|01-07-2015 02:36 PM|
|01-07-2015 02:28 PM|
I installed the RADS deflators in my wheels and they are by far the fastest deflators i've ever used. The Currie/ARB ones are good (I own one of these also), but the RADS are about 3 to 5 times faster. I can drop my 37's from 30 PSI to about 5 in about 30 seconds and since it's an extra valve stem you can actually connect a gauge to the standard stem during the process (same with on inflation) to watch the pressure drop. I was skeptical at first, but don't think I could go back now. These just make it so easy.
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|01-06-2015 09:00 PM|
I use a small bolt, 2 nuts and a binder clip.
|01-06-2015 07:46 PM|
got this one
|07-03-2014 05:27 PM|
I've used both styles, the automatics are nice if you get them calibrated correctly and keep them clean. They can be reset using your spare pretty easily and they do fit best for people that tend to use the same trails on a regular basis. i.e. hunters or those that have limited areas to ride in.
The Currie/ARB style is easy to use and does allow for quick, precise deflation, but you can't air down your tires and fill your gas tank at the same time.
As for the brand debates and the "Smittybilt copied these other guys" and so on, it's more likely that the "copying" companies approached the manufacturers and asked for the same product with different packaging. Companies like Smity can sell the same product cheaper simply due to the numbers that they sell. It's highschool economics.
And as for the great "made in China vs America debate".... I'm just gonna leave this right here.
That's from The Great Tire Deflator Shootout - Four Wheeler Magazine
I know it's kind of small, but I think that says "China" under "Made in" for ARB, Currie and Teraflex as well as Smitybilt.
Probable the same factory as this one from China on Ebay for $27.89.
|07-02-2014 11:02 AM|
Regarding automatic tire deflators... I never saw the benefit since different trails require different tire pressures. I may air down to 4-6 for a really difficult trail, 7-8 for another, or 9-12 for an easier trail. The same air pressure just doesn't work for all trails and trail conditions.
Not to mention I can have all four of my tires aired down and be ready to go with my Currie deflator while I'm still waiting for the guys with their automatic deflators to finish since their deflators all let the air out so slowly.
|07-02-2014 02:41 AM|
|RKCWLER||Currie, Curie, Curie, Currie, Currie and more Currie.|
|07-01-2014 08:50 PM|
I just bought a set of J.T. Brooks Automatic Tire Deflators. My friend recommended that I give them a shot and I was very impressed with them. They cost around $69.95, but well worth the price. Just like the others once they are set they deflate to that pressure every time. I found them to be more accurate than the other brands that I have tried. They are nickel plated and a set includes a pouch, plastic instruction card, small bag and 4 tire deflators.
I guess they used to only be available on Cape Cod, but I purchased them on eBay. I checked out the website jtbrooks.com and it looks like they are starting to expand out of MA
|02-16-2014 06:01 PM|
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 05:55 PM|
|02-16-2014 02:58 PM|
|02-16-2014 02:50 PM|
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 02:22 PM|
|02-16-2014 02:15 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 02:03 PM|
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 02:14 AM|
|02-12-2014 02:05 AM|
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 03:42 PM|
|02-03-2014 02:41 PM|
thats enough reading for me, off to amazon to place the order.
|02-03-2014 02:30 PM|
Everyone has differetn stuff in their jeeps, there is no "best" for everyone
|02-03-2014 02:24 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 02:05 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 01:32 PM|
|02-03-2014 10:51 AM|
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 02:38 AM|
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 08:22 PM|
|02-02-2014 06:16 PM|
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 05:16 PM|
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 05:09 PM|
After reading the instructions:
I now understand.
And this will be the tire deflator I purchase
|02-02-2014 04:13 PM|
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.
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