Checking Out the Newest Tire Inflation and Deflation Gadget from Adventure Imports

    Challenging the Tire Deflation Ritual

    We recently got our hands on a new tire deflator gadget, named Indeflate (a mash-up of inflate and deflate), which challenges the typical air down ritual and even doubles as a tire inflation tool too! Airing down is a common ritual at every trailhead: lock the hubs, shift the transfer case into four-wheel-drive, and kneel down at every tire to screw on your favorite type of tire deflation device. If you have been living under that rock you are about to crawl over and don't know the benefits of airing down, decreasing tire pressure off-road will result in a smoother ride and better traction. Since airing down is something every off-roader should do, we're always looking for a way to make it quicker or easier. We performed a few timed tests between our tried-and-true deflator tool that removes and captures the valve core versus the Indeflate. Dropping 15 PSI from two of our LT265/75R16 tires, the Indeflate was seven seconds slower at a time of 2:13. While the Indeflate isn't quicker, it does perform within a very acceptable time difference considering its ease of use and the fact that it drops pressure through the restrictive valve cores. Airing back up from 18 to 33 PSI was a difference of 13 seconds with Indeflate taking a longer time of 1:43 using shop air. We plan to continue using Indeflate despite those minor differences because it is easier to install, operate, and allows us to perform other tasks while it airs up or down.

    The Indeflate air down/air up tool includes a rugged, canvas storage bag that is big enough to fit additional hoses and accessories. We keep our on-board air hose in the zippered bag for easy access whenever it is time to air back up. Indeflate comes packaged with everything needed and is ready to use right out of the bag. The only thing we had to do was add the hanging clip to the gauge.
    Each Indeflate 10-foot hose comes preassembled with a high quality brass clip-on tire chuck. The hose is also of high quality, abrasion resistant, and very pliable. Despite our best attempts to tangle the hose, it always unrolls out of the bag ready to go.
    The Indeflate dump valve slides up and down the machined aluminum body. In the up position, air escapes through the two holes in the body. Slide it down and the holes are sealed up and ready to take a gauge reading or to inflate the tires.
    The Indeflate body is very ergonomic and enables one-handed operation of the dump valve. The knurled and notched valve can be operated while wearing gloves for those times when airing down in cold weather. Pressure readings are taken from the 0-100 PSI gauge.
    To air back up using Indeflate, an additional brass clip-on tire chuck is included with a quick disconnect coupling. Clip the air supply hose on the Schrader valve at the bottom of the Indeflate tool and air will flow to both tires. The gauge will read a few PSI high while air is flowing but, once the air source is removed, an accurate reading can be taken.
    The biggest benefit to the Indeflate is the ability to hook it up to two tires, hang it up from somewhere on the vehicle, and let it go to work while your hands are free to drink some coffee or turn your hubs. This is not something every tire deflator or inflator can offer! Just keep an eye on it while deflating as it will not stop until all the air is out. A four-tire system is also available but we think that just adds unnecessary complexity to the job.
    Indeflate isn't just for overlanders, we have used it on our rock crawler too with good results. We balanced the pressures across axles after realizing a 10 PSI difference due to a slow leak and a higher than normal pressure from our last trip out. Hooking up the Indeflate with the dump valve closed, we could hear air moving from one tire to the other until it equalized at seven PSI. The balancing feature makes any higher PSI tire an air source, including the spare tire, in an emergency.
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