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Old 09-15-2016, 11:39 AM   #1
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TPMS, Aluminum Wheels & Steel Valve Stems

I'm in a market for a tire monitoring system for my trailer. Most TPMS manufacturers recommend steel valve stems for use with their products that use the stem mounted sensors. Looking online for steel stems some say that these can be very difficult to install on alloy rims. Looking at my wheels I can see there is very little clearance to get a socket on there. Has anyone installed metal stems on wheels such as these, and if so, was there any trouble doing so?
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Old 09-15-2016, 12:03 PM   #2
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The camper I have now came with metal stems but the two before that had rubber stems. I had 507 TST TPMS and I never had any trouble. My truck tires have rubber stems and I have the TST 507 on them and I have 85,000 miles on the truck and I have never had a problem. I started on this trip and I was checking the air in the Silverado and was missing one. I'll order a replacement when I get home


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Old 09-15-2016, 12:05 PM   #3
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You might be better off trying to find a system the uses the Ford type sensor. Ie one that is attached to the rim by a band around the center of the rim
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Old 09-15-2016, 02:14 PM   #4
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No way I like the TST 507


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Old 09-16-2016, 01:04 PM   #5
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Happily using the 507 non-flowthru system

After much research on this issue, I finally decided on the 507 non-flow thru system for my RV. I have rubber valve stems and have used it for several trips with no problems what so ever. The folks at Truck System Technologies worked with me and assured me that the non-flow thru sensors were perfect for rubber stems and would cause no problems. Just to assuage my fears, I purchased and installed a set of metal valve stem covers. They only cost 4 or 5 dollars for a set. Again, I have had no problems with air loss or any other problems with them. The flow-thru sensors would most likely require metal stems. I may look at that when I get new tires in a year or so. The TST 507 us an extremely good system. I love it. Happy Camping!
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Those wheels look similar to the wheels on our trailer. I used Haltec TV-575-HP stems on mine (ordered from Grainger). The nut is recessed but does not need all that much torque so you can tighten it with non-standard methods (tweezers or needle nose pliers for example).

There are also metal stems that insert from the outside and the nut is placed on the inside of the rim. example... Vs-8 - BlackJack Tire Repair

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Old 09-16-2016, 02:34 PM   #7
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I visited some tire shops today and they told me the pictured valve stem should work. It seems a little short but I was told it should be the same length as the rubber stem I have now. Now to order the TPMS. I think I will go with the TST 507 with cap sensors since many people have used it successfully.
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That stem actually looks long to me, but I did intentionally search out the shortest stems I could find in an effort to keep the sensors from sticking out of the wheel too far.

I ordered my TST507 through infotechrvsolutions ($220 for 4 sensors). They were drop shipped directly from TST. Mine arrived without the installation tool. I emailed Infotech...they nearly instantly apologized and called TST who sent out some tools the same day. Great service from both companies. I chose to order from Infotech as they were slightly cheaper than the TST listed price. I have heard of people calling TST directly and getting price matching from them.
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I use them on rubber stems with no problems....so far
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