Oricom TPS9 Tyre Pressure Management System Review – 6 months on

A good number of months ago now, I did a review on the Oricom TPS9 Tyre Pressure Management System (you can check it out here).

If you remember, the one gripe I had at the time was that the display faded when left out in the heat, although this didn’t affect the performance of the unit in any way.

The issue I saw with the unit

That aside though, I thought the unit was fantastic, and I really liked that it was cable free, and so compact.

Anyhow, I’ve now used the TPMS for over 6 months, and here’s what I’ve learned:

The locking nuts are a pain

The unit as standard comes with a set of locking lugs for each sensor and a dust boot. In reality, when dropping and raising pressures regularly , that lug has proved to be very annoying. So much so that I’ve taken them off and left them in the glovebox…

The lack of cables is still awesome

I love how clean the unit is on the dash with no cables, and I’ve never seen the battery drop below full on the unit either. Given the other accessories in the truck, its nice to be cable free

The display issue hasn’t affected performance

In the 6 months since installing, the unit has worked as described, despite the strange colour when the unit gets really hot.

I understand the pressure changes much better

Having the ability to see my tyre pressures, I’m much more aware of the increases I can expect in pressure based on the load I put on the vehicle, meaning I can better manage the right pressure for the weight I’m carrying.

Overall, I’ve been so happy with the unit that I’ve decided to add it to our Safety Shop. You’ll now find it here to buy.

Standard retail is $249.00 for the unit, although members of the Safety Shop will get the unit for $236.55, and Policyholders can buy it for $199.20

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  1. Liked the review of the TPMS.
    Can you tell me what is the lowest tyre pressure that can be set for the alarm function?
    If you are travelling in sand then you may want it NOT to alarm at 10 PSI.
    If 20 PSI is the minimum, then the alarm is going off continually.
    This is a real nuisance as you only want it to go off at 6 Psi.

    I t would be good to know the answer!

    Regards,

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    2. Hi Allan, I bought two of these, one for wifes car and one for me. Tested range by removing my rear wheel sensors to the 2 whhels on my single axpe caravan – worked a treat. If I were you, I would just buy 2 sets, there are well priced. Just have two displays one just for the van. When not towing, leave it there or simply remove the display.

      Re the nuts, yep – pain the the ar$e. Like others, I just removed them as they interfere with attaching some tyre inflators at some servo’s. Love the low profile of the display and NO leads for display, still on full charge from solar.

  2. Or exactly the same unit without Oricom logo is available on ebay for $20 which I bought 12 months ago plus another four as gifts for friends and all are working great. I can buy ten more for the cost of this one.

    1. And support another Chinese knock off company?
      Do you also complain why Australian industry is going up the creek? Perhaps wonder why Australian companies are finding it tough?
      Maybe you’re unhappy the government doesn’t do more, and wonder why?

      1. Im glad you think these units are made in Australian factories!
        I use the money I save to support the local cafe’s employing young Australians so it all goes the same way – a bit abroad, but most spent here.
        Oh, the ones I got the display doesnt fade in the sun which is where they must differ.

    2. That’s a huge premium on the many varieties / brand names of this unit available direct from many Chinese mail order advertisers here in AUS probably all made in the same factory in China. Just shows the markup you need here to stay in business with employment tax, workers comp, super and long holidays with pay all unlike our competitors.

  3. We’ve done over 35,000km off-road towing in 2018 – 2019 with our system (including the Canning Stock Route last year) and having sensors on the trailer gives great peace of mind. Back in 2002 we destroyed a tyre coming out of Dalhousie Springs on the camper (courtesy of someone who had smashed up their poly pipe under the van and left the bits all over the track) – we might have saved it if we had some warning of it going down.

    Our current vehicle is a V6 Amarok with a built in tyre monitoring system but having the tyre pressures and temperatures always on display gives advance warning of any impending problems rather than waiting for an alarm to go off. It also enables monitoring the temperature and pressure increase when driving which tells you whether your pressures are right for the conditions.

    Couple of tips for using tyre monitoring systems:

    You don’t need the lock-nuts – agree with Aiden that they are a pain and after the 2018 trip (Savannah Way, Gibb River Road, Mitchell Falls, etc.) I stopped using them. Haven’t lost a sensor yet and the only time one came loose the sensor went off before we lost it (this was on the way in to Purnulu when still using the lock nuts – shocking track in 2018).

    If you have long valve stems (which the T-Van had) add some rubber tubing from Clarke Rubber or the like to the base of the stem to stop it flopping about.

    If your rims have flanges on them you may have to use 90 degree valve extensions to fit the sensor – we went to 17″ rims last year and had no valve stem or tyre issues in the 20,000km trip (worst road was actually the public section of the Tom Price Railway Road – worse than the Gibb).

    Some of the cheaper sets off eBay don’t have particularly good transmitters so if you want to use a set on the trailer without a repeater you may have trouble – the brand we use works well with even large trailers and no repeater (I swap them to trailers I am towing) and can have up to 16 tyres being monitored (it cycles through each tyre with a visual display of location, pressure and temperature).

    You also want a version that is water proof – no point drowning them in a river crossing.

    They also permit running safely with a slow leak – we developed a very slow leak at the start of the Nullarbor last year and drove all the way back to Melbourne via Cook and the old Eyre Highway by just pumping the tyre up each morning (lost about 5psi during the day).

    Well worth the investment – brand I bought also has local backup and buying a spare sensor is also worth doing (or buy two sets off eBay as an alternative). Horses for courses I guess (and I run them permanently on the car – lot cheaper than doing a tyre).

  4. How easy is it to set the unit for different pressures? Airing up or down for the highway or bush for example – is it a tedious change or easy?

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      Hi Kerri,

      It isn’t too hard to change actually. You can check out the manual at oricom.com.au if you like for full details

      Aiden

    2. Hi Kerri,

      you don’t have to change the tyre monitor when airing up or down – just the tyre pressures. You remove the sensors and use a tyre deflator to lower the pressure and a compressor to do the reverse (in WA some spots like the entrance to Francois Peron National Park even provide an air up/air down station for you).

      It does pay however to turn the tyre monitor off before doing this – if you don’t want an alarm going off the whole time while you are airing up or down.

      We now use Staun Tyre deflators as a quick way to air down (but also have a quality ARB tyre deflator and a digital pressure gauge) and a Bushranger compressor that makes quick work of pumping back up six tyres.

      We change pressures based on the type of terrain – on the Canning I ran as low as 12psi front & 15psi rear on the Amarok and 12psi on the T-Van in the Northern section over the dunes, on the Savannah Way, Gibb and similar tracks 22psi front, 24 psi rear and 22psi on the van.

    3. I just set my Oricom units to min 14psi and max 60 and therefore never have to change these settings whether on road or sand.

  5. Without the screws attached, I guess you cannot leave them on all of the time as the sensors will be stolen while parked in some car parks.

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      Hi Harry,

      TO be honest, the locking lugs probably won’t stop someone that really wants them. I’ve never had anyone take them off the vehicle…

    2. Not much point stealing the sensors unless you have a compatible receiver – we haven’t had any stolen in the last three years and they are on the Amarok the whole time………

      And if you are not using the system it takes about the same time as it would to take off a set of valve caps and put them in the glove box! (only down side is getting a set of dirty hands……….)

      And if you lose one (which I did this year when airing down – forgot to put it back on) a replacement unit (which I had) takes about 5 minutes to programme to the correct wheel position.

      (we use a system marketed in Melbourne by “Safety Dave” – no connection to my christian name 🙂 )

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