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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old May 6th, 2008, 10:14 am Thread Starter
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Looking for a Good Pressure Gauge

I am looking for a good pressure gauge.

My wife bought me a Brookstone digital gauge a long time ago. I don't like it because it is very hard to get a good seal on the valve stem in order to get a reading. If the gauge isn't perfectly aligned when it is pressed on to the valve stem, then air just streams out of the tire and I have to start over with another refill / test cycle. Believe me, I am careful; it is the gauge that sucks.

Here are my requirements for the ideal gauge:

1. Accurate.

2. 0.5 psi precision or better.

3. Reliable on the first read. It must read correctly each time, every time.

4. Easy to get a good seal. Doesn't require perfect alignment. Doesn't leak huge volumes of air if the gauge is somewhat misaligned.

5. Can easily take a reading on a 2006+ K1200GT rear wheel from the brake rotor side, preferably without requiring a right angle valve extender. There isn't a lot of room between the top of the valve stem and the bottom of the rotor. I don't like to take readings from the hot muffler side.

6. Fits in the 2006+ K1200GT glove box, and still leaves room for other items. Handled with care, but not overly sensitive to the normal vibrations and temperature changes that come from being stored in the glove box all the time.

7. Doesn't require calibration.

Can you recommend a gauge that meets all or most of these needs?
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The one at your BMW dealer is a very good gauge.........Pete
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Here is the one that I use on my GT. It is small, accurate, and very easy to get around the rotors.
http://roadgear.com/catalog/detail.cfm?Prod_ID=196

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Thanks for the suggestion.

There are three RoadGear gauges:

1. Ready-To-Go (pencil type)
2. Hi-Tec ("L" shaped type)
3. Ultra hi-Tec (round, with a hose - very expensive)

Does anyone have experience with them?

--> Are these RoadGear pressure gauges easy to seal on the valve stem? (Especially if you don't get the angle perfectly right?)

The very-sucky Brookstone gauge is similar to #2 above - L-shaped and digital. It is nearly impossible to get a good seal with it - if you don't get the angle perfect, lots of air will leak out.
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I bought a couple of right angle adaptors. NOT to keep permanently on the wheel, but for pressure testing and filling. Keep one on the bike in the tool kit.



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You can check out Aerostich's site. They have a few options, including this one.

http://www.aerostich.com/catalog/US/...e-p-16390.html

Sorry to say I have no experience with any of them, but will be following this thread as I'm interested in a good gauge as well.
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I have used the L shaped one and I didn't like it as well as the pencil type. It will leak a small amount of air if you don't get it centered, but the only ones that I have used that don't do that are the adapters that actually lock on the stem, with a small lever.

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post #8 of 9 (permalink) Old May 21st, 2008, 10:03 am
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KTM Pressure Gauge - just like BMW version

I love this one - I think it's just like the BMW version, but $15 cheaper on average. Easy to get to any valve stem, holds reading until the pressure release button is pushed, sturdy construction, never lose air when taking readings. Only drawback is that it is a little bulky to carry with you on the bike.
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I have tested several gauges side-by-side and have always gotten different numbers. How can anyone be confident that a gauge is accurate? High quality, traceable, aneroid manometers start at about $100, and there's no plumbing. I gave up and just use one of those little things that the stick comes out of. I feel stupid when I decide to set the front at, let's say, 38 rather than 37.

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