Tyre pressure monitors

Submitted: Tuesday, Jun 28, 2005 at 12:28
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After a close shave with a tyre problem on the weekend, I have decided
to look at the tyre pressure monitors.

Was wondering if they can also do the trailer, would it need a second system?

Saw one at the show which looked compact and fairly simple to operate.

Has anyone fitted one? Any experiences or advice?

Cheers
John

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Reply By: Member - Troll 81 (QLD) - Tuesday, Jun 28, 2005 at 12:50

Tuesday, Jun 28, 2005 at 12:50
I was looking for something like this a while ago but could not really find anything useful on the web apart from they are expensive
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Reply By: Member - Bernard - Tuesday, Jun 28, 2005 at 13:24

Tuesday, Jun 28, 2005 at 13:24
John - I have been looking and researching tyre pressure/temperature monitors for the last two-years -- local, imported and overseas purchased. Some will only do four wheels, some will do six and allow for extra units to monior trailers and caravans.

As always it's a matter of you get what you pay for. However, I've decided to go with the TyreAlert system from AWDTechnologies, a division/part of a well known organisation at Berrima in southern NSW and which has "Diesel" as the second word in its name. It's Australian made (by AWDT) and is one of the most reasonably priced that I've been able to find.

For a six-wheel set up I've been qouted $580 fully installed plus $60 for specialist tyre fitting -- all fitting will be carried out while I wait (for a few or more hours ... hope there's a good cafe nearby!)

Although six wheels have sensors, I'll be having a five-wheel monitor as there's no sense in monitoring the off vehicle sixth wheel. But if changed on to the vehicle it is automatically picked up by the monitor.

I'm just about due to change all six tyres, so am waiting a few more miles before I have the set up fitted with the new tyres.

You can see the whole set up on http://www.awdtech.com.au/tyrealert.html or email on andrew@awdtech.com.au -- they will supply direct to you on order ... I don't know if they have other suppliers but you could ask.

Hope this helps,

Bernard
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Follow Up By: Member - John (QLD) - Tuesday, Jun 28, 2005 at 15:58

Tuesday, Jun 28, 2005 at 15:58
Thks for that Bernard. Apprec it.
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Follow Up By: Max - Sydney - Tuesday, Jun 28, 2005 at 21:30

Tuesday, Jun 28, 2005 at 21:30
Mate - Berrima has got great cafes. Just keep the credit card under tight control in all the beaut shops or you will find the sensors are the cheap bit!

The shoppies in the town just love that company - they do injector services same day too.

:-) Max
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Reply By: Bob of KAOS - Tuesday, Jun 28, 2005 at 14:59

Tuesday, Jun 28, 2005 at 14:59
I have the Smartire 4 wheel system. They also do a six wheel one. It cost me about $150 on eBay and is one of the best bits of kit I have ever bought.

Someone said "expensive". Even at $580 you only have to save two tyres and its paid for itself, without factoring in the added safety, and the peace of mind you get from being able to constantly monitor the pressure and temp in each wheel and be warned as soon as either drifts outside selectable limits.

I am surprised they haven't really taken off. As I said, its one of the best bits of kit I've ever put on the vehicle.

Next time I'll go for the six wheel setup. My only criticism is that you have to remove the tyre to take out the sensor and transfer to another wheel. I reckon a device that screws in through the rim or sits in the valve stem would be better. A valve stem jobbie could also be used on tubed tyres.
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Follow Up By: Member - John (QLD) - Tuesday, Jun 28, 2005 at 15:58

Tuesday, Jun 28, 2005 at 15:58
Thks Bob
are they a regular thing on ebay or was it a one off?

John
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Follow Up By: Footloose - Tuesday, Jun 28, 2005 at 16:41

Tuesday, Jun 28, 2005 at 16:41
Try their home page

Cheers
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Follow Up By: Bob of KAOS - Tuesday, Jun 28, 2005 at 16:41

Tuesday, Jun 28, 2005 at 16:41
I haven't looked for over a year. Just search under Smartire, and leave a search request.
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Reply By: Muddy 'doe (SA) - Tuesday, Jun 28, 2005 at 15:05

Tuesday, Jun 28, 2005 at 15:05
I am also interested in these systems but will wait a little while for more product to show up in our market. I expect that this will happen sooner rather than later as the worldwide market for these systems in increasing all the time, due in no small part to the fact that these systems will soon be a mandatory fit on most new vehicles in the US after the firestone debacle.

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Muddy
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Reply By: KiwiAngler - Tuesday, Jun 28, 2005 at 15:16

Tuesday, Jun 28, 2005 at 15:16
Smartire Webpage USA

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I have installed the "Smartire' system about 14 months ago and it is excellent. The system can monitor up to 20 sensors.

I have 4 on my Toyo, 2 on my boat trailer and 6 on my caravan.

Not sure what a previous poster means by 'having to remove the sensors to put onto other wheels" - perhaps he will respond.

All you do is get the sensor put onto the rim, take note of its colour code and put the clour code onto the trre valve. Then all you do is 'train' the receiver to find the sensors.
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Follow Up By: Member - John (QLD) - Tuesday, Jun 28, 2005 at 16:00

Tuesday, Jun 28, 2005 at 16:00
cheers KA
that's sounds the go.
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Follow Up By: Bob of KAOS - Tuesday, Jun 28, 2005 at 16:46

Tuesday, Jun 28, 2005 at 16:46
Kiwi
I got the Mk I system with four sensors. If I trashed a tyre and wanted to move the sensor to another wheel I would have to remove the tyre first. I haven't had to do that as I haven't had a puncture. If I had sensors already fitted to my spares that wouldn't be an issue.
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Follow Up By: KiwiAngler - Tuesday, Jun 28, 2005 at 18:23

Tuesday, Jun 28, 2005 at 18:23
Bob

ok mate...now I understand
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