Tyres for Gary Junction road

Submitted: Monday, Jan 12, 2015 at 17:04
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Hi folks.
Thanks to all those who answered my query regarding taken a winch on the Gary Junction road.My next question is about tyres.i have Cooper ATS on my cruiser with good tread about 75%, will these tyres be ok for my trip in June.I also have 2 good spares.
Regards David
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Reply By: Member - John - Monday, Jan 12, 2015 at 17:20

Monday, Jan 12, 2015 at 17:20
David, should be fine, but others may have a different view, sort of like Holden/Ford......... Good luck and enjoy the trip.
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Follow Up By: Member - david L (VIC) - Monday, Jan 12, 2015 at 17:26

Monday, Jan 12, 2015 at 17:26
thanks John
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Reply By: Member - mark D18 - Monday, Jan 12, 2015 at 18:29

Monday, Jan 12, 2015 at 18:29
David

Coopers will be fine . They are a very well regarded tyre by most travellers ,Don't believe some off the negative that sometimes gets reported .
Just comes down to personal preference .
The correct tyre pressures are more of an issue.
Enjoy the trip .

Cheers
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Reply By: vk1dx - Monday, Jan 12, 2015 at 20:03

Monday, Jan 12, 2015 at 20:03
The Coopers will be fine. We have been all over the high country, through the Simpson, up to Cape York and lots of places up in the Kimberleys (spelling?) with Cooper AT's. We also have a set of Cooper ST Maxxs and they have been to similar places but when the weather was wet and the tracks were a tad slippery. And don't forget the Balfour Track with windscreen lapping water in Dec 2012.

You will be fine.
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Follow Up By: Member - david L (VIC) - Monday, Jan 12, 2015 at 22:57

Monday, Jan 12, 2015 at 22:57
Thanks everyone for your replies.
David
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Follow Up By: vk1dx - Tuesday, Jan 13, 2015 at 16:37

Tuesday, Jan 13, 2015 at 16:37
I meant to add that the last puncture we had was in a mini at Oran park back in 1968.

We have done over 300K kilometers on the Coopers and never a hassle.
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Reply By: Peter_n_Margaret - Monday, Jan 12, 2015 at 23:39

Monday, Jan 12, 2015 at 23:39
I would not consider the Gary Junction Road as particularly difficult for tyres with the exception of a couple of stony sections towards the western end.

Cheers,
Peter
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Reply By: Omaa - Tuesday, Jan 13, 2015 at 12:08

Tuesday, Jan 13, 2015 at 12:08
As a previous poster commented- tyres are a choice, bit like Ford/Holden. Our experiences with Cooper have been nothing but disasterous. We put Coopers on after listening to our son. About 3 years ago we had 2 back tyres on Nissan puncture at the same time. Fortunately plenty of spares so took into COOPER dealer in Alice to get repaired.Their comment was "Do not bring these tyres west of the Great Divide. " On our way again only to get an animal bone through the side wall! Into Longreach to get it repaired & his comment was identical to the comments at Alice. All in all we had 9 punctures and most of them on sealed road. Found that they were very dangerous in the wet as well .There are now 2 on the van with 2 spares & have returned to our Mitchies.
That is just our experiences with Coopers. We are also doing the Gary Junction Road this year & 2013 we did the Great Central Road (no punctures here with new tyres). Had also been up the Oodnadatta, up to Dalhousie then Finke (gibber plains) and not a problem
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Follow Up By: Member - mark D18 - Tuesday, Jan 13, 2015 at 13:35

Tuesday, Jan 13, 2015 at 13:35
Omaa

Just very unlucky.
The tyre dealer would have had a vested interest in other brand tyres . In saying that there are a lot of good tyres out there these day from most of the tyre manufactures .
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Follow Up By: Steve in Kakadu - Tuesday, Jan 13, 2015 at 13:46

Tuesday, Jan 13, 2015 at 13:46
A mate of mine works for a tyre wholesaler, that sells many brands including Coopers, he told me that Coopers warranty in null and void in the NT.
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Reply By: cookie1 - Tuesday, Jan 13, 2015 at 15:31

Tuesday, Jan 13, 2015 at 15:31
Mate of mine went through the Kimberley and Talawana Track, Gary Junction, Gunbarrel with us last year (2014) and blew a Cooper heading into a corner going into El Questro, Derby Tyrepower gave him ProRata on the tyre but it did make us more cautious for the rest of the trip but alas they were fine. I run Mickey Thompsons and didn't have any issues apart from picking up a screw at King Edward River Campground (they were installing new toilets and I drove past where they had dropped the hardware).

I think Tyre pressures are going to be your priority here, I'd sit on about 30 and keep the speed down. Try to avoid sidewall damage by going directly over any object than trying to go around potentially doing sidewall damage.

Enjoy your trip :)

cheers
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