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02-16-2014 05:01 PM
Jerry Bransford Yep using the Currie (or ARB) to air down all four tires separately is still faster than auto deflators doing all four at once. The reason for that is the Currie deflator completely removes the valve stem so air dumps out quickly. Auto deflators just push the pins in on the valves which only lets out a trickle of air.

I always end up walking around my group with my ARB to help them get aired down faster once my tires are ready to go. Seeing is believing, more than a couple have tossed their auto deflators after seeing how much faster the ARB is. The more you wheel, the the nicer the significantly faster air down times become.
02-16-2014 04:55 PM
necromancer_tat
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Originally Posted by OhSixTJ View Post
I don't do trails yet (because there aren't any near me) so I'm looking at stauns for the beach because of the fact that you can do all 4 at the same time.

Is the currie/arb deflator faster than using the stauns?
After you learn how to use it the Currie EZ deflator is faster. I can air down all 4 of my tires in under 5 minutes, my buddies with the other brands are still waiting on theirs to finish.
02-16-2014 01:58 PM
OhSixTJ
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Originally Posted by obidya View Post
I'm not sure what brand they are but they look like the staun deflators, they may be smittybuilt or some other brand but are supposed to work the same. You adjust tension on them to dial them in to a tire pressure and they have springs internally that are supposed to stop the deflation once you hit that pressure. Theres no gauges or markings so theres no way to know what its actually set to without guessing and checking. The problem with this is its limiting the already restricted air from from the valve. Like they said earlier the ARB pulls the valve core so it allows the maximum amount of air flow. I tried to use mine over the summer. I put them on in the parking lot walked in to register the jeep, pay, and get our map, chit chat with some people there. Came out and they had barely deflated at all. I still ended up deflating with a simple pressure gauge and by the time I got to the last tire there was still about 10psi to go on it. I was only airing down from 36 to 20. I have not bothered to try and use them again.
Well there's your problem! Haha I watched a video of some dude doing testing and the stauns outperformed the look-a-likes by a size able margin. I'm gonna try them out just because I'll be able to put them on a drive down the beach as they deflate.
02-16-2014 01:50 PM
obidya I'm not sure what brand they are but they look like the staun deflators, they may be smittybuilt or some other brand but are supposed to work the same.
You adjust tension on them to dial them in to a tire pressure and they have springs internally that are supposed to stop the deflation once you hit that pressure. Theres no gauges or markings so theres no way to know what its actually set to without guessing and checking. The problem with this is its limiting the already restricted air from from the valve. Like they said earlier the ARB pulls the valve core so it allows the maximum amount of air flow.

I tried to use mine over the summer. I put them on in the parking lot walked in to register the jeep, pay, and get our map, chit chat with some people there. Came out and they had barely deflated at all. I still ended up deflating with a simple pressure gauge and by the time I got to the last tire there was still about 10psi to go on it. I was only airing down from 36 to 20. I have not bothered to try and use them again.
02-16-2014 01:22 PM
OhSixTJ
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Originally Posted by obidya View Post
I currently have some variation of those auto deflators and I kinda hate them. It took me the better part of an afternoon to try and get them adjusted, they take FOREVER to actually deflate and once they are done I still generally end up double checking pressure at each tire. While technically your doing 4 tires at once, your still attaching, detaching, and checking pressure at each tire and waiting 15-20 min for them to drop the pressure. It could be mine are just junk but I would take into consideration that you are still paying attention to each tire individually and the staun costs about twice as much as the ARB EZ deflator. I watched some vids online and maybe someone here can back me up but looks like the EZ deflator can bring a tire from 35psi to 15psi in about 15 seconds, compared to 45+ min conventionally or 3-4 months with the auto deflators.
And your experience is with the staun deflators?
02-16-2014 01:15 PM
4lowco I'm not sure about 15 seconds but the arb deflator is fast and easy to tell where your at psi wise. The arb deflator completely removes the valve core so the air really flies out of the tire. I had a set of trailhead automatic deflators which were junk compared to the arb unit.
02-16-2014 01:03 PM
obidya I currently have some variation of those auto deflators and I kinda hate them. It took me the better part of an afternoon to try and get them adjusted, they take FOREVER to actually deflate and once they are done I still generally end up double checking pressure at each tire. While technically your doing 4 tires at once, your still attaching, detaching, and checking pressure at each tire and waiting 15-20 min for them to drop the pressure.

