Tyre pressure/temp monitor cheap

Submitted: Monday, Mar 20, 2006 at 22:16
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G'day,
A post on another forum has promped me to think about these monitors again. A quick search and came across this-

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/TRUCK-RVS-UNIVERSAL-TIRE-WHEEL-PRESSURE-SENSOR-MONITOR_W0QQcmdZViewItemQQcategoryZ33746QQitemZ8047561869QQrdZ1QQsspagenameZWD2V

Looks good to me. Our vehicle is loaded full time and spends a fair bit of time with 3 tonne hanging off the back so may be a goer. Should be under $150, haven't done the sums properly.
Matt
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Reply By: ACDC - Monday, Mar 20, 2006 at 22:29

Monday, Mar 20, 2006 at 22:29
They look very sus!!
No specifications.
Made in China.
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Follow Up By: Member - Crazie (VIC) - Tuesday, Mar 21, 2006 at 08:21

Tuesday, Mar 21, 2006 at 08:21
Find something not made in China today?
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Follow Up By: Bonz (Vic) - Wednesday, Mar 22, 2006 at 22:27

Wednesday, Mar 22, 2006 at 22:27
umm my 4 kids.............. hahahaha
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Reply By: Member - Troll 81 (QLD) - Tuesday, Mar 21, 2006 at 03:03

Tuesday, Mar 21, 2006 at 03:03
I have been looking around for months and I am going to get one of these I think.

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Follow Up By: PK Eildon (VIC) - Tuesday, Mar 21, 2006 at 12:51

Tuesday, Mar 21, 2006 at 12:51
Any idea how they go if you have to put in a tube. Rubbing on clamps, etc.
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Follow Up By: Member - Troll 81 (QLD) - Tuesday, Mar 21, 2006 at 13:04

Tuesday, Mar 21, 2006 at 13:04
Dunno mate, my guess is that it will damage the tube somehow. So it's probably not a good idea.
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Follow Up By: ACDC - Tuesday, Mar 21, 2006 at 18:33

Tuesday, Mar 21, 2006 at 18:33
Beware they are poor quality!
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Follow Up By: Member - Troll 81 (QLD) - Wednesday, Mar 22, 2006 at 02:57

Wednesday, Mar 22, 2006 at 02:57
ACDC are you talking about the ebay one or the US one?
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Follow Up By: ACDC - Wednesday, Mar 22, 2006 at 18:34

Wednesday, Mar 22, 2006 at 18:34
The one's on ebay are in the USA but made in China i know of a company that tested them and they reported they were very poor quality and very short battery life, i think they are not even made anymore this is just old stock being flogged off so be careful and ask questions first!
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Reply By: Member - Crazie (VIC) - Tuesday, Mar 21, 2006 at 08:23

Tuesday, Mar 21, 2006 at 08:23
Hi Troopy

Have been looking at them over the last few nights, look very similar to others on the market and on ebay. Think I worked it out to be about $130 landed.

Half temped.

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Follow Up By: TroopyTracker - Tuesday, Mar 21, 2006 at 19:08

Tuesday, Mar 21, 2006 at 19:08
Crazie,
You go first hey?? ;-)
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Reply By: turbopete - Tuesday, Mar 21, 2006 at 11:26

Tuesday, Mar 21, 2006 at 11:26
both of the units r probably o. k. the china is most likely a copy of the usa one or the usa one is the china one

wonder what happens when tyre pressures are dropped for sand work
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Follow Up By: Member - Troll 81 (QLD) - Tuesday, Mar 21, 2006 at 13:04

Tuesday, Mar 21, 2006 at 13:04
As far as I know and can work out the alarm will just go off and the warnings will go on and I assime you can just silent it by pressing a button or something.
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Reply By: Member - Drew T (VIC) - Tuesday, Mar 21, 2006 at 15:49

Tuesday, Mar 21, 2006 at 15:49
I reckon these monitors are a great idea .. wrecked a tyre on my last trip from driving on it too long before i noticed it was flat!

