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Old 09-12-2016, 04:35 PM   #1
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Aftermarket TMPS?

Dug through 3-4 years of threads and didn't see a mention of it. Has anyone added a TPMS to their bike, and if so, what was the result? I don't mean just the low pressure light/alarm. I mean one with a real time temp and pressure display. Lots of different models out there, and the prices vary as widely as the reviews. Only constant seems to be that the system requires metal valve stems due to the weigh of the caps.
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Saw that one. Only issue would be using phone for GPS alongside Fobo. Definitely an either/or thing since no split screen. Would rather have a dedicated display.
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avoid steelmate. tried some on my car but the pressure displayed was always 2-3 psi lower than acutal
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Saw that one. Only issue would be using phone for GPS alongside Fobo. Definitely an either/or thing since no split screen. Would rather have a dedicated display.
You wanna watch your pressure/temp? really?

Its neat to.....oh, you dont have a phone mount on the bike ,do you?

I use my Note as a GPS, before I got this Shuberth, the FOBO would let some extremely annoying sound enter my ears...(Sena 10).

Android phones can multi task....maybe save yer $ and go Android
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Its neat to.....oh, you dont have a phone mount on the bike ,do you?



I use my Note as a GPS, before I got this Shuberth, the FOBO would let some extremely annoying sound enter my ears...(Sena 10).



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Pressure, yes. Don't really care about temp, but figure there's no point in half assing it.

I use my weatherproof GPS case to hold my phone. No way to manipulate my phone in that thing.
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cant say I didnt try.

And Temp is about as important as pressure. Combine them both to find the optimal pressure. Just sayin'.
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Only constant seems to be that the system requires metal valve stems due to the weigh of the caps.
Even TPMS that have plastic or rubber caps have metal stems.
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Even TPMS that have plastic or rubber caps have metal stems.


Thought that was because the TPMS assembly threads in and rubber doesn't make for good threads. These aftermarket systems are just valve stem caps with a transmitter. Looks like the metal stem would be for supporting the weight of the cap, that these cases.
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Thought that was because the TPMS assembly threads in and rubber doesn't make for good threads. These aftermarket systems are just valve stem caps with a transmitter. Looks like the metal stem would be for supporting the weight of the cap, that these cases.
Oh, so the transmitter is in the cap with the aftermarket version
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Oh, so the transmitter is in the cap with the aftermarket version

Yessir. Looks like it presses the valve core down to get the reading. Most of the mixed reviews come from either the caps leaking or the amount of time spent in motion before they transmit a reading.
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Saw that one. Only issue would be using phone for GPS alongside Fobo. Definitely an either/or thing since no split screen. Would rather have a dedicated display.
Nope. FOBO has a overlay that shows the pressure over the top of whatever you have on screen. So no more excuse.
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Nope. FOBO has a overlay that shows the pressure over the top of whatever you have on screen. So no more excuse.
Hmm...will have to look into that. Seems that FOBO is claiming their system works on rubber valve stems, too. Found a few vids from a guy that did new install, 6 month, and 8 month reviews of the system. Says the only issue is battery life, so he went with rechargeable batteries. I may have just found something else to spend money on.
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You can leave it expanded or press the logo and it collapses. Shows temp too. This is an older version that showed all 4 and recently they updated and made it only show 2 when on motorcycle.
don't use on rubber, replace with T valves they offer.
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What if I told you that in the long long ago, many cold times have come and gone. People had these little things called air pressure gauges that would reliably check air pressure without the use of multiple electronic sensors.
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What if I told you that in the long long ago, many cold times have come and gone. People had these little things called air pressure gauges that would reliably check air pressure without the use of multiple electronic sensors.
While in motion? Man...I'd sure like to see that. How would one accomplish this? Is that like the Saudis that changed the tire on the FJ Cruiser while driving? I don't really like wheelies or stoppies, so I'm not sure I could pull it off.

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Why not just check before you ride? If the tire light comes on while your riding in the middle of nowhere how would it be any different if you didn't have it? You would still have to pull over and call somebody with a truck to come pick up the bike. A tire sensor will not prevent a flat. Motorcycle tires don't hold very much air. 33 psi in a bike will leak out 10 times as fast as 33 psi in a truck tire. Not worth the money IMO
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I like mine because everytime I walk into the garage, my phone tells me what the pressure is, no need to bend down and check. Also, has pre-set values for under pressure, so if tires are low, anytime I am near it informs me of such. Is it earth-shattering? Nope, but checking the rear on the FJR is not real easy with bags on so it sure is convenient.
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Why not just check before you ride? If the tire light comes on while your riding in the middle of nowhere how would it be any different if you didn't have it? You would still have to pull over and call somebody with a truck to come pick up the bike. A tire sensor will not prevent a flat. Motorcycle tires don't hold very much air. 33 psi in a bike will leak out 10 times as fast as 33 psi in a truck tire. Not worth the money IMO

Checking them before a ride tells me nothing about PSI growth during the ride. Tires will cool down and lose pressure in a long straight after twisties. It'd be nice to know what the tires are doing in real time.
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