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07-09-2012 03:18 AM
skyboxer I bought a 30 dollar air tank from walmart because I seem to need air wherever the compressor isn't. It has a small enough chuck to fit them rear wheel. And for the shocks, I pull the popoff valve until the tank reads 30 then hit both shocks. Couldn't be easier.
07-02-2012 09:54 PM
Wolfie The rims on the newer Vulcans were possibly different than the early. Mine had nuts holding the stem in ('85), whereas say KC's had the slip thru automotive rubber type.



07-02-2012 10:34 AM
Tofer76 i got mine on ebay and they work fine ...look just like those pictured above
06-24-2012 12:10 AM
Wolfie Update...I picked up a chrome 90 at my buddy's shop just like the ones CGLennon posted...the 90 wont work !...on my 85 anyway, the rim thickness will not allow you to insert and turn into position (past the bend), unless maybe drilling. A 45 of that style probably would work though, there's "just" enough play. The one I showed inserts from the outside and tightens inside the wheel...its the only kind of 90 that will work unless you modify your rim. I ended up installing a super short stem, and I STILL cant use most chucks. I ended up making my own adapter from spare parts and hose laying around.
Also...the easiest way to change out a stem, is to take a large C-clamp, let all the air out, place the clamp about 8" away from the stem, tighten, then use either a large flat screwdriver or tire iron to push the tire bead out of the way...mine took about 7 mins to do.



06-03-2012 07:49 PM
Wolfie I was looking at more like this (there are variations to fit specific type rims)....they look a bit beafier to me to take on the centrifugal forces....cost just a lil more, but IMO worth it.





06-02-2012 01:28 PM
scottstein1 Makes one wonder why Kawasaki didn't just install angled stems in the first place. A little foresight would've been nice. But hey, then I wouldn't have learned all about valve stems.
06-02-2012 01:24 PM
scottstein1
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Originally Posted by cglennon View Post
I paid $2/piece for these at Jake Wilson when I purchased my last set of Metzelers and had dealer installed them when they replaced the tires. I put a 90 degree (first picture) on the rear and straight shortie (last picture) on the front. It also comes in a 45 degree option (middle picture) which would work equally well rear or front tire.

No issues after 2 years of riding with them, they look great, and checking tire pressure is a snap. Best $4 mod I made to the bike.

Thanks cglennon! Helpful! Maybe I'll do as you did and buy them, hold them until I have my tires changed (by someone not as fearful as me), and then ask them to do it for me. I think that sounds like a good plan. In the meantime, I'll pick up a cheap connector.
06-02-2012 11:58 AM
cglennon I paid $2/piece for these at Jake Wilson when I purchased my last set of Metzelers and had dealer installed them when they replaced the tires. I put a 90 degree (first picture) on the rear and straight shortie (last picture) on the front. It also comes in a 45 degree option (middle picture) which would work equally well rear or front tire.

No issues after 2 years of riding with them, they look great, and checking tire pressure is a snap. Best $4 mod I made to the bike.

06-01-2012 09:56 PM
Wolfie
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Just don't leave it on the tire when you ride off
The reason why, in part is inertia....all the weight goes from center wheel to out (can rip it out). Ive seen these add-ons, and had I found one would have bought...but only to be used for airing up. There are sweet 90 deg valvestems out there...some are rubber "pull in from insides", the rest are the ones with the nuts and hold a low profile....go with the nuts....
The above is as per my local custom shop which sells both....Im getting the aluminum with nuts and an anodized blue alum....he told me "when all else fails, trust yer nuts"....



06-01-2012 06:51 PM
scottstein1
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Yes, that would work. Just don't leave it on the tire when you ride off.
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