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Old 09-09-2009, 11:49 AM   #1
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aftermarket tire pressure monitor

Hi,

I thought I'd share a little...
So about a year ago I purchased an aftermarket tire pressure monitoring system from TireRack: http://www.tirerack.com/accessories/detail.jsp?ID=55
(btw: if you look closely you'll notice that the pictures ahve been taken in a P'car)

My main reasons to get it were:
a) to be able to get tire pressure readings during A/X and DE w/o having to jump out of the car after each run and start fiddling with a pressure gauge
b) as security for daily driving

So how did it work out?
Installation was easy, I just waited until it was time to mount new tires (which happens quite frequently for me ;-) and my tire guy just switched the old valves with the new sensors.
Nice convenience factor for A/X, but useless for DE. You may ask why?
Well this specific monitor not only measures tire pressure but also temperature and will sound an alarm if either is too high or too low, well that's good - right?
Generally yes, but at the end of a DE session my front brake rotors are so hot that they trigger the "hot" alarm, which will not go away until the temperature reading goes back down, and you CAN'T swhitch to the pressure reading while that happens. So useless on the track, UNLESS you look at the monitor WHILE you're driving.

But the biggest reason why I like the thing is in daily driving:
I am not the best guy in checking my tire pressure regularly but on the other hand my tires seem to be "nail magnets". So far twice I got a warning from the monitor where I had caught a mail and was SLOWLY loosing pressure.
In both cases I safely drove to my tire guy who patched the tire before anything bad could happen.

So big two thumbs up for day to day safety.

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Old 09-11-2009, 09:08 AM   #2
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Thanks, Chris. I've looked at that set-up several times.

How/where did you mount the monitor?
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Thanks, Chris. I've looked at that set-up several times.

How/where did you mount the monitor?
mounted it to the right of the steering column and routed the USB style power supply cable "hidden" below the instrument cluster and to the "power plug" behind the lower console.
I like things to be clean don't like to plug anything into the cigarette lighter

I'll post a picture over the weekend, that might make it clearer
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Old 09-11-2009, 07:37 PM   #5
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I have the same thing in my car, love it. Bought it on eBay for a better price.

I used the telephone handy plug that's under the plastic cover in front of the gear shift for unswitched power, switched power,and ground.
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Not very useful when you're doing 70 with a flat rear tire. I've had this happen twice. In both cases before I could tell the tire was flat, the sidewall was too damaged to be safe for further use.
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sorry to hijack here, paul, I just cleaned my inbox...I think you might have been trying to send me a pm?


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Not very useful when you're doing 70 with a flat rear tire. I've had this happen twice. In both cases before I could tell the tire was flat, the sidewall was too damaged to be safe for further use.
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I used the telephone handy plug that's under the plastic cover in front of the gear shift for unswitched power, switched power,and ground.
Yes, that's what I meant, I used that too to plug in the power

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