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Old 11-03-2009, 03:21 PM   #1
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I recently purchased a set of 08 Legacy 17x7's. They are sans valve stems. Before I go out and purchase the wrong size stems, is there a way to determine what size I need? Any recommendations for material? They will just be my winter shoes, so I dont need anything flashy.
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Old 11-03-2009, 04:14 PM   #2
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Just have the shop put on rubber valve stems when they mount the tires.
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Old 11-03-2009, 08:01 PM   #3
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I am aware that is an option, but just like my oil changes (and performance mods) I like doing the work myself as much as possible. Can anyone point me in the correct direction to obtaining the info?
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Old 11-03-2009, 10:18 PM   #4
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You're gonna mount your own tires?

Do you mean you're looking for steel/ metal valvestems or are silicone/ rubber ok?
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I do not plan on mounting them myself, not sufficient tooling. I know it is a low cost job for them to install valve stems, but still has room for me to save money. In addition, I know that the parts I put on are of known quality. Since the tires are not mounted yet, it should be quite simple.
I would be fine with silicone stems, but durable clean looking (no fake chrome, silly lights, etc) metal ones would be nice. How about an option from both categories? Or, help me figure out the size I need and I can narrow down my choices.
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Old 11-04-2009, 10:21 AM   #6
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It's unlikely that they will charge you anything to install valve stems.

As for sizing, you can probably shove the shank of a drill bit through the hole. Just match the drill size to the hole size. You could also use, you know, a ruler.

I haven't got a clue if they're metric or standard. Consult common valve stem sizes for that. :P
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Old 11-04-2009, 05:15 PM   #7
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measure the hole where the valve stem goes, and buy them yourself if you want. Normally they dont charge for install of valve stems, just for the price of valves... Metal are nice, but cost more.
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There are only two sizes for valve stems. The ones you find on every modern car, and some "fat" ones you'd find from some old ford truck. Installing a normal valve stem requires a valve stem puller. Basicly a tool that threads onto the stem so you can pull it and fully seat the rubber to prevent any leaks. And to be honest, unless you have a metal stem whoever mounts the tires will put a new stem in.
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