Calling all Discos!!

Submitted: Friday, Jun 18, 2004 at 20:47
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That's it I give up! What friggin tyres do I put on my Disco (03). The drivel so far from salesmen.... "the BFG's have had balancing probs lady", "Coopers nah! - they sell 'em in Wallmart in the States luv" , "Bridgestone 694's... yeah there OK I suppose darling!...", "just stay with your Michelins missy?!".

Can someone please tell me they have a Disco(03) and use ....such'nsuch.... tyres and go offroad with no probs. size i thought to use..... 245/70/16 I think!? Go offroad - bush 3/4 times/yr, sand 1/2/yr - but need to feel confident when the going gets tough.
Pls help!
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Reply By: rolande- Friday, Jun 18, 2004 at 21:09

Friday, Jun 18, 2004 at 21:09
Jac,
Just to confuse the issue, Landy nut mate of mine rekons Pirelli Scorpions are the ducks' for disco's
rolande
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Follow Up By: rickwagupatrol - Friday, Jun 18, 2004 at 21:20

Friday, Jun 18, 2004 at 21:20
whilst you have in jacked up,,,,take the number plates off, and put a real 4wd between them. lol :):)

just joking,
what sort of tyre do you have on the disco at the moment?

rick.
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Follow Up By: oddy - Friday, Jun 18, 2004 at 21:46

Friday, Jun 18, 2004 at 21:46
thks Ricko
michelins 235/70/16
nothin' wrong with the 03 disco - go easy with that jayco ! :-))
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Follow Up By: Jac - Friday, Jun 18, 2004 at 22:05

Friday, Jun 18, 2004 at 22:05
Rolande
did he say why? was it an AT?
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Follow Up By: rolande- Sunday, Jun 20, 2004 at 20:11

Sunday, Jun 20, 2004 at 20:11
Jac,
Scorpion is an AT, but probably not as aggressive as say a BFG AT. Is more the type of vehicle the tyre is "designed" for, if you can say that. Mainly dirt road and bitumen driving, but O.K in tougher stuff as well. Should be O.K in sand but not a mud tyre. Not designed as a mud tyre so you would expect this. Get some pricing, believe Bob Jane had them on special recently in Vic. Pirelli website search may be value to you as well. Hope this helps
Rolande
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Reply By: Mick - Friday, Jun 18, 2004 at 21:38

Friday, Jun 18, 2004 at 21:38
Oh dear Jac - you'll need more than a change of tyres if you want to go off road in a disco with "no probs". I'm only teasing .... but I'm sure you're used to it as a disco owner!
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Follow Up By: oddy - Friday, Jun 18, 2004 at 21:49

Friday, Jun 18, 2004 at 21:49
b......y nissan/toyota bullies
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Reply By: Jac - Friday, Jun 18, 2004 at 21:56

Friday, Jun 18, 2004 at 21:56
Ok that's enough boys! Go to your rooms.

my beautiful Landy has 235/70/16 michelins at the moment.
and has done 27,000 with no probs at all - except for the little dint i put in the back! whoops!... - been offroad heaps and only thing that lets me down is tyres.
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Follow Up By: ray91 - Friday, Jun 18, 2004 at 23:03

Friday, Jun 18, 2004 at 23:03
cooper ST 265x75x16 fit good and are good on and off road on the Disco
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Follow Up By: Mick - Friday, Jun 18, 2004 at 23:08

Friday, Jun 18, 2004 at 23:08
27,000 with no probs in a disco is VERY good - quite unheard of in fact Jac.
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Reply By: Bryan - Friday, Jun 18, 2004 at 21:56

Friday, Jun 18, 2004 at 21:56
Jac,
my father has a disco and the factory standard michelins are fantastic on the thing. extremely long wear 100k+ touring and towing. and good off road.
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Reply By: Patrol22 (Queanbeyan - Friday, Jun 18, 2004 at 22:03

Friday, Jun 18, 2004 at 22:03
Jac - if you want better off-raodability go for either of the following:
BFG A/Ts
Coopers STs
or
Yokohama GO11s - I am fitting a set of the Yokos to the Patrol tomorrow but would have preferred to BFGs if I could get the right size. All are good tyres though.
IMHO you should stick to the tyre size fitted by the factory.
Cheers
Pete
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Reply By: rickwagupatrol - Friday, Jun 18, 2004 at 22:04

Friday, Jun 18, 2004 at 22:04
hmmm, ok then, well as you know, the choice is many and varied.
from the description you gave of where/what you do in the disco-mobile, i think maybe just a decent A/T will do the job.
this still leaves a fairly wide choice tho.
from the sound of it, you are getting abit of a runaround from the tyre retailers, so how bout a bit of research yourself.

