NSW Corner Country tyre suggestions.

Submitted: Monday, Sep 07, 2020 at 00:10
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I an heading to Wanaaring, Tibooburra and surrounds in 5-6 weeks. Have 2013 Mazda BT-50 UP series. I am running with Bridgestone Dueller A/T tyres at present but have heard that Bob Jane brand tyres are Bridgestone with a brand name change and also cheaper. Can anyone in this forum confirm this? Price will also be a factor to some degree in my final choice of brand.
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Reply By: Batt's - Monday, Sep 07, 2020 at 00:51

Monday, Sep 07, 2020 at 00:51
Sorry can't help with Bridgestone but if you want an inexpensive tyre that has good grip in the wet, are quiet on the road, good on gravel, sand Kumho Road Venture A/T 51. I've had them on my Dual cab GQ Patrol for a few yrs no problems my neighbour put some on his 2006 bt50 around a year ago and likes them as well.
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Reply By: Member - shane r1 - Monday, Sep 07, 2020 at 10:32

Monday, Sep 07, 2020 at 10:32
A lot of tyres (and other products) are made for companies like bob Jane, but are made to a price . So won’t necessarily be of the same quality.
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Reply By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Monday, Sep 07, 2020 at 10:49

Monday, Sep 07, 2020 at 10:49
I used to run the Bridgestone LT Duelers, both in the original 694 and then the later 697’s, so am fullly qualified to answer this question.

Good tyre but very poor tyre wear.

A few years ago Toyo brought out their new Open Country AT2.

They were $100 per tyre cheaper than the Bridgestone, so went that way, as I had nothing to lose. Most times on my 967LT, I would have to replace them around 30k mark at the 50% treat life for Outback travels.

Here we are now at 60k on the Toyo and still not at 50% tread wear. These are by far the best ever AT /LT tyres that I have ever used and will never go back to Bridgestone. Also the Toyo has a greater load rating and equally as good in every case , or better than the Bridgestone.
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Follow Up By: Member - Cuppa - Monday, Sep 07, 2020 at 13:38

Monday, Sep 07, 2020 at 13:38
Am on my second set of Bridgestone D697 265/75's. They have excellent puncture resistance (rubber thickness) in tread area but yes they hey do chip up way too easily The second set more rapidly than the first. Got 60,000kms out of the first set, with some still to go, but not enough for me to feel comfortable taking them where we were headed at the time. The current set don't look like they will get anywhere near to that figure. Their sidewalls also bulge out more than Toyos & BFG's at lower pressures making them more vulnerable than I'd like on tracks when lower pressures are called for. (Lost a 10 day old tyre because of this - 3" sidewall gash on a sandy track at 50ph from an unseen rock). I have often found myself needing to run at a higher pressure than I'd prefer as a result . Next ones will most likely be Toyo AT2's .
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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Monday, Sep 07, 2020 at 13:59

Monday, Sep 07, 2020 at 13:59
My AT2 Open Country at 60k, would more likely do very close, if not over 100k, but I never let my tyres drop below 50% tread.

So at my rate, I would have been through 2 sets of Bridgestones and a very dear exercise.

The last price I got for my tyres was $230 per tyre fitted and balances, better than when I was paying $350 per tyre from Bridgestone
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Follow Up By: Member - Cuppa - Monday, Sep 07, 2020 at 14:35

Monday, Sep 07, 2020 at 14:35
Strangely when I bought my first D697's I bought them on price. Toyo AT2's were the choice of all the heavily laden mine support vehicles at Loy Yang near where we lived at the time, but were significantly more expensive than the Bridgestones then.

Having since spent a year in the Kimberley, which I expect many here will know is a tough environment for tyres, I observed that by the far the most commonly fitted tyre on local vehicles used off the bitumen were the BFG KO2's, with the Toyo AT2's the second most common. Both had stronger/tougher sidewalls than the Bridgestones. The mention in this thread re BFG's chipping & Toyos not is what will see Toyos fitted next time around.
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Follow Up By: Member - McLaren3030 - Tuesday, Sep 08, 2020 at 15:30

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Same here Cuppa, only mine will be the Toyo RT. I have had quite a few sets of LT tyres over the years including Mickey T’s, Coopers & BFG’s. I am absolutely over the Cooper side wall splitting problem. This was supposed to have been sorted out several years ago, but my last set, 4 out of the 6 have suffered side wall splits, and not from damage. Pressures checked regularly, and rotated every 10,000 kms.

