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Dual Tire Pressure Equalization Systems

Discussion in 'Trucks' started by doublewide, Jun 23, 2019.

  1. doublewide

    doublewide Well-Known Member

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    Any experiences with these systems, like Cats Eye, Crossfire or other?

     
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    Labparamour Senior Member

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    Cats eye system was on the city rig I was on...

    Over several years on that rig, I was never aware of any issues and quick way to see pressure is good.
     
  3. mitch504

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    My experience was you had two flats instead of one.
     
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  4. crane operator

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    My opinion is the same as mitch504's. If one goes flat on the road, now you have two flats. If one blows out, the other one is sitting on the ground too.

    Its another thing to deal with when changing tires, or pulling tires to deal with brakes or wheel seals.

    If you have a tire flat on the trailer loaded out in the back yard, now you can't even pull it up to the shop and the air compressor, because they are both sitting on the ground. Not to mention, you don't know which tire went flat, and you have to disconnect the two to figure out which one you can air up, to get it up by the shop so you can start fixing tires.

    Sure its nice to be able to walk by and see by the eye that they are both up, but a good kick and a eyeball will tell you much the same thing.

    I think they are a way for "fleet" drivers who can barely walk around the trailer, see that their tires are up.

    I don't have any, because they are more work than what they are worth for as few trucks as I have.

    For a fleet trucking outfit, the savings in correct tire pressure (fuel) and problems on the road, out weigh the inconvienence of them.
     
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  5. td25c

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    Total nonsense !

    Good lord ! [​IMG]


    In trucking or any operation you need some redundancy .

    This aint the answer . :(

     
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    20 or so years ago we tried some that were just extension hoses and found the hoses caused all kinds of leaks on their own.

    The reason was that some valve stems were hard to reach due to wheel and hand hole size and configuration but we quickly learned that it was a better solution to fiddle with getting valve stems that were just the proper length and buy some straight or angled crow foot gauges/chucks that fit easily than to monkey with hose extensions. Simple and stupid is better.
     
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  7. Truck Shop

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    Any inflation system for drive axles is pretty worthless, but Stemco has two set ups for trailer that work real well and are independent from tire to tire. Most all new trailers come
    with it. The system has cut blowouts and flats by 70%. It takes special axle and hub covers to work, for otr it is the only way to go.

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  10. td25c

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    This stuff is pretty complex . :D
     
  11. mitch504

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  12. td25c

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    Make the tire " Great Again " buy checking the air pressure . LOL ! :D
     
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  13. doublewide

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    Thanks for all the input. I ask as I saw them on some website that sold lift axles and it got me thinking...

    I would think that fewer parts in any system generally mean fewer chances of failure and like Birken Vogt said about the extension hoses, just another chance for a leak.

    But,.. I have had valve stems malfunction before as a result of checking air pressure. I drive our high school bands tractor trailer. Checked all the tires with a gauge the night before a show and come in in the morning and one of the front steer tires is down on the rim.

    Sure would be nice to know that both duels are at the same pressure when getting loaded and heading out of the pit and not just know that they were up to pressure the other day.

    "Any inflation system for drive axles is pretty worthless" Not sure I understand this. Care to elaborate there Mr Truck Shop? I value your input.
     
  14. John C.

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    A bunch of years ago some college grad at Weyerhaeuser White River got the idea that fully inflated tires were causing damage to their gravel logging roads and to reduce the damage they needed to lower the inflation pressure in all the tires on the logging trucks while off the pavement. They started with that dual tire air set up and then someone sold them some kind of kit that would allow lowering and raising the pressure from the cab. All of a sudden there weren't enough tire men and mechanics to keep running up in the woods to keep fixing all the tire problems. Stupid is as stupid does!
     
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    So sort of on the same topic does anyone make a wireless monitoring set up? sort of like newer cars?
     
  16. doublewide

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    I guess that brings me to my next topic of discussion. I believe that trailer tires are suppose to be run at maximum inflation,.. but what about truck tires? Do you guys run max inflation on your dirt trucks? If you're gonna carry at or near max load I would think you should?....

    "Stupid is as stupid does" I'm not sure what that was suppose to mean,.. but whatever.
     
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    Pretty sure he was referring to the Grad that had a terrific idea of having to lower and raise tire pressures throughout the day with an awful system that caused endless flat tire issues, nothing towards you I believe.

    I've actually found this thread very helpful, thought they were a good idea, never had em' and after reading this probably never will, I'll just buy some extra tire gauges....
     
  18. Theweldor

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    There are 2 or 3 different brands of wireless monitoring systems out there. Off the top of my head I do not remember the Brands. One Company I do quite a bit of work for has a couple different systems.
    All they do is monitor tire pressure and if one is low it will show an alert.
     
  19. Jonas302

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    We run 100 lbs truck and trailer

    I did try the cat eyes at my old job they seemed like a great idea and maybe could have been but ended up causing me more grief than they were worth and shelved before to long just my take on it
     
  20. 525isx

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    central tire inflation- system made by Eaton actually the low pressure made a difference- less washboard/ better traction- the biggest problem they had was air dryer- had 2 air dryers in series, but couldn't handle the volume used by the system. they finally gave up on it. had big 4 cylinder compressors on engine rather than a 2 cylinder standard bendix.
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