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I'm looking for advise to ease pressure checking and airing the rear tire on our 2011 RT. I have 6 tire gauges of different configuration and the only one I can seat on the valve stem has a flexible hose. Getting an air chuck connected is equally difficult. I'm thinking of trying an angled extention. I searched the forum and didn't find any mention of this issue.
 

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While your at it throw in a few wacks for the involved oil level check process and adding coolant.
 

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I've had the best luck with the pressure gauge in the tool set. A real pain to get at, but seems to fit well.
 

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I use a 14" truck inflator available at Amazon [ame=http://www.amazon.com/Tool-Aid-65130-Truck-Inflator/dp/B007IXRKVY]Amazon.com : S & G Tool Aid 65130 Truck Tire Inflator With Dial Gauge : Audio Video Accessories Parts : Electronics[/ame] about $40; although I bought mine for considerably less at Harbor Freight or some similar place. The trick is the straight-through inflator chuck. One could be fabricated from a straight through 8"er and a length of appropriately sized threaded pipe.
 

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I have a foot pump (available at Walmart) with round analog gauge/dial and a flexible hose. I place it on the floor on the exhaust side and run the hose thru to the wheel to the valve on the opposite side.
 

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There are some right angle valve stems that can be placed in motorcycle rims, saves the hell out of the hands, will the rear wheel take one of these??
 

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I have always found the readings on those Harbor Freight tire gauges to unreliable. I have 2 of them & both read higher than my old fashioned "pencil" gauge.
 

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I have always found the readings on those Harbor Freight tire gauges to unreliable. I have 2 of them & both read higher than my old fashioned "pencil" gauge.
Mine works fine. I've checked it with a digital and a "pencil" gauges. I also like it because it has a button to release air, which make it easy to back off higher readings while reading the gauge.
 

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I'm in for clubbing the guy who designed this, but...

I bought the Big Bike Parts trike TPMS. I turn it on and watch my tire pressure and temperature. It alarms when the pressure or temp get out of a range you specify.

I've only had a flat on a bike once, and it convinced me I'll always know my air pressure. I'm also stiff as a board, so being able to check the pressure without getting down and finding the valve stem is a real pain, particularly on the back wheel of the Spyder.

Of course, if the pressure does get low you've still got the same issue.
 
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