Anyone in Vic interested in doing a bulk buy & share the postage costs?
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Follow Up By: PK Eildon (VIC) - Tuesday, Mar 21, 2006 at 20:19

Tuesday, Mar 21, 2006 at 20:19
I'd be tempted, but reading through blurb, says nothing about alarm. Maybe when you hear flump, flump, wablle, bang, you press the button for relevant tyre and it tells you it's flat. If that is the case, a bit pointless really.
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Reply By: Member - Roachie (SA) - Tuesday, Mar 21, 2006 at 21:04

Tuesday, Mar 21, 2006 at 21:04
My problem with all these systems (at least the ones I know of) is that there is a maximum of 4 tyres which can be monitored. I'd only be interested if the system could monitor 9 tyres (6 on the ground at any given time, includes camper, plus the 3 spares). I include the spares in the equation as if/when you want to use a spare it'd be a PITA having to take a monitor out of a flat tyre and then put it into a perfectly good spare.
For the price they are asking, I reckon the system leaves a lot to be desired at this stage.
Cheers
Roachie
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Follow Up By: Geoff M (Newcastle, NSW) - Tuesday, Mar 21, 2006 at 21:33

Tuesday, Mar 21, 2006 at 21:33
Hello Roachie,
I contacted Ballina Tyre and 4WD BT&4wd a few months ago about the Sensa Tyre units.
Through them I swapped a few emails with their supplier. The gist of it is they'll have a six tyre unit any time now.
When they can source a suitable display the next is a ten tyre unit.
Their supplier did come up with a valid comment. He's prepared to do a deal on the four and six input units if you buy two sets. He'll also throw in a remote antenna for the trailer units.
His thoughts on this are you can switch off/remove the second system when you're not towing.
If you're interested I'll dig out and MM you the correspondence.

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Follow Up By: Member - Troll 81 (QLD) - Wednesday, Mar 22, 2006 at 03:01

Wednesday, Mar 22, 2006 at 03:01
Roachie

I am pretty sure you can just buy extra sensors. They only activate once the tyre starts moving
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Follow Up By: Geoff M (Newcastle, NSW) - Wednesday, Mar 22, 2006 at 05:29

Wednesday, Mar 22, 2006 at 05:29
Hi Troll81,
You can buy extra sensors and according to the man from Sensa Tyre they each have a unique serial number. As you say they do not transmit until you reach 5km/h.
Only flaw with the four tyre unit is they will only monitor the four programed wheels but in Roachies case will ignore the other two wheels (Say the trailer) unless you buy two of the four wheel displays.
When you fit a spare you have to know the sender serial number of the wheel you are fitting to "tell" the display about it or that wheel will be ignored and the removed one will still be monitored. Or at least that channel of the display will sit there waiting for the removed wheel to exceed 5km/h.
Around the same time I sent some questions to a couple of EBay sellers about buying extra wheel sensors. They to a man (woman) came back with the same answer, "I dunno, doesn't say anything about that on the box"

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Follow Up By: Member - Troll 81 (QLD) - Wednesday, Mar 22, 2006 at 06:13

Wednesday, Mar 22, 2006 at 06:13
HI Geoff

Thanks for the info. I am going to email these guys in the US and see what they say. Will let you know
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Follow Up By: Geoff M (Newcastle, NSW) - Wednesday, Mar 22, 2006 at 07:33

Wednesday, Mar 22, 2006 at 07:33
Thanks Troll 81 that'd be much appreciated.

