Tyre-some!

Submitted: Tuesday, Mar 02, 2004 at 17:47
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I have a fully kitted 02 Defender that will be doing a trip to the Gulf in 6 weeks. It still has the original road tyres with 80% meat on them. In the past I've had a second set of tyres i.e. AT's and done a "strip and fit" if the terain required it eg. Cape York. I'm about to purchase a second set of tyres for the Landie but was thinking "chunky" and going a mud terrain tyre. The Defender is an Xtreme so it has TC on the front wheels and an air-locker on the rear. My concern is that the weak link in the traction chain will be the tyre grip but if I go MT's I'll have more punture issues. The road tyres will go back on after the trip so noise, wet handling etc. is not an issue. Any feedback on MT's on predominately gravel tracks most welcome.

Cheers

Mike.
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Reply By: Wayne (NSW) - Tuesday, Mar 02, 2004 at 18:14

Tuesday, Mar 02, 2004 at 18:14
Miker,

If was me, I would put the original tyres under the house or some where out of the light to harden up. Buy the set of mun terrain, and enjoy your trip. Any new tyre has less chance of getting a punture than ones that are worn.

MT tyres handle the wet road better than most tyres and will give grip on the gravel. The noise factor would be the least of my concern.

When I go to sell the Defender, put the original tyres back on.

This is what I would do.

WayneAlways Out'N About
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Follow Up By: miker - Tuesday, Mar 02, 2004 at 20:17

Tuesday, Mar 02, 2004 at 20:17
Thanks for the response Wayne. Fair advice.

Mike.
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Reply By: lindsay - Tuesday, Mar 02, 2004 at 21:09

Tuesday, Mar 02, 2004 at 21:09
Miker
I also have a defender extreme and i have purchased a second set of wheels , just the old steel ones as on the county and fitted them with tyres. They are much easier to change in the bush than the originals. You will need to purchase a second hand set of wheel nuts, the ones off a county of series three landrover will fit. Much better than the alloys.
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Follow Up By: miker - Tuesday, Mar 02, 2004 at 22:55

Tuesday, Mar 02, 2004 at 22:55
Lindsay

Have thought of that option and it's a reasonable one. The alloys look nice but I know mine have copped a hiding in some bad bogs outside Birdsville last year. The deep mud and gravel scratched them up pretty bad. What sort of dollars did the rims set you back? Were they in good condition?

Mike.
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Follow Up By: Peter - Wednesday, Mar 03, 2004 at 08:53

Wednesday, Mar 03, 2004 at 08:53
I have a set of four S/H Defender rims for sale at $60 each. Excellent condition no dings or rust but need probalbly need a respray for an Extreme. Nth Coast NSW
Peter
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Reply By: Member - jtb - Wednesday, Mar 03, 2004 at 02:52

Wednesday, Mar 03, 2004 at 02:52
hi , sounds good to me 2 cheersrather be fishing
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Reply By: lindsay - Thursday, Mar 04, 2004 at 08:23

Thursday, Mar 04, 2004 at 08:23
Miker I had a spare set of 4 rims off my .97 defender that i kept when i traded it they were new on that vehicle. I did buy a spare for $40.00 and the wheel nuts cost me $2.00 each. I have found this much better when in the bush as they are much easier to change/repair than the alloys. The first trip with the extreme I did a tyre on the plenty and had great difficulty changing the tyre at the garage at boulia so I thought what hope have i in the bush. Change to the alloys when I get home. Best thing I ever did.
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