Tyres

Submitted: Friday, May 07, 2004 at 21:15
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I have had BFG A/T of my 80 series for the past 4 years and have been very happy with them ( 70,000Km). I have been up Tanami, GRR etc with no problems. I am due to buy a new set. I have heard the new ones are not as good as the older ones. Can anyone comment in which way they are not as good. Eg Punctures, Grip, Wear etc or is this not correct. The other tyres I am considering as coopers but I have herd they are a bit lumpy when cold and more expensive.
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Reply By: Martyn (WA) - Friday, May 07, 2004 at 21:26

Friday, May 07, 2004 at 21:26
NJ,
Personally I would stick with the BFG's, if you can get the ones that come out of the US, not Malaysia or Japan. Not hearing really good syuff about the Coopers, a few in our club are going back to the BFG's. My opinions other will no doubt differ.
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Follow Up By: Wil - Saturday, May 08, 2004 at 16:48

Saturday, May 08, 2004 at 16:48
Beautiful truck & trailer. I envy you...

Like you I have an 80 series 97 model. What's the conversion like to a 3ltr Patrol? advantages & disadvantages?

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Follow Up By: Martyn (WA) - Saturday, May 08, 2004 at 20:40

Saturday, May 08, 2004 at 20:40
Wil,
Sorry I don't get your drift, I've never had an 80 series, I suspect you've mixed something up here a little bit, maybe.
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Reply By: Goran - Friday, May 07, 2004 at 21:29

Friday, May 07, 2004 at 21:29
I had the same dilema. In the end i went for BFG M/T. So far i am very happy with them.
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Reply By: slydog - Friday, May 07, 2004 at 21:40

Friday, May 07, 2004 at 21:40
NJ, I tried cooper s/t and have generally been disapointed from day one although not everything i can blame on the tyres, but in comparison to your bfg a/t i will be scratching to get 70000 kms from my coopers.
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Reply By: rolande- Friday, May 07, 2004 at 22:14

Friday, May 07, 2004 at 22:14
As above, check that you are getting the ones out of the U.S and not Asia. The U.S. ones are better
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Reply By: Member - Roachie (SA) - Friday, May 07, 2004 at 23:03

Friday, May 07, 2004 at 23:03
NJ
I recently swapped over from BFG Muddies to Cooper S/Ts on the Patrol. The muddies had only done about 50,000klm and still had a fair amount of tread. I only had 4 of them and 5x BFG A/Ts as spares and on camper trailer. One of the muddies got damaged on the sidewall (irreparable), so I've kept the 3 good ones as spares and sold my 4 "good" A/Ts which were only about half worn.
The new Coopers seem okay so far (only about 5000klm done on them). It came down to price in the end, they were about $20- each cheaper than the new BFG Muddies. ($275- v $295-).
I had no real worries at all with BFG and would have had them again if the price had been okay. I also considered Goodyear MT/Rs but over $300- each.
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Reply By: Member - Captain (WA) - Friday, May 07, 2004 at 23:36

Friday, May 07, 2004 at 23:36
Hi NJ

I had BFG A/T on my 80 series for years, but unfortunately got the Jap ones when i replaced them. They had a bad habit of poking the steel belt out from the tread, like a puncture from the inside - and No, the pressure was never below 25 psi when de-aired before the probelm appeared. Plus they looked like getting much lower mileage (guestimate ~50,000 compared to 65,000 plus for previous).

Anyway, changed to Cooper S/T when picking up my new Patrol and have been very happy with them (15,000kms now). Same dry and wet grip on-road but MUCH better off-road grip. Only downside is a bit noiser, when the windows are down. But hey, for that sort of off-road improvement, can easily live with it.

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