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Old 10-21-2012, 08:13 PM   #1
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I have aftermarket wheels and tires.Is there anyway to get that light on the dash to turn off without buying new (expensive) sensors?
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Old 10-21-2012, 08:15 PM   #2
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Sure, remove the bulb.
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Old 10-21-2012, 08:25 PM   #3
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Or put electrical tape over it.
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Old 10-21-2012, 08:30 PM   #4
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theres no way to truly get rid of the light without buying a new set of sensors or switching over the ones from your stock wheels.
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Old 10-21-2012, 08:40 PM   #5
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theres no way to truly get rid of the light without buying a new set of sensors or switching over the ones from your stock wheels.
I thought the stock ones wont fit..
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Old 10-21-2012, 08:48 PM   #6
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it depends which wheels you have, i install alot of aftermarket wheels at work and most of the time the sensors fit fine. also if you have a 07-09 you will probly have the sensors with the metal valve stem and collar nut they might not fit, if you have a 10 - 12 with the rubber valve stem vs950 type tpms sensors they fit almost anything.
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Old 10-21-2012, 08:53 PM   #7
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+1 for electrical tape. cheapest fix around. Do this when I run the winter set.
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Old 10-21-2012, 11:46 PM   #8
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What do you mean electric tape? Where do you put it?
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Old 10-21-2012, 11:53 PM   #9
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What do you mean electric tape? Where do you put it?
Over the light, so you can't see it
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Old 10-22-2012, 12:11 AM   #10
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Over the light, so you can't see it
Probably not the answer you were hoping for. lol
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Old 10-22-2012, 12:17 AM   #11
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The tape just makes it so you can't see it. It fixes nothing other than the annoying light in your eyes. Cheap and easy...until you can afford TPMS.
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Old 10-22-2012, 12:53 AM   #12
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I have orange-electronic TPMS that are cloned to the 4 original TPMS. This way I can have 2 sets of wheels and not worry about the light. If you decide to go the orange TPMS route I have the tool to clone them for you.
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Old 10-22-2012, 07:52 AM   #13
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Probably not the answer you were hoping for. lol
Yeah that's just a bit ghetto...
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Old 10-22-2012, 01:00 PM   #14
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TPMS is a pain, but for a set of winter tires/rims, I just bite the bullet and get TPMS monitors on the 2nd set; my wife sometimes uses my car, and a warning light on the dash wouldn't go over too well, so matter how much I tried explaining it away Hurts less to spring for them when planning to hang on to the car too, I guess.

Being new to Subies, I was surprised to discover that you had to go to the dealer to get the new monitors registered with the car - my previous ride was a VW Jetta, and with that you just had to drive around for a few minutes to get the different monitors registered.

Hey - first thing I actually miss about the VW compared to my Subie lol!

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Old 10-22-2012, 01:15 PM   #15
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Hate that light
Anytime the temp here drops below 50 degrees the thing goes on. Pressure is normally fine because I will check it occasionally when it goes On. Then when it warms up it takes about 20 mins of driving til it goes back off.
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Old 10-22-2012, 01:43 PM   #16
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Being new to Subies, I was surprised to discover that you had to go to the dealer to get the new monitors registered with the car
Not only that, but the ECU can only be registered with one set at a time, which means when you switch back to your summers you're going to have to go back to the dealer and re-register it with the stock TPMS sensors. Some dealers charge up to $100 for this service, which means $200 a year to switch back and forth between winters and summers. As soon as I found out about this, I said **** it and ordered my winters without TPMS, and just deal with the light a few months a year.
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Old 10-22-2012, 01:53 PM   #17
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Not only that, but the ECU can only be registered with one set at a time, which means when you switch back to your summers you're going to have to go back to the dealer and re-register it with the stock TPMS sensors. Some dealers charge up to $100 for this service, which means $200 a year to switch back and forth between winters and summers. As soon as I found out about this, I said **** it and ordered my winters without TPMS, and just deal with the light a few months a year.

$100.00? Ouch! wow, that's a rip! I just had my winters put on at my local dealer, where I bought from, and they just charged me $15 including the swap. I had them do an oil change as well, which wasn't such a bargain; not sure if the oil change $ was a factor, but $15 seemed very reasonable to me.

But agreed, I know it'll add up doing it twice a year...

