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Old 01-06-2010, 08:53 AM   #1
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what tire gauge do you guys use?

since I am having to replace everything that was liberated out of our trailer when it was broke into, i need to buy a new tire gauge, looking for something very accurate and with a fairly large face for the visually impaired (sorry Rich) what are you guys using?
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Old 01-06-2010, 08:58 AM   #2
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a regular pen type one that you can pick up from any autozone or walmart
just don't get the $0.99 key chain tire gauge from the counter
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a regular pen type one that you can pick up from any autozone or walmart
just don't get the $0.99 key chain tire gauge from the counter
with race tires? really?
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yup that's what patrick suggests
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a regular pen type one that you can pick up from any autozone or walmart
just don't get the $0.99 key chain tire gauge from the counter
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found some of those to be up to 5psi off........
i use the one that i bought from John(bridgestone guy),also one from Napa.
BTW not all of the ones that look the same are accurate.
i also have one of the KTM branded ones thats off by 3-4 psi.
what ever you get have it tested.....
as far as i know ,race tires will suffer from 1-2 psi misread...
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I heard dont get digital.
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Consistancy is more important. Look at the accuracy rating on the side of the one you're buying, and continue to use it.

I have a water-filled gauge for work.
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yup that's what patrick suggests
Hmmm. Patrick told me NOT to get one of those. Pay more and get a nice one.

I seem to remember one of the guys at the track offering to check them and calibrate them, but I don't remember who it was.
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Hmmm. Patrick told me NOT to get one of those. Pay more and get a nice one.

I seem to remember one of the guys at the track offering to check them and calibrate them, but I don't remember who it was.
It was me. I sell a Silicon filled dial gauge for $60 + tax. Yes it is expensive, but I've personally had mine for 3 years and counting. I test it at each event, and it has been dead on, everytime. As long as you don't lose this one, you will never need another gauge.
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It was me. I sell a Silicon filled dial gauge for $60 + tax. Yes it is expensive, but I've personally had mine for 3 years and counting. I test it at each event, and it has been dead on, everytime. As long as you don't lose this one, you will never need another gauge.
Thank you. I thought it was, but wasn't 100% positive. And thanks for doing that.
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I looked at one of these, sportbiketrackgear has them allot cheaper though
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I just use the pen type also, i usually have two or three in my box and use all them and just take the reading from all 3 just for good measure. They are usually pretty darn close to the same reading 99% of the time.
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From Patrick's trackday guide thread:

Get a good quality tire gauge, not a .99 cent one from Walmart. A good $5.00 pencil gauge that has a 1-2% accuracy is fine. I don't like digital gauges. Some of the dial gauges are good. What you want is consistency, i.e. you want it to read the same pressure everytime. If you have a gauge and want it checked, I have a calibrated pressure checker to test it with. It may seem like a little overkill, but tires are one of the most important aspects of your bike, especially at the track.
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^ Thanks Coop.

Pencil gauges are highly underrated.
Obviously the .99 cent one that has an accuracy of 5-10% is NOT what I want for my tires.

Most of the $5-7.00 ones have a 1% accuracy, which I've verified time and again.

The one Hutch sells is a VERY good product, especially for the price, but if you're looking for a good less expensive alternative than a good quality pencil gauge will work just fine.

As stated, if you have a gauge either Hutch or I can verify it's accuracy consistency for you.
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I just press it down with my thumbs. Works fine every time.

Kidding........

I go with a good pencil one but when at the track.....I use Johns to check them.
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It was me. I sell a Silicon filled dial gauge for $60 + tax. Yes it is expensive, but I've personally had mine for 3 years and counting. I test it at each event, and it has been dead on, everytime. As long as you don't lose this one, you will never need another gauge.


I lost one...on the way to the track last season...so I had to buy another. But it's well worth it.
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I have an accu-gauge bought from a cycle shop, pretty sure its one of the Part Unlimited offerings and it is dead on w/ John's gauge checker. It isn't liquid-filled, but like John and Patrick has said, whatever you get, check it on John's checker to make sure you have a good one.

The one I have: ra60x4
I'm fairly certain it was about $20.
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