tyre pressure

Submitted: Thursday, Mar 18, 2004 at 22:23
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Was at the 4WD show tonight and saw these things http://www.tyrealert.com.au/tyrealert.html
I thought they might be a good investment since I recently got new tyres and they cost a fortune.
Has anyone used these before? If so did you have any problems?
Cheers,
Jono
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Reply By: Mad Dog Morgan (Geelong) - Thursday, Mar 18, 2004 at 22:39

Thursday, Mar 18, 2004 at 22:39
Just keep a good eye on your pressures. You don't need them, spend the $500 on fuel.
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Follow Up By: Baz (NSW) - Friday, Mar 19, 2004 at 10:02

Friday, Mar 19, 2004 at 10:02
VDO thats the best, very acurate used it when racing bike's tyre pressure's very critical on 2 wheel's.

Baz.
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Reply By: Member - StevenL - Friday, Mar 19, 2004 at 00:19

Friday, Mar 19, 2004 at 00:19
What are the best tyre pressure gauges - most reliable and accurate?????

I have seen the pen type ones where the measure guage comes out the end. Are these any good?

StevenL
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Reply By: ross - Friday, Mar 19, 2004 at 01:59

Friday, Mar 19, 2004 at 01:59
Steve the pen types are fine as long as they are quality and are kept clean.Ive got a 30 yo one my dad gave me that is still good.Ive also got one I paid about $20 for with a dial but after 3-4 years it due for replacement.
I like the dial as it is easier to read especially at night.
There are some around for $30-$40 but they look identical to my 20 dollar gauge except for the brand.
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Reply By: ross - Friday, Mar 19, 2004 at 02:17

Friday, Mar 19, 2004 at 02:17
I just had a look at the "tyre alert" and it looks a little pointless to me.$500 would get you top quality compressor and a bit of change left over for an extra spare tyre.
Much better investment than the tyre alert which seems a little overpriced.
My prediction is you will see these for $100-$150 in a year or so.
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Reply By: srowlandson - Friday, Mar 19, 2004 at 07:53

Friday, Mar 19, 2004 at 07:53
I think they have a market for performance vehicles, and camper trailer etc.

Not much chop for the 4x4 market in general.

Get yourself a good dial tyre pressure gauge. Look after it, and don't knock it around

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Reply By: jonojeepster - Friday, Mar 19, 2004 at 08:08

Friday, Mar 19, 2004 at 08:08
Thanks for the replys. I suppose a compressor might be a better investnet at first but I think these would be good to have too. I kinda like the idea of being able to monitor the pressure and temp in real time and I wonder why vehicles don't come with these as standard. Maybe they will soon. I mean we have a whole lot of other guages as standard for things which we wouldn't check as often as tyres. I hope the price keeps dropping, the tyre alert ones are about half the price of the others I have found.
Jono
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Follow Up By: Member - Gajm (VIC) - Friday, Mar 19, 2004 at 09:46

Friday, Mar 19, 2004 at 09:46
They sure look flash, theres another type here http://motorcare.com.au/smartire.htm But not much good if you want to run tubes, wouldn't have been a bad idea when i still had the bike
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Reply By: davelivo - Friday, Mar 19, 2004 at 11:04

Friday, Mar 19, 2004 at 11:04
Its funny - coz after my last trip to the cape and back (return via the centre) and 2 shreded tyres (between 4 vehicles), this exact idea was brewing in our heads - we thought - we wont tell anyone - and patent the idea.

However - 6 months after we came home - there they were for sale (someone must have stolen our idea!!!)

These devices are designed to detect a puncture and alert the driver before it becomes a flappy piece of rubber attached to your rim.
I think they're a great idea - especially on big trips - where muliple shreded tyres can mean the difference between a good and a bad trip. I can hear you all saying you should pay more attention to a potential flat tyre - but to be honest - on really rough roads - its bloody hard to tell!!- The good part is that they can be moved from car to car - they're not model specific.

I heard that such devices were originally designed for trucks - as when they pop a tyre it can be thousands.

Having said that - I haven't shelled out for a system yet - maybe when my numbers come up on Tatts this week. Guess they have to save at least 2 tyres to pay for themsleves - but then again - whats a trouble free trip worth?

- Dave out
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Follow Up By: Davoe - Friday, Mar 19, 2004 at 15:34

Friday, Mar 19, 2004 at 15:34
I have had 3 flats in the last year- I knew they were flat because they went BANG pheeeeeeew all tyres were d.o.a so with a tyre alert it not only would have taken up the $500 i i have spent on tyres but I would have had to turn the thing off to stop it beeping and reminding me another $180 was down the drain (I am not actually mad i really do think tyres should be changed as often as oil)
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Follow Up By: Member -Bob & Lex (Sydney) - Friday, Mar 19, 2004 at 16:39

Friday, Mar 19, 2004 at 16:39
Truck tyres ar'nt that dear, but you are right they were invented for us truckies. even better now as they have 1 that monitors the pressure & inflates it via the compressor if it has a slow leak but dos'nt help if you get a blow out.
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Reply By: cokeaddict - Friday, Mar 19, 2004 at 21:08

Friday, Mar 19, 2004 at 21:08
You guys are kidding me right?
$500.00 for what i think is an extension to screw onto a tyre valve?

Do these blokes think we are really that stupid?

Correct me if im wrong ok..maybe its more that what i described
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Follow Up By: jonojeepster - Sunday, Mar 21, 2004 at 00:32

Sunday, Mar 21, 2004 at 00:32
No they are not just like those brass things...what's the name?? These have a digital display thing and sensors in each tyre and one for the spare. Went back to the show today and asked if it could work with a caravan and was told it was no problem. I ordered one and should have it next week. Will post some feedback when I get it.
The show was ok but I think they should have more demonstrations. I prefer the one at Rose Hill since it's outdoor and they at least have some demo's. The video of the offroad challenge at one of the stands was great with some pretty wild hill climbs and the fishing stuff was ok too.

Jono
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