Gibb River Road and Number of Spare Tyres.

Hi Everybody
Heading up the GRR in July. Its been 25 years since I last travelled that road.Back then I travelled puncture free. Everything I read about the road these days suggests two spare tyres, are two spares really required. I will have new LT tyres on a LC 200.
I know its a bit subjective, but any comments based on recent experiences welcomed.
Cheers
Tony
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Reply By: Rangiephil - Monday, May 27, 2019 at 13:27

Monday, May 27, 2019 at 13:27
I have done the GRR three times and also have been to Kalumburu and Mitchell falls.
All without a puncture.
There is a tyre repair place half way along the GRR.
Make sure your tyres are in good condition and only part worn, say 80%.
Obviously Light truck rated tyres like BFG ATKOs are preferred but I did it once with Michelin reinforced tyres with no problems.
I am a bit Anal so have matching wheels and tyres of a similar diameter on my camper trailer so I can use the spare if stuck in a desert but have never needed to.

Regards Philip A
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Reply By: David G (WA) - Monday, May 27, 2019 at 14:38

Monday, May 27, 2019 at 14:38
Tony, I did the GRR a couple of years ago with two spares. Fortunately didn't need them. I would recommend you also take a tyre repair kit, and a good quality 12v compressor just in case.

Whatever you do DON'T travel the road in the school holidays!!!

Safe trip
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Reply By: Robin Miller - Monday, May 27, 2019 at 14:43

Monday, May 27, 2019 at 14:43
Two wheels used to be more common but none of our group use more than one.

Only ever used one myself and made camper use approx. same size also so 1 spare for six wheels.

As per Phil - have good tyres , take repair stuff (even if you can't do it).
I also take spare tube.

On last trip to Mitchells Iwas driving a bit on berm on edge of road to lesson corrugations and when I stopped for a minute I noticed berm was not just dirt but also was a mixture of volcanic rock - so quickly decided to drive back on corrugations .
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Reply By: Ozi M - Monday, May 27, 2019 at 16:11

Monday, May 27, 2019 at 16:11
I took two, when I pulled over for lunch at Dog Chain Creek I managed to spike a tyre on the tread/side wall join.

Not really repairable there so I was glad I had another spare
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Reply By: Idler Chris - Monday, May 27, 2019 at 19:59

Monday, May 27, 2019 at 19:59
Hi Tony,

Take it easy and drive to the conditions and you would be unlucky to have any problems provided your tyres were LT's and in good condition. If you do have trouble there is a Tyre Repair Shop on the GRR and here is the waypoint and file.
16 53.1609 S 125 47.8903 E

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Reply By: 9900Eagle - Monday, May 27, 2019 at 20:14

Monday, May 27, 2019 at 20:14
Been down it twice and never had a tyre problem. For me it is not a hard road on tyre, then again a little while back I had an air problem on the last trailer of a triple in a very bad spot on the road, dragged it up the road to a safer place and (cry) blew 5 tyres.

Good lt tyres with good tread with the right pressures I would say you will have no problems at all. Safe travels.

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Reply By: Mike & Kendra LCRUISER1 - Monday, May 27, 2019 at 23:50

Monday, May 27, 2019 at 23:50
Hi Tony, we did the GRR in 2017 ( July). Did many of off shoots including Mitchell Falls towing an off road camper trailer. Did one tyre in ( side wall) and was thankful that I took 2 spares. Also lost an aerial and a windscreen . Corrugations pretty bad but not too bad. Watch out for cowboys trying to break the land speed record and completing the GRR in a day ( and spraying you with rocks ) ! Cheers Mike
Not to mention being passed on the left hand side ??
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Follow Up By: Alloy c/t - Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at 09:43

Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at 09:43
Passing on the left hand side ? Whats the problem ? If the wind is blowing so the right hand side is a total dust wipeout and you can 'see' on the left the track is clear ? The UHF is your friend ......
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Reply By: CSeaJay - Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at 08:57

Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at 08:57
I am a little surprised than few of the above comments mention tire pressures.
Airing down certainly helps with the handling dynamics of the car, but also prevents those sharp gibbers doing damage
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Reply By: Member - Boobook - Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at 10:12

Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at 10:12
It's simple Tony.

If you only take 1 spare, you'll need 2. If you take 2 spares, you won't need any.

2 will give you a lot less stress if you get the first puncture. If you can carry a second, then take it. Alternatively a good repair kit, and even a can of zhhht stuff. It may stuff a tyre, but better than waiting around for 48 hours;
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Follow Up By: Michael H9 - Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at 19:24

Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at 19:24
That is so true. Every time I've travelled with 2 spares I've not had a problem. Two times I've travelled with only one spare I've had a world of tyre pain.
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Reply By: Ron N - Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at 11:14

Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at 11:14
There's a simple formula that says the amount of tyre damage and shortness of tyre life, is directly proportional to speed and load carried.

Load up to the max and speed like a madman, and you'll be guaranteed of much wheel changing, and tyre repair work.

Carry a modest load and travel at much lower speeds, and your tyre problems will be minimal.

Cheers, Ron.
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Reply By: tonyci - Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at 14:58

Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at 14:58
Thank you everybody.Some good tips.
Carrying a second spare is not easy, on the roof, never get it off or the punctured one back up. Rear wheel carrier adds an extra 100kgs with tyre.
If I carry a second spare might take out rear seats to make space.
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Tony
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Follow Up By: Michael H9 - Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at 19:26

Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at 19:26
Just carry a tyre without the rim to save some weight.
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Reply By: duck - Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at 20:48

Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at 20:48
Tony
Just did the Gibb a couple of weeks ago & the road is in good condition but will not last as they only got about 200mls this wet not the 2 mtrs as usually
Some had crap tyres & had no problems others had good tyres & did all the right thing & had problems it’s just luck or no luck but if you have to buy a tire it will cost you time & $ ( I had no problems but I am in a truck with supper singals & I carry 2 spare wheels & tyres)
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Reply By: Pushy - Friday, May 31, 2019 at 15:03

Friday, May 31, 2019 at 15:03
Just the luck of the draw. We did El Questro to Drysdale River last year with four vehicles and had 5 punctures although one car had none. On the return trip no punctures, but we counted over 70 wrecked tyres on the side of the road.
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