It could be mine are just junk but I would take into consideration that you are still paying attention to each tire individually and the staun costs about twice as much as the ARB EZ deflator.

I watched some vids online and maybe someone here can back me up but looks like the EZ deflator can bring a tire from 35psi to 15psi in about 15 seconds, compared to 45+ min conventionally or 3-4 months with the auto deflators.
02-12-2014 01:14 AM
Eckoh
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Originally Posted by OhSixTJ View Post
I don't do trails yet (because there aren't any near me) so I'm looking at stauns for the beach because of the fact that you can do all 4 at the same time.

Is the currie/arb deflator faster than using the stauns?
tire for tire yes.. but stauns win because it is all 4 at once
02-12-2014 01:05 AM
OhSixTJ I don't do trails yet (because there aren't any near me) so I'm looking at stauns for the beach because of the fact that you can do all 4 at the same time.

Is the currie/arb deflator faster than using the stauns?
02-03-2014 02:42 PM
necromancer_tat
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Originally Posted by Eckoh View Post
I know my tires don't do well until they get to below 8 PSI.. so why would i run 10 or 15? I also have OBA, if i go too low i can always add more and its still faster then doing 1 at a time.

Everyone has differetn stuff in their jeeps, there is no "best" for everyone
I usually run 7-8 lbs in my tires and I can consistently air down all 4 of my tires faster than my buddies that run auto deflators can deflate their tires. They've even asked to borrow my deflator because they got tired of waiting for theirs to finish. Once you get the hang of it it's quite speedy. I know what to listen for so I usually don't have to check the gauge until I'm fine tuning the last couple of seconds. The only thing I can't do is drive on the trail while my tires deflate but that's never bothered me.

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Originally Posted by obidya View Post
lets see here.. you AND Jerry use one?
thats enough reading for me, off to amazon to place the order.
Lolz!
02-03-2014 01:41 PM
obidya
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Originally Posted by necromancer_tat View Post
Jerry and I don't always agree on things, but this is one of those things where we do.
lets see here.. you AND Jerry use one?
thats enough reading for me, off to amazon to place the order.
02-03-2014 01:30 PM
Eckoh
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Originally Posted by Jerry Bransford View Post
How do automatic tire deflators work when you varying trail difficulties or trail conditions? I'd say not at all. To me, they'd only be useful if you tend to do the exactly same trails, conditions, and difficulty every time since they air down to the same pressure every time.

Different trails and trail conditions are best run at pressures appropriate to their conditions which might even be different from week to week. I may run 4 psi one trail, 6 psi on another, & 10 psi on yet another... not something automatic deflators do. Running the same air pressure for every trail and trail condition wouldn't be the way to go in my book.
I know my tires don't do well until they get to below 8 PSI.. so why would i run 10 or 15? I also have OBA, if i go too low i can always add more and its still faster then doing 1 at a time.

Everyone has differetn stuff in their jeeps, there is no "best" for everyone
02-03-2014 01:24 PM
Drg82 I bought the trailhead deflators and they work well. I am not concerned with how fast or slow personally, I screw them on and while the tires air down i am doing other little odds and ends, disconnects checking load tiedowns, bs'ing with my friends, etc. bottom line nice product, come with a little case, chart, pressure gauge. good stuff
02-03-2014 01:05 PM
RedRubicon I use both the Oasis deflators which I have set for 10 and the Currie for when I want to go lower. My only complaint with the Currie is that under about 6 it mostly a guessing game. To reach my goal for snow and sand of 2 I let the needle reach the stop and then count to ten.
02-03-2014 12:32 PM
K.wag
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Originally Posted by 98 tj sport View Post
Quick question jerry I run 33 12.50 on 15x10 wheels(ik, ik but I got 2 of them free). Anyway do u think I would have problems airing down to 10-15 psi such as loosing a bead with the wider wheels I usually air down to like 20 cuz id wanna loose a bead but after what u said idk.
I made my progression down psi over time too. At first thought I would never want to go below 15. Now I go about 10-12. I once accidentally dropped down to 7psi and was too lazy to air back up to 10+ and wouldn't you know it, that was the tire that popped a bead that day. I will stay above 10 for sure.
02-03-2014 09:51 AM
Jerry Bransford How do automatic tire deflators work when you varying trail difficulties or trail conditions? I'd say not at all. To me, they'd only be useful if you tend to do the exactly same trails, conditions, and difficulty every time since they air down to the same pressure every time.

