Tyres for rough roads

Submitted: Monday, May 13, 2002 at 00:00
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we are intending to travel to Inaminka, Camerons Corner and to Bendigo back up the Stuart HW to Alice Springs. What would be the best tyres to put on a Triton
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Reply By: Ken - Monday, May 13, 2002 at 00:00

Monday, May 13, 2002 at 00:00
Hi Philip and Karen I have just fitted a set of Cooper Discoverer S/T tyres to my F250 in preparation for a trip to the Kimbeleys WA . They are reputed to be the toughest tyres around and certainly look the part! I have been a fan of BFG A/T and have had a good run from them on previous outback trips, but wanted to try something new, I also liked the aggresive tread pattern of the Cooper S/T's . So far with only 400 k travelled on them all I can say is that they are surprisingly quiet on the black top. Regards Ken.
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Reply By: Mike - Monday, May 13, 2002 at 00:00

Monday, May 13, 2002 at 00:00
Philip& Karen, Either Coopers or BFGoodrich A/T KOs, are the pick of the bunch, with my preferred being BFGs. Unfortunately they are also amongst the dearest, but with tyres, you get what you pay for. You will need to take an extra spare and a tyre repair kit would be very handy. I found the BFGs to also be an excellent road tyre, not too harsh or noisy.
Have a great trip. Happy trails, Mike.
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Reply By: Michelle - ExplorOz - Tuesday, May 14, 2002 at 00:00

Tuesday, May 14, 2002 at 00:00
Phili and Karen,You might wonder why there is little info re tyres on our site and that's because every car, every driver, every track and every day is different and it is totally bogus to believe that there is one tyre that is ideal over all conditions and for all vehicles. We are not too inclinded to get into the type debate as it's undoubtedly a hot potato. It is true that the BFG A/T and the Coopers ST have become very popular as the prefered choice for most serious offroad drivers (that's what we have personally stuck too) but in our experience neither has been ideal! We've had poor wear from both BFG and Coopers. We can assure you that there is both luck and skill related to avoiding flats, but tyre wear is an issue most closely related to correct tyre pressures. A big consideration in choosing a tyre for outback trips is availability so unless you are taking 2 spares, then opt for the popular makes.The tracks you mention are not serious 4WD tracks, so aggressive tyre patterns are not required, but conditions in the areas you mention can range from fast dirt to corrugated gibbers to slick black soil plus the bitumen, so an All Terrain tyre will be required. Don't go for a mud tyre. It always pays to observe what the locals use, and what pressure they recommend for their roads (if in doubt ring them). You should also consider that tyre reports form different makes of car cannot be compared fairly so hopefully anothe Triton explorer will talk to you. Good luck!
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Follow Up By: Greg - Wednesday, May 15, 2002 at 00:00

Wednesday, May 15, 2002 at 00:00
Well said Phil and Karen. I believe speed is the main cause of flat tyres when doing general touring on outback roads. Pressures are also important, best to stick around the vehicle manufacturers recommendations unless the tyres are radically different to standard. I have used a range of tyres over 35 years and can't rally say one was better than the other for punctures or damage on outback roads.
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