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Not that it is a good idea I wonder if one could add a drain hole? It's not rocket surgery, just a tube made of metal. I expect a full disassembly and a peek with a bore scope would answer that question.

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10. Tire Pressure.


Have I gushed lately about how much I love my cheap Ebay TPMS!!!

Another thing you don't know you can't live without till you get it.

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10. Tire Pressure. Have I gushed lately about how much I love my cheap Ebay TPMS!!! Another thing you don't know you can't live without till you get it.
Meh. I've never seen a use case for it on any of my vehicles.

After the Ford/Firestone pickup truck tire debacle (where Firestone ate the bullet to keep the Ford contract so Ford could save face over their owners manual recommendation to run the tires at too low a PSI in an effort to make their truck chassis ride smoother like the GM suspensions did) it became more clear that too many "typical" owners weren't doing even the most basic of maintenance checks. That lead to the legislation that mandates TPMS on cars and light trucks.

Checking your PSI every time I start the day (and before any "special" run later in the day) has always been plenty for me and sure is a lot less spendy for a good gauge than some high-tech whatchamacallit. They are in all my cars now but my routine means they've never triggered.
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10. Tire Pressure.


Have I gushed lately about how much I love my cheap Ebay TPMS!!!

Another thing you don't know you can't live without till you get it.
I've been on vacation. Can you supply a link so I can assess them?

My walmart digital 'slime' tire gauge is the only one I can get my sausage fingers wrapped around and shoved up between the between the disc's. I'll be replacing tires soon and would be the time to install the T schrader assy's.

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Meh. I've never seen a use case for it on any of my vehicles.

After the Ford/Firestone pickup truck tire debacle (where Firestone ate the bullet to keep the Ford contract so Ford could save face over their owners manual recommendation to run the tires at too low a PSI in an effort to make their truck chassis ride smoother like the GM suspensions did) it became more clear that too many "typical" owners weren't doing even the most basic of maintenance checks. That lead to the legislation that mandates TPMS on cars and light trucks.

Checking your PSI every time I start the day (and before any "special" run later in the day) has always been plenty for me and sure is a lot less spendy for a good gauge than some high-tech whatchamacallit. They are in all my cars now but my routine means they've never triggered.
But isn't that what the Hardley guys say when you mention their lack of protection? "that won't happen to me". "I haven't fallen down YET."

It did happen to me, by the way. A TPMS would have saved me a harrowing ride when I hit a pothole, pulled off the off-ramp to "check out the bike" and the front tire went flat in the middle of the "off ramp" curve. You could say I might have made a better decision and pulled over right away, but I assure you, if I had had a TPMS I would have seen the pressure falling and not had that "Mr. Toads Wild Ride" experience of having a flat front tire at 50mph on a curve. Just sayin, not wanting to argue.

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I've been on vacation. Can you supply a link so I can assess them?

My walmart digital 'slime' tire gauge is the only one I can get my sausage fingers wrapped around and shoved up between the between the disc's. I'll be replacing tires soon and would be the time to install the T schrader assy's.
Hey, I dove off Stuart many times. Still have some good numbers for gray groupers.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Wireless-Mo...d=232942714438

This is the item I bought and I purchased my "T" stems through Hawkshead, a canadian company at tpms.ca.

One thing that is irritating about these cheap systems is that they turn themselves OFF after you stop riding. {I don't know how LONG after riding but you don't have to charge the thing for a LONG time so that part is good} and do NOT turn themselves ON till you have gone a little ways, so if your tires have lost pressure since you last rode, you won't know till you start to go somewhere.

This was a problem for me when I first put the system on, as my front tire was losing 2 lbs of air a day and if I didn't ride for a few days- - - - -. You get the picture. I put a new tire on, and it hasn't been a problem since then.

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TPMS has saved me a couple or three times...... there are lots of good TPMS systems out there now for like $50-80. Rupse, SteelMate, etc. Fobo a decent deal at $100. The Rupse is the same unit as the one at tpms.ca. I wouldn't be without one.

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Part of the challenge with a TPMS is finding a place to mounts the appx 1" x 1" display where it can be seen. My TPMS will flash red if it detects a drop and alarm, yeah I am going to hear that...
Well, at least it is entertaining to see what the temp rise is as you ride and toying with the initial starting pressure in order to see the 10 to 15% pressure increase so you know they are heating up correctly.

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