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Custom Bicycle Tire Valve Caps

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This Instructable will show you how to create custom valve caps.
The video I posted has a bunch of ideas for items that can be used to make caps. I will also put a list of ideas at the end.

Items Needed:
1. a drill or a drill press
2. 3/8" drillbit
3. safety glasses
4. glue (I use E6000)
5. toothpicks
6. clamp
7. dice
8. valve caps (schrader)

You can now purchase these Custom Valve Caps in our Etsy store by clicking
https://www.etsy.com/shop/ToastArts.

 
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Step 1: Drilling Your Dice

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1. place the dice on the platform to determine how deep you want to drill. If you are using a hand drill, you can put tape on the bit at the depth you want to drill
2. secure the dice into the clamp
3. put your safety glasses on
4. turn the drill on
5. I usually use the side of the die with the 1 because it is easier to line up the bit
6. drill slowly with a firm grip on the clamp
The video on page one will give you ideas as what to use for cap covers that do not need to be drilled.

Step 2: Gluing Your Dice

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1. using a toothpick, coat your new hole generously with your glue
2. slide the valve cap into the hole
3. press them together until the cap is all the way inside
4. let sit until dry
5. modify as you choose - I chose to bling mine out, it tried my patience but was worth it
ceejwells1 year ago
I also like that this project can be done for almost FREE! Asking for extra valve caps at bike stores and reusing pencil toppers or old dice is a great recycling project too!
Tater Zoid (author)  ceejwells1 month ago

Thank you, I'm making Lego cap covers now - they turned out great. I'll be sure to post them if there is enough interest.

bakdrft1 year ago
VERYcool post! Thank you.

I cant wait to try it!
Tater Zoid (author)  bakdrft1 month ago

Did you ever make valve caps?

Tater Zoid (author)  bakdrft1 year ago
Thank you. I would love to see you results. If you find the time, could you post a picture or link?
sunshiine1 month ago

I love this! What a clever idea. thanks for the inspriation and do have a splendorous day.

sunshiine

Tater Zoid (author)  sunshiine1 month ago

Thank you. Please let me know if you make these.

Tater Zoid (author) 7 months ago
I now have custom valve caps for sale in my Etsy shop - ToastArts.
Tater Zoid (author) 7 months ago
I now have custom valve caps for sale in my Etsy shop - ToastArts.
Mr.Sanchez1 year ago
Done !!Thnx for share!!
Tater Zoid (author)  Mr.Sanchez1 year ago
I just found your valve cap Instructable, I wish I would have seen that earlier.
In fact once I submited my valv cap ible I realized that someone else had already made it.Anyway yours is more complete and the video its so cool.I ove Bikes.Good luck on the contest.!!
Tater Zoid (author)  Mr.Sanchez7 months ago
Thank you. I won a prize pack for my Instructable.
Tater Zoid (author) 1 year ago
My project was featured here. What an honor.
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Cleopatran1 year ago
What a great idea! I've added it to in my favorites ;). And voted for you.
Tater Zoid (author)  Cleopatran1 year ago
Thank you.
snotty1 year ago
Nice! I never use glue though. I just drill a hole so the cap fits tightly and pressfit the cap in. Sometimes I do the pressfit gently with a vice or chanel lock pliers.
Tater Zoid (author)  snotty1 year ago
I think the glue was necessary because I want to use these for cars, as well. It seems that much force might throw the dice off of the cap. I've only tested them on my bikes and have had no trouble after 100 miles or so.
DoDo7291 year ago
Very cool, I made a set of 4 for a friend of mine who is an avid target shooter. Used 9mm brass shell casings, polished them up, epoxied the caps inside and cool set of valve caps was created.
Tater Zoid (author)  DoDo7291 year ago
That's a great idea, thanks for sharing.
ceejwells1 year ago
Wow, great video, great idea, great execution. I love the music with so many valve cap ideas. This is wonderful!
Tater Zoid (author)  ceejwells1 year ago
Thank you, which caps would you like?