Wheels keep blowing valve stems at high speeds

Discussion in 'Touring Models' started by billchaney, Apr 18, 2011.

  1. billchaney

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    Have had three wheel valve stems blow out on me going over 80 miles an hour. Using factory Harley Mags. Has anyone else had this problem? How do you stop it.
     
  2. glider

    glider Veteran Member

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    May be contacting the brake caliper. Use a shorter valve stem.
     
  3. Jack Klarich

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  4. Hoople

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    Had one blow out on my cage a few years back. I was done with those rubber valves.
     

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  5. gusotto

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    Is it just one wheel?
    Check clearance of the valve stem.
    We all ride many miles and never have that problem. I'd check for physical interference.
     
  6. billchaney

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    Do you know if they work on Ultra classic
     
  7. Jack Klarich

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    Sure as long as H D does not use TPMS like cages you can swap the rubber for the bolt in type:s
     
  8. Hoople

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    Does not have to be chrome plated brass. HD also has an all metal stem under part# 43157-83A that may work on your wheels.
     
  9. dbmg

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    This is a strange occurrence. The last thing you want is to loose a valve stem at any speed. Be sure to check wheels for where the stems are mounted, something must be amiss. The valves are getting cut or stem hole oblonged. If wheels okay are you using valve stems specifically for motorcycles???
     
  10. HDDon

    HDDon Experienced Member Contributor Retired Moderators

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    Did this just start happening or has it been a problem since you have owned the bike? Is it always on the same wheel? If it just started happening have you changed anything on the bike recently? How many miles on your current tires? Maybe we can help you determine what is causing this if we get an idea of just what the situation is. I'm sure this is a real problem for you, but it is something that most of us have never seen happen on a bike before.