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    I got tired of the Out of Order" signs on the air pump machines so I bought an air pump (about 40 bucks) that runs off of the 12volt receptacle (formerly known as a cigarette lighter) in a car and now I have air on-demand in the driveway. Air used to be free even at night when the stations were closed as a courtesy, when repair shops still used the center-post hydraulic lifts that relied on air pressure. Now there is no need for a large air compressor since most lifts are electric today.
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    I replace the stems when I change tires so I haven't had any issues flexing out the stem to inflate/check the tire.
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    ^^This is why I have them install the metal, right-angle stems.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WintrSol View Post
    ^^This is why I have them install the metal, right-angle stems.
    I sure wish I lived on the mainland where I had the option of having "them" install my tires and stems.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rscottp View Post
    I sure wish I lived on the mainland where I had the option of having "them" install my tires and stems.
    Once upon a time, I did all my tire changes, but I gave that up when I got old, with some disposable income. If you have the tire off to change, the stems are just a minute more.
    In those days, I remember guys re-using inner tubes, to save a few bucks; seemed stupid to me then, too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WintrSol View Post
    Once upon a time, I did all my tire changes, but I gave that up when I got old, with some disposable income. If you have the tire off to change, the stems are just a minute more.
    In those days, I remember guys re-using inner tubes, to save a few bucks; seemed stupid to me then, too.
    I wouldn't mind paying to have it done, unfortunately there isn't a shop on the island that will do it. I actually don't hate doing the tubeless tires, hate doing the spoked wheels and tubes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by brokencamchain View Post
    I got tired of the Out of Order" signs on the air pump machines so I bought an air pump (about 40 bucks) that runs off of the 12volt receptacle (formerly known as a cigarette lighter) in a car and now I have air on-demand in the driveway. Air used to be free even at night when the stations were closed as a courtesy, when repair shops still used the center-post hydraulic lifts that relied on air pressure. Now there is no need for a large air compressor since most lifts are electric today.
    I didn't know air compressors were so cheap. I'm going to look into buying one now. Thanks!!!

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    For a few $ more, you can get a battery-powered tire inflator that you can take with you.
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