Best tyres???

Submitted: Sunday, Aug 10, 2014 at 15:13
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Hey everyone!
We want your opinion on the best mud tyres for off-roading for our 7 month trip to the Cape and back, spending as little time on the blacktop as possible.
Peter and Katrina
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Reply By: AlbyNSW - Sunday, Aug 10, 2014 at 15:44

Sunday, Aug 10, 2014 at 15:44
And what would be the best vehicle to do this trip in that requires the best tyres?
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Follow Up By: Tas-tourers - Sunday, Aug 10, 2014 at 19:11

Sunday, Aug 10, 2014 at 19:11
We have an 80 series.....of course!!!
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Reply By: Rangiephil - Sunday, Aug 10, 2014 at 17:00

Sunday, Aug 10, 2014 at 17:00
Almost any tyre which starts with "LT".
IMHO and the opinion of 4WD Australia, you don't need mud tyres, All terrains are fine.
Think of what you are going to do with the car after you do Cape York. Will it be a daily driver? If so you will soon get sick of the wet weather handling and noise of a most mud tyres.

My pick and I have done the GRR, OTT, Tanami, Plenty and many other tracks is the BF Goodrich All Terrain wiith the Bridgestone RD697 equal . I have never had a puncture off road in 30 years of 4WD.
If you really really want a mud tyre the BFG Mud terrain is hard to beat.
Regards Philip A
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Follow Up By: Tas-tourers - Sunday, Aug 10, 2014 at 19:14

Sunday, Aug 10, 2014 at 19:14
BFG is at the top of our list.......so that's what hubby wanted to hear.
As for versatility we have run aggressive all terrains at moment with disappointing mud ability
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Follow Up By: Bramo - Sunday, Aug 10, 2014 at 21:42

Sunday, Aug 10, 2014 at 21:42
I have been to Cape York 3 times
Cairns to Tassi up the middle to NT & back to Cairns
Over the Top of Oz
In our Toyota 80 towing caravan 5tons all up 26500ks 1/2 lap of Oz
love my BFG MUDS
Time to change now 68,000k
Next set will be BFG AT
I LIVE south of Cairns
Enjoy your trip on your BFG
KEN
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Follow Up By: ian.g - Monday, Aug 11, 2014 at 11:42

Monday, Aug 11, 2014 at 11:42
Value for money you will go a long way to beat Bridgestone RD697LT
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Reply By: Jackolux - Sunday, Aug 10, 2014 at 18:15

Sunday, Aug 10, 2014 at 18:15
We have just returned from the Cape , round black LT tyres with good tread should be fine even At's
Regards Jacko
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Follow Up By: Tas-tourers - Sunday, Aug 10, 2014 at 19:17

Sunday, Aug 10, 2014 at 19:17
Thanks for your feedback. Whether we go AT or muddy it looks like BFG will be the make.
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Reply By: gbc - Sunday, Aug 10, 2014 at 19:43

Sunday, Aug 10, 2014 at 19:43
If bfg is your choice, the mt isnt overly aggressive and shows good on road manners (for a mud tyre). Having had a few of each, I'd take the MT every time as a touring tyre.
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Follow Up By: garrycol - Sunday, Aug 10, 2014 at 21:31

Sunday, Aug 10, 2014 at 21:31
I agree - I have BFG KM2s MTs on my truck and I think they are the best ATs around - as well as being a good muddie.
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Follow Up By: Member - Fab72 (Paradise SA) - Saturday, Aug 16, 2014 at 15:12

Saturday, Aug 16, 2014 at 15:12
Another vote for the BFG KM2's.

I've done the Birdsville track twice, Oodnadatta Track, The Simpson, a few trips through the Flinders and Googs Track. They still have about 80% tread left on them too.

Besides the pretty low levels of road noise for a MT tyre, the other thing I found was that the sidewalls are nice and tight on the bead. I've run them as low as 6 psi in sand and they didn't even look like they were going to pop the bead.

If my car lasts as long as my tyres, I'll replace them with the same again.
Fab.
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Reply By: Tony F8 - Sunday, Aug 10, 2014 at 20:08

Sunday, Aug 10, 2014 at 20:08
If going a MT, imho you will be hard pressed to go past the maxxis 764 MT, 10 ply tyre with good handling characteristics both on and off road. Having tested 6 brands from a major retailer in both AT and MT over four months, it was surprising what talked the talk and what walked the walk. Tyre pressures are very important in how a tyre performs, and please if towing a trailer, don't worry about running MT's, a good high ply hway tyre will work the best.
Cheers and drive safe.
Tony F8.
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Reply By: Stu & "Bob" - Sunday, Aug 10, 2014 at 21:27

