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post #1 of 19 Old 02-01-2010, 08:48 AM Thread Starter
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Smittybilt tire deflators??

Do they work as good as the Staun's at roughtly half the cost? I am wanting to hear from actual people who own the new smittybilt inflators. I see quadratec carries them in addition to Staun. I don't give a shit that the Smittybilt is China made because the Stauns aren't USA either. Aussie I believe. Anyone here with experience with these?

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May have just answered my own question. 0 for 3 ain't good odds.
http://www.amazon.com/Smittybilt-272...ews/B001CF3JG4

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Wow - very bad reviews - your question is well timed - I'm looking at picking up some deflators too, but will stay away from Smitty... seems like the more I learn about them, the less I like 'em. I've bought lots of stuff from them before, and the only thing I still have are some grab handles and the cab cover...

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Chinese knockoffs.

So you have a decision to make.

Buy cheaply made knockoffs and continue to support the Chinese black market economy.

Buy a quality accessory from a successful Aussie company committed to producing high quality components.




edit: as of late, if it even looks like it came from China, I don't buy it.

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The Stauns are great. I have had mine for a year and a half and they still work flawlessly.
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I went with Trail Head deflators. They work well and I have not had an issue with them so far. I bought them off of a vendor on Pirate for $55 (you also get a choice of colors).

http://www.pirate4x4.com/forum/showt...836&highlight=

Another benefit of the Trail Head is that you can actually leave them on when you wheel if you want.

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I was looking into the same.

Check out this tire deflator comparo http://www.parksoffroad.com/prodrevi...flatormain.htm

Overall, the OASIS TRAILHEAD deflator appears to be the best all-around.

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I've got them. They don't work well at all. Set the PSI on them and they don't retain it well. Sometimes they let out more air, sometimes less. I would've gone for Stauns but I got these as a gift so I put 'em to use.

Really, it's on par with just about every other Smitty product. Cheap and it kinda works (and made in China). You get what you pay for.
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Chinese knockoffs.

So you have a decision to make.

Buy cheaply made knockoffs and continue to support the Chinese black market economy.

Buy a quality accessory from a successful Aussie company committed to producing high quality components.




edit: as of late, if it even looks like it came from China, I don't buy it.
that really limits what you can buy these days
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i have them to , also got as a gft from the wife, they work ok, like someone else said they dont hold the setting well, but it get me close enough

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ok I will play devils advocate here. I have the smitty ones and I havent had a bad experience like others are reporting. Yes they do take a lot of time and patience to set up, but I have found that once they are locked in (I mean really crank that locking ring) I havent had any issues with the setting. As far as not being consistant, I have experienced this but my issue is that they sometimes dont let out enough air. I simply give the stem a slight tug/flick and they finish up the job as intended. That being said yes they are half the price and yes you do get what you pay for. Keep in mind I dont claim to have any exerience with the stauns so I cant compare apples to apples just giving my opinion on the smitty ones. Are you such a hardcore wheeler that 2-4 PSI is going to ruin your day? Im not, so they work perfectly fine for me. If you want my advise grab a set of them if ya dont like them either keep in your bag as a backup or put them up on here someone will snatch them up.

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I tried to buy the Stauns about a year ago, but my local shop just couldn't get them (backordered he said). So I went with the ARB valve puller. It has the integral gauge, and it is only as consistant as my ability to operate it.

I like it.

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ok I will play devils advocate here. I have the smitty ones and I havent had a bad experience like others are reporting. Yes they do take a lot of time and patience to set up, but I have found that once they are locked in (I mean really crank that locking ring) I havent had any issues with the setting. As far as not being consistant, I have experienced this but my issue is that they sometimes dont let out enough air. I simply give the stem a slight tug/flick and they finish up the job as intended. That being said yes they are half the price and yes you do get what you pay for. Keep in mind I dont claim to have any exerience with the stauns so I cant compare apples to apples just giving my opinion on the smitty ones. Are you such a hardcore wheeler that 2-4 PSI is going to ruin your day? Im not, so they work perfectly fine for me. If you want my advise grab a set of them if ya dont like them either keep in your bag as a backup or put them up on here someone will snatch them up.
Having lockers on mine front and rear I just plain prefer them to be equal on tire pressure when i'm locked. 4psi difference would bother me. Probably doesn't make any difference, I want things equal when the front and rear axles are locked in.

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I can look up my pricing on Staun's for you (recently picked them up as a dealer, haven't added product to the site yet)

But yeah, never had any luck with the knockoff sets I've tried thus far.

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I tried to buy the Stauns about a year ago, but my local shop just couldn't get them (backordered he said). So I went with the ARB valve puller. It has the integral gauge, and it is only as consistant as my ability to operate it.

I like it.

scottrock you forgot the phrase evil, job stealing, money grabbing commies.
Oh yeah, that too


FWIW, I've tried to use an ARB quick deflator/gauge thingy a couple times and I don't know if I just wasn't holdin my mouth right or what but I have not been able to get it to unscrew the valves on both OEM TPMS and standard valve stems...

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FYI, about $56 shipped via US Postal Service on the Stauns, about $5 more for FedEx.

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It took a total of one time trying to get the shitty's set and they went back in the pouch permanently. I use a Currie EZ deflator now and it kicks ass!

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Sorry for the bump...just my two cents.
Basically, there is a set screw and a valve inside each deflator. You either tighten or loosen the set screw to the desired psi. They come pre set (~18psi), and each turn of the screw relates to a certain amount of psi. 3psi for each turn (approx)

The best idea is to use one tire and set your set of deflators. To do this
- you screw the deflator onto the valve stem
- depending upon where the deflator is presently set the deflator will either begin to deflate or you might have to pull the plunger out to start deflating
- check regularly the psi until you get to the psi you want
- screw down the set screw to stop deflation
- tighten locking screw and your done
- reinflate tire and repeat process with each deflator until you have done all four.

Now you will have one set that is set at a particular psi

Having another set, you can repeat the process for a different psi setting.

Now within that, you can also purchase Stauns https://mechanicguides.com/best-tire-deflators/ in three different psi ranges...

Light duty 0-10psi
Stndard duty 6-30psi (this is the one most 4x4 people use) - I'd like to two sets of these
Heavy Duty 15-55psi

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I have the Smittybilt deflators. I would not recommend them. I have found them to be very slow and unreliable.

I have had better luck with the Currie deflator.


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