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post #1 of 19 Old 14th August 2009, 07:39 PM Thread Starter
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Question do we need TPMS kit w/ new rims?

i was just ordering rims from tire rack... and they tell me i dont need a TPMS kit... i coulda swore we had sensors inside the tires...no?

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i was just ordering rims from tire rack... and they tell me i dont need a TPMS kit... i coulda swore we had sensors inside the tires...no?

You can used the OEM TPMS with the new rims and tires.
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im keeping the stock rims/tires together as a set... so i need a new TPMS kit for my new rims/tires? every rim/tire shop i call is giving me a different story....

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im keeping the stock rims/tires together as a set... so i need a new TPMS kit for my new rims/tires? every rim/tire shop i call is giving me a different story....
MY2006 (and earlier) does not need TPMS sensors, your stock wheels will have rubber valve stems.
MY2007 (and later) do need TPMS sensors, your stock wheels will have metal/plastic valve stems.
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MY2006 (and earlier) does not need TPMS sensors, your stock wheels will have rubber valve stems.
MY2007 (and later) do need TPMS sensors, your stock wheels will have metal/plastic valve stems.
Clyde's got you on the right track. Here's a few more details: For 2006 and before the ABS system estimates changes in pressure by measuring changes in the speed the wheel is spinning. As the wheel loses pressure it starts spinning more quickly as the diameter shrinks. That's why the car needs to be moving when you reset the TPM system - so it can recalculate the wheel spin speed. After 2007 there's actually a sensor in the wheel that reads actual tire pressure and transmits it to a receiver on the car.

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if you want to keep the stock set ready to go then you have to buy new TPMS because the tire has to be dismounted for the sensors to be removed. A new set of TPMS are very expensive however... so I just broke down my stock and use the old sensor on my aftermarket wheels.
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MY2006 (and earlier) does not need TPMS sensors, your stock wheels will have rubber valve stems.
MY2007 (and later) do need TPMS sensors, your stock wheels will have metal/plastic valve stems.
My car is MY06, so there shouldn't be a sensor, but in reading one of the stickys I saw something about a sensor for the MY 2006.5 different than the 07-10 sensors. My car is a late-build 06. Is there anyway to tell by looking at my stem if it has a sensor?


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i did some research on this over the weekend, and also ended up talking to a BMW tech at a car show yesterday.... all the info above is correct. And apparently, if you have a standard black rubber valve stem, you DO NOT have a TPMS sensor inside the tire. TPMS valves tend to be gray or charcoal colored, and are not the standard rubber material you're used to. My M5 is an early 06 model, with standard black rubber valve stems, so it does not have sensors, it uses the ABS method described above.

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i did some research on this over the weekend, and also ended up talking to a BMW tech at a car show yesterday.... all the info above is correct. And apparently, if you have a standard black rubber valve stem, you DO NOT have a TPMS sensor inside the tire. TPMS valves tend to be gray or charcoal colored, and are not the standard rubber material you're used to. My M5 is an early 06 model, with standard black rubber valve stems, so it does not have sensors, it uses the ABS method described above.
That is right. If you have the sensors, you will have metal valve stems.

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I have a 2008 M5 which im putting on Hartge wheels. My original wheels have rubber valve stems, does this mean I won't need new TPMS.
I thought 06 and earlier had rubber valve stem's meaning they don't need TPMS sensors where as 2007 and later do if as they have metal/plastic valve stems. Why would my car have rubber valve stems if it's an 08 model?

Can someone please confirm.
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