skid steer valve stem protectors

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by YellowDogSVC, Jan 15, 2010.

  1. YellowDogSVC

    YellowDogSVC LawnSite Gold Member
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    How many of you run skid steer valve stem protectors? I always do. the one time I didn't, I broke off the valve stem.

    I decided to put my bigger tires on a for a few weeks to help get me past the wet times and found my new set of tires didn't have valve stem protectors welded to the rim. I'm going to do it before I take the machine into the woods. It's a small deal but could save you from a bad day in the woods. Thought I'd share what I have learned the hard way.
     
  2. Gravel Rat

    Gravel Rat LawnSite Fanatic
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    On the skidders they use a threaded n*pple welded to the wheel with a cap screwed on top.

    Working in bush all it takes is a stick to wipe of the valve stem the tire goes flat you don't realize it until its too late.

    Get fancy and tig weld the protectors to the wheels the weld comes out clean and its strong.
     
  3. wanabe

    wanabe LawnSite Senior Member
    from So. IL
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    I have see old chevy rockers used for this as well.
     
  4. YellowDogSVC

    YellowDogSVC LawnSite Gold Member
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    I'm going to let the dealer use mig. I only have stick and I won't weld on rims anyway. Went to funeral of a guy that lost his head welding on a rim..
     
  5. Gravel Rat

    Gravel Rat LawnSite Fanatic
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    You have to take the tire off its the safest way of doing it. It is the heat created makes the tire expand to its limits and goes boom. A exploding tire can kill you. Even airing up a flat tire can explode and kill you.
     
  6. bobcat_ron

    bobcat_ron LawnSite Fanatic
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    My Dad welded 2" steel square tubing to his 943 Bobcat rims after the tire shop removed the rubber, they worked very well for many years.
    The last system I saw on a skidder at Brandt Tractor had round thick wall pipe with a cover that was bolted on top to get to the stem valve, very clever.
     
  7. YellowDogSVC

    YellowDogSVC LawnSite Gold Member
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    Well, I got the moon tires put back on today. 14x17.5 and tall. I will get the valve covers, hopefully on Monday. We'll see if they can get it. I don't want to have to take the tires off the rims. The shop will know what to do.. I wonder if letting all the air and breaking bead would be safe?
     
  8. bobcatuser

    bobcatuser LawnSite Senior Member
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    I would remove the stems when doing the welding, then install new metal core valve stems. Make sure there is enough room for the nut/washer.
     
  9. YellowDogSVC

    YellowDogSVC LawnSite Gold Member
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    the stems on the factory rims are short, metal stems.
     
  10. Gravel Rat

    Gravel Rat LawnSite Fanatic
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    Why chance ruining a tire with welding heat it doesn't take much to remove tires. A tire monkey can have them off pretty quick.

    I do agree go with solid stem tires if you are putting the stem pipes on the wheels. They do have rubber brass stems I have them on my F-450 not totally sold on them.
     

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