Different trails and trail conditions are best run at pressures appropriate to their conditions which might even be different from week to week. I may run 4 psi one trail, 6 psi on another, & 10 psi on yet another... not something automatic deflators do. Running the same air pressure for every trail and trail condition wouldn't be the way to go in my book.
02-03-2014 01:38 AM
Eckoh i use stauns.. the only thing faster is "Monster plugs" that that is nothing more then putting an air tank drain into your rim...

I know several people with the Currie one and they like it... i have used my Stauns for 10 years i take my old style MT/Rs down to 6 PSI because you got to run the old ones nearly flat to get them to flex at all...

the only reason i say the Stauns are faster is because you do all 4 tires at the same time. the Currie one is faster tire for tire, but it only does 1 tire at a time.
02-02-2014 07:22 PM
necromancer_tat
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Originally Posted by Jerry Bransford View Post
I had Oasis tire deflators and after struggling to make them work consistently & air all four tires down to the same air pressure every time, I gave up on them. I even took them with me to a 4x4 show in case the Oasis people were there and they were... they put them on their setup machine & after adjusting them, pronounced them good to go. They were just as bad & inconsistent the next time I tried them so I trashed 'em and went with the Currie (aka ARB) deflator. Once getting that I stopped looking for anything else.

Not to mention different trail difficulties require different tire pressures. One trail may only need 13 psi, a tougher trail may need 10 psi. Having a deflator that only takes it down to the same air pressure each and every time no matter what the level of trail difficulty is is doing you no favors.

Of the many tire deflators I have made or bought over the years, this is the one I settled on 12-14 years ago. It works so well that I won't consider using anything else... especially those that don't remove the valve stem which serves to severely slow the flow of air down.

Currie's (ARB sells the same one) is the fastest around, it is fast since part of what it does is entirely remove the valve stem which stays inside so it can't be blown out & lost. I can deflate all four of my 35's down to 8 psi using Currie's deflator before others can get one tire deflated using a typical tire deflator.

Jerry and I don't always agree on things, but this is one of those things where we do.
02-02-2014 05:16 PM
Sinister6
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Originally Posted by 98 tj sport View Post
So do u set those up to let out till it gets down to a certain pressure like let's say u set them to 12# and when u put them on they drop all the tires to 12 psi?


Yup, they come with an allen wrench you adjust them with... The set screw seemed to move because of bouncing around in the Jeep. I use a bit of hair spray to hold them in place. Once set they have been spot for me. I had the Staun style didn't like them and they were inconsistent and didn't seem to always start airing down for me.
02-02-2014 04:16 PM
Barmanvarn Probably already been discussed to death, but I'll weigh in anyways.

I use the Staun and they work fine. Yes, other methods are faster, but I have bad knees and not having to kneel down while deflating is good for me. I just screw them on and while they're doing their thing, I can disconnect, remove my doors, or whatever else I need to do. By then, they're done.

They do need recalibration as if they spring sticks, they can deflate a tire all the way down. I disassemble, oil up, and recalibrate mine once a year.
02-02-2014 04:09 PM
MagicMtnDan
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Originally Posted by Raiderfan001 View Post
I wouldn't recommend doing two at one time. Odds are you'd let it deflate for too long by the time you got back from messing with the 2nd deflator. Then you'd be wasting time putting air back in. Unless you have someone else operating the 2nd one. Personally I'm happy with just the one and how fast I can air down.
Right. My mistake as I misunderstood how this works.

After reading the instructions:

http://www.4wd.com/aux_incl/pdf.ashx...1.pdf&line=CUR

I now understand.

And this will be the tire deflator I purchase

02-02-2014 03:13 PM
Jerry Bransford I had Oasis tire deflators and after struggling to make them work consistently & air all four tires down to the same air pressure every time, I gave up on them. I even took them with me to a 4x4 show in case the Oasis people were there and they were... they put them on their setup machine & after adjusting them, pronounced them good to go. They were just as bad & inconsistent the next time I tried them so I trashed 'em and went with the Currie (aka ARB) deflator. Once getting that I stopped looking for anything else.

Not to mention different trail difficulties require different tire pressures. One trail may only need 13 psi, a tougher trail may need 10 psi. Having a deflator that only takes it down to the same air pressure each and every time no matter what the level of trail difficulty is is doing you no favors.

Of the many tire deflators I have made or bought over the years, this is the one I settled on 12-14 years ago. It works so well that I won't consider using anything else... especially those that don't remove the valve stem which serves to severely slow the flow of air down.

