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Captac007

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84 posts

95 months

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Hi all
I'm seeking a consistently accurate tyre pressure gauge for road and track use.
Happy to pay up to £100 if its a good one. At the end of the day, there's only
four small tyre footprints that stop the car from turning into an aircraft!

Anyone have recommendations, either analogue or digital? Ideally one with a bleed valve

Thanks

Captac007

Ozzie Osmond

16,064 posts

130 months

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Captac007 said:
Anyone have recommendations,
I wouldn't waste money on an expensive one. At the end of the day "consistency" is more important than "accuracy". What I do is use a couple of cheap digital ones (Halfords etc) and compare the results from time to time.

TheLurker

857 posts

80 months

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I got one from tesco a while ago for a fiver. Was just going to be used as a backup for the other ones I had.

When I used it I found it read to 0.1psi which was better than the others I had, and was consistent on a spare set of tyres I had. I think it was accurate to 1psi, but seemed to be consistent to 0.2psi. But that may have been due to temperature variations on the tyres.

RicksAlfas

6,119 posts

128 months

Dog Star

4,667 posts

52 months

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I've got one from Machine Mart - it's actually an inflator as well (it attached to my compressor) and is basically one of those big jobbies you get in service stations and tyre fitters. It's got a certificate of calibration and stuff. Was about £70 iirc

This fella....

http://www.machinemart.co.uk/shop/product/details/...
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LuS1fer

31,712 posts

129 months

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Auto Express did a test a long while back and recommended Halfords' digital one for ease of use and accuracy. I bought one - about £11 - though I seem to recall it may be metric and come with an eminently losable conversion slip of paper...I recall a slip of paper and clearly don't check my pressures that often as I've found they tend to be fairly stable.

nobodyknows

4,189 posts

53 months

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LuS1fer said:
Auto Express did a test a long while back and recommended Halfords' digital one for ease of use and accuracy. I bought one - about £11 - though I seem to recall it may be metric and come with an eminently losable conversion slip of paper...I recall a slip of paper and clearly don't check my pressures that often as I've found they tend to be fairly stable.
+1 - I also bought a Michelin one on Auto Express recommendation but it no longer works frown
I do find that the guage on my Michelin foot pump is accurate enough as well.

Ian_sUK

563 posts

64 months

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If its for trackdays get one with a release valve so its easy to reduce the pressure as the temperature rises. There's serveral available from tweeks.

Fossilface

1,943 posts

82 months

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I went through this a few years ago. It does seem to be difficult to find one that you can trust.

As a stop gap, I bought a digital one from Halfords. It is supposed to be accurate to + or - 1 psi.

I found it to be perfectly adequate and it hasn't been replaced.
This is only for road use though.

toxicnerve

7,813 posts

61 months

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nobodyknows said:
LuS1fer said:
Auto Express did a test a long while back and recommended Halfords' digital one for ease of use and accuracy. I bought one - about £11 - though I seem to recall it may be metric and come with an eminently losable conversion slip of paper...I recall a slip of paper and clearly don't check my pressures that often as I've found they tend to be fairly stable.
+1 - I also bought a Michelin one on Auto Express recommendation but it no longer works frown
I do find that the guage on my Michelin foot pump is accurate enough as well.
I bought one of these and it's been fine in the year or so that I've had it.


Steve_W

831 posts

61 months

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Ah - search function saved me posting this very question.

Dropped my gauge at the weekend and severely "de-calibrated" it! frown

This one at Demon Tweeks looks like the sort I'm after: Demon Tweeks

Don't think I need the Glow in the Dark version though!

FatPorker

37 posts

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I know its a bit above budget but had you considered one of these? - constant monitoring of tyre pressure is a far better bet for noticing a problem before getting a blow-out

http://www.tyrepal.co.uk/

PS no incentive no connection, just a happy customer.

toxicnerve

7,813 posts

61 months

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FatPorker said:
I know its a bit above budget but had you considered one of these? - constant monitoring of tyre pressure is a far better bet for noticing a problem before getting a blow-out

http://www.tyrepal.co.uk/

PS no incentive no connection, just a happy customer.
That's pretty tidy...could be tempted. How secure are they? On the website it states they have a security collar. How easy are they to get on/off?


MarJay

1,862 posts

59 months

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Ride magazine do a test of pressure gauges every year, and the ones that consistently score top marks are the Halfords Digital, the Snap-On pencil gauge, the Halfords pencil gauge and another pencil gauge, the make of which eludes me.


None of the pencil gauges cost a lot of £, certainly not £100! The halfords one was a fiver IIRC.

John D.

10,198 posts

93 months

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nobodyknows said:
LuS1fer said:
Auto Express did a test a long while back and recommended Halfords' digital one for ease of use and accuracy. I bought one - about £11 - though I seem to recall it may be metric and come with an eminently losable conversion slip of paper...I recall a slip of paper and clearly don't check my pressures that often as I've found they tend to be fairly stable.
+1 - I also bought a Michelin one on Auto Express recommendation but it no longer works frown
I do find that the guage on my Michelin foot pump is accurate enough as well.
I've got one of those. Thought it had broken too. New battery sorted it! hehe


TheMoron

206 posts

44 months

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Got a 99p one from Home Bargains a few years ago, spot on every time smile

TM

John D.

10,198 posts

93 months

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TheMoron said:
Got a 99p one from Home Bargains a few years ago, spot on every time smile

TM
Compared to what?

FatPorker

37 posts

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toxicnerve said:
That's pretty tidy...could be tempted. How secure are they? On the website it states they have a security collar. How easy are they to get on/off?
security collar would deter the opportunist - its stops you unscrewing them - it needs a small allen key to release the sensor. Having said that the sensors look nothing special to look at - so hardly going to be nicked by the bling agents.


Digger

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mikey k

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+1 for the Halfords digital (mine is +/- 0.5 psi)
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