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Old 02-10-2009, 09:54 PM   #1
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What kind of tire gauge are you guys using...I was using a cheap digital one til I lost it......but fear not...I just bought a new liquid filled precision gauge....0-40lbs

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Old 02-10-2009, 10:07 PM   #2
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Longacre Magnum

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Old 02-10-2009, 10:19 PM   #3
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Why do they use oil filled guages?

Those are generally used just for vibration damping of the needle in harsh environments. More expensive. :P
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Old 02-10-2009, 10:22 PM   #4
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Standard Tire Gauge 0-60 by 1 lb - GID with Ball Chuck 50401

It's cheap and effective so it fits the bill

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Old 02-10-2009, 10:38 PM   #5
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Why do they use oil filled guages?

Those are generally used just for vibration damping of the needle in harsh environments. More expensive. :P
more consistant and more accurate...(supposedly)...
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Old 02-11-2009, 08:19 AM   #6
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longacre

I have 4 different gauges in my garage and the best two are the longacre and the $3 pencil gauge that everyone makes fun of me for.
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Old 02-11-2009, 08:22 AM   #7
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I also use a longacre gauge.

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Old 02-11-2009, 08:33 AM   #8
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I have 4 different gauges in my garage and the best two are the longacre and the $3 pencil gauge that everyone makes fun of me for.

My Grandfather gave me one of those...he swore by it....it's collecting dust in my toolbox....I keep it for sentimental value..


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Old 02-11-2009, 08:34 AM   #9
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Old 02-11-2009, 08:43 AM   #10
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Anyone using the Dual monitor system....if so how do you like it...
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Old 02-11-2009, 08:55 AM   #11
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My Grandfather gave me one of those...he swore by it....it's collecting dust in my toolbox....I keep it for sentimental value..


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It is as accurate as my longacre gauge, and it fits in my pocket
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Old 02-11-2009, 12:40 PM   #12
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so how do you all go about testing its accuracy? Or are you all just verifying its repeatability?
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Old 02-11-2009, 01:04 PM   #13
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Repeatability is far mroe important than accuracy.

At most of the races I've been to, at least one of the tire guys somewhere has had a place where you can check the accuracy of the gauge.

It's hard to go wrong with pretty much anything from either Intercomp or Longacre.
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Old 02-11-2009, 03:12 PM   #14
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Longacre Magnum
thats what I got except no fancy case...i store it inside my helmet when im not wearing it
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Old 02-11-2009, 05:44 PM   #15
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I have two Accutire digital gauges that were on sale and cheap. They give repeatable readings and are different from each other by 1psi. I have often lusted after the cool racing gauges but can't figure out a good reason to spend the extra money. Being able to bleed air through the gauge is nice though and I can see that being worth the money when time is precious.
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longacre 0-30psi.
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longacre 0-30psi.
Are you a drag racer?


Love my 0-60 Longacre. Probably 4yrs old now. The bleed valve has been acting a little funny, but it still works.
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This one looks nice...

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Love my 0-60 Longacre. Probably 4yrs old now. The bleed valve has been acting a little funny, but it still works.
karts maybe????
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We use Rebco 0-60psi gauges. Both have checked out to be spot on according to a friend in QA at Bendix.

I think as long as it's repeatable and the only one you use, you can't go wrong in brand names. If you have more than one gauge, compare them and mark them how they stack up to the other one.

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Old 02-11-2009, 08:58 PM   #21
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This one looks nice...

I always shy away from the digital ones. Just b/c it has a readout doesn't make it more accurate. IMHO the biggest downside is having to replace batteries at some point. That point in time may be very inconvenient and batteries are expensive.
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Longacre here.
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Old 02-11-2009, 09:42 PM   #23
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We use an intercomp digital tire gauge, very consistant and fast reading..

we also use a longacre liquid filled with vent to equalize pressure for different altitudes.

here is longacre's view on liquid filled gauges..

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Liquid Filled ~ Here is the scoop on liquid filled tire gauges. Liquid is used to soften the blow of air pressure when it enters the gauge. Just think, if you have 30 pounds of pressure then you have 30 pounds of pressure blasting the gears inside the gauge. That abrupt movement inside the gauge is what wears them out. However All Longacre tire gauges have a dampening system built into the gauge head that softens the blow of air pressure, therefore helping to protect the gears.
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Old 02-11-2009, 10:17 PM   #24
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Longacre 0-30 for the open wheel, 0-60 for the other cars.

If you have a chance have the guage checked out for accuracy. I've run across one every once in a while that is off a couple of PSI.
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I like the liquid filled for the easy feedback - with about two blasts of the bleed valve I can be within < 1/4lb of the pressure I want. The digital ones I've used are very hard to avoid undershooting since there's no feedback while bleeding.

Liquid filled do have the drawback of being really slow to read when the liquid is cold.

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