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About Sensors when upgrading wheels...

Benelli12

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Hello everyone.

I've been a member for about a week or two now and have done quite a bit of reading up on the process for upgrading wheels due to the sensors that can throw the system off when upgrading your wheels.  I recently just ordered (should be here next week) my first set of new rims/tires for my truck and was a bit worried I would run into trouble with it.  I know some are running their new wheels without sensors installed, but have heard this is not good to do either.

Anyway, I placed a call to my dealer today to ask about this and they said to simply bring the truck in with the new tires, and they could install the sensors in the new tires for me and it would run about $50-$60 to do all 4 tires.  While I'm not sure I'm happy about paying $60 every time I switch out my tires each year, at least I'll have the assurance of having it done correctly.... anyway, just thought I would pass on the info to those that were lurking like me and don't know what to do or if they should buy rims or whatnot.

 
I'd see about buying 4 more sensors, and leaving them installed in both sets of tires.  At worst, your cost for the "relearning" the different sets of 4 sensors after you swap the tires out should be cheaper than the actual labor of having them swap tires / rims / sensors out each time, but ask the dealer to see.
 
That's actually a great idea.... I just don't know it if can be done?  If it can, it certainly sounds like the way to go though :)
 
I just put on 22" rims and 305/40 tires. ?Tim at All Tires and Rims 2U in Kissimee, FL did the tire and rim change out for me, used the original sensors, relearned and charged me nothing (of course I did make the purchase from him).
I did quite a bit of research and asked a lot of questions before I made the move to upgrade. . . most places wanted all kinds of cash to replace the old sensors (which are not that old if you have an 07).
Personally I think its a scam and it's not as big of a deal as most dealers and tire people want you to think. ?
My advice is to call around before you pay anybody to put in new sensors that you probably don't need, and if and when the originals fail worry about it then. ?You still may still pay a small fee for the relearning( you need a 'special' gun for that). ?Good Luck.

fyi. . . my av is a bermuda blue ltz and it just looks seriously badass with 22 chromes and 305 tires and it rides BETTER than it ever did. . . do not delay, get those upgrades on!!!!
 
When I upgraded from the stock 17s to my 20s, Tire Engineers took care of me and did the same thing chillisox was talking about. They took my sensors out of the 17s and put them in the new 20s. I paid 100 bucks, 25 dollars a tire, that was for removing the 17s, mounting and balancing the 20s removing the sensors and installing them in the 20s. Hopefully you can find a place that will do that for you w/out you having to go back to the dealer. Good luck, and you will love the new shoes when you get them on!
 
chillisox said:
I just put on 22" rims and 305/40 tires. ??Tim at All Tires and Rims 2U in Kissimee, FL did the tire and rim change out for me, used the original sensors, relearned and charged me nothing (of course I did make the purchase from him). ?
I did quite a bit of research and asked a lot of questions before I made the move to upgrade. ?. ?. ?most places wanted all kinds of cash to replace the old sensors (which are not that old if you have an 07). ?
Personally I think its a scam and it's not as big of a deal as most dealers and tire people want you to think. ??
My advice is to call around before you pay anybody to put in new sensors that you probably don't need, and if and when the originals fail worry about it then. ??You still may still pay a small fee for the relearning( you need a 'special' gun for that). ??Good Luck. ?

fyi. ?. ?. ?my av is a bermuda blue ltz and it just looks seriously badass with 22 chromes and 305 tires and it rides BETTER than it ever did. ?. ?. ?do not delay, get those upgrades on!!!!



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just took some this morning, got some hi temp cherry red paint for the brake calipers but have not got to it yet. i didn't get any closeups of the wheels but they are 22" American Racing Trench 620 series with Nitto 420s 305/40's. this is a fairly economical package running about 2400 bucks including installation (and the tpms changeout). I toyed with the idea of putting on 305/45's but they rubbed just a bit too much for me.

this truck also has a magnaflow catback, airaid ca intake, airaid throttle body spacer, kenwood in dash dvd/sirius/stereo with garmin nav. , piaa extreme white high beams, low beams, and drl's, fogs were replaced with hella angel eyes with h3 piaa bulbs. I've got chrome tow hooks and front and back polished aluminum replacement bowties but I've also got a busted collarbone so they are gonna have to wait.
 

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Thanks for all the great info, everyone.... I can't wait to get my new shoes on when they arrive!  This will be my first ever pair of rims (I never had the money when I was younger to play around like I am now)..... I turn 31 next month and all my friends think I'm losing my mind for installing ridiculous stereos, tinting windows, flowmaster exhausts, and now buying 22" chrome rims...... they may be right, but I'm having fun with it!  >:D
 
Benelli12 said:
Thanks for all the great info, everyone.... I can't wait to get my new shoes on when they arrive! This will be my first ever pair of rims (I never had the money when I was younger to play around like I am now)..... I turn 31 next month and all my friends think I'm losing my mind for installing ridiculous stereos, tinting windows, flowmaster exhausts, and now buying 22" chrome rims...... they may be right, but I'm having fun with it! >:D
Go for it dude, (y) you have bitten by the MOD Bug.  I've just put in 24" and I love the new look and stance of my "newborn" AV. 34 yr old and my wife thinks the same as your friends. But you know our vehicle is our toy for grown-ups.  You only live once, Keep Modding.....
 
OOps!! and as far as the sensor well
AVcop778 said:
When I upgraded from the stock 17s to my 20s, Tire Engineers took care of me and did the same thing chillisox was talking about. They took my sensors out of the 17s and put them in the new 20s. I paid 100 bucks, 25 dollars a tire, that was for removing the 17s, mounting and balancing the 20s removing the sensors and installing them in the 20s. Hopefully you can find a place that will do that for you w/out you having to go back to the dealer. Good luck, and you will love the new shoes when you get them on!
what he said


 
I'm with GTO on that Benelli12...GO FOR IT!!! Since 01 when I bought my first Av(and everybody said it was the ugliest truck on the road), I've lost track of the time and money I've spent, but I've definitely never regretted a minute!!

cough up some pics when you get those shoes on.
 
Just got the rims/tires in today and they look awesome.... I've never had rims on a vehicle of mine before, so this is extra exciting to me and can't wait to put them on.  I'm tempted to put them on in the driveway today, but think I better wait for the dealer to do it so they can flip the sensors out.  I'll post some photos when I'm done so you can see that and the tailgate, new stereo, and tinted windows.... the rig is coming along nicely!
 
nice 24's, i like that style...i prefer a little more wall so i went with 22's. lots of options for everyone when you got an av!!!
 

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Benelli12 said:
...While I'm not sure I'm happy about paying $60 every time I switch out my tires each year, at least I'll have the assurance of having it done correctly...


  you would think.  some of those techs do crappy work.  too much rush to get to the next vehicle, lack of attention to detail, etc.  hopefully you never experience that.
 
whats up

I have an 07Avl and i put 22" on it in february  i haven't had any problems untill  i had them rotated last week , and the computer is still reading the sensors as if they didn't change so i took my truck to my dealer and they just got a letter from GM saying that 07 avalanches a :help:re not supost to have any thing larger than 20"s its said that its messing up the whole computer system even if you keep the wheels and tires diameter the same as the stock wheels.
so now i'm tring to find out if theres a place that has this programme that can fix it if any
 
You can fix this yourself..... read the manual where it tells you how to reset the sensors.... it's very easy and you can do it in your driveway in under 5 minutes!
 
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