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Old 06-14-2007, 04:22 PM   #1
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Penny-Tech valve stem pull-thru tool

OK... it's not really penny-tech. It will set you back about 5 bucks and a half hour of you're time.

Earlier today, Tholand (KTMtalk) made a post asking about anyone who might know a fellow that made tube type valve stem pull-thru tools. That original thread is here.

We’ve all seen stem pullers before… from leverage bars to cable type pullers, but they all have one thing in common, they attach to the outside of the valve stem, making them pretty useless for motorcycle wheels… unless you’ve got those rims with huge, oversize stem holes and the rubber grommet that pops into them.

Years ago… back when dinosaurs roamed the earth and every tire had a tube, there was such a tool, readily available, that could be used to pull the valve stem thru the hole by screwing it into the core threads, rather than over the stem threads. But, much like dinosaurs and 24.9 cent a gallon gas… those days are over.

Back to Tholand’s post. I responded, thinking of the current outer thread type pullers, not really knowing what he was talking about.
Then, I did a little research (after the fact of course) and found that a gentleman was making a motorcycle specific tool.
The down side is that his e-mail and the website I found the tool at are defunct.

So, I decided to make my own. To make a long story less long… I thought I could make a tool with a valve core. That was wrong headed thinking on my part.

On to plan B.

I went down to the Taiwanese auto parts store and bought a cheapy valve stem tool.



Then I pressed the two pieces apart and proceeded to drill out the part I needed... and toss the part I didn't.





Looking around, I couldn’t find any braided stainless cable, and I couldn’t find any hi-test fishing line… probably because I don’t fish.
But I did find my trusty spool of safety wire… Eureka!

And this is the finished tool… well, OK, it’s the first finished tool, the last pic is the finished finished tool, but with fancy rubber hose over most of the safety wire.



The hole is big enough (and chamfered on the ends too) for the safety wire to slide thru easily, but not big enough for it to pull out when its doubled over.





That’s about it. Thanks Toland for pulling an idea out of the deep dark recesses of my cobweb filled brain and making me go spend a whole 4 bucks and hours time in the shop. Now I got a tool that I always want when changing a tire… but never had (or at least haven’t had in about 25 years) until now.

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Old 06-14-2007, 04:28 PM   #2
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Nice work!

Here's where I bought one before for $10:

http://pitposse.stores.yahoo.net/airvalvepuller.html
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Old 06-14-2007, 04:30 PM   #3
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Theirs is prettier than mine.
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Old 06-14-2007, 04:39 PM   #4
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Mine is still in the bag LOL. But I have something to show you.

It has a core remove/install tip! Though it isn't knurled.
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Old 06-14-2007, 04:43 PM   #5
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Why not a little bit of safety wire around a valve core?

(more of cheap-ass klr solution)
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Old 06-14-2007, 05:07 PM   #6
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ummm.. I change all my own tyres and have never had a problem getting the valve through the hole.. nor thought how neat a valve puller would be...

I fit the tube inside the tyre first, line up the hole on the rim.. poke the valve through the hole.. tighten the nut.. fit tyre..

what aren't you guys doing that you need a special tool to fit the tube ???

I am not trying to be a smart ass... just interested why you'd need a tool...

Good tech regardless
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Old 06-16-2007, 04:52 AM   #7
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nice work. I'll be stealing the idea... :)
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Old 06-16-2007, 05:32 PM   #8
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Barb sells one for those of you without the time or skills. Look for the tube snake thread in vendors.
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Old 06-16-2007, 05:49 PM   #9
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yeah, for $25. No thanks...
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Old 09-13-2007, 06:32 PM   #10
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For $3.79, I use this one

Slicker than snot. Small and lightweight and it's a multi tool!
http://www.doityourself.com/invt/6281174
Cleans threads, deflates tire, core remover and fishing tool. Rolls up and fits in your hand. Weighs a couple ounces.
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Old 09-13-2007, 08:19 PM   #11
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sorry I took it even more off topic...I just couldn't let that one go. If I helped even one person extend their life by wearing a 17 cent pair of gloves instead of absorbing toluene or methylethylketone into their liver and kidneys, maybe it's worth it.

when I was a 16 year old kid cleaning up old car parts in a five gallon pail with gasoline up to my elbows, if someone came up and said "that's stupid, you should be wearing protection" I may have thanked them and complied...or I might have said, "you think I'm some kinda queer or something?" who knows
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Old 09-14-2007, 03:31 PM   #12
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solvents...

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sorry I took it even more off topic...I just couldn't let that one go. If I helped even one person extend their life by wearing a 17 cent pair of gloves instead of absorbing toluene or methylethylketone into their liver and kidneys, maybe it's worth it.

when I was a 16 year old kid cleaning up old car parts in a five gallon pail with gasoline up to my elbows, if someone came up and said "that's stupid, you should be wearing protection" I may have thanked them and complied...or I might have said, "you think I'm some kinda queer or something?" who knows
I work in Neurology at a major medical center. I can't begin to tell you the amount of nerve damage we see from solvents on mechanics hands. I work with solvents all the time and always wear gloves. You bring up some excellent points.
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Old 09-14-2007, 03:35 PM   #13
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cleaning parts elbow deap in gasoline is different to changing a tyre..

this is just getting silly now.. a half in jest comment has been blown out of proportion..

im unsubscribing from this topic now.. flame all you want
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Old 09-14-2007, 08:22 PM   #14
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Wow. Amazing.

Oh, the tool is pretty cool, too.

As mentioned above, Alaska Leathers sells one for considerably more ($25).
http://www.alaskaleather.com/tubesnake.html
I would have been completely satisfied with mine until you came along and showed me how I blew $20...
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Old 09-18-2007, 02:06 PM   #15
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That looks cool but...

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Slicker than snot. Small and lightweight and it's a multi tool!
http://www.doityourself.com/invt/6281174
Cleans threads, deflates tire, core remover and fishing tool. Rolls up and fits in your hand. Weighs a couple ounces.
That looks cool, but I can't tell from the tiny picture: does the fishing part screw INTO the valve stem (like the penny-tech tool), or does that kind of metal valve cover looking thing go over it like the plastic dust cap?
If it goes over, I don't think it would work, since my holes are small
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