn a box end wrench?
But if clearance is an issue, then how is there room for a screw on TPMS sensor and the tool to tighten it?

Yes I did a search and got lots of information that conflicted. I suspect Airstream wheels changed several times and so what works for one person won't for another .

Or maybe these, but will they stick out? (with the TPMS)?
The Sendel wheels have a recessed mounting flange. This recess, on the outside of the wheel surface, barely has enough room for the EXTERNAL nut, which many stems have (one nut on the outside and one nut on the inside). So, with these you cannot grip the outside nut, in order to tighten down the sealing gaskets properly. The ones you picture in your post, with both nuts on the inside and a flange on the outside, are necessary. Be sure to have whoever installs, to use loctite on the nuts in this configuration. Training the tire store was a real CHALLENGE!
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