Tyres. BFGoodrich M/T OR Mickey Thompson MTZ

Submitted: Thursday, Mar 28, 2013 at 12:47
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Which brand to buy? Any experience or opinions. Doing Kimberleys this July.
Can get these from Sydney via Ebay a lot cheaper from Cornellstyres.
Anyone with experience from this distributor?
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Reply By: MEMBER - Darian, SA - Thursday, Mar 28, 2013 at 13:11

Thursday, Mar 28, 2013 at 13:11
Providing more information will improve the usefulness of any responses ........vehicle detail and tyre size for starters.....the availability of tyres in certain classes and sizes varies across the brands.
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Reply By: Twinkles - Thursday, Mar 28, 2013 at 13:23

Thursday, Mar 28, 2013 at 13:23
08 dual cab Hilux. 31 X 10.5R15
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Reply By: Twinkles - Thursday, Mar 28, 2013 at 13:24

Thursday, Mar 28, 2013 at 13:24
I can get this size for my car. Want to know opinions/experiences.
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Reply By: Member - Russler - Thursday, Mar 28, 2013 at 13:32

Thursday, Mar 28, 2013 at 13:32
I prefer the BFG A/T for stoney roads, because the tread pattern is closer. Also consider how easy it is to buy the same tyre size in 'out of the way' places, eg. Broome, Halls Creek, Kununurra, etc.
I've never tried Mickey's. Got onto BFG's in the early days and never looked back.
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Reply By: bluefella - Thursday, Mar 28, 2013 at 14:33

Thursday, Mar 28, 2013 at 14:33
BFG A/T'S a good allrounder.
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Reply By: Rockape - Thursday, Mar 28, 2013 at 15:26

Thursday, Mar 28, 2013 at 15:26
Had BFG km2 mt's on my Troopy and found them to be excellent. Reasonably quiet for an mt, soft ride and handled all conditions well. They will never be as good as at's in sand but that is the trade off.

They did wear a little quickly though but I would have got around 60,000 if I had kept the vehicle.

I remember paying $365 each for 285/75/16's mounted and balanced when I bought them.
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Reply By: Member - Legendts - Thursday, Mar 28, 2013 at 16:09

Thursday, Mar 28, 2013 at 16:09
Another one for BFGs.

Currently running 18s on the 200 and had 110,000 ks out of the 16s I had on the 100 when sold, with another 10k at least to go. I have found it to be critical to make sure you get good wheel alignments and rotate to get maximum ks out of them.

Enjoy your trip.
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Follow Up By: stephen R5 - Monday, Apr 01, 2013 at 18:31

Monday, Apr 01, 2013 at 18:31
Jeff

I have a 200 and just reviewing tyres. Obviously limited because of the size. Which one did you fit to your 200? Previously I ran the Cooper STmax on my 100 but not sure I want them again. Doing the Kimberleys soon and thinking the Bridgestone 697.

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Follow Up By: Member - Legendts - Monday, Apr 01, 2013 at 19:30

Monday, Apr 01, 2013 at 19:30
Hi Stephen, I put BFGs 285/65/R/18 All Terrain and a benefit with them was my speedo is very accurate now. I have never had Bridgstones but there are a few good reports about them. All the BFGs I have had have worn well and the current ones have around 25k on them with very little sign of wear. I did have to go back and get them re aligned after doing around 1k as they were just starting to scrub so you really need to keep a close eye on that whatever you choose.
Tempe Tyres charged $475 each in Nov 2011 delivered to my door.
Hope that helps.
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Follow Up By: stephen R5 - Tuesday, Apr 02, 2013 at 12:08

Tuesday, Apr 02, 2013 at 12:08
Thanks Jeff
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Reply By: Member - Legendts - Thursday, Mar 28, 2013 at 16:15

Thursday, Mar 28, 2013 at 16:15
Sorry meant to say I got my last set from Tempe Tyres. Excellent long distance experience.

No affiliations.
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Reply By: craigandej - Thursday, Mar 28, 2013 at 17:43

Thursday, Mar 28, 2013 at 17:43
Had Mickey T ATZ's on my troopy when purchased. Have just bought a set of BFG Muddies 285/75/16 KM2's and they are MUCH quieter on road than the Mickey T's were. Havent had them off road yet, however Ive had excellent wear from 2 sets of the old pattern BFG Muddies.

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Follow Up By: Rockape - Thursday, Mar 28, 2013 at 17:53

Thursday, Mar 28, 2013 at 17:53
Mate,
you will love them.
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Reply By: Member - Frank P (NSW) - Thursday, Mar 28, 2013 at 17:58

Thursday, Mar 28, 2013 at 17:58
I'll add my name to the list of BFG fans. IMO you can't beat BFG ATs for general touring. Don't do mud or sand, to the ATs suit me fine. Good wear and puncture resistance. 60,000km of outback and off-road touring and we've always come back with the same 6 tyres on car and Karavan that we started out with. GRR, GCR, Flinders, Arkaroola, Gunbarrel (abandoned section), Kimberley, many tracks and firetrails in the Blue Mts, Vic High Country, Snowies and Kosciusko NP, etc.

