So has anyone taken the steps to fit one of the aftermarket Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems? And if so would you care to comment on your research, purchase and operating experience?
There seem to be three main players. Hella's TC-400 at $219
Orange Electric's P409S
And 3rd Eye
Note: SmartTire, one of the pioneers in retrofit systems no longer sell or support passenger car systems
, though I wonder why one of their RV systems
couldn't be used if you wanted to.
also offers a system..
Orange Electrics seems to be dedicated to TPMS system research through racing and other avenues, and supplies sensors for a large number of OEM systems. This would seem to indicate a level of refinement that may be a step above some others. Their Display also allows all four tire pressures to be displayed at once, but is a bit big and clunky looking in my opinion, and not sure where I'd consider mounting it...
Hella is of course a long standing player in the vehicle electronics field, and also supplies a number of OEM's, though it is my understanding from reading around that their system has been redesigned due to issues a couple of times. The Hella Display only allows one tire pressure/temperature to be viewed at a time, and has a separate control box that needs to be mounted within the vehicle, in addition to the display. Again, not a fan of the Display design aesthetics, and not sure where I'd consider mounting it...
The 3rd Eye system seems a bit sketchy based on their home website, and limited distributorships. Maybe it is just me, but I'm concerned as a result about its reliability, particularly from the standpoint of the stem sensors. Their display also shows only one tire's information at a time, however, it is the slickest looking display in my opinion, and looks like it could mount nicely right above the rear view mirror, or under the dash lip and almost look OEM...
Open to any and all experiences, and even opinions. Thanks...