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    Default What tire gage do you have faith in ??

    Just curious. Over the years I have accumulated (my wife would say "hoarded") a number of the "pencil shaped" pressure gages and a few of the digital ones.
    My experience is that I can use any one of them and get a different reading - within probably a 2 pound range.
    Concern is - when you are in the desired 15-17# range for your tire pressures, a 2 # difference is a lot

    So does anyone know of a tire gage that is "very accurate" in this range
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    Default Have the same drawer....

    20190619_095741.jpg It is from JT Machine shop who once advertized here but you can find them with google...JT's Spyder store....
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    My faith is in the Lord.

    The most important thing about your tire gauge is "repeatability" In other words you can have a gauge that is
    a couple psi off, as long as it makes the same mistake every time, on all your tires. Pick one and stick with it.
    I like the gauge on my inflator, which has a flexible hose on the end. I haven't found a tire yet, that it could
    not access the valve stem.
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    4Marie has the right idea pick one and stick with it but I’d suggest you check it against another to make sure it is correct or reasonably so. At the rally last weekend I checked tire pressure for a guy who definitely needs a new gauge, his left front had 24 psi, the right had 48 psi and his rear tire was at 51 psi. I adjusted his pressure and we aligned it, he thought he had a new bike as it handled so much better.

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    I have always put cheap tire gauges in the same category as a cheap torque wrenches. You really think a torque wrench from Harbor Freight is going to give you accurate torque
    My suggestion is to buy a good quality gauge which can be calibrated, like the more expensive Longacre gauges. You can buy them from Amazon these days. LOL! In the past you had to go to a race and get in the pits to find a dealer. They now make digital gauges in addition to the bourbon tube gauges they have made for many years.
    After years of use, my Longacre is off about 2 lbs I think. I'm dropping it off at System Scales to be calibrated this week. Cheap way to get the handling and mileage out of tires.
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    Pencil style gauges are generally worth what you paid for them. You need a good gauge. You want it to meet ANSI B40.1 Grade B (±2%) international accuracy standard, and be calibrated when you buy it. This gauge meets those requirements accurate to less than 1/2 lb at 20 psi. You can buy it cheaper without the hose, but the hose make checking the rear tire a lot easier.
    https://tire-tek.com/collections/all...orcycle-60-psi

    https://www.garagechief.com/best-tir...-gauge-review/

    The worse thing you can have is a cheap gauge that is reading low. If it is 6lb low you are going to be at 26 actual psi when you think it is 20psi. This is enough to make a spyder Squirrely as heck. And, just because a gauge is digital does not mean it is more accurate than other gauges.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bmarkel View Post
    They now make digital gauges in addition to the bourbon tube gauges they have made for many years.
    I would like a Bourbon tube gauge. Sounds yummy. I think you mean bourdan tube.
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    Get one easy to use!I got one at Home Depot on sale for $18.00

    Freeman Digital Tire Inflator with LED Pressure Gauge

    LED readings to 0.01

    The hose make it easy to use on all 4 valves (for us plain RT people )

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    I use this
    amazon.com/Joes-Racing-32307-Pressure-Gauge/dp/B00404WDUC/ref=mp_s_a_1_3?keywords=joes+tire+pressure+gauge

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    [QUOTE=And, just because a gauge is digital does not mean it is more accurate than other gauges.[/QUOTE]

    Boy that’s the truth. Remember the cheap digital gauges that BRP used to put in the tool kits? They were junk

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    I think you mean bourdon tube.....but damn a tube full of good bourbon sounds really good in about 7 hrs

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    Got one with my 2016 F3L. Not accurate at all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SpyderAnn01 View Post
    Boy that’s the truth. Remember the cheap digital gauges that BRP used to put in the tool kits? They were junk
    I can't believe they would put a piece of junk on a high end BRP product.
    I guess they got a deal on them and it sounded like a good selling feature.
    Just found mine about 6 months ago after owning the bike for a few years. Next time I pull it out, it's going straight into the trash bin.
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    i decided to make me something to air both tires at one time with an oil filled gauge, works great, at least both are the same pressure

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    I have 2 from slime. One digital one analog. Both read the same. Both gauges are push on than release and read. Analog has release valve. Digital push hold button to reset. Both from Walmart.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 4 MARIE View Post
    I would like a Bourbon tube gauge. Sounds yummy. I think you mean bourdan tube.
    Yes. I meant bourdan tube.
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    I use the pencil gauges from Milton. Solidly built. I keep one in every glove box, under the motorcycle seat, and in the kitchen drawer. They are available in several pressure ranges - 2-20 psi, 5-50 psi, 20-120 psi, so be sure you're getting the right one - I had to take one back once. A decent auto parts house will have them for maybe $6 - $8.
    I have a Wika bourdon-tube gauge that I keep in the tool box, too; a while back I collected all the tire gauges in the house and checked the pressure in my compressor tank. All of the pencil gauges agreed with one another, and were maybe 2 psi off from the Wika dial gauge.

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    Just got a new tire pressure gauge from Jaco superior products and it is by far one of the best gauges I have used and it agrees with my other dial gauge that is a pain to use especially on the back tire. The Jaco locks on with no loss of air and it is the type that attaches to the air hose so you can fill and bleed all at the same time. No I don't have stock in the company or work for them but I'm 73 and have used a LOT of different gauges over the years and this one is excellent. Check them out.
    https://jacosuperiorproducts.com

    I use the FLOWPRO™ TIRE INFLATOR WITH PRESSURE GAUGE - 100 PSI
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    I bought one of these... Rhino USA Heavy Duty Tire Pressure Inflator Gauge (0-200 PSI) - ANSI B40.1 Accurate, Large 2" Easy Read Glow Dial, Premium Braided Hose, Solid Brass H
    Sold by: Rhino USA, Inc.....from Amazon and I love it. Hooks onto valve with very little, if any, pressure loss. My tire dealer uses them also.
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