www.bfgoodrich.com.au

www.bridgestone.com.au

www.coopertires.com.au

www.dunloptyres.com.au

www.goodyear.com.au

www.tyrepower.com.au

www.michelin.com.au

www.pirelli.com.au

www.procomp.com.au

www.statetyres.com.au

www.simextyre.com

www.toyo.com.au

www.yokohama.com.au

this should give you a fair range to chose from, then you can make a decision based on what YOU want for the disco. as has been stated elsewhere, and on more than one occasion, tyres are what keep you on the road.
decide what suits your driving style, vehicle use etc, then put the price at the bottom of the list.
personally i am more than happy with the Toyo tyres on our Patrol. we do a fair amount of bitumen driving, but they are more than capable off-road as well.
take your time and have a look at those sites........( i hope they work :) )
hope this may be of some help.

rick.
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Follow Up By: oddy - Friday, Jun 18, 2004 at 22:20

Friday, Jun 18, 2004 at 22:20
we are not all retired :)
Jac
try www.tirerack.com
it's been done for you.
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Reply By: Member - John - Friday, Jun 18, 2004 at 22:54

Friday, Jun 18, 2004 at 22:54
Jac
Its my opinion that the original Michelin XPC's are a sensational all round tyre as far as wearing capabilities ; 70000Km's on mine and still some left.
Let down to 16PSI they were great across the Simpson.
I haven't used them in serious mud where i imagine they could slick up.
I know they are expensive at ~$320 / each but for peace of mind I guess you will only get what you pay for.

Just my humble opinion.

John
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Reply By: Rosco - Bris. - Saturday, Jun 19, 2004 at 08:36

Saturday, Jun 19, 2004 at 08:36
Jac

I wacked a set of Wranglers on mine ... can't remember the size, but the biggest you could legally fit on std. rims and they were not bad.
American jobs now, the earlier ones were made in Oz and were crap.

Ignore the jibes from the uneducated masses ... they know not what they should be driving.
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Reply By: Member - gimme (QLD) - Saturday, Jun 19, 2004 at 09:31

Saturday, Jun 19, 2004 at 09:31
Jac,
Send me your e-mail address and I will give you the site that will answer any questions you have about Range Rovers and Discoveries.
Regards,
Gimme
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Follow Up By: Jac - Sunday, Jun 20, 2004 at 22:45

Sunday, Jun 20, 2004 at 22:45
clarkjnk@yahoo.com.au
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Reply By: Puddin (Sydney) - Saturday, Jun 19, 2004 at 09:39

Saturday, Jun 19, 2004 at 09:39
I recently put the Bridgestone 694's on the patrol & they are excellent on & off road. Whatever you decide to get don't buy them from the morons you have been talking to if thats the way they speek to you because you are a women.
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Reply By: Member - Bob - Saturday, Jun 19, 2004 at 10:26

Saturday, Jun 19, 2004 at 10:26
Jac,
the original Michelins are a brilliant tyre and they do last a long time. However, I have had a few 'self immolate' in the outback, and they do get cut about on gravel roads such as the Plenty Hwy. I fitted Cooper LT245/75 16 s to my spare set of wheels (along with Smartire temp and pressure sensors). I drove from near Canberra to Broome (across the deserts by rough track), and then throughout the Kimberley at Easter without a single puncture! The other vehicles travelling with me has several tyre failures (esp on the Gibb River Rd). There is a little evidence of lug laceration on the Coopers but overall they look to be in excellent cond given the treatment they saw. They are reasonably quiet on the bitumen, but I suspect have a fair bit less wet adhesion than the Michelins (it rarely rains around here). They are great in sand.The size of this tyre means the spare still fits on the rear door (just) and gives about a one inch lift. I think they are technicazlly illegal (but then the laws are just for guidance rather than strict adherence ;-) So far I'd rate them as the best tyre I've driven on in the bush.
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Follow Up By: Member - Bob - Saturday, Jun 19, 2004 at 10:29

Saturday, Jun 19, 2004 at 10:29
PS For the Disco sceptics. The Disco was driven virtually off the showroom floor onto the track. It hasn't had its first service yet. No problems yet!
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Follow Up By: Jac - Sunday, Jun 20, 2004 at 22:50

Sunday, Jun 20, 2004 at 22:50
Thks Bob
Sounds perfect. Are they a 3 ply wall, will they belly a bit to help in sand? How tight a squeeze is the spare? Will they give the speedo much trouble? Am I right in thinking an LT is far superior in toughness to an AT.
Jac
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Follow Up By: Member - Bob - Monday, Jun 21, 2004 at 13:03

Monday, Jun 21, 2004 at 13:03
http://www.coopertires.com.au/tyres/st.htm
The specs refer to 10 ply - I don't know if this refers to the sidewall.
They are meant to run at about 30 PSI on the track, but will go a lot lower on sand.
The spare fits comfortably on the rear door with no space between the tyre and the bumper bar.
The speedo is about 8% out.
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Reply By: Jac - Sunday, Jun 20, 2004 at 11:29

Sunday, Jun 20, 2004 at 11:29
Thks to all for the assist. Still a bit undecisive but who couldn't be. Like the sound of the Coopers LT's and will look at Wrangler.
Cheers guys.
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