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    TPMS sensors

    I am getting my TPMS sensors replaced but am wondering if the technicians need the whole bike or can this be done with just the wheels and tires, in other words without the bike. Do they need to sync them with the bike's computer or is this automatic and no software or link up is require? If the latter, I will wait to do the front and get a few more klicks out of that tire.
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    You need to sync them to your bike.
    It can be done with a GS911.
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    Thanks, that's what I thought. Two new tires then! Going to be an expensive day.
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    Out of curiousity, how long did your TPMs last?
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    I need mine replaced too. The cost is ridiculous $475.50 installed. Batteries lasted 7 Years 3 months.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Atomicman52 View Post
    I need mine replaced too. The cost is ridiculous $475.50 installed. Batteries lasted 7 Years 3 months.
    Ouch! That makes pretty expensive batteries....

    Mine didn't come with TPMS and a retrofit would have costed something like $800 in parts only.

    I installed a 3rd party TPMS and the wheel sensors use calculator batteries that I can replace myself for less than $5 each

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    Quote Originally Posted by Atomicman52 View Post
    I need mine replaced too. The cost is ridiculous $475.50 installed. Batteries lasted 7 Years 3 months.
    How many miles did they last? I was wondering if battery usage is more tied to the transmitting of data for each mile run.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dann View Post
    Ouch! That makes pretty expensive batteries....

    Mine didn't come with TPMS and a retrofit would have costed something like $800 in parts only.

    I installed a 3rd party TPMS and the wheel sensors use calculator batteries that I can replace myself for less than $5 each
    Which system did you go with?
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    I think many of us who own motorcycles that are aging are about to get quite a shock when we have to replace these tire pressure sensor parts. I did a quick search from the official BMW parts source in Canada http://www.parts.bmwbikes.ca quoted the following prices - admittedly the 'sticker/sign' probably is not necessary but the total cost without installation would be $463.75 CAD.

    RDC sensor for front wheel

    1. Sensor. RDC 36318532732 $235.00 CAD
    2. Pin. RDC 36238521833 $11.75 CAD
    3. sign "TPC" tire pressure control 71217698971 $4.50 CAD

    RDC sensor for rear wheel

    1. Sensor with valve. RDC 36318532731 $185.00 CAD
    2. Repair kit, tire pressure monitor valve. RDC 36318520871 $23.00 CAD
    3. sign "TPC" tire pressure control 71217698971 $4.50 CAD

    No mention of the CR2032 (lithium) battery because it is soldered/welded inside the sensor. Also not sure how difficult it would be to perform the change oneself.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bogthebasher View Post
    I think many of us who own motorcycles that are aging are about to get quite a shock when we have to replace these tire pressure sensor parts. I did a quick search from the official BMW parts source in Canada http://www.parts.bmwbikes.ca quoted the following prices - admittedly the 'sticker/sign' probably is not necessary but the total cost without installation would be $463.75:

    No mention of the battery but perhaps it is included with the sensor? Also not sure how difficult it would be to perform the change oneself.
    This guy shows how to replace the batteries... But it's quite a task.

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Mpjz0cDjnK4

    I think I would just buy replacements when the time comes....

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    Quote Originally Posted by schmails View Post
    This guy shows how to replace the batteries... But it's quite a task.

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Mpjz0cDjnK4

    I think I would just buy replacements when the time comes....

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    Yes agree, i just saw the video and looking at the comments after one should get batteries that have a welded tab since soldering directly to a battery not easy or reliable.
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    The sensors "live" in a really harsh environment, subject to lots of shock and vibration and temperature extremes. I'd think battery life and life of the rest of the components is pretty similar ... making battery replacement alone not worth the effort. Once again, neither BMW nor anyone else is trying to "screw" you with high prices. This is the cost of doing business---divide by 7 for cost per year.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BMW_Ken View Post
    Which system did you go with?
    I'm using the Steelmate TP-90
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    Quote Originally Posted by lkchris View Post
    The sensors "live" in a really harsh environment, subject to lots of shock and vibration and temperature extremes. I'd think battery life and life of the rest of the components is pretty similar ... making battery replacement alone not worth the effort. Once again, neither BMW nor anyone else is trying to "screw" you with high prices. This is the cost of doing business---divide by 7 for cost per year.
    Cost of my system divided by 7 comes up to $1.47 / Year vs the OEM at $66.75/ year.
    I think that BMW has a big interest in not making the batteries serviceable.

    Even changing the entire system (Monitor + 2 sensors) would only come up to $17/ year

    Like I said before, these are very expensive batteries.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dann View Post
    I'm using the Steelmate TP-90
    Does your front wheel have the valve stem coming out the side of the wheel? I have heard that some of the sensors that scre on the valve stem will interfere with the brake caliper on the front wheel.
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