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Old 04-26-2018, 01:37 PM   #1
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Tire valves for dually

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I have a RAM 3500HD. This is my first truck with dual wheels. I have trouble checking and adding air to the tires. The tire store by my house could not add air or suggest anything. My truck dealer said he would add air and discuss tomorrow but did not seem to know any special extensions or anything. Are there specific extensions or other devices that can make it easy?
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Old 04-26-2018, 01:42 PM   #2
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I have an air chuck and pressure tester that has a dual foot design for getting to the stems on the inside tires.
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Old 04-26-2018, 02:40 PM   #3
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This works for me https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1 Most of the air compressors you might purchase will have a dual chuck provided something like this... https://www.amazon.com/EPAuto-Commer...dual+air+chuck
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Old 04-26-2018, 03:50 PM   #4
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I have the same thing as Eagleback & masterdrago have I did see a guy that had the steel breaded hoses that you see on some DP but i'v seen those leak before. I find if I pull the hub caps off they are eraser to get to at least on my Dodge.

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Old 04-26-2018, 05:11 PM   #5
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This is good for both checking pressure and adding air. It also comes with a connection accessory to a compressor.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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Old 04-26-2018, 05:50 PM   #6
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Auto parts stores, Camping World and your dealership have kits for the inside tire tire valve.
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Old 04-26-2018, 08:22 PM   #7
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I have been using steel braid valve extenders on the inside rear rims for years without any problems.
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Old 04-27-2018, 03:14 AM   #8
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I have been using steel braid valve extenders on the inside rear rims for years without any problems.
In recent months, we've taken them all off of all of our med units, Fords and Freightliners alike. They've all leaked and caused problems as of late. The newer ones just don't seem to be made of near the quality of years ago.

As for the dual head inflators, those with Ford trucks can't get much air in the front tires with the factory extensions on them with this type.


I've went with this style as it is easier to use and clears the stems and wheel openings as the head is much narrower.
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Old 04-27-2018, 10:07 AM   #9
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Your truck should have the factory air pressure monitor which tells you if you have a tire leaking. Most any auto parts store will have the two way tire gauge and air chuck you need to air up and check duals. If you don't carry your own compressor, you won't need the chuck; just find a truck stop tire shop to check and air up your tires. Your outside duals have the valve pointing in toward the truck; use the chuck facing you for those. The inside duals have the valve facing out; use the straight chuck for them. Stay away from the hose extensions because they mostly leak after a little while. On our '16 3500 DRW, I watch the pressure monitor and only physically check and add air maybe every 6 months.
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Old 04-27-2018, 10:13 AM   #10
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Your local tire shop is not the best place to go for help with truck tires. When I wanted to rotate tires on my 3500 dually, the shop foreman told me that the wheels on the front of the truck would not fit on the rear and they had to break down those wheels in order to put the front tires on the rear. Easier to let them do it as they charged a flat rate for rotations rather than argue.
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Old 04-27-2018, 10:36 AM   #11
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Your local tire shop is not the best place to go for help with truck tires. When I wanted to rotate tires on my 3500 dually, the shop foreman told me that the wheels on the front of the truck would not fit on the rear and they had to break down those wheels in order to put the front tires on the rear. Easier to let them do it as they charged a flat rate for rotations rather than argue.
Rotating tires on a dually are different than standard truck/car rotations. You rotate both rear tires side to side. Front tires also go side to side. No need to break them down. Of course there are other ways to do it (more complicated) but that's the way my Ford dealer suggested. Costco tire shop said the same thing. Not saying whos right but seems like the logical thing to do.
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Old 04-27-2018, 11:15 AM   #12
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Thanks for the advice from everyone. My truck dealer filled my TV tires for free today. I plan to buy a Porter Cable compressor with a 50ft hose for the rig and will get the narrow head dual chuck for my dual wheels on the TV. The RAM pressure monitor seems to be accurate so that will help tell me when air is needed in the TV.
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Old 04-27-2018, 11:25 AM   #13
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I opted out of the aluminum rims for steel with black walls so you can rotate all 6 tires front to back.
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Old 05-14-2018, 11:38 PM   #14
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I opted out of the aluminum rims for steel with black walls so you can rotate all 6 tires front to back.
Yeah...I made the mistake of getting the polished aluminum wheels on my dually. Beside not being able to rotate your tires unless you break them down the bigger problem is trying to find a tire shop that won't scratch or damage them when mounting your tires. I had one of my rear aluminum wheel damaged by a shop that I has them pay to replace it. Then Goodyear gouged one of my front wheels while mounting a tire...The owner (who was 70+ years old) refused to pay for it. I almost got into a fist fight with him but came to my senses and decided it wasn't worth it and just left. These rims are 900+ dollars to replace. Yeah they look great but just are not worth the hassle.....
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Old 05-15-2018, 07:58 AM   #15
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We use metal extenders on the inside dually of our Ford F-350 and have done so since 2006 without a problem.
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