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post #1 of 17 Old 07-29-2018, 10:48 AM Thread Starter
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Tire pressure gauge recommendations

Looking for a reliable off-set tire pressure gauge.
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post #2 of 17 Old 07-29-2018, 11:13 AM
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Spend at least 10 bucks and it needs to be made in North America. Cheap ones are off by 2 or 3 pounds and are inconsistent.

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If I were running IRL, NHRA or NASCAR where 1/10th of a pound could effect handling/traction I'd get the best calibrated digital gauge money could buy. The DL is a much different animal and any $0.99 pencil gauge available at the counter of any auto parts store is more than accurate enough.

Honestly I doubt if the majority of riders couldn't tell the difference of 5 or 8 pound pressure swing let alone a fraction of a pound.
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Any gauge you can afford to buy could be off by as much as 4%. You could buy 5 gauges and they may all show different pressures.

I am very happy with mu Accutire gauge.

https://www.amazon.com/Accutire-MS-4...ressure+Gauges
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post #5 of 17 Old 07-29-2018, 12:03 PM
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The most accurate/least expensive tire gauges I have found are the little round Slime gauges found at many auto parts stores. I check them against my certified and calibrated Kowa Sekei digital gauge that Mazda sent to all dealers for diagnosing tire pressure monitor systems. It is a mandatory tool, and the Slime gauges all measure exactly the same and are in complete agreement with the Kowa Sekei gauge.
Funny how I ended up with 3 of them...
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I seem to recall reading somewhere that for a pressure gauge to be the most accurate, regardless of brand, that the target pressure needs to be in the middle of the scale on the pressure gauge. Based on this, a gauge with a scale of 0-80 would be more accurate for a V2 (where front is 36psi/rear 42psi) than say a gauge with 0-50 PSI because it is near max range or 0-100 PSI because it is the low side of the range. I haven't tested this, but it makes sense to me. That said, I use a 0-60psi gauge and I haven't had any issues at all.

You can spend as much or as little as you want on a gauge depending on quality, precision, options, country of origin etc. The gauge I use is made by Joe's Racing. Made in USA, analog dial type, 0-60 PSI with bleed valve, swivel, 45 deg angle, and about a 12" hose. It wasn't cheap, and I could probably get along just fine with something from HF, but I don't buy my tools more than once - unless I lose one of them. That's just me though.

There are several different options out there - Digital, Analog Dial, and Stick. As far as function goes, I don't know if one is better than the other; maybe one of the Troopers with more experience than me can chime in. I do have my own perception that the analog dial type might be better, but nothing to back up that claim.

Something else to consider is an offset valve stem. Amazon has an 87 deg black billet aluminum valve stem, made in Italy if I recall, that works well. I put them on my last bike at the same time I replaced the tires, and never had an issue to checking or filling the tires.
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If I were running IRL, NHRA or NASCAR where 1/10th of a pound could effect handling/traction I'd get the best calibrated digital gauge money could buy. The DL is a much different animal and any $0.99 pencil gauge available at the counter of any auto parts store is more than accurate enough.
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Like oil and chain lube, we overthink this subject. It is true, however, that a pencil gauge will wear out over time. Moving parts.

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Like oil and chain lube, we overthink this subject. It is true, however, that a pencil gauge will wear out over time. Moving parts.

Like everyone else who has 30 pencil gauges laying around all corners of the garage, tool kits and glove boxes. I loose them almost as fast as I buy them so there is not threat of ever wearing one out.
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While my TPMS bought 5 years ago keeps me informed every minute if I want.



and it agrees very well with my mechanics expensive gauge.

You learn very quickly how conditions affect your tire pressures and you can both "feel" on the bike and see on the gauge how the bike does at speed or on hot or cold days.


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I've had mixed results with the Slime and other cheap pencil gauges: at one time I had 5 of them and only 2 of them agreed on a reading. The other 3 were 2# low, 2# high and 3# high. Not too inspiring of trust.

Now I use the pencil gauge made by Milton (S 921): obviously higher quality of materials then the Slime. I bought 2 of them and they always agree. I guess they could both be wrong....

Anyway, they're reasonably priced and I'm happy with them.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Available lots of places, WalMart etc.

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