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Follow Up By: PK Eildon (VIC) - Wednesday, Mar 22, 2006 at 08:09

Wednesday, Mar 22, 2006 at 08:09
Found this. You have to read down to second type of display unit. Does up to 20 tyres (might be enough)

a href="http://domain.com/path"http://www.autron.com.au/newweb/index1280.htm/a
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Follow Up By: PK Eildon (VIC) - Wednesday, Mar 22, 2006 at 08:11

Wednesday, Mar 22, 2006 at 08:11
That didn't work

Just copy & paste

http://www.autron.com.au/newweb/index1280.htm
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Follow Up By: Geoff M (Newcastle, NSW) - Wednesday, Mar 22, 2006 at 08:43

Wednesday, Mar 22, 2006 at 08:43
Hi PK,
I've looked at the Autron.
For me at least the user interface was clunky and "industrial" it lacked the finish and professional look of the LC Display units.
Others may and probably will have a different opinion.

Thanks for the links,

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Follow Up By: PK Eildon (VIC) - Wednesday, Mar 22, 2006 at 09:00

Wednesday, Mar 22, 2006 at 09:00
Don't know if it helps, but if you look further, they have a new 52mm standard display guage now. Look under new product releases.
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Follow Up By: Member - Troll 81 (QLD) - Thursday, Mar 23, 2006 at 09:25

Thursday, Mar 23, 2006 at 09:25
Hi Geoff

I got a email back from the guys. You get 4 in the setup and you can buy extra sensors, but they only sell them in pairs and that's $169 US for the pair....it's getting a bit expensive for me I think.
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Follow Up By: Member - Roachie (SA) - Thursday, Mar 23, 2006 at 09:37

Thursday, Mar 23, 2006 at 09:37
Yep, gotta agree.....sounding kinda expensive to do it the way I'd be happy with...(ie: separate sensor in each tyre....and I've got 9 to do; or 11 if I include the other 2 interchangable ones on the 7x4 box trailer). When I consider the fact that to date I have NEVER lost a tyre through blow-out (I've probably just jinxed myself!!! hahaha) and a new tyre is around $300-, why would anybody want to spend over $1,000- getting a system like this all set-up? Great idea, but too many $$$$$$$$$ for my liking.
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Follow Up By: PK Eildon (VIC) - Thursday, Mar 23, 2006 at 09:43

Thursday, Mar 23, 2006 at 09:43
Agree. Good idea, but too expensive.
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Follow Up By: Member - Troll 81 (QLD) - Thursday, Mar 23, 2006 at 09:58

Thursday, Mar 23, 2006 at 09:58
I am going to keep searching till I find something I like. I found this site but I don't like the display and the sensors screw onto the valve's
another link
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Follow Up By: PK Eildon (VIC) - Thursday, Mar 23, 2006 at 10:58

Thursday, Mar 23, 2006 at 10:58
'Tis better. Works out at c.AUD$500 + freight for 4 tyre system. The valve stem system has some
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If tyre (sorry, tire) has to be changed, easy to put sensor over to spare.
Faulty sensor, easy to replace.
You don't have to pull tyres apart to alter things.

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Maybe susceptible to damaged.

Although some sort of anti-pilfer collar, can be stolen. Perhaps unlikely unless they can get to unit as well. Would also need to know what it is.

assume they would balance up alright with sensor on, but if you removed them when say in possible theft areas or damage likely areas may affect balance.

Possible, but keep looking LOL
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Follow Up By: Member - Roachie (SA) - Thursday, Mar 23, 2006 at 11:42

Thursday, Mar 23, 2006 at 11:42
I was concerned about the possibility of them being flogged too....mongrels will steal the eye out of a needle these days, even if they don't know what something is good for!!!

However, you wouldn't really need to have them on the vehicle around town I'd say,.....just screw them on when you head off on highway and bush trips. Probably remove them when you air down to go on sand or other rough terrain (to avoid them being ripped off and they'd only give you false warnings at those times anyway.

Looks like the sensor is a throw-away item once battery goes flat. I couldn't see how much the replacement sensors are to buy?

Still gunna work out expensive, but you'd only need as many as the number of tyres you have on the ground.....unlike the other system where you have have enough to put on your spare tyres too.

Could be a goer.
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