TYRES

Submitted: Sunday, Apr 10, 2005 at 21:04
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We have a LC100 TD and a 20ft, 2680kg BT. The original Dunlops on the LC have just about reached their use-by date and we need to replace them with some good quality all-terrain tyres.(The BT has matching wheels with the LC and has the original Brigestone all terrain tyres with 13,000km travel on them, still like new)

We will be leaving for a 2-3 month tour of western Queensland from the end of May and are looking for advice on suitable tyres.

Reading 4WD magazines seems to indicate Coopers are the most puncture resistant on stoney roads. Has any Boggers had experience with these tyres. We have an on-board compressor on our LC100, so we can reduce tyre pressures when necessary.

What pressure is recommended for corrugations? (we normally run 40psi on both the LC100 and BT) What is the noise level like, and what is the tradeoff in grip on wet bitumen with all terrain tread patterns.

Any help will be greatly appreciated

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Reply By: The Hob - Sunday, Apr 10, 2005 at 21:53

Sunday, Apr 10, 2005 at 21:53
Neil and Pat

Tyres are a bit of personal preference! I have had Cooper ATs which gave great service up the cape and out west. Currently I am running BF Goodrich ATs as they have a 3 ply sidewall.

The new Cooper STT seem to be worth a look though.

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Reply By: Flipp'n Lorry - Monday, Apr 11, 2005 at 04:48

Monday, Apr 11, 2005 at 04:48
We are running BF Goodrich on our L/C TD - a great all-rounder tyre for highway and off-road and they are not as noisy as the tread might suggest. I have now done 76,000km on the original set and expect to get just under 90,000 km out of them, running pressures at 32psi and 36psi front and rear. I am a bit fussy and get a wheel alignment and balance about every 15,000km.

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Follow Up By: Oldperc - Wednesday, Apr 13, 2005 at 03:16

Wednesday, Apr 13, 2005 at 03:16
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Could you let me know your BFG tyre size.
I'am just replacing and would like to consider 265/75/16.BFG AT for our L/C TD
Also have had a price of $249 each but feel this should be better. How did you go?
We have Cooper S/T 285/75/16 on the BT which have perform great on the van but I feel are a little chunky for the L/C.
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Follow Up By: Flipp'n Lorry - Wednesday, Apr 13, 2005 at 03:41

Wednesday, Apr 13, 2005 at 03:41
Our LC is running BF Goodrich LT275/70R16 AT's (on alloy rims), but please don't take this as a recommendation as tyre size is a fairly specialised thing. Get your tyre dealer to provide the right recommendation (In fact, we originally had a mix of 265 and 275's, which were fitted in error by the dealer, and you would not spot the difference visually.)

I can't really advise on prices as mine were fitted prior to taking delivery as part of the purchase deal,

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Reply By: Bushtracker - Monday, Apr 11, 2005 at 19:24

Monday, Apr 11, 2005 at 19:24
Following the vast majority of feedback on tyres, and our own experience, would suggest to you that without bagging the Coopers they might not be our first choice. I am not saying Coopers are not good, I am saying that maybe we have better reports and experience from two others:

The 4x4 Clubs have always chosen the BFG AT or Mud Terrains as Number One, most resistant to sidewall rock cutting with 1000 Denier layers in the sidewalls. I have used them for 15 years. They are hard to beat and the AT is relatively quiet.

The new D-694 Bridgestones we but on the vans have even heavier steel under the tread, and 1500 Denier in the sidewalls. I have run them on tow vehicles, and a six tonne 6x6 trailer that I still have with them in 285/75, and have never even had a flat. They are a tough tyre.... Probably stronger yet from our tests and sliced samples...

But I still like the old BFG Mud Terrain for extreme traction and the tread clears itself on each rotation when really going in the mud, as the clumps are big enough in mass to be thrown clear by centrifigal force... I currently have them on two Cruisers, and while not for everyone as they are noisey, they make the 4x4 a real tractor. On a muddy hill climb, or getting caught out in the bulldust in the rain, I will out do most all others... But again this is not for everybody.... The "Lone Ranger" goes places that others might not....

In any case, from our reports, both will out do the Coopers in the sharp rock cuts of ruts cut by Semis in the wet that dry out like concrete leaving sharp rocks hanging out to wreck sidewalls... This is our best overall experience to offer...
Not meaning to bag the Coopers, just..........Maybe there is better.... And I am sure there are those that will disagree. You have to make up your own mind as it is a bit "Horses for courses"...

Cheers from the Lone Ranger.......... treading on thin ice...

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Reply By: BushtrackerDevs - Sunday, Apr 17, 2005 at 08:52

Sunday, Apr 17, 2005 at 08:52
Our experience is that tyre choice is all about compromises. We only really ytavell corrugated or graded dirt rather than very rough rutted tracks (21foot 27t bt) and have been very pleased with the new Cooper ATR's. Our Sahara has 17"rims and we run 265/70R17's. Without going outside to check i'm pretty certain the load factor is 120 and they are certainly a full LT construction. 4000k on dirt so far and they are looking good. Equally importantly for us, they are dead quiet on the highway - no noiseier that the Dunlop AT22 fitted as OE.

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Reply By: Boystoy - Tuesday, Apr 19, 2005 at 03:44

Tuesday, Apr 19, 2005 at 03:44
Thanks for the info Boggers.

The BFG All terrains look the go.

Does anyone know where you can get a good price in Sydney?

Oldperc stated above that he has had an offer of $249 for BFG 265/75/16 All Terrains. Where??

The best offer I have had so far in Sydney is $272. Any Advice?

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Follow Up By: Oldperc - Tuesday, Apr 19, 2005 at 17:23

Tuesday, Apr 19, 2005 at 17:23
Neil
Bob Jane T Marts, offer available to 20th April.
Did you get my messages sent directly to you?

I ordered a set of Coopers yesterday.
The Bob Jane T Mart bloke in Caboolture was a bit of a smart arse so I changed from BFG and went to the local Coopers bloke on Bribie Island!!!
The Coopers are black and made of rubber stuff just like the BFG's!!!!

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Follow Up By: Oldperc - Tuesday, Apr 19, 2005 at 17:25

Tuesday, Apr 19, 2005 at 17:25
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As a matter of interest I ordered Coopers new ATR
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