Sunday, Aug 10, 2014 at 21:27
I used these tyres on my old cruiser.
10 ply rating, pretty cheap at the time $210 each.
Same rolling diameter as a 7.50 x 16, but a little bit wider.

westlake tyres
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Follow Up By: Stu & "Bob" - Sunday, Aug 10, 2014 at 21:31

Sunday, Aug 10, 2014 at 21:31
Blasted linky didn't work properly.
Tyres are Westlake CR857.
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Reply By: Member Kerry W (WA) - Monday, Aug 11, 2014 at 01:34

Monday, Aug 11, 2014 at 01:34
BFG KM2s are without doubt the pick of the bunch. Have been trialling different MT tyres for over 14 years now currently trialling Maxxis 764 MTs and apart from a few wood stake punctures they are not too bad either but I will return to the KM2s when I replace the Maxxis.

KM2s are the pick of the MT tyres in the wet, good aired down (dont roll off rim as easily as some stiffer walled tyres at very low pressures), get reasonable wear rates, quieter that just about all other MTs they have far better puncture resistance than the old KMs.

hope this helps

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Reply By: olcoolone - Monday, Aug 11, 2014 at 12:32

Monday, Aug 11, 2014 at 12:32
You can not go past Toyo Open Country M/T..... down fall is the weigh more then the others and are more expensive.....up side is they are bullet proof, very strong side walls, handle very good on the black top in the wet and are exceptional off road.

Next choice would be the Cooper ST MAXX, we have used then for the last few years on our 200 series running high pressure and only airing down in soft sand...... they have performed beyond our expectations even in thick clay are rocky climbs.

Will be putting them on our Ranger soon.

I don't think I will be going back to M/T in the future.

M/T tyres are a funny beast..... offer improvements in less then 2% of ones driving but are worse for 98+% of ones driving.... many think M/T are the only type of tyre to have on a 4x4, how wrong some can be.

Downside of nearly all M/T tyres are... poor handling, soft side walls, puncture prone, noisy, poor fuel economy and comfort.
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Follow Up By: Krooznalong - Monday, Aug 11, 2014 at 13:32

Monday, Aug 11, 2014 at 13:32
"M/T tyres are a funny beast..... offer improvements in less then 2% of ones driving but are worse for 98+% of ones driving.... many think M/T are the only type of tyre to have on a 4x4, how wrong some can be.

Downside of nearly all M/T tyres are... poor handling, soft side walls, puncture prone, noisy, poor fuel economy and comfort."

Hey olcoolone - you failed to mention the most important factor LOOKS - they make the vehicle look tough!
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Follow Up By: gbc - Tuesday, Aug 12, 2014 at 14:57

Tuesday, Aug 12, 2014 at 14:57
Soooo we do like the toyos because they are bullet proof, strong sidewalls, great handling on and off the road, or we don't like them because they are poor handling, puncture prone, soft side walls etc etc?? This would have to be a contender for the bipolar post of the year award. I'd better tell all my mates to ditch their mudders for offroad racing events and go buy.... mudders? Soft sidewalls, puncture prone? Do tell.
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Follow Up By: Krooznalong - Tuesday, Aug 12, 2014 at 15:13

Tuesday, Aug 12, 2014 at 15:13
gbc
I'm sure olcoolone meant that IF the OP wants muddies then Toyo are the go. He didn't say that Toyos are weak - he said "nearly all M/T tyres are" but he specifically said Toyos "are bullet proof".
I also read his post to mean that he doesn't believe that muddies are the best option in most cases.
I don't see any bipolar statements in olcoolone's comments.
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Follow Up By: olcoolone - Tuesday, Aug 12, 2014 at 15:57

Tuesday, Aug 12, 2014 at 15:57
As I said and as it reads.....

"You can not go past Toyo Open Country M/T..... down fall is the weigh more then the others and are more expensive.....up side is they are bullet proof, very strong side walls, handle very good on the black top in the wet and are exceptional off road."


Down fall meaning = a loss of power, prosperity, or status.

Up side meaning = the more positive aspect of a situation.

Don't know where your coming from but they were both used the right way and it's how they should be used in the whole context.



And.... yes I did say "nearly all"

"Downside of nearly all M/T tyres are... poor handling, soft side walls, puncture prone, noisy, poor fuel economy and comfort."

Maybe I should of said "nearly all excluding Toyo and a few other brands"

If I said "all" I am pretty sure someone who is an expert would of said different.
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Reply By: olcoolone - Monday, Aug 11, 2014 at 22:04

Monday, Aug 11, 2014 at 22:04
Even better when the white writing is on the outside and you have a big sticker advertising the brand on the back window.... Like a comp truck.
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