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11.3mm Tire Valve Question

At the local shop, I had them install a 90 degree tire valve on the rear wheel. This is to accommodate the tire monitor on my Doran TPMS. Most of my riding is country roads, so I rarely hit a high speed. However, the other day I was on the highway, doing 120-130 km/hr. And I was losing air out of the rear tire. I pulled over, made sure the Doran monitor was screwed tightly on the tire valve, and filled the tire with air. Back up to the same speed, and started losing air again. Put air in, back on the highway, and started losing air a third time. Rode home on smaller roads, no air loss.

Back in the garage for a couple of days now, and no air pressure loss. And no nails or anything that I could see in the tire. However, this morning I pushed the 90 degree metal tire valve a bit to the side, and I could hear air leaking out. So the issue is the tire valve.

My question to the forum, is what could this mean? Maybe the shop didn't use an 11.3mm tire valve? Maybe it's just simply loose? (There is a nut to tighten it. If that's the culprit though, and I tighten it, it'll probably come loose again).

The service manager at the shop is a good guy, and he'll respond right away when I contact him. But I'd like to make some helpful suggestions to him.

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I might be wrong but i don't think you are suppose to use 90 degrees valves with the TPMS Caps. When i got mine on my 09 V-650 it said to use straight metal valve stems...

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I put some rubber 90 degree stems (pull-throughs from the bottom) on my '08 but replaced them after suffering a loss of air along the sides. Since I replaced them w/ mag-wheel metal 90s, the nut holds them securely.

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If your 90 degree stems don't have a nut on the out side of the rim change them out now-the ones that use a nut on the inside there is no way to tighten them and by moving the stem it is now loose-also there are several sizes

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All is good. The dealer replaced the 90 degree metal tire valve with a much more sturdy straight up metal tire valve. Rode home at 130 kph, didn't lose an ounce of air.
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Kurveygirl valve stems are the way to go.
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Kurveygirl valve stems are the way to go.

Bought Kurveygirl valve stems for my 09 V-650 and FJR.....This time i bought a set of the chinese valve stems off eBay for less than 3 bucks...They work just as good...https://www.ebay.com/itm/90-Degree-C...4023%7Ciid%3A1

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...This time i bought a set of the chinese valve stems off eBay for less than 3 bucks...They work just as good....
I have the same ones for each of my Vs....
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Bought Kurveygirl valve stems for my 09 V-650 and FJR.....This time i bought a set of the chinese valve stems off eBay for less than 3 bucks...They work just as good...https://www.ebay.com/itm/90-Degree-C...4023%7Ciid%3A1
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