Thought I'd throw this up here for those of you who are cheap like me... lol
I've got new wheels ready to go on when I get my Superlift installed, and I wanted to keep my TPMS functioning and I didn't want to have the light on my dash at all times.
I check my tire pressures regularly, but it's a good back up if I'm on the road or trail and start losing pressure in a tire. It's easy enough not to notice before you damage a tire further or even a rim depending on the terrain.
I know I could have just bought the actual Ford bands or the ones off American Muscle, but here's how I made my own today for $3 each.
As most of you know, the replacement bands are basically just big 3/8" wide hose clamps. They go through 7/16" slots in the sensor cradles to hold them in place.
I started out with a box of #104 size hose clamps I got from work, only these are the marine grade ones that are completely stainless steel, including the screws.
Two of these joined together are pretty much the perfect size for a 15" rim. If you have 16" rims they MIGHT be long enough but I doubt it. You could always either join 3 smaller ones together or Breeze makes a "Make-a-Clamp" kit where you can make any size clamp you want. The only problem is that regular hose clamps that are over 1/2" diameter are all 1/2" wide.
I took a piece of 7/16" key stock and clamped it centered on the hose clamp with vise-grips and took it to the bench grinder. It's not centered below, I just threw them on quick for the picture.
Here's what they look like after. I just trimmed off enough to slide the cradle on and to leave enough room to join the clamp together.
That's pretty much it, I think they're going to work just fine. What I saved making my own will easily pay for getting my new tires and wheels mounted and balanced! Here's a couple pics of the completed clamp and how it fits on the rim. I know this is a pretty simple thing but it may help some of you looking to save a little cash on some overpriced hose clamps.
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