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Old 06-11-2012, 05:13 PM
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Default Main Wheels - Valve stem crooked

I've been putting my tubes, tires, and wheels together. The documentation for this task is really weak. I'm still trying to figure out how the brake calipers are held on. But meanwhile, the valve stem sticking out of the wheel is crooked. Is this a common problem? How do I fix it?

Here's what the tube looks like. The instructions tell you to remove the washer and nut at the base of the tube, next to the rubber, and discard them. I did it both ways, and mounted the tire on the wheel and inflated it, and it didn't make any difference. It's still crooked, either way.



Here's the inflated tire on the wheel. Is this normal? This just seems unacceptable to me. But I'm afraid to start bending things before checking with those more knowledgeable.



Do I modify this? If so, how is it best done? Thanks in advance for help and comments.
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Old 06-11-2012, 05:18 PM
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Good to go, that's the way it is.
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Old 06-11-2012, 07:51 PM
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They use to make the stems different and they stuck straight out like they should, they have changed the design and now they bend over and touch the edge of the rim when you inflate them. I use to have a picture of both but can't find them. this drawing shows the difference.

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Old 06-11-2012, 07:59 PM
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Are they new Aero Classic Leakguard tubes? My new ones did the same thing with Cleveland wheels....
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Old 06-11-2012, 09:12 PM
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I agree, it sure sucks. Par.
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Old 06-11-2012, 10:21 PM
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I have new air stop tubes and they do the same thing. I think they are all like that now. I put a nut and washer on the inside it try to 're-align' it a little and it helped. No leaks after 200+ hours. They don't fit the rims like they should though.
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Old 06-12-2012, 01:22 AM
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We had one that was reeeealy bad. Vans sent us a new one...
Now both look like yours.
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Old 06-12-2012, 06:24 AM
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Gentlemen, thank you for these responses! I've learned some things. Wow. I'm quite surprised, actually. However, I'll leave it as is and build on. I don't like the way it looks, but it sounds like there are no worries.

Gil, yes. These are the Aero Classic Leakguard tubes, came in the kit. Made in Mexico! Interesting that the Aero Classic tires are made here in the U.S.A., though.

Even though Vans says I should remove and discard the nut and washer at the base of the valve stem, Matco says to leave them on. So what do you do? I'm going to leave them on. They make this stuff, after all, and perhaps Vans hasn't updated the manual since switching over from Cleveland. ??? Anyway, thanks again!
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Old 06-12-2012, 08:04 AM
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Did you use tire talc on the tube? After that, inflate the tube in the tire just a bit to seat it, but leave the valve out of the stem. Then you can maneuver the tube a little to get things aligned. Re-insert the valve in the stem and inflate.
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Isn't there supposed to be a grommet in the wheel where the valve stem pokes through?
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