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post #21 of 40 (permalink) Old 06-16-2015, 12:05 PM
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Great project and great write up!

A thought that came to me while reading this post is "for a final security measure" after you have glued the top back on shrink some large shrink tubing around the sender just in case it "pops the top off" while riding. That way you won't lose the top and you can glue it back on.

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post #22 of 40 (permalink) Old 06-16-2015, 01:08 PM Thread Starter
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That's a great precaution.... I had the same thought when I first put the sensor on. I cut the finger tip off a rubber glove and stretched it over the sensor.

After I cut the top off a sensor that I had glued on, I realized there is no way this glue is ever letting go, so I didn't put the glove back on. Even if there was a pin hole where the top was glued on, the sensor would leak, but it's not coming off with this glue unless you cut it off....It's incredibly strong stuff.
An extra precaution is never a bad thing, but I don't use it now on my sensors...

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I'll be trying this when the batteries die in my sensors.
How long do your sensors normally last. Is three years a possibility?
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Two, MAYBE, two and a half years is the best I've seen from my sensors. My Dad, and a buddy of mine also have the system. Two years is pretty much the norm....and that is removing them for six months during the winter.
One of my Dad's sensors that I just replaced was a year and a half old....that was one summer, then removed for the winter, then the following summer, then dead.

I absolutely love the Doran system, but I think they are going to see diminished sales in the future unless they offer a sensor with replaceable batteries like many of the others.

When you replace your batteries, please come back to this thread and let us know how it went. I'd love to know that this thread has helped someone !

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I have five old sensors and will try this fix. I just bought two new ones in spring and already have one that is going off in mornings but works fine when I ride a little. I like having mine powered all the time because I know how the air pressure is before riding and batteries has been the only drawback and this should take care of that.


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I have five old sensors and will try this fix. I just bought two new ones in spring and already have one that is going off in mornings but works fine when I ride a little. I like having mine powered all the time because I know how the air pressure is before riding and batteries has been the only drawback and this should take care of that.


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I love the Doran system, but I think they are going to see diminished sales in the future unless they offer a sensor with replaceable batteries like many of the others.


Read somewhere that someone on this forum contacted them about the use of field replaceable batteries. They said that there were concerns about the case separating.

But other systems have field replaceable batteries and that is not an issue. It would be even less an issue if the sensors are mounted inside the tire. If separation occured the parts would be caught.

Understand that a business needs an after initial sale continueing revenue stream. But the lack of field replaceable batteries could cause the entire product line to fade as consumers go elsewhere. Field replaceable batteries are becoming the norm, so Doran may have to get on the stick and make a change. Especially as the sensors are $45 a pop.

I got 2 full riding seasons out of my sensor set. Both are dead now. Winter is approaching and the riding season ending. Tires are nearing the end of their life. Will address both issues in the spring.

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This battery thing has me thinking about a different brand system. I put new caps and they did not last long. I had a bike wreck and did not get to ride for 4 months. I had the caps off the bike to save the batteries but when I put them back on to start riding the front started to act up and now don't work.

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I tried it!

Kurt, I finally had an opportunity to try your procedure on a sensor for a friend ( I don't have a TPMS on my trike).
I used a heat gun to warm up the sensor and it was easy to cut off the cap with a utility knife.
I had no problem breaking the spot welds on the top of the battery, but although I heeded your warning about not lifting the battery too high, the solder let go on the lug. I soldered it back on, and it seemed to hold pretty good!
I installed the battery and proceeded to glue the cap back on using JB Weld Plastic Weld for Rigid and Semi Flexible Plastic.
It is an Epoxy Putty that you knead. I rolled into a worm like shape, and set it into the sensor joint and held it together in a vice!
What I didn't realize was that the joint had to hold air pressure...
I probably had a void at the point where the epoxy rope met.
The good news is, the sensor worked when we tested it. It was showing 41PSI.
The bad news was the pressure was dropping due to a leak in the glue joint.
I think it's a simple fix! I will remove the cap and re-glue it after cleaning it up.
I will likely use Cyanoactylate Adhesive (which is what Permabond 240 is). I can't seem to find Permabond 240 in Canada!
When I complete the fix, I will report back to you!.......Marcel

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I'm happy to hear your making progress.....with the right adhesive you'll be all set !
Be sure to put some type of insulator under the battery so it can't ground itself out...

Let us know when the sensor is up and running !

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