Currie's (ARB sells the same one) is the fastest around, it is fast since part of what it does is entirely remove the valve stem which stays inside so it can't be blown out & lost. I can deflate all four of my 35's down to 8 psi using Currie's deflator before others can get one tire deflated using a typical tire deflator.

02-02-2014 02:52 PM
98 tj sport
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Originally Posted by Sinister6 View Post
I use oasis deflators, once set up they work great. All 4 tires at once. You have to set them up though...if I remember the tire has to have at least 10# more air in them than what you're airing down to.

Oasis Trailhead Automatic Tire Deflators 4 Piece Kit (5-20 PSI) Blue - DKB
http://bit.ly/1eracJK
So do u set those up to let out till it gets down to a certain pressure like let's say u set them to 12# and when u put them on they drop all the tires to 12 psi?
02-02-2014 02:33 PM
Sinister6 I use oasis deflators, once set up they work great. All 4 tires at once. You have to set them up though...if I remember the tire has to have at least 10# more air in them than what you're airing down to.


Oasis Trailhead Automatic Tire Deflators 4 Piece Kit (5-20 PSI) Blue - DKB
http://bit.ly/1eracJK
02-02-2014 02:16 PM
Raiderfan001
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Originally Posted by MagicMtnDan View Post
I didn't see a link to "The Great Tire Deflator Shootout" from Four Wheeler

The Great Tire Deflator Shootout - Four Wheeler Magazine

Looks like the ARB and the Currie are the fastest except for the tire deflators that utilize a secondary valve that has to be installed on the wheel/rim.

For the price it appears to me that the Currie / ARB units are the best value and you could even look at buying two of them to do 2 tires at a time

The Staun tire deflators are about $72.00 on Amazon and the Currie tire deflator is about $32.00 at Quadratec. Cheaper at twice the quantity.
I wouldn't recommend doing two at one time. Odds are you'd let it deflate for too long by the time you got back from messing with the 2nd deflator. Then you'd be wasting time putting air back in. Unless you have someone else operating the 2nd one. Personally I'm happy with just the one and how fast I can air down.
02-02-2014 02:11 PM
MagicMtnDan I didn't see a link to "The Great Tire Deflator Shootout" from Four Wheeler

The Great Tire Deflator Shootout - Four Wheeler Magazine

Looks like the ARB and the Currie are the fastest except for the tire deflators that utilize a secondary valve that has to be installed on the wheel/rim.

For the price it appears to me that the Currie / ARB units are the best value and you could even look at buying two of them to do 2 tires at a time

The Staun tire deflators are about $72.00 on Amazon and the Currie tire deflator is about $32.00 at Quadratec. Cheaper at twice the quantity.
08-27-2013 10:12 PM
Chili TJ I have the Teraflex ones. Work great and they are about $15 on amazon!
08-27-2013 09:45 PM
PHILDABEAST
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Originally Posted by 1jeeplvr View Post
Heres what I use
Tire Deflator Kit - Exterior

It was free (given as a gift).It works just fine & is fast enough (all tires can me aired down at the same time).Me or the group I go with arent in that much of a hurry that were in some kind of race to get our tires aired down.Actually it always seems everytime I meet up with some Jeepers I can get my tires aired down before everyone is done shooting the crap about there winch or bumper or lockers or.....
Lol! Thats actually a very valid point.
08-27-2013 09:34 PM
1jeeplvr Heres what I use
Tire Deflator Kit - Exterior

It was free (given as a gift).It works just fine & is fast enough (all tires can me aired down at the same time).Me or the group I go with arent in that much of a hurry that were in some kind of race to get our tires aired down.Actually it always seems everytime I meet up with some Jeepers I can get my tires aired down before everyone is done shooting the crap about there winch or bumper or lockers or.....
08-27-2013 08:14 PM
Jerry Bransford
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Originally Posted by ka1axy View Post
And the gauge, while not the 0-40 psi I would like, has good enough resolution so that I could easily hit the 12 psi I was aiming for.
Yep that is my only complaint on that deflator as well. I have griped several times to John Currie that the gauge should read no higher than 30 or 40 psi to expand the scale at lower PSI indications for better low-pressure accuracy. I'm getting down to 6-8 psi on a regular basis & more indicator (needle) sweep at that low of a pressure would be better. But that is nit-picking, that deflator is otherwise too awesome & too fast to seriously gripe about.
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