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post #1 of 48 Old 05-07-2014, 09:12 AM Thread Starter
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Anyone use a TPMS Tire Pressure Monitoring System?

Last year, pickup truck beside me honked pointed at my back tire and said, "your tire is flat!" Drove real slow to a gas station it was a pancake. Filled up the tire, then drove home, filled again then off to the dealer, it was an embedded screw, and got the tire replaced.

I do check pressure periodically and give the tires a good kick before I ride. I did notice that I could flat foot easier and was wondering why at the time, I was lucky was in town and no long highway driving.

Thing is, this probably happened while riding and I want to look into a TPMS system, has anyone used them before? Any suggestions?

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I've looked around myself for something non-obtrusive. I wish the Zumo 390 was out when I got the 350, since it has an integrated TPMS (you just have to buy the sensors).
I've also looked at this one. The only thing keeping me from buying it, has been having to put another electronic gizmo on the handlebars...

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Something to consider when doing the TPM is the cost of repairs when the battery dies. The units on my BMW were, to me, prohibitively expensive.
There are sensors that replace your valve cap that may be satisfactory.
It's a great idea but a pricey farkle. An oft used 10 dollar tire gauge might be the poor man's alternative.
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For the Garmin, do you need to buy one of the GPS systems? I agree with the obtrusive comment BKP. Would really like to have one though my Android Note 3 phone as I use that as my GPS, Music, etc. I dont want another display on my handle bars if it can be avoided but, that large screen one looks good but running out of room now.

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Something to consider when doing the TPM is the cost of repairs when the battery dies. The units on my BMW were, to me, prohibitively expensive.
There are sensors that replace your valve cap that may be satisfactory.
It's a great idea but a pricey farkle. An oft used 10 dollar tire gauge might be the poor man's alternative.


Think I found your problem right there

So, that Garmin thing, assuming you have the appropriate Garmin Nav, doesnt look bad. Simply screws on the valve stem, sends pressure data to the unit. Uses standard batteries that cost under $3 each, can be bought at Wal-Mart, and are user replaceable

. http://www.batteriesinaflash.com/coi...br1225-ecr1225

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Check the oil level, chain tension and TIRE PRESSURE before every ride.
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I have valve stem caps that show the pressure is at 35 psi. $10.00 I think.

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I have been using the Tyredog TPMS on my car for years and I think they are the best invention ever, with the warnings they have given me I have been able to choose where and when I fix a puncher, they will give a low pressure warning you can then keep a eye on your pressures and drive to a safe place or as in my case each time I have driven to a service station were I pluged the tyre and used their compressor to inflate the tyre again.

the hand unit uses 12v or AAA batteries and last around 8 months, the sender unit batteries are about $2each and last me about 12 months, because the unit goes to sleep the amount you drive will determine the battery's life.

On my bike I use the TPMS brand, it does not seem to be the quality of the Tyredog but it works just fine, if you do a seach on this forum you will find photos and posts from me about this unit.

In OZ Dealextreme have the car unit for $142, that is less than the cost of one tyre and this unit will stop tyre damage so it will very quickly pay for itself and on a bike it could be a life saver.

ps: before I got the bike unit I would take the one off my car and fit it to my bike for any long rides and I have had no problems with rubber valve stems even at 200kph.
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