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Staun Tire Deflators

Discussion in 'Recovery & Gear' started by Marvthehamster, Jan 19, 2023.

  1. Jan 19, 2023 at 2:10 PM
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    Marvthehamster

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    My current method of airing down is to remove the valve stem core with the little tool and let air out until I think it's close to my desired pressure then put the core back in. Then I have to check it with the gauge and either let more air out, or put air in if I've gone too far. Repeat the process for that tire until it's correct, then repeat the whole charade 3 more times on the other tires. This method works, but I've always been nervous about losing one of the cores or screwing up a valve stem. Because I'm an idiot, I never bothered to spend $3 and put some spare stem cores in my truck. I decided I should probably spend like $1000 on a more better air up/air down solution instead...

    I know this is a "first world problem" but I'm over it. Airing down is one of the biggest advantages you can gain in terms of ride comfort and off road traction but sometimes I don't do it just because it's been a pain in the ass. I always regret it 1/2 mile into a trail and then end up airing down anyway, just in a less ideal location than the nice, level gravel turnout I just left behind...

    Well, hopefully no more of that nonsense! Yesterday I was on a bit of a tear with my CC ordering the last (hopefully!) things I need to wire up and plumb my ARB dual compressor for speedy onboard air. So I thought to myself, I should get a better air down solution. I found the Staun's tire (or tyre for you limey or kiwi bastards) deflators and decided to order them. I had seen these before, just never wanted to spend the money on them.
    https://stauntyredeflators.com.au/

    I know there's probably faster and sexier ways to air down, but they're caveman simple and take up almost zero room. They're also adjustable between 6-30 PSI. I'm usually talking with friends or yelling at my 4 kids to stay off the road when I'm airing down, so these fire and forget type deflators seem right up my alley. Just screw em on and shoot the breeze or get the kids a sammich while tires are airing down. No need to worry about going too low or rechecking 12 times to make sure I hit my desired pressure. Shazam!

    Any of you guys using these or similar gadgets? It looks like Smittybuilt and Runnin4Tacos sell the same things but rebrand them.
     
  2. Jan 19, 2023 at 2:36 PM
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    Yep, my father has these for his Jeep in Utah. We use them every day we are out there. Have a set of 4 that are dialed in and just screw them on to all 4 tires, wait a couple of minutes until they shut off and go.
     
  3. Jan 19, 2023 at 2:39 PM
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    Only reason I don’t use a Staun type deflator is because I air down to different pressures depending on the terrain. I can see how much you hated airing down with a deflator that doesn’t have a gauge built in. That’s a must have. So are spare cores.
     
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    We have done this also, but the jeep shows all 4 tire pressures on the dash, so it makes it easy to vary the deflation. Any method is good as long as it gets one out of town....
     
  5. Jan 19, 2023 at 3:03 PM
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    Just my $.02: I had some Stauns and have buddies with them, and I got rid of mine. They are vastly slower than just pulling the core, and there is no easy way to adjust what pressure you're going to and it seemed like half the time you still had to adjust them. There's lots of fancy air down devices, but the $3 tool in the glovebox has proven superior in nearly every aspect personally.
     
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    Funny enough, I have a set of deflators and have never used them. Spent many days/years in sand dunes for work. Always just pulled valve stem cores for time savings. Airing up afterwards was not a time sensitive thing. I would pull the core, wait for the whistle pitch to change, then put it back. Just my $.02.
     
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    Good feedback. I’m curious to see just how long it takes to air down.

    With regard to their adjustability and accuracy, I thought they looked pretty easy to deal with but then again I am looking at marketing. What about the pressure adjustment did you find difficult? Is it not as straightforward as their instructions suggest?
     
  8. Jan 20, 2023 at 7:39 AM
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    The ones I had were an off brand, preset at a certain psi. You just thread them on and drive. They stop deflating at the preset psi. For my job, when you needed or decided you need to air down, you would already be in deep sand and time was a factor. So the valve stem remover worked great.
    If you know you’re going to head into soft stuff ahead of time, the auto deflators are great. Just remember to air back up before getting back on highway.
     
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    I've been using this kit for a little over a year and I like them for what I do.

    https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B01M0L7JS2/

    I always air down at the trail head and am usually waiting on @AT x AT to show up, so there's plenty of time for the farters to do their thing. They do take a little bit of tweaking to get dialed in, but work nice after that.
     
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    Yes they are.
     
  13. Jan 20, 2023 at 9:04 AM
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    Ha. Do they sound like a fart when they're working or are you referring to pokey drivers taking a long time to prep their rigs?
     
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    They have a bit of a whoopee cushion sound to them at certain flow rates, but as for the drivers...
     
  15. Jan 20, 2023 at 9:13 AM
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    HA!

    I'm currently running 295/70r18's but will probably move to 35x12.5 for next set. I run my street pressures around 35psi and air down to 12-20 depending on the terrain.

    How long is it taking to air down from street pressure to dirt? I think you've got at least 35's on your truck right?
     
  16. Jan 20, 2023 at 9:15 AM
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    Currently running 295/70s like you, but will be going to full 35s in the coming months. I would say I'm aired down from 37psi to 18 in under 5 mins, but haven't really timed it.
     
  17. Jan 20, 2023 at 9:16 AM
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    Ah thats not too bad. Thanks!
     
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    I just tried these out for the first time today. I run my street pressure around 40psi. I didn’t time the deflate but I’m positive it took less than 5 minutes to go from 40 to 15psi.

    I don’t know how much faster anybody could expect to air down. Especially considering these work completely on their own with no supervision of the process. They seemed to take all tires down to uniform pressure.

    I like em.
     
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