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Old 08-20-2019, 02:50 PM   #1
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Interesting...TPMS CAN be used on rubber stems?

Hi Team,

I purchased the TST System from Airstream Life at the International Rally. Figured I would have to get metal valve stems.

Just noticed on the box it says:

"EASY INSTALLATION"
"(FOR USE ON RUBBER OR METAL VALVE STEMS)"

Kind of surprised to see that on the outside of the box.

The caps do appear to be much lighter than my previous sets.
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Old 08-20-2019, 02:52 PM   #2
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Well....I wouldn't. Regardless.
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Interesting....I brought an extra one for the spare tire and it is noticeably larger than the other 4. Appears not to be the same version as the ones in the kit.

Leads me to think TST feels comfortable making the rubber valve stem statement due to the reduced bulk of the sensor.
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Recently had 2 blowouts and had to use spare with rubber valve stem, TST sensor worked for a few miles and then went to "zero". I assume that it did not like the rubber stem. After tires were replaced and all had metal stems, I reinstalled the sensor and it worked fine.
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I have 5000 miles on my TST system with stock rubber stems for what itís worth. Metal is, Iím sure, a better idea and what Iíll do when replacing the tires.
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I tried mine on rubber stems. It became clear that the 'wobble' was causing them to rub the wheel rim. I went to metal stems.

Maybe they've made them smaller....I'd like to see a picture of your new ones.
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Our TST worked with rubber stems for over15000 miles before we changed to metal stems when we got new tires. Below about 60mph towing speed the rubber stems did not seem to bend enough for the stems or sensors to rub on the wheels. Above 60mph, they did, eventually causing one rubber stem to chafe to the point that the internal brass insert was exposed, this needing immediate valve stem replacement.

My advice, keep your speed below 60mph if using TST with rubber stems.
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Just had the spare wheel powder coated and a new GYE installed at GY....most important consideration, a high pressure metal core rubber coated stem.
Just 'cuz it looks like rubber does not mean it is.👍

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Just had the spare wheel powder coated and a new GYE installed at GY....most important consideration, a high pressure metal core rubber coated stem.
Just 'cuz it looks like rubber does not mean it is.👍

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Here is the problem with rubber core metal stems.....in my case, I had 3 of them flex and separate, not in the stem area, but at the rubber flange area where they mount to the rim. In other words, they split at the base of the stem. HP rubber doesn't fix that. All failed within 5 or 600 miles of each other in SW summer heat.
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