Just to vent for a moment, I had a valve stem break by simply removing the cap! No pliers. No pressure. Just removed the valve stem cap and it broke off! Out came all my ballast and in rushed my temper!!! At any rate, my dealer sent over a new valve stem and luckily I just needed the top part to screw back in. Since the dealer uses water as ballast, they also sent over a water fill kit which worked very well for $10! But now the age old question about ballast. I know that beet juice is great but what if I just stayed with water? How long will the rim last? I dont get hard freezes here and the water has been fine so far.