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Follow Up By: Member - Cuppa - Tuesday, Sep 08, 2020 at 15:35

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See the other tyre thread Macca. 5 Toyo RT's going on tomorrow morning! :)
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Follow Up By: Member - McLaren3030 - Tuesday, Sep 08, 2020 at 15:46

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Yes, I saw that Cuppa.
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Reply By: Member - Jim S1 - Monday, Sep 07, 2020 at 12:25

Monday, Sep 07, 2020 at 12:25
Hi Stephen

I put the Bob Janes on my camper. No problems. They do retain stones in the tread, and I have no idea how noisy or quiet they are. They seem fine, and hold the air ......... haven't had to top them up anywhere and no punctures (touch wood).

I run Toyo on the Isuzu ...... good tyre.

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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Monday, Sep 07, 2020 at 12:37

Monday, Sep 07, 2020 at 12:37
Hi Jim

I was that impressed with the Toyo’s, I ditched the BFG’s on our camper ( shocking tyre, very badly chipped on our first trip up the Birdsville Track ) and put Toyo’s on the camper.

They have since done many true outback trips and not one mark on them.

I am so impressed with them, when it is time to put more rubber on the Prado, I will not be looking at any other tyre, I think they are brilliant.
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Reply By: Gbc.. - Monday, Sep 07, 2020 at 14:00

Monday, Sep 07, 2020 at 14:00
Yokohama do a buy 3 get 4 deal a couple of times a year. It looks like tyres and more are running it at the moment. The GO15's are my current favorite tyre. Mine have been where you want to go. They haven't got a mark or chip on them, and the price is great when bought under the deal above.
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Reply By: Ozi M - Monday, Sep 07, 2020 at 15:21

Monday, Sep 07, 2020 at 15:21
I will be replacing tyres soon, the Toyos sound quite good.

How do you all find them on the black top in the wet, often good off road tyres are a bit slippery on the highway when wet


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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Monday, Sep 07, 2020 at 15:48

Monday, Sep 07, 2020 at 15:48
Hi Ozi M

That was my main concern going away from the Bridgestone tyres which were perfect of the bitumen and great for wet weather grip.

The first thing I noticed with the new Toyo AT2 Open Country was, they were just as quiet and wet weather grip was great, which was what I was after.

I can not comment on the very latest AT2’s, but my tyres are made in Japan, have a higher load rating over the Bridgestone.

Of all the people that have spoken to me, everyone is full of praise for the Toyo and will be my next tyre again.

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Follow Up By: Ozi M - Monday, Sep 07, 2020 at 19:27

Monday, Sep 07, 2020 at 19:27
Thanks for that, I will look at them when time to buy.

Not doing a lot of K's at the moment, a bit nervous about getting locked down somewhere
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Follow Up By: AlbyNSW - Monday, Sep 07, 2020 at 19:54

Monday, Sep 07, 2020 at 19:54
The other tyre to consider is Nitto that are made by Toyo, same style heady duty carcass
I have used both and on my second set of Nitto, both excellent tyres
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Reply By: Member - Suitcase (QLD) - Monday, Sep 07, 2020 at 19:31

Monday, Sep 07, 2020 at 19:31
They’re black. They’re round. It just depends on how you use them. I like Hankook Dynapro.
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Follow Up By: RMD - Tuesday, Sep 08, 2020 at 10:48

Tuesday, Sep 08, 2020 at 10:48
If for Corner Country then perhaps they should be square. That seems appropriate!
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Reply By: Member - shane r1 - Wednesday, Sep 09, 2020 at 09:17

Wednesday, Sep 09, 2020 at 09:17
A couple of Tyre brands that come to mind from my days in the industry.
One that made me laugh when I first saw it was “double happiness “.
The other thing I found interesting is there is a truck Tyre brand “triangle” but I haven’t seen one called “square”
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Reply By: Phil G - Wednesday, Sep 09, 2020 at 19:26

Wednesday, Sep 09, 2020 at 19:26
Stephen H15,
Yes that is correct. The BobJane J-Trax is identical to the superseded Bridgestone D694 and comes out of a Bridgestone factory.
Have a couple of mates who are using them and are very happy. Pretty good price - $219 for tyres to fit a Prado and they come with a good Road Hazard Warranty - where they replace the tyre if its unrepairable, staked, damaged etc.
https://www.bobjane.com.au/promo/road-hazard-warranty
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