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Re: Valve stems
Written by goldwingman40 on 5/21/2011 at 03:15 pm

Doug, The stock style valve stems work just fine, I had mine changet at 15
years, just because I thought they were oil enough, not because there was any
problem. The independent mechanic that leased and ran the shop at a small Honda
dealership near me put in OEM stile chrome valvestems for about $2 which I
thought was great, he was very reasonable. He would mount and balance tires for
$10 if you brought in the weels and would mount tires you brought in even though
there was a sign that the dealership didn't. He did my Goldwing GL1500 on the
bike for $65 and pulled the rearend and lubed the driveshaft splines for another
$10. The dealership has since closed, they were not good at sales, didn't even
carry Goldwings, and he now works for aanother dealer, Yamaha, Kaw, and now
Honda, but thier prices for service are much higher.
If you are careful and support the valve stem when you check pressure and add
air you should not have problems for many, many years. But if you are of the
brute force group or don't have the plastic support bracket on you will have
premature problems.

--- In, "douglasvanb" <douglas.vanbossuyt@...> wrote:
> Hi Phil,
> I'm going to have the local independent motorcycle shop mount the tires for me
and will ask them to do the valves too. I don't have the ability to change my
own tires (yet!). Better to pay a professional wrench rather than ruin my rims
> Once I get out of the house, I'll be heading down to the local Honda shop to
see what sort of valve stems they have. Would like to get something that can't
fail as easily on a long distance trip. I'm going to pick up a few spares for
my toolkit as well.
> Hmm... how am I going to explain KY Jelly in my toolkit?
> Cheers,
> Douglas
> --- In, "Phil" <phillip.g.boyd@> wrote:
> >
> > If you're changing them out yourself, pay attention to which way they point.
It makes a difference in how the plastic support piece connects to the base of
the stem. Don't ask me how I know. Another tip I saw after I had wrestled with
pulling my old valve stems out with a pair of pliers was to cut the rubber base
near where the top meets the wheel (on top, not from the air side of the wheel)
with a pair of sidecutters, then push the old stem base through the wheel.
> >
> > Putting the new stems in was pretty easy - just lube the rubber with a
little liquid soap (or KY Jelly if you have it around) and pop it up from the
bottom using the base of a screwdriver or something to push against the base of
the valve stem.
> >
> > I just used Honda OEM stems - worked fine for me but I probably overpaid.
> >
> > Phil
> >

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