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    Adding TPM to an '06 K12GT?

    Hi folks-
    I've been digging around on several forums (this one, k-bikes.com, BMWLT, etc.) looking for info on adding tire pressure monitoring to my '06 GT.
    I'm getting conflicting info. Some say it can't be done (actually, that their BMW dealer refuses to do it) and some say it's pretty easy.

    Does anyone here have experience with this addition? I'm assuming that it's not a simple valve stem swap, and that the wheels will need to be rebalanced afterwards.

    I'd love to hear the experiences of those who have added this option after purchase.

    Thanks,
    Rob
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    Rob - if you are thinking about OEM TPM you are probably out of luck,

    The reason is computer and software - both of which BMW will unlikely provide.

    If you are looking at the aftermarket - there are several options available.

    What they usually consist of is a special valve stem with a pressure circuit and transmitter with a reciever section which mounts on the dash or handlebar.

    The pressure is detected by the device and transmits the signal to the receiver which displays it usually in PSI.

    You need to break down the wheel and install it sensor/transmitter assembly.

    Yes it will have to be rebalanced.
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    I'm very pleased with the Doran TPM, and have mounted mine externally.

    www.doranmfg.com

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    Good replies, thanks!

    Has anyone added the stock TPM to a GT? There is a page on the onboard computer for the data, but it only shows the dotted lines.
    IIRC, the TPM and ASC were part of the "safety package" option. I'm wondering if I can purchase the needed parts and install them. I'm not opposed to doing the work (I actually like it), but am concerned about the price.

    I had read on another forum that one owner claimed that the addition of the ASC was a $400 job at a dealer. If this is the case (with the ASC), then I would guess that the parts would be something like $150-$200, the rest labor.
    But in that same thread, it was mentioned that the dealership would absolutely not add the TPM. And it made me wonder why?

    As much as I like the aftermarket products, I would really prefer to have the BMW TPM if possible. And the ASC would be nice if possible.
    I'm going to poke around at a dealership and see what the techs say about it. Since the bike is long out of warranty, I'm not worried about that either. They may also have a policy prohibiting the sale of this stuff to a consumer (to avoid future litigation), and I guess I can understand that.

    If it turns out that it can be done, I might look for a wrecked GT to scavenge the necessary parts from. But that's a last resort, and these systems aren't something I absolutely need...I just want them.

    Thanks again for the aftermarket replies, there is every possibility that I'll go that route if I end up lost in my other efforts.
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    Problem solved...

    The '06 GT is gone, and I picked up an '08.
    It has ASC and TPM.
    Thanks for the advice!
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    Easy way out!!

    Congrats on the new bike!
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