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Old 10-22-2012, 02:11 PM   #18
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Maybe we should bug cobb for a way to turn it off with the AP, or at least register the new sensors
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Old 10-22-2012, 02:14 PM   #19
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...or you can just spend $150 once and do it yourself over and over again with an ATEQ Quickset tool, which can be bought from Amazon.com here (
ATEQ QuickSet TPMS Reset Tool : Amazon.com : AutomotiveATEQ QuickSet TPMS Reset Tool : Amazon.com : Automotive
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Here's what I did when I ordered a winter tire/wheel set last week for my 2012 WRX (if you decide to just get sensors and get them installed in your tires):

I bought a set of Sparco/Enkei bronze Drifts with Micheline Alpin PA3s from TireRack. Asked them to put in the sensors and let me know the sensor IDs. Then I bought a ATEQ Quickset from Amazon. When the wheels arrived, I couldn't find the sensor IDs, so I had to call TireRack to get them (luckily they had them in the computer).

Plugged the Quickset into my OBD port, got my stock wheel sensor IDs, used the new ATEQ laptop interface which was a breeze (setup my car as a 2011 Impreza just in case), and loaded the new wheel IDs onto the box. (You can set the box up to have winter and summer sensor info). My TPMS light still stayed on.

So I read about the sensors having to be triggered because they're not turned on from TireRack to save battery power... went to Merchants tire and asked if they could go to the car with their 120mhz sensor triggering tool and just try each tire. 2 minutes later, they came in and said the light went off after they checked all four tires.


"TL;DR -- Cool Story Bro" version: If you decide to get the sensors for the light: Ateq Quickset works with the WRX/STi to switch between multiple wheels, new interface is a breeze, new sensors must be turned on once installed in the tires. The end.
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...or you can just spend $150 once and do it yourself over and over again with an ATEQ Quickset tool, which can be bought from Amazon.com here (Video Link: http://www.amazon.com/ATEQ-QuickSet-TPMS-Reset-Tool/dp/B008SCWXN4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1350929054&sr=8-1&keywords=ateq+quickset).

Here's what I did when I ordered a winter tire/wheel set last week for my 2012 WRX (if you decide to just get sensors and get them installed in your tires):

I bought a set of Sparco/Enkei bronze Drifts with Micheline Alpin PA3s from TireRack. Asked them to put in the sensors and let me know the sensor IDs. Then I bought a ATEQ Quickset from Amazon. When the wheels arrived, I couldn't find the sensor IDs, so I had to call TireRack to get them (luckily they had them in the computer).

Plugged the Quickset into my OBD port, got my stock wheel sensor IDs, used the new ATEQ laptop interface which was a breeze (setup my car as a 2011 Impreza just in case), and loaded the new wheel IDs onto the box. (You can set the box up to have winter and summer sensor info). My TPMS light still stayed on.

So I read about the sensors having to be triggered because they're not turned on from TireRack to save battery power... went to Merchants tire and asked if they could go to the car with their 120mhz sensor triggering tool and just try each tire. 2 minutes later, they came in and said the light went off after they checked all four tires.

"TL;DR -- Cool Story Bro" version: If you decide to get the sensors for the light: Ateq Quickset works with the WRX/STi to switch between multiple wheels, new interface is a breeze, new sensors must be turned on once installed in the tires. The end.
So if I buy the quickset I have to get the triggered first then after that I can do it myself every time I switch over??
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Old 10-22-2012, 04:46 PM   #21
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So if I buy the quickset I have to get the triggered first then after that I can do it myself every time I switch over??
Yep! Make sure you know the sensor IDs (if you order new rims with sensors and tires installed from TireRack, you have to let them know u want the IDs). But yes, new sensors have to be triggered ONCE to turn them on for the first time and that's it. Any tire store will have a trigger tool handy.

When you initiate the Quickset in the OBD port, it will pull the stock IDs from the ecu. Then you go back to your laptop, put in the new IDs, set them up as winter or summer wheels, go back to your car and push a button and you're done. Next season, you plug the Quickset back in, push a button, and it will reflash your ECU to your other wheels.




Sidenote, you can switch between summer/winter wheels on up to 4 different cars with 1 Quickset... Or change between 8 sets of wheels on one car if you have money like that....

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Old 10-22-2012, 05:58 PM   #22
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Or here's a cheaper option, buy the orange electronic TPMS, meet me some where, I'll clone them. Then you just change the wheels and never have to reset anything.
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Old 10-22-2012, 06:03 PM   #23
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Discount is swapping out my TPMS for 12/wheel from my stockers to the rotas.
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How much are these orange tpms?? Where can I get them
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Old 10-22-2012, 07:32 PM   #25
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So much trouble just to turn a little light off.
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