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Question on TPMS

Discussion in 'Wheels & Tires' started by BarkSlayer, Nov 18, 2010.

  1. Nov 18, 2010 at 9:21 AM
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    I'm currently running the stock 16" steel wheels with TPMS on my '07 Taco. I recently bought a set of 17" factory alloy wheels and rubber from a 2009 Taco with no TPMS sensors. Will the sensors from my steel wheels fit the alloy rims or is there is different PN sensor for the 17" Toyota alloy wheels?
     
  2. Nov 18, 2010 at 9:22 AM
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    not certain exacly,

    but I know our TPMS sensors are the valve stem type, not the band type. So if the stem fits I can't see why not?
     
  3. Nov 18, 2010 at 9:36 AM
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    It is my understanding that there is a different angle on the steel sensors and the alloy sensors. So I am fairly certain you need new TPMS or....

    You can install a wheelbarrow tire or
    Make a sealed pipe (That's what I did)

    :)
     
  4. Nov 18, 2010 at 9:40 AM
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    From everything I've read, this is correct. The steel wheels have a different angle head on them than the alloys and they can not be interchanged. You can buy bands and strap your old ones to the wheel itself or buy new sensors and have them re-programed.
     
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    You know...I got along fine for the past 37 years with just my tire pressure gauge. I'm inclined to bag the sensors altogether. Does anyone know how to shut off the signal to the TPMS computer so the dash light doesn't stay on?
     
  6. Nov 18, 2010 at 10:27 AM
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    I like mine because of the one in the spare tire. To get rid of the light, your options are tape over it, tear apart the dash and pull the LED or make a pressure vessel to store the sensors in like a PVC pipe or a wheel barrel tire. Also, might want to make sure the Toyota wheels will take a standard valve stem.
     
  7. Nov 18, 2010 at 11:50 AM
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    A super chip should allow you to turn them off ? I've seen some chips with a bunch of computer modding options
     
  8. Nov 18, 2010 at 12:02 PM
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    some of the earlier models you could ground out the system behind the dash.
    On the 2006s, you could add an inline fuse and a clip to either activate or deactivate the system.
    The 05s have none & some of the toyota model years do not even have a sensor in the spare anymore :notsure:
    I guess in theory its a good system but certainly a money maker and confusing until you get how it works.
    For your 07, there was a thread over at TN that shows how to ground out the system. I am not sure if its on here.
    I keep a tw business card on the dash for when I have my summer riims on.
    The winter steelies with sensors just went on today.
    The OR rims take a regular valve stem without a prob.
     
  9. Nov 18, 2010 at 12:50 PM
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    I'm doing this swap now. You can turn the TPMS sensor 180 degrees and it will fit. However, this is a supreme pita, as you have to seat the tire on the rim before it will turn. Also, if you have a flat, sensor destruction is pretty much guaranteed.

    I am going to try using fishing line to lower it into the tire, seat the rim with a blow gun through the hole, then fish the sensor up with the line--I'm going to try to take pics and will post.

    I like the TPMS but think the $140 each or whatever they charge for the sensors is nuts, the design and mounting are nuts, and having two different designs (20 degree for alloy, 40 degree for steel) is absolute BS.
     
  10. Nov 18, 2010 at 2:02 PM
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    i was at the toyota dealer last sunday just to check this tpms thing out for myself . there were two tacomas parked side by side. one had the steel wheel the other had the alloys and yes they are at a very different angle. you can see it when the two are side by side .
     
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