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TPMS Question

Discussion in 'Wheels & Tires' started by chewingonabone, Jul 15, 2012.

  1. chewingonabone

    chewingonabone [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Im thinking about "upgrading" my stock 16 inch steel wheels to 2012 TRD 16 inch aluminum wheels. The wheels are a good price online, but doesnt come with tpms. Is the tpms on my steel wheels transferable to the aluminum wheels? Also, would they be the same tire size? I have plenty of tread in my tires left, so I dont want to buy new tires, just hate the steel wheels.
     
  2. Tacoma Mike

    Tacoma Mike 41 Year Toyota/Chrysler Tech/ASE Master

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    The tpms sensors have 2 different angles. One steel one aluminum. So from a correct angle you can't. However if you do a search there have been a few inventive people that have flipped them and added straps as well as disabling them and using a small tire or canister to fake the sensors.
     
  3. ABregenzer

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    There are a couple options you can look at.

    1. You could go ahead and buy some new sensors that would work the aluminum wheels. It'll cost some money though. Not sure on the exact price though.

    2. Some members have had luck rotating the sensors 180 degrees around on the wheel. The problem with this is it makes the sensor more exposed and likely to break. And it's also not a 100% sure thing that it'll work for you.

    3. Tire shops/online stores sell metal bands for tpms. They go around under the drop center of the wheel and you put the sensor in a bracket. But again, this could put the sensor in harms way when a tire shop works on your stuff. Just remember to let them know.

    4. You could just run without sensors :D

    Those are pretty much your only options if I remember correctly.
     
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    Like Mike said, there are some innovative ways, like using a small tire to fake the sensors. But then you'd have to make sure you check your air pressure every fill up or every week or so and check your tires often.
     
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    Quick question for those that have turned the Steelie TPMS 180*, will the sensor break if you get a flat tire?
     
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    Probably... though it's cheaper to pay for a replacement sensor if and when you get a flat tire, than to pay ahead of time.

    Keep in mind the sensors have a fixed lifespan of ~ 5 years before the non-replaceable battery dies.
     
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    quoted $108/sensor by my dealership last week. alloys or steelies, same price for either p/n.

    so $432 + tax + install/program = RIDICULOUS
     
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