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post #1 of 28 (permalink) Old 07-19-2015, 03:59 PM Thread Starter
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Fobo - TPMS ?

Fobo Bike Bluetooth Smart Tire Pressure Monitoring System - https://my-fobo.com/product/fobobike

anyone try this system? good or bad

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Have you purchased these yet?
I was also interested in how these work!

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There is a thread with info on the other forum.... Couple guys are running them....

I'm also curious for pictures ....... I asked for pics over there...

One guys thoughts over there.... who had 2 bikes and uses FOBO and Tire Watch systems


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So I've had a few rides with the Tire Watch. Here's my pro's and con's list comparing the Tire Watch vs. the FOBO system.

I still have the Tire Watch display temporarily mounted to the upper fairing. I need to tap the triple tree nut for a better, more visible mounting solution. The upper fairing location works well for a temp solution as it's bolted in. The buttons on the display unit can be a little hard to push making a double sided tape not a good solution for mounting.



Pros for Tire Watch
* Dedicated tire pressure readout / can be good or bad. It's just one more thing to mount to your bike.
* Do not need to remove anything to add air to the tire

Cons for Tire Watch
* More expensive $184 vs $99
* Sensors do not have user replaceable batteries
* Replacement Sensors more expensive to replace. $79 each.
* Pain in the butt to install (took me all day to do myself)
* The bike has to be moving for about 30 sec to get the initial reading. You can't just walk up to the bike and get a reading. I guess that's to save battery life. This could be potentially dangerous since you'd have to ride on a low tire before you'd get the warning.

Pros for FOBO
* Less expensive
* Sensors have replaceable batteries
* Easy to install
* Bike can be static to get a pressure reading
* Can give an audio alert of low pressure when using bluetooth audio system i.e. Sena communication system
* Will give you a low pressure warning any time your within 30ft of the sensors. Will give you a warning before you even get to your bike.

Cons for FOBO
* No dedicated display. Can be a good or bad thing. My phone is already mounted, so there's is nothing extra to mount.
* Need to remove sensor to add air. Can be resolved using a T-tire valve.

This is just a quick "off the cuff" list.

One think to note. Once the FOBO sensors are linked to your phone, if stolen, they become useless to the thief as they will only work with the linked device.

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I don't get this part....

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* Need to remove sensor to add air. Can be resolved using a T-tire valve.
What's the difference between removing a sensor and a valve cap to add air?

I have the Garmin units that pair with my 590. They're actually not flawless, unfortunately -- something seems to happen that the sensors or GPS or both stop communicating every so often -2-6 times an hour, maybe. The GPS flashes a "not detected" type message, gets annoying. I *should* moan to Garmin about it but never get around to it.
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I don't know sbixby.... I don't own them, all I can do is quote txt at this point...

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Am I crazy? These valve caps that have the TPM in them, if they fail internally, you have a flat tire. I'm sure that has been all thought out, but, I would not want my tire pressure to be open to one of those devices. I do a simpler version, I check the tire pressure every morning before the ride. Is there something or a concern I'm not seeing or aware of?

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Have you purchased these yet?
I was also interested in how these work!
Matches,

yes and the FOBO system works very well. Also installed t-valves so no need to remove the TPMS just to add air. makes it so easy to add/remove air...

if you have 90degree valve stems, the FOBO will hit the front brake calipers
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Am I crazy? These valve caps that have the TPM in them, if they fail internally, you have a flat tire. I'm sure that has been all thought out, but, I would not want my tire pressure to be open to one of those devices. I do a simpler version, I check the tire pressure every morning before the ride. Is there something or a concern I'm not seeing or aware of?
FjrjrF,

If you pick up a nail on the highway (or any other air leak happens), a TPMS will give you a low pressure warning, before the tire goes flat. One rider reported getting warned just before the traffic light changed to green, possibly saving him from a dump in a busy intersection. Not much help on a major blowout, true, but for anything less, I think I would want a TPMS. Now that prices are getting lower, it seems like a good bet. Running on low tire pressures can cause a good tire to fail suddenly, or make an ordinary turn into a wild little adventure.

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Did you buy the Fobo angle valves? And did you have to re balance the tires?

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Did you buy the Fobo angle valves? And did you have to re balance the tires?
actually bought from WingStuff

I was replacing tires when I installed the valves...

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