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So you actually have the intellivalve system installed? I take it that it has been working fine for you. Here in CT with our cold harsh winters, I wonder if a valve-based sensor system would be as reliable as one mounted internally. On the other hand, I agree with you in that I like things that replace something rather than adding to it. Then there's the question of reliability/longevity. Hmmm.... Decisions, decisions.
I have no such system installed, I was just commenting on the design. Sorry I was not more clear.......it does look like a 'newer' system so I don't now how well proven it is.
The other one Tirerack sells, and it has been out for a while.
 

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Temperature can be useful information, it could tell you in those rare cases a tire has an internal separation problem causing excess flexing resulting in higher temperature, I would think.

The main reason I like the Intellivale is because I like things that fit nicely into an existing assembly, or they replace something else, rather than adding additional hardware. But I am sure either system would be a valuable accessory.
So why do you like these better?

They both monitor pressure and temperature.

They both fit nicely into an existing assembly - the inside of the tire.

One attaches with a band to the inner hub, one attaches through the hole on the outer hub.

It seems to me the outer hub location would be more trouble and impact balance more. It also seems more prone to damage and wear.

I am considering getting at least one set of these systems, perhaps two. Thanks for providing your input.
 

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DaleB said:


Whatever, it's your decision....:8:
Thanks for the help.
 

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I had tried the $14.99 4 set of caps on my TL. Well it did what it is supposed to do but has some disadvantages to using it like:

1) It has to be replaced every year. The manufacturer says the o-rings on it will get used by then and it safer to replace it every year. So it is not a one time cost of $14.99 or so

2) You have to make sure that the cap is tightened all the way through, otherwise it would leak!!! Meaning somebody jealous of your MDX can loosen it a little and the tire would go flat in hour or so....

I dont recommend it.
 

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I did a little research on my own and actually sent an email to the folks at SmarTire and Intellivalve asking them why I should get their system and also to compare it to the competitors.

I got an almost immediate response from the SmarTire folks. They said they actually make two types of systems- an OEM version that is just like the Intellivalve system and then the aftermarket "band" system. They explained why the valve sensor system really needs to be developed in coordination with the mfgr whereas the other system will work with any vehicle.

I have yet to get a response from Intellivalve.

To me, it's a much easier decision now based on customer support at least. When I get a tire pressure monitoring system, it will be from SmarTire (actually their distributors like Tire Rack, etc.)

If anyone has direct experience otherwise or even better with both companies' products, I'd still be interested in hearing about it.

Ron
 
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