Colby Emergency Valve Stem – in usePosted: May 21, 2021
Everyone should carry one or more of these on your rig.
I touted these in the past when they first hit the market. See link below. That was 5-years ago and until the other day, I hadn’t needed one.
Well, it had to happen sooner or later. I tore a valve stem on my Jeep. I knew immediately it had happened. You can’t miss the sound of air rushing out. I’d love to tell you a story of the difficult terrain I was in that resulted in a rock reaching in to my wheel and ripping off my valve stem. The truth is, I was in my driveway washing my Jeep.
So, yes, the valve stems were probably ten years old. Yes, the tires are almost ten years old. New ones are on order but 2-months out. I actually hit the valve stem with the brush I was using and tore it at the base.
I tried to pull off the torn valve stem and the whole thing came out. The usual procedure is to push the remaining bits in to the wheel.
Since I heard it immediately, I threw a jack stand under the axle and finished washing the Jeep.
In comes the Colby Valve stem. Nothing like an unsolicited trail by fire.
The Colby valve stem slipped right in. This is the “emergency” version so it doesn’t require tools. The wingnut is turned to tighten the stem in to place.
Once tightened, is works like a normal valve stem.
After tightening it up, since I was in my driveway, I ran the hose from my air compressor reel out to the rig and filled it up. Now I have to wait for my tires to come in so I can retrieve my emergency valve stem!
Again, everyone should carry one of these. If not for you, then for the guy you’re wheeling with or the guy who broke in front of you.
Available everywhere, here’s a link to Amazon. I was not compensated in any way by Colby or Amazon.