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I have learned a lot during my off road adventures and when I learn a lesson, good or bad, I always do my best to pass it on to you.
During our Fall 2019 Adventure, Neil and I learned the importance of the Colby Valve, an emergency tire valve system. In the 30 years of wheeling Neil had never heard of them before. I had heard of the Colby Valve, but didn't fully understand the importance of the Colby Valve until I needed it.
As I was crawling up a rock on the Homecourt Trail in Kingman, Arizona, I tore a valve stem. My tire went flat, and I popped the bead. My Jeep was in a precarious position on the rocks which made for a dangerous tire change. Luckily a fellow Jeeper on the trail had an Emergency Colby Valve.
22 minutes into this video you see how I tear my valve stem on the trail and the easy fix using the Colby Valve.
It was simple and easy to install. Simply take out the old valve stem and screw in the Colby Valve, air up and you are good to go.
I have torn three valve stems over the years. Paying close attention to tire placement on the rocks is so very important. One way to watch your rear wheels is the adjust your side mirrors so you can watch them as you crawl over the rocks.
Just recently on the Rubicon Trail I once again tore a valve stem. I didn't notice until I returned to Colorado when I discovered a slow leak. I replaced the valve stem with a Permanent Colby Valve.
Again super easy to replace just be very careful not to over tighten as you don't want to tear the gasket. I was very close to it. They should be snug, no rocking back and forth.
When tightening it with a socket wrench be careful not to tighten it until you can't anymore. That means you gone too far. 12 - 16 inch ft lb torque is the range Colby Valve suggests.
I will keep you posted on how the permanent valve works. I am thinking maybe I should have gone with the Ultimate Valve (Extra Short) since I like to rub those rocks.