Ask anyone who's been driving a car with large billet wheels and rubber-band tires for any length of time what happens when you get a flat while driving. They're sure to tell you that not only do you get a flat, but you get a dented wheel, too. A downside to the great looks these wheels offer is that they are susceptible to damage. Driving with only slightly low air pressure can leave the wheels open to damage at the first pothole you encounter. Because many enthusiasts go with low-profile tires when they choose tall rollers, there isn't much sidewall to protect the wheel as it goes over the bumps in the road. Knowing this, many long-time big-wheel and low-pro tire drivers are extremely cautious while driving. After adding a set of 18-inch Billet Specialties Eliminator wheels and 35-series Bridgestone Potenza tires to our project '63 Biscayne, we worried about the potential for damage. Then we learned of a revolutionary product from SmarTire Systems. The SmarTire air pressure monitoring system is designed to work much like the air pressure monitoring systems on high-dollar, late-model vehicles like the Corvette. The difference is that SmarTire can be added to any vehicle, including our classic Chevy. Using four radio transmitters (one in each wheel), the system monitors both air pressure and tire temperature and sends the information to a handy receiver with an LCD display. In addition, programmable warnings activate an alert or warning when pressure or temperature irregularities are detected. Installation is fairly simple, but will require you to take the wheels to a professional tire shop to have the tires removed and re-installed. With large-diameter billet wheels and low-profile tires, you may want to call around to find a shop that is used to dealing with these delicate components. We took our wheels to Wheel Warehouse in Anaheim, California, to have them install the SmarTire system for us. Because we already had the tires mounted, we had to dismount them before installing the sensors. Wheel Warehouse made quick work of the installation, then moved on to balancing each wheel on their state-of-the-art balancer. With all the sensors installed and the wheels refitted to the car, the remainder of the installation was as simple as plugging in the power cord and attaching it to the display unit. The assembly can be mounted with a simple sun visor clip, or you can use the included Velcro to attach it to the dash. Wheel Warehouse uses specialized tools and equipment to remove tires from expensive billet wheels. No metal parts that may scratch the wheels come in contact with the aluminum when the tire is dismounted. Wheel Warehouse uses specialized tools and equipment to remove tires from expensive billet A large metal strap similar to a hose clamp holds the sensor and counterbalance weight in place. A large metal strap similar to a hose clamp holds the sensor and counterbalance weight in The weight is fitted to the strap first. Each sensor is dedicated to a specific wheel. This sensor shows an "LF" on the bottom line, indicating that it should be installed on the left front wheel. Because we are using different width wheels in the front and back and our tires are directional, it was easy to remember which sensors go on which wheels. On other applications, it's a good idea to immediately apply the included stickers that tell where the wheel should be installed. Each sensor is dedicated to a specific wheel. This sensor shows an "LF" on the bottom line The band is installed much like a hose clamp. The sensor should be placed 180 degrees from the weight. Special precaution should be taken to ensure the SmarTire sensor is not damaged when re-installing the tires. The backside of the tire bead should be below the sensor. Special precaution should be taken to ensure the SmarTire sensor is not damaged when re-in Install the band so that the notch in the counterweight is lined up with the valve stem. Remounting low-profile tires on billet wheels requires special care. One of the things Wheel Warehouse does is to start with ample lubrication. Remounting low-profile tires on billet wheels requires special care. One of the things Whe Then the tire was installed. Wheel Warehouse utilizes a special computer-controlled balancer to ensure the balance is perfect. Wheel Warehouse utilizes a special computer-controlled balancer to ensure the balance is p This is especially vital when mounting accessories inside the wheels. There are two methods to mount the SmarTire receiver. One is to use a visor clip. The other is to use a special mounting bracket and Velcro to attach the receiver to you dash. This is the method we choose There are two methods to mount the SmarTire receiver. One is to use a visor clip. The othe Finish off by plugging the SmarTire receiver into the 12-volt outlet and you are ready to test everything out. Finish off by plugging the SmarTire receiver into the 12-volt outlet and you are ready to SOURCES SmarTire Systems, Inc. 13151 Vanier Place, Suite 150 Richmond Br V6V 2J1 Dept. SC Wheel Warehouse Enjoyed this Post? Subscribe to our RSS Feed, or use your favorite social media to recommend us to friends and colleagues!