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Old 01-20-2023, 06:50 AM
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Default Maintaining Tire Pressure with Wheel Pants

Does anyone have a good inflation chuck/inflation meter that they can recommend and works thru the 1” hole in the wheel pants? I would like to be able to check tire pressure and inflate if needed without removing the fairings.


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Old 01-20-2023, 07:36 AM
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You can piece one together.

Find a straight air chuck (like this) https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
and fit it to a gauge (like this) https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1 by removing the quick connect coupler that comes attached to the gauge and installing the straight air chuck.

Additionally I picked up one of these https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1 to remove (and reinstall) the valve stem cap through the wheel pant hole.

I carry all these along in a bag with tie down straps and gust locks.
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Old 01-20-2023, 07:39 AM
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Why not install Tire Pressure Monitors instead? I've been using TPM on main tires for over a year. Tire pressure can be checked as part of preflight inspection. Works a charm....

https://vansairforce.net/community/s...&highlight=tpm

Photos are TPM and stick-on balance weight...
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Old 01-20-2023, 08:16 AM
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I found that I needed a straight single-foot air chuck in order to keep the access holes in the wheel pants small. I use hex-shaped valve stem caps and remove/replace them with a hex socket. The gauge can be anything that allows inflating and checking pressure at the same time, just find one you like and screw on the straight single-foot chuck. I use https://www.amazon.com/WYNNsky-Bayon...223667&sr=8-37and it works fine. Some people like the electronic ones…I have this one at home in the garage and it works fine too.
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Old 01-20-2023, 07:33 PM
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I just use a screw on extension to measure pressure or add air through a 5/8" hole in the wheel pant (drilled using a step drill).

https://www.amazon.com/Bluecell-Stra...s%2C146&sr=8-2

Two additional tips: hex headed caps are handy as noted above and hole covers such as these make a tidy way to cover the access hole.


https://www.amazon.com/Hillman-Group...s%2C141&sr=8-1


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Old 01-20-2023, 08:25 PM
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Why not install Tire Pressure Monitors instead? I've been using TPM on main tires for over a year. Tire pressure can be checked as part of preflight inspection. Works a charm....

https://vansairforce.net/community/s...&highlight=tpm

Photos are TPM and stick-on balance weight...
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I have these on my main tires and they work perfectly.

Did you put one on the nose gear tire ?
I did'nt.
I can't unscrew it and add air without removing the front pant

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I can't unscrew it and add air without removing the front pant
Would "flow-through" monitors work for us? Like these?

https://www.amazon.com/Easesuper-Pre...2s9dHJ1ZQ&th=1

I have a hangar-mate with a Zenith 750 Cruzer so I'm considering this kit, 3 for my -12iS and 3 for his 750 Cruzer. We could keep the monitor unit on the workbench and check both aircraft at the same time!
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Wonder if any of the Garmin guru’s can get these to work with a G3X? They work with the Garmin Zumo.
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Would "flow-through" monitors work for us? Like these?

I have a hangar-mate with a Zenith 750 Cruzer so I'm considering this kit, 3 for my -12iS and 3 for his 750 Cruzer. We could keep the monitor unit on the workbench and check both aircraft at the same time!
Too big and bulky. Might be difficult to balance wheel. Get similar unit as my post above and Bluetooth to cell phone app...
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Too big and bulky. Might be difficult to balance wheel. Get similar unit as my post above and Bluetooth to cell phone app...
Jim, if I had understand correctly what you have only allows you to check the tire pressure without removing the pants. If you need to add air you still have the same problem as the rest of us?
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