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adding TPMS..

Discussion in 'Wheels & Tires' started by yosh2000, Oct 12, 2009.

  1. Oct 12, 2009 at 10:22 AM
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    yosh2000

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    so i've been thinking about adding a TPMS to my truck lately.

    whats the best way to set it up? i've seen you can get OEM TPMS sensors on egay for ~100, but what kind of display unit can i use w/ them? i've seen an aftermarket unit on tirerack that shows the psi of all four tires on a read out.

    let me know what you guys have done w/ any aftermarket stuff.
     
  2. Oct 12, 2009 at 10:31 AM
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    keep in mind that some shops charge extra for having TPMS when swapping out tires...dont ask me why cause i dont know..
     
  3. Oct 13, 2009 at 9:05 AM
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    Gunga

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    Why would you want to add TPMS? TPMS was implemented for the idiots out there that never checked their tire pressure and then had an accident.
    Buy a good tire gauge and forget about it.
     
  4. Oct 13, 2009 at 9:12 AM
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    98tacoma27

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    Your 05 didn't come with it?
     
  5. Oct 13, 2009 at 9:16 AM
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    chris4x4

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    I kinda like the idea of TPMS. Say you check your tires before a trip....While driving, you get a small leak in your tire. As the tire deflates, the TPMS will iluminate, prompting you to pull over, and address the issue. Without it, The tire can get hot as the pressure falls, and possibly blow out, causeing loss of controll, or vehicle damage.

    Yosh....My Dad recently had an aftermrket TPMS installed on his truck, and the Toyhauler. I havent seen what kind it is, but it gives a PSI reading of all tires. Next time I meet up with him, I'll ask which one it is.
     
  6. Oct 13, 2009 at 10:32 AM
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    I'll back this up as I have had it happen to me. I was driving between Pensacola and New Orleans- About 220 miles. I had a full bag of gas and would have have had any reason to stop until I got to my destination.

    Mid trip my light came on- so I pulled over and the left rear tire was low but just slightly- so I aired it up and sat there for a few...and it was low again. So I jacked it up took the tire off and found a razor blade buried at the end of a 4 inch gash...Slow leaking air. I never would have known until the tire blew (which is would have...)

    I carry a gauge and check my pressure regularly...but it can be helpful in some cases...
     
  7. Oct 13, 2009 at 10:49 AM
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    Good point Brunes
     
  8. Oct 13, 2009 at 10:52 AM
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    for on the fly checks while hauling stuff or on long trips. how many times have you seen a guy on the fwy w/ a tire that looks like it will blow any second and he had a bed on the bumpstops?!

    yea, im not really interested in the OEM that just give you an idiot light, but a system that gives you on the fly readings of tire pressure. chris, if you could ask your dad, i would appreciate it. also, if you can get any info on how he likes it and cost, etc, that would be cool too!
     
  9. Oct 13, 2009 at 11:02 AM
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    This is the one he says he purchased.

    http://www.amazon.com/Hella-Pressure-Monitoring-Adjustable-Background/dp/B000QSDZQC

    He has only had it on for about a week.....So far he says he is happy. He had it installed at an local shop near his house, and said he paid about $250.00 for install of the unit.
     
  10. Oct 13, 2009 at 11:14 AM
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    That one looks nicer. :)
     
  12. Oct 13, 2009 at 5:30 PM
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    That Orange Electronics one is the one I really like too.

    I wish someone made receiver that would read the stock sensors and display real time 4 tire psi and temp but I think that is asking for too much. :(
     
  13. Oct 29, 2009 at 8:34 AM
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    Update on TPMS. I've definitely changed my opinion on having the TPMS. Yesterday my light came on. First thought was the 30 degree change in temperature we had may have tripped one of the sensors. I checked air pressure on all the tires and found one was down to 25 and had a nail in it. Visually you couldn't tell the tire was lower than the others.
     
  14. Oct 29, 2009 at 9:03 AM
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    ^ nice, see its not just for idiots, unless your calling yourself an....:D
     
  15. Oct 29, 2009 at 9:55 AM
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    I saw a girl in an Alfa Romeo pass me one day on the interstate. It was clear that her right rear tire was going flat. I tried to catch up with her to signal her that she had a problem, but could not (F150 Supercab, 200 CID 6 :rolleyes:) I was about 1/4 mile behind her when the tire blew, putting her in the median. Luckily she didn't flip - just spun out.

    I can't speak to the cost effectiveness overall. It's got to cost the manufacturers $100-$200/car to add, no? if it prevents an accident in one out of a thousand cars, that's $100,000-$200,000 per accident which seams high until you save a life or two.

    OTOH, I suspect it is more benefit for those who can't e bothered to check tire pressure regularly. And AFAIK, most fatalities result from folks who don't wear seat belts and wind up ejected from the vehicle during an accident.

    -hank
     
  16. Oct 29, 2009 at 10:33 AM
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    There is some neat information here :)

    I'm going to look into adding one to my spare tire also (Mine came with the four normal ones)
    I have seen so many times people only think about the spare when it's needed and that's to late...:eek:

    Yuma Taco,
     
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