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I am currently using Crossfires on my drive tires.  I have the 3-Schrader valve style with TPMS on two.  I am using the Crossfires because it was difficult for me to put the TPMS on the inner valve stem with my fat hands.  Also easy to visually check pressures and air up.  My question:  is anyone aware of an inner tire metal high pressure valve stem that is long enough to extend through the front wheel hole WITHOUT using an extension.  I’m finding that every three years or so I’ve needed to replace a Crossfire due to leaking at a cost of $85.  Plus a real PITA to remove if you have to pull a tire to replace or flat repair.  Someone suggested the braided extensions but an opinion I respect says they also tend to leak frequently.  $85/3 yrs may just be a cheap price for the convenience.

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4 hours ago, Jaydrvr said:

Where are they leaking? I have the competing brand, Cat's Eye, and they're at least ten years old. However, I'm not using a TPMS on them, but I do have the braided stainless lines. Curious where the weak point is. Jay

Seems to be at main hub. I’ve got an old one I’m going to tear down and see if it may be 0-rings there. One I replaced under warranty actually cracked at the hub where the braided line inserted. Just wondering if the weight of the sensors is causing metal fatigue. 

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50 minutes ago, SuiteSuccess said:

Seems to be at main hub. I’ve got an old one I’m going to tear down and see if it may be 0-rings there. One I replaced under warranty actually cracked at the hub where the braided line inserted. Just wondering if the weight of the sensors is causing metal fatigue. 

Hmmmm.. I would be suspicious about that, too. My hubs are historically bulletproof. The seals need to be changed every third time and a tire guy snapped one of the line ends off for me, but those are the only issues I've had. Other than that, I generally change them on my trailer about every ten years as a precaution. Jay

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