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Old 07-06-2011, 12:00 AM   #11
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Do you have to install the steel stems for the TST system?
These are highly recommended in any case; but for a TPMS they are almost mandatory. With the pressure cap in place the centrifugal force at 60 MPH will bend the rubber ones until the cap touches the rim. This is VERY hard on the stem and the pressure cap.

I took mine off completely because the TPMS (supplied as a VERY expensive option) was bending the rubber stem to the point it was leaking. I now have steel stems, but never bothered to put the supplied TPMS caps back on because they only alerted at 25 PSI. Since I had C rated tires running 50 PSI (before I upgraded to D rated ones) they were damn near useless. 25 PSI is a blowout already happened.
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Old 07-06-2011, 05:55 AM   #12
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Question - do tires need to be removed from the rims to install steel stems?
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Old 07-06-2011, 06:26 AM   #13
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Yes. I took mine to Big O and they installed the four new stems, balanced the tires (all four where way off balance) and filled the tires with nitrogen.

Cost was about $60.

They jacked up each side of the TT with two floor jacks. One side at a time. I also made sure they torqued the lugs to spec.
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Old 07-06-2011, 07:45 AM   #14
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Yes. I took mine to Big O and they installed the four new stems, balanced the tires (all four where way off balance) and filled the tires with nitrogen.

Cost was about $60.
I had the steel stems installed and tires balanced on all 4 of my trailer trailer tires with a 80% nitrogen fill for $36.
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Old 07-11-2011, 05:31 AM   #15
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Update - I'm taking her in for steel stems this coming Saturday. I'm ordering a new wheel simulator and extenders from my dealer (he is far, far away but can get them for me and ship - and wow, they are impossible to buy "online"). I will also be purchasing a TireTraker system.
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Old 07-17-2011, 11:15 AM   #16
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Update - I'm taking her in for steel stems this coming Saturday. I'm ordering a new wheel simulator and extenders from my dealer (he is far, far away but can get them for me and ship - and wow, they are impossible to buy "online"). I will also be purchasing a TireTraker system.
Update #2 - stems had to be ordered; so I take her in next Sat. for the installs...
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Old 07-18-2011, 12:53 PM   #17
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so are both of your stems going to be easily accessible when you are done and ready to roll?

i have to change the dually stems on my bus.. they are steel and nubs and you have to have a special air chuck to get on to fill or even check the pressure!
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Old 07-18-2011, 04:46 PM   #18
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so are both of your stems going to be easily accessible when you are done and ready to roll?

i have to change the dually stems on my bus.. they are steel and nubs and you have to have a special air chuck to get on to fill or even check the pressure!
Thanks for asking; yes, I will also have valve extenders as necessary, and then my TireTraker system on top of that!
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Old 07-20-2011, 10:36 PM   #19
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Update #3 - Dealer ordered wrong stems; since I'll be out of town next weekend now I'll have to wait two more weeks until metal stem install.
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