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Why Rubber Valve Stems Are Better Than Aluminum Stems

Spec E-30 driver’s rubber valve snapped

Christian Sandman, a Spec E-30 driver, was running the second round of the Indianapolis 500 when he and another car passed him in turn 5. The two had a light contact and Sandman failed to realize that it snapped an aluminum valve stem. He tried to turn left on the flat tire, but spun out. He was being followed by other cars in his class, and was eventually forced to limp back to the pits.

Metal clamp-in valves are more durable

Clamp-in valves are special types of valves that anchor sensor/transmitters in a TPMS. These valves have a threaded insert in the base that accepts a bolt for attaching the sensor/transmitter. You can find these valves in both straight and bent styles. They are able to hold a maximum cold tire inflation pressure of 200 psi. Metal clamp-in valves can be fitted with either an inside or an outside-placed retaining nut. The latter allows you to tighten the valve when needed.

Metal clamp-in valves are more durable than their rubber counterparts. Metal valves have better tightness and stability and can be used on wheels with higher speeds. Metal valves also resist bending, making them ideal for use on heavy-duty wheels. Metal valves are also able to withstand centrifugal force better than rubber ones.

Rubber snap-in valve stems are easier to install

Unlike traditional valve stems, rubber snap-in valves do not require any special tools to install. Because of this, they are easier to install and remove. These valves are available in a wide range of lengths. Most tires are compatible with these valve stems.

When choosing valve stems, make sure you choose the ones with the same size holes. They can be anywhere from a half-inch to a two-inch length. While some valve stems stick straight out, you can also choose to have the valve stem angled so that it lies against the wheel for maximum performance. Premium rubber snap-in valve stems are made from brass or ozone-resistant EPDM rubber. This rubber check valve type of valve stem has been 100% tested to ensure safety.

Tubeless rubber snap-in valve stems are more susceptible to corrosion

Many vehicle manufacturers are switching to rubber snap-in valve stems for a variety of reasons, including increased durability and corrosion resistance. These valves have some disadvantages over their aluminum-clamp-in counterparts, however. If left untreated, these valves can corrode, leading to slow air leaks, broken parts, and even wheel rim corrosion.

As a result, it is important to choose the right valve stem for your tires. There are two main types of valve stems: standard pressure and high pressure. Standard pressure stems have a diameter of 1.27 inches and high-pressure valve stems have a diameter of 2″. While both types of valve stems are effective, it is important to choose the correct one for your vehicle’s needs. Remember, you don’t want to over-inflate your tire as this will increase the risk of a blowout or a loss of control.

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