wireless tyre pressure monitors

Submitted: Monday, May 26, 2008 at 21:55
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Ive been looking at buying a wireless tyre pressure monitor, just wanted a bit of feedback on them and are they worth the money?
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Reply By: Member - Willie , Sydney. - Monday, May 26, 2008 at 22:34

Monday, May 26, 2008 at 22:34
Me too . I want them for my dual axle caravan . I will be interested to hear the feedback .
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Reply By: Member - The Crow (QLD) - Monday, May 26, 2008 at 23:05

Monday, May 26, 2008 at 23:05
I have Sensatyre set up on my Cruiser and van . They have only been on a month so time will tell. They a working well at the moment. The big test will be in 8 weeks when we head off to the Kimberley.
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Reply By: Member - JohnR (Vic)&Kath - Monday, May 26, 2008 at 23:23

Monday, May 26, 2008 at 23:23
Julio, I bought a set from a popular electronics store that was mentioned a few weeks ago and they will be going back. They take the temperature and all but they are supposed to wake up with movement. Thing is the movement they wake up to is really only a severe jolt. I had one in the car and it set off the alarm at zero pressure on one pothole, though it didn't set the other tyres going! :-((((

I found another wholesaler selling a virtually identical system on the net and visited him in Sydney. He has a different system I am trialling with monitors on the valve stems. A bit vulnerable perhaps but they seem to monitor pressures well. The temperatures look unreliable though but as long as the pressures are correct I would prefer that. It takes a special tool to remove the tranmsmitter

The system I am trialling would cope with up to 32 wheels and has an external antenna so would work on a B-Double. Dual axle trailers and caravans no difficulty
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Follow Up By: Member - John - Tuesday, May 27, 2008 at 06:31

Tuesday, May 27, 2008 at 06:31
John, G'day, what size are the transmitters, about the size of a $2 coin? Thanks in advance. John
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Follow Up By: Member - JohnR (Vic)&Kath - Tuesday, May 27, 2008 at 21:55

Tuesday, May 27, 2008 at 21:55
Haven't actually measured them John, but perhaps a little larger. They may be a bit vulnerable and the look of the receiver is like the other one I had but different firmware obviously. Extended antenna too
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Reply By: Member - Wim (Qld) - Tuesday, May 27, 2008 at 07:18

Tuesday, May 27, 2008 at 07:18

I have been running smartire for for some time now.
Seems reliable.
Big test in six weeks. We will have 5 weeks on dirt.
If they save me trashing one tire they will be worth it. Not just from a tire cost standpoint but from the inconvenience of loosing a spare.

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Follow Up By: Bob of KAOS - Tuesday, May 27, 2008 at 20:26

Tuesday, May 27, 2008 at 20:26
Hi Julio

I run smartire too.

It went well until I had new tyres fitted in Kalgoorlie last year and despite warnings they managed to rip the senders apart with the tyre machine.

I agree with you about the system paying for itself.

Hay River last October.

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Reply By: Member - barry F (NSW) - Tuesday, May 27, 2008 at 08:59

Tuesday, May 27, 2008 at 08:59
Howdy Julio, We could not afford the type of unit you are talking about, so purchased a flat tyre detector for our dual axle van.
It's simple in design & easy to install and cost about $180.00 twelve months ago.
I am not sure that it would save the tyre in the event of a flat, but at the very least it would warn us a little earlier than without it & hopefully prevent further damage to the van.
Their website is www.aussietowmate.com Cheers
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Reply By: Member - Mick O (VIC) - Tuesday, May 27, 2008 at 20:42

Tuesday, May 27, 2008 at 20:42

I've had the sensatyre on the Patrol for two years and it has performed faultlessly. Very valuable tool when doing a lot of outback travelling. The temp monitor is great when on the better dirt roads.

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Reply By: ExplorOz Team - Kerry W (QLD) - Wednesday, May 28, 2008 at 01:09

Wednesday, May 28, 2008 at 01:09
Another product worth checking out -the Tyredog they were advertising on the site before Christmas but still have a listing in our Directory and some ads under tyres. Havn't used them personally but they have had good reports, have a small sender that fits on the valve.

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Reply By: Wayne (NSW) - Wednesday, May 28, 2008 at 05:49

Wednesday, May 28, 2008 at 05:49

I have a set of Tyre Dog wireless tyre pressure monitoring system.

There is a monitor that can be placed on the windscreen of stuck to the dash. Can run on AAA batteries or plug into 12v power.

The dust caps are removed from the tyre valves and replaced with screw on transmitters. They are marked, (FL,FR,RL,RR) so that they go on the correct tyre to match up with the monitor.

It can take a couple of minutes to receive the signal from the tyres but it will show when a signal is being received. It will also show when the battery in the sender unit is getting low.

The low pressure warning can be set as well as the high temp warning. This warning is in the form of a beep as well as visual.

I have 2 spare tyres and was going to get a set of 6, which I think that they have out now. When I thought about it I only have to monitor the tyres on the road and if I have to put the spare on or change tyres all I have to do is swap the sender unit form one tyre to the other. If I need the tyre repaired or changed I take the sender unit off so there is no loss or damage by the tyre fitter.

I had them on the last Vic High Country trip I was on and the alarm went off. Checked the offending tyre and there was a slow leak. If I had not had the Tyre Dog monitor on the tyre it would have gone flat, and the tyre could have been damaged beyond repair. As it was the tyre only got as low as 25psi before the alarm went off and I was able to change the tyre while it still had air in tyre. Fitting the jack under the axle when the tyre is flat is a real pain but with the tyre sill partly inflated it was a lot easier and safer.

The Tyre Dog tyre monitor has paid for itself already.

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Reply By: ZYLUX - Monday, Jun 02, 2008 at 11:32

Monday, Jun 02, 2008 at 11:32
Hi guys,
Just an update for you all on the TYREDOG system.
The six wheel kit which is in high demand should be available by early July. We have recieved word that production is starting and we look forward to accommodating everyone who wants to monitor more than 4 tyres.

We all hope your enjoying the TYREDOG, and we welcome any feedback, questions or suggestions you may have, you can also checkout www.tyredog.zylux.com.au for updates.

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Reply By: Member - Roachie (SA) - Monday, Jun 02, 2008 at 12:31

Monday, Jun 02, 2008 at 12:31
I have a set I bought from Derek (Sidewinder).... They are called Jett 400B and you can monitor up to 22 separate tyres all at the same time.

It works very well, but I am a total dunce when it comes to pressing buttons on machines and I find it a real challenge when I have to reduce tyre pressures for off-roading etc and I end up just switching the system off altogether.

That's not a system fault, it's just the user!!! hahaha

The senders are attached to the end of the valve stem and as such, could be considered vulnerable to rock strike etc. For this reason, I plan to have all 8 of my wheels (2 spares plus 2 on the camper trailer) drilled close to the spokes so I can mount the senders separately and then I'll be also able to use the little locking set-up that came with them.

The senders are about 20mm diameter.
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