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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.
Fred



--- In ipcrc@yahoogroups.com, "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 ipcrc@yahoogroups.com, "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
> >
>

Message Thread for message #103607

lcshepp
7/21/2001, 07:01 pm
Re: Valve stems
Hi Jesus, You wrote: "Is there a way to prevent this from happening? I mean, like changing the valve stems every other tire change, or having some method to determine if the valve stem is getting old?." Just inspec

    douglasvanb
    5/21/2011, 02:59 am
    Re: Valve stems
    Since I'll be changing my tires out next week, I figured I might as well change out the valve stems as well. The ones on my '89 appear to be original or at least stock. I want to replace them with metal stems. Some time back, someone posted t

      swiftly1...
      5/21/2011, 03:06 am
      Re: Valve stems
      I had 90 degree steel stems installed by my Honda dealer with last tire change. Not that expensive at all. Dick ________________________________ From: douglasvanb <

        douglasvanb
        5/21/2011, 03:17 am
        Re: Valve stems
        Hmm maybe I'll have to pay a visit to my local Honda dealer tomorrow... Steel is just as good as aluminum for this application as far as I'm concerned. Cheers, Douglas --- In

          gibinmich
          5/21/2011, 11:58 am
          Re: Valve stems
          Not all of the valve stem is steel, the rubber donut seals it against the rim and can crack so they still need to be replaced every few years. Make sure you have the plastic wheel guides for the stems also because without them the stem can vi

      pgboyd
      5/21/2011, 11:57 am
      Re: Valve stems
      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

        douglasvanb
        5/21/2011, 02:45 pm
        Re: Valve stems
        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 m

          goldwingman40
          5/21/2011, 03:15 pm
          Re: Valve stems
          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 dealershi

            douglasvanb
            5/21/2011, 03:23 pm
            Re: Valve stems
            Fred, I wish it were that inexpensive to get tires changed! The cheapest I can find within 40 miles is $20/tire if I bring just the wheel in. One of these days I really should learn how to change and balance my own tires... I do ha

          goldwingman40
          5/21/2011, 03:19 pm
          Re: Valve stems
          Doug, Forgot to say I would not use KY jelly on the stems, I would use a little dish soap in water to lube the stems for installation. Fred --- In

            pgboyd
            5/21/2011, 03:59 pm
            Re: Valve stems
            I've bought the pricey tire goop and it is basically the same formulation as KY Jelly or Astroglide. Slippery enough to get the valve stem seated, but dries slightly tacky. Sometimes you need to think outside the box ;) The independent sh

              douglasvanb
              5/21/2011, 05:09 pm
              Re: Valve stems
              Well that was painful... only valve stems I could find in town were Honda OEM. Nothing but OEM for my baby, right? :-/ Cheers, Douglas --- In

                goldwingman40
                5/22/2011, 01:27 am
                Re: Valve stems
                Doug, What did you pay. The last time I got one that I needed for the Goldwing, same valvestem, after the other dealer had closed, I think I paid about $10. The next place, independent shop, I got tires mounted and balanced was $15 but he

                  douglasvanb
                  5/22/2011, 01:37 am
                  Re: Valve stems
                  Fred, They had one after market valve stem (steel) for $9.99 that I bought as a spare to keep in the trunk. The Honda OEM (steel) valve stems were $13.95 (suggested retail $16.25). The local Honda shop charges $30 per wheel to mount tires

              alfr4d
              5/22/2011, 03:19 am
              Re: Valve stems
              Phil, You were saying you did not bother balancing the tire but aligned the little yellow dot with the valve. The manufacturer (not all of them) did mark the lightest part of the tire for our convenience wit a dot. The valve is not always the

    randiana46128
    8/23/2011, 12:11 am
    Re: Valve stems
    As I was looking at ordering tires, I noticed one supplier had right angle stems that were the rigid type, where the wheel part is threaded, goes through the rim, with a nut on the inside, gaskets on both sides. I have these on two autos with

      gibinmich
      8/23/2011, 02:07 am
      Re: Valve stems
      My all steel stems have the normal rubber donut seals. --- In ipcrc@yahoogroups.com, "randiana46128" <rha

        rudyg1937
        8/23/2011, 09:40 am
        Re: Valve stems
        I had them om my last PC800 and I will put them on this one when the tires are changed. The only drawback is the tab on the rim to support the stock valve stem. I had my wheels powder coated (this bike also) so I did not want to grind the tab

          gibinmich
          8/23/2011, 11:07 am
          Re: Valve stems
          Hey Rudi! Are you riding that museum piece PC or are you a full time Guzzi guy now? --- In ipcrc@yahoogroups.com, &quo

            rudyg1937
            8/23/2011, 11:53 pm
            Re: Valve stems
            Gloria hates the Guzzi. Will not even try to go for a ride on it. So the 1998 PC800 with now all of almost 11k on it, goes out when we go together and when I go alone I take the Guzzi, now with 22k on it. Spoiled SOB ain't I? Depending on whe

              yankeesmuggler
              8/23/2011, 11:56 pm
              Re: Valve stems
              Also one should not miss walking on the rope bridge and checking out the back restroom in the General Store. Tim Davies Seneca Falls, NY Yankee Smuggler II 1998 Sent from my iPod Touch On Aug 23, 2011, at 7:53 PM, "R

                gibinmich
                8/24/2011, 12:53 am
                Re: Valve stems
                I couldn't find Cambridge Virgina.?????? --- In ipcrc@yahoogroups.com, Tim Davies <yankeesmuggler@...> wrote:

                  tradewinds1964
                  8/24/2011, 01:05 am
                  Re: Valve stems
                  Hey Gib. Cambridge is not an actual place. It's a bridge in Virginia that you view through a cam. Ting Atlanta, GA '90 Red PC Glen Scotia(pronounced Sko-sha)

                  yankeesmuggler
                  8/24/2011, 01:15 am
                  Re: Valve stems
                  I don't know about Cambridge, but the store is in Paint Bank, VA Tim Davies Seneca Falls, NY Yankee Smuggler II 1998 Sent from my iPod Touch On Aug 23, 2011, at 8:53 PM, "Gib" <

      tradewinds1964
      8/23/2011, 02:20 pm
      Re: Valve stems
      I just got 2 valve stems from my local Honda dealer. He said he had plenty in stock. Front and rear tire use the same size. After I told him I was a part of this forum, he gave me his card, asked me to shamelessly plug the dealership and to l

        jd_johnson
        8/24/2011, 03:07 am
        Re: Valve stems
        Do you recall how much for the valve stems? I need new tires and will replace the stems. Thanks - JD --- In ipcrc@yahoogr

          tradewinds1964
          8/25/2011, 03:29 am
          Re: Valve stems
          I believe mine were like 6 bucks a piece. Ting Atlanta, GA '90 Red PC Glen Scotia(pronounced Sko-sha)

    randiana46128
    8/24/2011, 02:47 am
    Re: Valve stems
    Thanks Rudy for the heads up about the stem size. I like these semi permanent stems. One less thing to think about. Randy

    randiana46128
    8/25/2011, 12:54 am
    Re: Valve stems
    Myers 90 degree valve stem. $2.00 from Rocky Mountain motorcycle supply. Also available in 45 degree, which might help with the problem that someone described about right access.

    gibinmich
    3/26/2012, 11:48 am
    Re: Valve stems
    I bought two metal valve stems at my Honda dealer, one to replace the cracked one and one for the next tire change in the rear. The stem is steel but the donut is still rubber of course. Both of my cracked stems were where the stem met the do