Cooper tyres for LC80

Submitted: Wednesday, Apr 14, 2004 at 21:23
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I'm considering changing my Dunlop Grandtrek AT2s soon when they run out of rubber (due to frequent punctures and rapid wear), and Coopers seem good for my use (mostly gravel and sand). What sort of wear have other users got out of them? I am running 265/75s on my 80 series LC. Thanks.
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Reply By: Slammin - Wednesday, Apr 14, 2004 at 21:36

Wednesday, Apr 14, 2004 at 21:36
I assume cooper at's? If so I've got 225/75 16 and look to get @60k out of a set 10%gone.
I'm in mainly sandy some gravel desert location dirt 75% of the time at max. speed most of the time @120kmh/dirt and 140kmh/bitumin.
Good tyre no punctures nice quiet not much wet here but the mud it has seen it has eaten up easily(mind you there aren't any hills) sand work is good.
Overall they are adequate but i was hoping for better wear. My cheapo Olympic Overlanders got 80k easily out of a set in same conditions.
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Follow Up By: jiarna - Wednesday, Apr 14, 2004 at 21:41

Wednesday, Apr 14, 2004 at 21:41
That's what I was wondering. They performed well for sand/gravel in a recent 4WD Monthly tyre comparison, but no data about wear rates. May not be able to justify the cost. How did the Overlanders go for punctures?
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Follow Up By: jiarna - Wednesday, Apr 14, 2004 at 21:48

Wednesday, Apr 14, 2004 at 21:48
Yes I did mean Cooper ATs. Must have slipped a cog.
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Follow Up By: Member - StevenL - Wednesday, Apr 14, 2004 at 21:48

Wednesday, Apr 14, 2004 at 21:48
Thanks for that feedback Slammin,

I am putting 265/70R17 Cooper AT's on the new Prado when I get it in a couple of weeks. Chiefly because they are one of the few 17" offroad tyres available. Sounds like they will do what I want OK.

Steven
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Follow Up By: Slammin - Wednesday, Apr 14, 2004 at 21:52

Wednesday, Apr 14, 2004 at 21:52
First up I got mine for $205 each for 6.

O'landers were @ $190, with free balance and rotation every 10k for the life of tyre.

I didn't really get any punctures with the O'landers until they were in the last 20% or so and then i got a few, bits of nails or screws etc. I did pick up a nail withthe coopers when they were fairly new and the nail was bent and embedded a bit but not puncturing. If you have a look at the top of the lugs on the cooper there are lots of squiggly cuts in them which I'm pretty sure is for road grip but i find they tend to chip easily on the rears at these squiggles.

As the lugs wear on the coopers the wear rates may increase as there is more rubber on the ground but unless it does so i feel I should have just stuck with the O'landers.
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Follow Up By: jiarna - Wednesday, Apr 14, 2004 at 21:58

Wednesday, Apr 14, 2004 at 21:58
Thanks Slammin
I've seen lots of tyres in the scrap heap in Oodnadatta with the treads broken away in chunks, and I don't want to spend money on rubber to decorate the road with.
The tyre guru at the Pink Roadhouse in Oodnadatta says that a lot of the local cattle stations are using Toyos, although not as wide as my 265/75-16s. Maybe that's something to look into - but they are expensive!
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Follow Up By: jiarna - Wednesday, Apr 14, 2004 at 21:58

Wednesday, Apr 14, 2004 at 21:58
Thanks Slammin
I've seen lots of tyres in the scrap heap in Oodnadatta with the treads broken away in chunks, and I don't want to spend money on rubber to decorate the road with.
The tyre guru at the Pink Roadhouse in Oodnadatta says that a lot of the local cattle stations are using Toyos, although not as wide as my 265/75-16s. Maybe that's something to look into - but they are expensive!
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Follow Up By: jiarna - Wednesday, Apr 14, 2004 at 21:59

Wednesday, Apr 14, 2004 at 21:59
Oops, mouse button got stuck!
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Follow Up By: Slammin - Wednesday, Apr 14, 2004 at 22:12

Wednesday, Apr 14, 2004 at 22:12
Jiarna's got palsey nah nah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! S__t I think I caught ittttttt.

The lugs aren't ripping off or anything just chipping a bit but not every lug, at those edges I tired to describe, have a look at a set to see what I mean. As I stated I do expect a lot of highspeed hardwork out of my rubber so it is probably a bit my fault but I've had other tyres that weren't as bad that's all. I must add i would have 110% confidence to do any track with them on. If it was too bad I would have posted a warning b4 now.

I've done the oodnadatta track and been asked to help out a few vehicles that had fats and had blown their 2 spares. Mind you they were going way too fast, so it was amusing to come across them and have them begging for a spare after just showering us with gibbers. LOL they had $275+ tyres and they wanted our 10% wear left $20 on a rim from the wreckers spare.

I must warn tho' I have a big bias towards a skinnier tyre, and it must be on a split. Ease of fixing, ease of obtaining a spare, easily less staking, cheaper, just basically easier IMHO.
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Follow Up By: jiarna - Wednesday, Apr 14, 2004 at 22:29

Wednesday, Apr 14, 2004 at 22:29
Yeah I know what you mean about the mad speed demons - I usually get to go out and scrape them up off the road.

Thanks for the feedback about the Cooper ATs.
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Reply By: swogger - Thursday, Apr 15, 2004 at 17:52

Thursday, Apr 15, 2004 at 17:52
I have cooper at's on gq patrol. Done 50 k so far and think i will get about 20 k more. We are on working holiday around oz and have seen some of the worst roads in oz and never one flatty. Havent done too much mud work with them but that will be coming up shortly. Doing cape york next year and was wondering would it be worth getting the st's next???

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Follow Up By: jiarna - Thursday, Apr 15, 2004 at 18:21

Thursday, Apr 15, 2004 at 18:21
Thanks swogger
If you're happy with the ATs, then the STs should be fine as the only difference (as far as I know) is the more open tread pattern to shed mud better. Might be a bit more noisy on the blacktop, but that's easily fixed - stay on the dirt!
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