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Old 04-11-2016, 05:02 PM   #11
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You are correct. The internal sensors are accurate for pressure and temp but are more expensive than the external ones. External sensors are just a reference value that does allow monitoring temp but not with the accuracy of the internal ones. I believe the metal stems provide a better indication of tire temp changes but that is very subjective.
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Old 04-11-2016, 05:10 PM   #12
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I called TST and was told I didn't need the metal stems


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Old 04-11-2016, 06:24 PM   #13
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Sorry but never said required but recommended.

If you ask them about flo-thru vs caps they will tell you the flo-thru are about 1 1/2" long and weren't really designed for trailers. They were originally for dually tires. After reading this forum I ordered them but when I found out how long they are from the factory I changed to the caps and glad I did. Having to take them off is no different than taking the valve cap off to add air.
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Old 04-11-2016, 06:56 PM   #14
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I added some sticky foam gasket designed for around doors or windows to stem cold air leakage between the rubber stem and my aluminum wheels, about 1 inch worth. It is fairly thick, maybe 1/2 inch or so. The idea was to prevent the stems from pulling in toward the wheel while running at fast speeds. Have only had them on since last September, but now have over 6000 miles on them and they do work well. I am going to have new metal stems installed when I get new tires and then will not need the foam.
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I added some sticky foam gasket designed for around doors or windows to stem cold air leakage between the rubber stem and my aluminum wheels, about 1 inch worth. It is fairly thick, maybe 1/2 inch or so. The idea was to prevent the stems from pulling in toward the wheel while running at fast speeds. Have only had them on since last September, but now have over 6000 miles on them and they do work well. I am going to have new metal stems installed when I get new tires and then will not need the foam.
I bet that is a pretty sight.
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not sure what you expect to see with the foam I suggested, so I ran out in the rain to take a picture as we all know a picture is worth a thousand words... if you cannot see the foam that is because it is hidden by the tire valve...
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MacGyvering sometimes has benefits. Minor potential for balance issues but i can see where it would get you down the road a little farther until you're able to have stems replaced.
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I can attest to the above (have pics if not believed..).. Painted my rims black. One trip South to VA and I can see where the paint was chipped off from them bouncing.. Two dead sensors later after the Florida trip.. no more rubber stems..

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I can attest to the above (have pics if not believed..).. Painted my rims black. One trip South to VA and I can see where the paint was chipped off from them bouncing.. Two dead sensors later after the Florida trip.. no more rubber stems..

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Ok ok... I opened myself to that one.. I am at work until 7am and the pics are at home on the computer .. Sorry you will need to all Bute your nail in anticipation until about 8 or so..

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