best tyres for 4x4

Submitted: Saturday, Apr 03, 2004 at 19:52
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Although out of 4x4's now my neighbour, owner of an 80 series cruiser which is due for new tyres. He has had a poor run with Kumos and asked my for opinion on other brands. He does 90% of work on the road pulling a 3000kg caravan.

Thanks to those who replied to my request last year regarding excessive oil consumption on my Gen 111 engined Statesman. The good news is it is finally booked in for a rebuild next month. It took 3 years to convince GMH.
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Reply By: Coops (Pilbara) - Saturday, Apr 03, 2004 at 20:59

Saturday, Apr 03, 2004 at 20:59
Bridgestone Dueler (693's I think), Cooper ST's or Goodyear Wrangler A/T's would all be good choices from my experience (personal, friends etc).

You'll get what you pay for and there's a million things to consider before selecting the appropriate tyre. Doubtful you'll get one that'll satisfy 100% of 4x4 needs.

I personally run Wrangler MTR's on my 80 series but they'll cost heaps and I live in a totally different environment so while they suit me fine they may not do so for your neighbour.
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Follow Up By: KiwiAngler - Saturday, Apr 03, 2004 at 21:46

Saturday, Apr 03, 2004 at 21:46
Some one doing 90% on the road towing a caravan would probably be better off with the Cooper HT or possibly AT rather than the ST..imho
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Follow Up By: Coops (Pilbara) - Saturday, Apr 03, 2004 at 23:53

Saturday, Apr 03, 2004 at 23:53
one can get into an awful lot of trouble in that 10% of the time.
H/T tyres are useless on gravel whereas an A/T tyre handles bitumen quite nicely IMHO.
It all gets down to personal choice and I can only offer my opinion/advice.
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Follow Up By: Member -Bob & Lex (Sydney) - Sunday, Apr 04, 2004 at 10:59

Sunday, Apr 04, 2004 at 10:59
Bridgestone don't make 693's anymore, called 694 now with a much better tread pattern for on & off road IHMO as I just put them on the Patrol
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Reply By: Martyn (WA) - Sunday, Apr 04, 2004 at 19:44

Sunday, Apr 04, 2004 at 19:44
Stick some BFG Long Trails on you won't go far wrong. Not to sure about the Coopers anymore I'm getting a lot of negative reports about them, a lot of our club members are now going back to the good old BFG All Terrains, they don't seem to do any less K's than the Coopers and you don't have to get all the checks done at the tyre centers to comply with the warranty. The BFG's have the three ply side walls which can come in handy. There are squillions of threads about tyres. Kumo's are quite a soft compound tend to be a bit noisy, this depends on the tread pattern of course.
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