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post #11 of 253 (permalink) Old 09-07-2017, 09:50 PM
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@Harleyduo, $125 for one is daylight robbery.....I will try get the aftermarket sensors programmed at the dealership without having to pay an arm and a leg.
I will try pass by this weekend and will keep you posted.


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I find it hard to believe that Subaru would change away from a commodity TPMS sender.

I bought closeout cheap 17" alloy wheels & senders from Tire Rack. That was the cheapest place I found senders and they came installed on the wheels along with the right spacers for the car. I bought Nokians locally.

I also bought an ATEQ TPMS QuickSet at Tire Rack for $120. The tire shop had to activate the senders and read the serial numbers with their gear but I reprogram my car between the winter senders and summer senders every 6 months.

ProTip on programming the car: If you have push button start, you need to hit the start button twice with your foot off the brake to wake up the ODB-II port so you can program the car. That's "ignition on".

If it were me, I'd call Tire Rack and ask about TPMS sender compatibility and pricing. They sell a bajillion winter tire/wheel setups so they've for-certain dealt with the 2018 Outback. I'd also call ATEQ and ask about compatibility for their tool. Tire Rack didn't have up-to-date information on it when I bought mine.

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@GeoffD, do you have a 2018 outback?


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I still have an 18 OB and the whatever TPMS still paired fine. The only hard part is finding a place with the updated tools to push the info to subie 18 over OBD. BigO here just got an update but didnt install yet and no go until the tech installed the update. All paired up and good to go.
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@GeoffD, do you have a 2018 outback?

<------ Read the car ownership details

They're all 5th generation Outbacks. The differences are quite minor from 2015 to 2018. The TPMS system is not something Subaru engineered. They buy from the same suppliers as everybody else and mostly use the Toyota parts bin. They do their own custom engineering where they think they have a competitive advantage. I don't think TPMS senders is where they would spend their scarce engineering resources.
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<------ Read the car ownership details

They're all 5th generation Outbacks. The differences are quite minor from 2015 to 2018. The TPMS system is not something Subaru engineered. They buy from the same suppliers as everybody else and mostly use the Toyota parts bin. They do their own custom engineering where they think they have a competitive advantage. I don't think TPMS senders is where they would spend their scarce engineering resources.
Stop making sense, that gets you in trouble in this world

TPMS is legally required since 2008 models, pure commodity hardware: it only has to work well (and wheel!) enough, only real optimization would likely be on price.

If there are many models (I've not researched it) I wonder what the distinctions are beyond price.

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They're all 5th generation Outbacks. The differences are quite minor from 2015 to 2018. The TPMS system is not something Subaru engineered. They buy from the same suppliers as everybody else and mostly use the Toyota parts bin. They do their own custom engineering where they think they have a competitive advantage. I don't think TPMS senders is where they would spend their scarce engineering resources.


Actually as a previous owner of a 2016 and now current owner of 2018 I do not agree with you as I spent the last 2-3 weeks figuring out a solution for my 2018 With aftermarket wheels because Subaru changed the TPMS system and the 15/16/17 sensors do not work on the 18 as the 18 displays individual tire pressure on the dash. Yes the TPMS system was not engineered by Subaru, and the sensors were built by Schrader.... I had to call the customer support to get the specific details of the sensors used in the 2018.



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@Harleyduo, got all my sensors working.... Took the car to the dealership and they were able to program the sensors. If you got the schrader ez-sensor 33500, those should work fine in your winter wheels.


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Thank you Jimusoke, I had put my dedicated winter tire acquisition on temporary hold while I was waiting for the information and data to catch up with the new model year. I appreciate your being the point person on getting that researched. A big thank you from Michigan.
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Thank you Jimusoke, I had put my dedicated winter tire acquisition on temporary hold while I was waiting for the information and data to catch up with the new model year. I appreciate your being the point person on getting that researched. A big thank you from Michigan.


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