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Old 08-01-2016, 08:37 AM   #31
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Dr g. I had rubber valve stems for several trips on my 5th wheel. 15" tires. Worked ok but i began to see wear marks on the wheel itself where the tpms was rubbing from centrifugal force. I have switched to metal now.
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Old 08-01-2016, 08:40 AM   #32
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I would say get the TPMS system and place them on the rubber valves that you have now. Then when you have the time change the valve stems to metal. Metal stems are recommends or required by some due to the weight of the sensor and spinning it at 65 MPH over time may stress and crack the rubber stem, but this normally takes many many miles and much time.
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Old 08-01-2016, 09:23 AM   #33
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New TPMS at the start of this trip, so far 4200 miles with rubber valve stems, non-flow through sensors. I didn't have time to change to metal stems before leaving on this trip. No noticeable indications of anything wearing or rubbing so far. Now I guess I will change to metal stems when I need new tires, unless I see something that makes me think otherwise.
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Old 08-01-2016, 09:26 AM   #34
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I run my TPMS with the original rubber stems but use the metal sleeve that goes over the stem to reduce flex. I'm also running the non-flow thru sensors with the anti-theft caps removed. Very light weight that way compared to the flow through.
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Old 08-01-2016, 10:05 AM   #35
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Thanks - Now I can have piece of mind!

I bought a set of TST 507 (non-flow thru) sensors. I will see about removing the anti-theft cover and I will get metal valve stem covers for now.

Should be here Weds or Thurs this week for out upcoming trip.
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Old 08-03-2016, 12:18 AM   #37
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I would say get the TPMS system and place them on the rubber valves that you have now. Then when you have the time change the valve stems to metal. Metal stems are recommends or required by some due to the weight of the sensor and spinning it at 65 MPH over time may stress and crack the rubber stem, but this normally takes many many miles and much time.


^^^^ this...
Ran the rubber stems on a few short trips, but had them swapped for metal and balanced the tires before this big trip.


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I run TST 507 on my 3500 Silverado with rubber stems and I have 84,000 miles on truck. Never a problem


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Oh yes I take the sensors off to balance the tires, my sensors don't have the locks on


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Oh yes I take the sensors off to balance the tires, my sensors don't have the locks on


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Why take them off? They don't weigh much, but heck, I'd leave them on.
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