MXA TEAM TESTED: REDLINE TECHNIK TIRE PRESSURE GAUGE

November 17, 2011
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REDLINE TECHNIK TIRE PRESSURE GAUGE
WHAT IS IT? A zero-to-60 psi tire gauge that is accurate to a fault and has a 4-inch face and a push-button bleed-down valve.

WHAT’S IT COST? $62.95.

CONTACT? www.RedLineTechnik.com or (310) 993-6440.

WHAT STANDS OUT?
Here’s a list of things that stand out with the Redline Technik tire pressure gauge.

(1) Accuracy. We hate to break it to you, but most of the cheap air gauges that racers use aren’t accurate…at least not accurate enough for a racer who thinks he can tell the difference between 14 psi and 15 psi. The only way to get an accurate tire pressure reading is to buy the best air pressure gauge you can afford and, at the same time, get a gauge that is calibrated for your specific use.

(2) Pressure range. The best tire pressure gauges come with preselected air pressure ranges. There are 15 psi, 30 psi, 60 psi and 100 psi models. The closer the gauge’s range is to the tire pressure you seek, the more accurate it will be. That said, do not choose a zero-to-15 or zero-to-30 psi gauge for your motocross bike. Why not? Because these gauges are so sensitive that pressures in excess of 30 psi can harm them. MXA prefers zero-to-60 gauges (and we still have to take care not to blow the gauge when filling tires up to pop the bead).

(3) Readability. There was a time when the MXA gang was infatuated with liquid-filled pressure gauges, but, unfortunately, we couldn’t keep them upright all the time and had issues with leaking fluid. We also tried electronic tire gauges, but hated them. The Redline Technik gauge is the cat’s meow. It has a large 4-inch dial (so the old guys can read it without squinting), a protective rubber boot (in case we drop it) and an easy-to-read non-fluid gauge (no more leaks).

(4) Features. There is a push-button pressure relief valve to help set the correct pressure. The dial indicates five psi pressure reading way points for quick reference and has a Class B certified rating. An ANSI grade B rating means that the gauge has an accuracy of plus or minus 2 percent over the middle half of the scale.

WHAT’S THE SQUAWK?
Rule number one with a dial-type tire pressure gauge is to never drop it. Rule number two is to never, ever drop it. We carry ours in a padded box.

For around $50, this is an excellent price for a Class B dial gauge with a 4-inch dial.

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