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Old 03-11-2008, 02:12 PM   #1
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2008 Ford w/ Hella TPMS

I learned something a while back that I forgot to share, and I am looking for a solution...

The 2008 Ford comes with a TPMS, but with wheel changes (required with the SMB 4x4) you lose that system and they replace it with the Hella TPMS. I understand that some tires are being run at a pressure that may be too high for that system... but we have a different issue.

Since the Ford system is still there, even though it is not being used, I understand that the little tire cross-section with exclamation point will be flashing whenever the van is on. (OUCH) I saw this to be the case yesterday when I got a chance to start McBeast up.

I don't really want to pay for someone to tear into the dash to remove the one light bulb or LED behind that, but I don't really want to watch that forever either. I am afraid a little piece of black tape won't work either.

Since I don't own my SMB yet, I have no Ford documentation, but I am hoping that there is a fuse for the TPMS and that this fuse is for nothing else. ...in which case we pull the fuse....

Any suggestions? ideas? possible solutions?

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Old 03-11-2008, 02:47 PM   #2
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Are you sure you cannot use the Ford system in any way with aftermarket rims? The aftermarket in rims and tires is huge, even on new vehicles- getting Ford sensors installed would solve both problems... if that's even possible.
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I had a conversation with Jonathan at SMB CA on exactly that topic. I has something to do with the way that the sensors are attached to the factory rims by bands. The bands that you get are not capable of stretching the extra length needed for the larger wheels required by the SMB 4x4.

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