First flat just a month ago in a campground off the Omeo Hwy - spiked an inside shoulder on something unseen and wrote it off. Bugga. First one in four years/60k, so not too bad I guess.

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Follow Up By: Member - Frank P (NSW) - Thursday, Mar 28, 2013 at 21:50

Thursday, Mar 28, 2013 at 21:50
"Don't do mud or sand, to the ATs suit me fine."

That should be "I don't do mud or sand, so the ATs suit me fine."

Oh for an edit post function.

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Follow Up By: Member - Legendts - Friday, Mar 29, 2013 at 19:01

Friday, Mar 29, 2013 at 19:01
X 2 for an Edit Post function.....hear us admin:-)
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Reply By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Thursday, Mar 28, 2013 at 18:08

Thursday, Mar 28, 2013 at 18:08
Twinkles,
There's a catch when fitting that size to a Hilux.
Every 31x10.5R15 tyre I know of (including BFG, Mickey Thompson, Bridgestone) in that size have a lowish load index of 109. Your Hilux needs at least 110 or 112 for the tyres to be legal (look at your tyre placard). No reputable tyre dealer will fit a tyre that can't carry the weight. And tyres with a 109 load index are a bit on the weak side.

You might need to move to 16" to get a good upsized tyre.

Phil
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Reply By: Jeff P - Thursday, Mar 28, 2013 at 20:16

Thursday, Mar 28, 2013 at 20:16
Why would you want mud tyres for doing the kimberleys ? You will be sick of the noise of them by the time you get to the kimberlys AT's are the way to go ,but if you want mud tyres go for the Toyo open country MT's they are one tuff tyre do some reading ,I bought Coopers ST discovery max tyres as a compromise they are noisey !!! could not get the toyo I want for my size and load rating
Jeff
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Follow Up By: Mick O - Thursday, Mar 28, 2013 at 22:57

Thursday, Mar 28, 2013 at 22:57
Ditto the Toyo's, they are a fantastic donut. Expensive but once you've used them, the others pale into insignificance.


Toyo Open Country MT review


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Reply By: Drew - Karratha - Thursday, Mar 28, 2013 at 22:24

Thursday, Mar 28, 2013 at 22:24
In the past I have had Bridgestones (At's and M/T's and found them excellent, then I went to BFG AT's and they too were an excellent tyre - my current tyres are 285/75r16 Mickey Thompson MTZ's and i have had 1 replaced (within 6 months)due to the sidewall splitting, and the replacement is now splitting, so i will ask about that being replaced too (free of charge, as was the first one). I find the Mickeys to be great tyres (but they do spit out hugh rocks...), but the fact is that i have never had a tyre that has had to be replaced before....
Bridgestone AT's will be my next tyre....
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Reply By: Villatranquilla - Thursday, Mar 28, 2013 at 23:10

Thursday, Mar 28, 2013 at 23:10
had to replace the Kumo's after only 30000 so decided to spend up and got BFG's - 3 made in America and 1 in Japan - will be interesting to see which wears best
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Reply By: coonick - Friday, Mar 29, 2013 at 10:53

Friday, Mar 29, 2013 at 10:53
all reasonable tyres which will do the job, I am on my 3 rd set of coopers, for a reason. Never had an issue and just as good a tyre as any of the other mentioned. I have a few friends who run coopers with NEVER an issue. I decided on the AT3`s this time and cant be more happy...awesome tyre on road and off. Will do what ever you ask of them. As already said WHY do you need MTZ`s ????
you will regret the road noise....eventually.
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Reply By: Kilcowera Station Stay - Saturday, Mar 30, 2013 at 08:06

Saturday, Mar 30, 2013 at 08:06
We found the Mickey T's wore out very quickly driving around out here on the rocks and gravel roads. Have used mainly BFG's for years with good results. Apart from this puncture on a near new tyre when I was doing a water run on a decent and well travelled station road. Cheers Toni PS might give the Toyos a go one time, seems like they are a good tyre!
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Reply By: Ozrover - Saturday, Mar 30, 2013 at 09:50

Saturday, Mar 30, 2013 at 09:50
I'll stay out of the brand debate, but consider getting a set of 16 x 8" steel rims & fitting 265/75/R16s.

Your 10.5/R15s will be hard to replace in some locations, we are finding it hard to get them.

At the moment 265/75/R16 is the most common size out there & you will find replacements quite easy.

My 2 bobs worth!

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Follow Up By: Ozrover - Saturday, Mar 30, 2013 at 09:53

Saturday, Mar 30, 2013 at 09:53
Also, take care getting tyres off e-bay, they may be yank inports which aren't rated the same as Aussie market tyres!

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