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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-12-2011, 07:13 PM Thread Starter
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tire pressure monitoring system and older subaru wheels

Im thinking about picking up a set up 16" legacy gt wheels, the "snowflake" ones. And somebody put a bug in my ear about it being possible that an older set of subaru wheels that weren't designed for the monitoring system would make it not work properly.

personally i dont think this is the case, b/c regardless of the shape of the wheel or when they were designed, the tire pressure monitors checks tire pressure and that is it. Not what its encased in.

I can understand that if i went to a larger wheel and a lower profile tire things would change a lot (i.e.tire pressure requirements and clearance issues) But in my case the only thing that is changing is the way the wheel looks, not the size. Heck im even using the same tire that I have on there now because they only have 3k miles on them

What do you guys think?

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-13-2011, 03:03 AM
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They will fit with out the need to do any thing special if the wheels use the rubber valve stem. Look through this thread, post #8 and 27 have pics of the valve stem and how the sensor sits in the wheel.
TPMS Sensor Replacement.

His - 08 X Prem 5mt
Hers - 08 X 4EAT
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ur awesome dude thank you

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With the AirAware 20008A, even wheels that use aluminum valve stems can have TPMS.

'12 2.5X Premium -hers
'11 WRX hatch WRB -his
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well, i finally got the snowflakes on my 09 forester and TPMS light comes and goes,

i have checked tire pressure, i have got the wheels re-balanced (read somewhere that it could throw interference)

any ideas

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First thing I'd do...

Try to figure out if one of the TPMS is not functioning correctly. They make "spares" for a reason.

That would be my guess. Just one is bad(inserted wrong, although not sure how you could pull that one off).
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