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post #1 of (permalink) Old 03-11-2001, 02:43 PM
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Metal or Rubber ValveStems?

I have 15X10 aluminum rims and they leak!! I am going to replace my tires and don't want them to leak afterwards. I have metal valvestems right now, someone told me it is the metal valvestems that are making my wheels leak. It this true? Will rubber valvestems work with the thick aluminum wheels?

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Re: Metal or Rubber ValveStems?

what size tire are you using? Is it the correct width and rim size? there should be a number on the side like p245/60/r15. If it says r15.5 or r16 you have the wrong size tires. Also for a 10' rim you need to have at least 12.5' wide tires.

The guy who told you about the valve stems is a moron. The "metal" ones are just cromed ruber. Still there could be a problem with them. In a rare case they could leak or not be pulled into the rim tight enough.

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Re: Metal or Rubber ValveStems?

I am using 33X12.5OR15 tires on my 15X10's

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Re: Metal or Rubber ValveStems?

The possiblity of the metal valve stems leaking around the seal is quite correct. I would suggest that if no rubber valve stems are available for the rims then to get the metal valve stems replaced or at least the seals for them. I have had metal stems leak and found that all the problem was in the rubber seal where the nut holds them in the rim. I have also had bad luck with the rubber stems,,, Pick the one you like and just keep an eye on them.
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Re: Metal or Rubber ValveStems?

Yep, the base of metal valve stems is probably the most common source of leaks. As for what is better, the metal or rubber stems, that is pretty much a personal decision...they all leak after a certain amount of time. I myself think the metal stems hold up a little better, but that might just be the exhaust fumes thinking for me again [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/smile.gif[/img]. Have all the stems replaced for about $4/each and you should be good to go.

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Re: Metal or Rubber ValveStems?

The nice thing about rubber is they will give, if you run the end of a branch or rock into it. Carry a spare either way

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Re: Metal or Rubber ValveStems?

heck i didn't even know the metal ones were still around! i guess motorcycles still have them? i would go with rubber as they will give if whacked. sure the rubber will weather and crack but they will last the life of the tire and get new ones with new tires.

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Re: Metal or Rubber ValveStems?

The only reason i went steel is the ice. Ice will cut those rubber stems right in half. Did it twice on a old truck i used to have. They both have advantages and disadvantages like was said before it is up to you. I have never heard of a metal stem leaking but it does make sense though. good luck

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Re: Metal or Rubber ValveStems?

Wait a minute, Is there supposed to be a rubber seal on the outside of the wheel, underneath the nut that holds the valvestems in? If there is, I don't have them.

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