Landrover Discovery 3 Wheel/Tyre Choice.

Submitted: Thursday, Apr 11, 2013 at 17:37
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I have just purchased a second hand Disco 3 that is pretty well set up. It is currently running factory alloy 265/60R/18s with Coopers at about 50% tread. I am going to do the Simpson in a few weeks for the second time and started to look for a second rim for a roof spare and to my surprise a matching rim is $900 and a steel one is $500! (Landrover prices!!!)
I wanted to change the tyres to BFG A/T's, these in 18s are another $1400 plus a second hand spare tyre for the second rim, all starting to add up to over $2000!

I am now thinking - Second set of new after market steel rims in 17's ($560) plus new BFG A/T's ($1200) purely as a second off road set and take one of the alloys as a second spare!?

Any other suggestions will be most appreciated, also suggested tyre sizes to match existing as speedo is accurate and tyre types.

David
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Reply By: toffytrailertrash - Thursday, Apr 11, 2013 at 17:56

Thursday, Apr 11, 2013 at 17:56
Hi David

The best suggestion I can give you is to go over the AULRO forum, sign up and ask the question on the (Pinicles) D2,D3,D4 sub forum and all your questions will be answered.

Cheers

Merv
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Follow Up By: David16 - Thursday, Apr 11, 2013 at 18:28

Thursday, Apr 11, 2013 at 18:28
Thanks Merv, i registered earlier today and am still waiting for email confirm/approval.

David
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Reply By: cruza25 - Thursday, Apr 11, 2013 at 18:15

Thursday, Apr 11, 2013 at 18:15
http://www.triumphroverspares.com.au/page.asp?parentid=5&parent2id=14&productid=39

try these guys. they have massive stocks

dont know shipping cost but worth an email

never used them but live nearby.

lonsdale is in south adelaide

cheers mike..
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Follow Up By: David16 - Thursday, Apr 11, 2013 at 18:29

Thursday, Apr 11, 2013 at 18:29
Thanks Mike, will do.
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Reply By: Member - TheFox3305 - Thursday, Apr 11, 2013 at 18:33

Thursday, Apr 11, 2013 at 18:33
4 alloy wheels with rubber $900 ebay
in Sydney.
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Follow Up By: David16 - Thursday, Apr 11, 2013 at 18:50

Thursday, Apr 11, 2013 at 18:50
Thanks Fox, just found them, they need new tyres also so i think im better off buying new set of steel rims for $500 as second set, that way don't have to worry about cracking/scratching alloys on rocks. I might put Cooper STT on second set and leave the Cooper H/T for road.
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Reply By: Member - Rosco from way back - Friday, Apr 12, 2013 at 08:51

Friday, Apr 12, 2013 at 08:51
Try pricing a genuine Toyota spare rim !!!!!

To be honest, I reckon you'd be better with 16" steel aftermarket with tyres to suit.
If you need a replacement in the bush you'll stand a far greater chance with 16" than the weird and wonderful sizes they are putting on cars these days. All this is coming from a retired Landy owner who could no longer stand the pain.
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Follow Up By: garrycol - Friday, Apr 12, 2013 at 09:22

Friday, Apr 12, 2013 at 09:22
16' rims will not fit - the smallest you can go on a standard diesel D3 is 17" rims.

Garry
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Follow Up By: Member - Rosco from way back - Friday, Apr 12, 2013 at 09:33

Friday, Apr 12, 2013 at 09:33
Well that stuffs my suggestion. I'm used to Defenders.
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Reply By: garrycol - Friday, Apr 12, 2013 at 09:31

Friday, Apr 12, 2013 at 09:31
David you do not look too hard.

Here is a rim for less than $70 18" Rim

A set Here

They regularly come up on ebay and are quite cheap as they are not wanted as people are changing to 17" rims for offroad work.

BMW 17" X5 rims also fit with different wheel nuts.

