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High Quality Air Gauges - Under Pressure

Posted in How To on December 1, 2007
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Are we kidding? Are we really running a feature about air gauges? Many people don't ever bother to check the pressure in their tires (a BIG mistake), while others use a cheapo 99-cent pen gauge they found in a bucket next to the cash register at their local auto parts store. Although pen gauges are better than nothing, they're always inaccurate and inconsistent. They're also failure-prone and hard to read. We like to trust our air-pressure readings to higher-quality products. We also adjust air pressure so our vehicles work both on the pavement and in the dirt. It's amazing how much difference it makes off-road when you take the time to reduce tire pressure.

Enter Intercomp. Famous in racing circles for its scales, shock dynamometers, alignment equipment, racks, and other fine gauges, Intercomp is no newcomer to motorsports. The company offers a number of air gauges, and we received two for our feature. One is the easily carried, 0-30-psi, 2.5-inch glow-in-the-dark air gauge marked in 1/2-psi increments. The gauge features a thumb-operated bleeder, a 17-inch Goodyear hose, and a swivel chuck. The gauge is protected by a rubber boot, which is good since the 2.5-inch gauge fits fine in a glovebox or center console and needs to be protected from shock. This gauge is also available in a number of other ranges up to 100 psi. Our new 2.5-inch Intercomp air gauge is now our gauge of choice in the field and when changing vehicles off-road. It's quick, accurate, reliable, and allows us to easily adjust pressure with its convenient bleeder valve.

A 2.5-inch air gauge is easy to read and usually about as large as we see. The Intercomp 4-inch, fill, bleed, and read gauge dwarfs the 2.5-inch gauge.

The other gauge is really something. It's a 4-inch, fill, bleed, and read air-pressure gauge with a glow-in-the-dark face, 22-inch Goodyear hose, 45-degree swivel chuck, and a rubber protective boot. Our gauge reads 0-30 psi in 1-psi increments. It's also available in models reading up to 100 psi and 0-4x.10 bar. Although the 4-inch size is easy to read, the fill, bleed, and read feature really sets this gauge apart. The gauge has a black box with a large black button and a small silver button. When attached to an air hose, depressing the black button allows air to flow through the gauge into the tire. The silver bleeder allows pressure to be adjusted without removing the gauge. It's amazing how much time this saves!

The Intercomp gauges have given us a whole new level of air-pressure control. As we already said, the 2.5-inch gauge goes with us in all our vehicles. The 4-inch, fill, bleed, and read gauge stays with our compressor or Power Tanks. Both gauges can be used in tough off-road conditions and stay working, even when banged around or dropped accidentally. You should be checking air pressure all the time and adjusting tires to meet on- or off-road requirements. We can think of no better way to do this than with Intercomp air gauges.

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North Minneapolis, MN

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