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    Tire tube advice.

    I need a tube for a leaky front tire on my GX345. Is there a specific tube anyone has had good luck with? I've purchased some before and because the valve stem was in the center they only last a season. Or is that how tubes are with the valve stem in the center? There's about a dozen on amazon so having trouble deciding
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    Straight valve stem inner tubes are not meant for use on a riding mower/garden tractor application. There are what they call bent valve stem tubes for this.
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    DB, I've never paid attention to stem location. Thinking that when stem is placed in rim and inflated, tube will inflate around stem. I usually buy from Rural King or Tractor Supply. If I don't like it...for what ever reason...I can take it back and exchange it on the same day...no shipping back and trying another. Bob
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    I always preferred the type with a nut on the stem to keep it where it is. I never use those though, what I get is a tube from the local tire store, Deere dealer, Rural King or Menards.
    They all seem to work the same for me.

    The thing is, you need to be sure the tire is clean inside, and that the wheel itself doesnt have any burrs that can puncture or tear the tube as it moves inside the assembly.
    Ive only ever had issues when I didnt take my own advice.
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    I've always used the Carlisle brand. Just a regular rubber stem. We install hundreds a year with no issues other than once in a while one will get pinched by a tire tool.

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    I think the tube I had before that failed was run very low all the time and thatís what cut the valve stem. Not sure tho it wasnít my mower it was my aunts.

    So are all tubes center stems? Or are the one suggested side stems?


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    Quote Originally Posted by DaBomb6988 View Post
    I think the tube I had before that failed was run very low all the time and thatís what cut the valve stem. Not sure tho it wasnít my mower it was my aunts.

    So are all tubes center stems? Or are the one suggested side stems?


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    Ive not seen a tube with an offset stem mounting location.
    That would be nice though. Generally I have to put the tube in, then hold it with something, generally a finger pressing it against the rim, while I air it up for it to stay put.
    Usually after a while, they will stay put on their own.

    One reason I DONT like those bent valve stems is that when the tube inflates, it presses that part against the rim and can cause it to angle away from where you want it. Sometimes making it VERY difficult to add air later.
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    Quote Originally Posted by IndianaJim View Post
    Ive not seen a tube with an offset stem mounting location.
    That would be nice though. Generally I have to put the tube in, then hold it with something, generally a finger pressing it against the rim, while I air it up for it to stay put.
    Usually after a while, they will stay put on their own.
    Last few tubes I bought from Tractor Supply were for my tow behind trailer and my wheel barrow. I could have sworn the stems were "slightly" off-center, not by much, but definitely tended to one side. Or maybe I was dreaming

    Just my 2 cents.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tomfive View Post
    Last few tubes I bought from Tractor Supply were for my tow behind trailer and my wheel barrow. I could have sworn the stems were "slightly" off-center, not by much, but definitely tended to one side. Or maybe I was dreaming

    Just my 2 cents.
    Could be I suppose. Maybe thats why I have to hold the stem in place, because I wasnt paying attention, lol.
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    Thanks for all the input! I thought I was buying the wrong tubes because none of them had offset stems lol. Ok that makes buying one alot easier.
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