Garry
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Follow Up By: David16 - Friday, Apr 12, 2013 at 10:43

Friday, Apr 12, 2013 at 10:43
Thanks Garry, very helpful. I wasnt aware that the RR rims fitted.
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Follow Up By: David16 - Friday, Apr 12, 2013 at 11:02

Friday, Apr 12, 2013 at 11:02
Ok Garry, you seem to know what you are talking about, so now what do i do?

Buy the extra 18" spare for $70 and change the Cooper H/Ts currently on the car to Cooper A/T3s (only A/T tyre in a 265/60r/18) in 18 and use them as off road and general driving?

OR

Buy a set of 17" steel rims as a second set and put Cooper S/Ts on them and keep them for off road only?

Am i better off with 17" steel or !8" alloys knowing i can pick a set here and there if i damage one? And which tyre?

David
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Follow Up By: garrycol - Friday, Apr 12, 2013 at 11:03

Friday, Apr 12, 2013 at 11:03
D3/D4 and their Range Rover Sport equuivalent are basically the same vehicle under the skin. Range Rover is a different vehicle again.

Garry
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Follow Up By: garrycol - Friday, Apr 12, 2013 at 12:17

Friday, Apr 12, 2013 at 12:17
Tyres are a personal preference - however your 265/60 R 18s are not standard - the standard size for a D3 is 255/60 R 18.

On my Range Rover Sport I have General Grabber 255/60 R18 and my spare is an OEM D3 Wrangler 255/60 R 18 which is not a good tyre but is OK for a spare.

I also have bought a four BMW X5 17" rims ($180 for four) which I will later put some Maxxis Muddies on for hard core offroading.

So - first you need to know what you want to do - stay with 18s all the time, stay with 18s around town and have a second set of 17s for offroad or go to 17s all the time.

If you are getting new tyres I would get 5 ATs on your 18s (you do not have to stay the size you currently have). There are now quite a few brands available - look at the new Bridgestones that are rating well for D3s. For your trip ask whether you need that sixth wheel - a good carcass may suffice (one of your current tyres maybe) if you happy about changing tyres out in the bush. If you do go the sixth wheel there is no need to buy a new tyre for it as long as you have a good one to go on it.

Good ATs will serve you well 99% of the time and will perform well in the desert. The 18s will air down OK and will work fine but just be aware you don't have quite as much air under then as higher profile tyres. Common sense when driving will work wonders.

If you are new to D3s than I would get the desiccant and valve body in the air compressor changed to ensure it is up to the task for your trip. You might also want to consider fitting a LLAMS height controller kit fitted ($600) as it allows you greater control over height selection and allows you to drive faster than 50kph with the suspension up,

Cheers

Garry
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Follow Up By: David16 - Friday, Apr 12, 2013 at 16:57

Friday, Apr 12, 2013 at 16:57
Thanks Garry, great info! So BMW X5 is same pattern and offset, interesting.
I think I wii stay on the 18s and go to a set of Coopers A/T3s in same profile I have now, your right I will take a skin as a spare and if I have to, change it out there, last year we did the Simpson on BFG but by most reports the Coopers are now a step ahead.

Yes it is a pain only being able to go 50km/h with susp up but Simpson and other tracks we will be hitting this will be sufficient.

David
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Follow Up By: garrycol - Friday, Apr 12, 2013 at 18:18

Friday, Apr 12, 2013 at 18:18
Once you get onto AULRO have a look at the tyre threads in the D3 area - you might then change your mind on the Cooper AT3s but as I said tyres are a personal choice.

Garry
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Follow Up By: David16 - Saturday, Apr 13, 2013 at 19:19

Saturday, Apr 13, 2013 at 19:19
Registered 3 days ago to get on to the AULRO site and still do not have administrator approval, Clickey Club?!
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Follow Up By: mikehzz - Saturday, Apr 13, 2013 at 19:43

Saturday, Apr 13, 2013 at 19:43
No, they are generaly good blokes on that site. Unusual that you haven't heard back. Cheers.
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Follow Up By: David16 - Saturday, Apr 13, 2013 at 19:58

Saturday, Apr 13, 2013 at 19:58
Must be out 4x4ing :)
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