Bridgestone D694's

Submitted: Tuesday, Jul 20, 2004 at 00:24
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I have a 3.0l GU. Bought it new in 2002 with the standard Bridgestone 693's which lasted about 10 minutes.!!!

Any way, replaced them with a 75 profile Cooper which have been a very good tyre but i do experience a loss off power and economy from the bigger tyres.

Since 80% of time is spent on the black, I was thinking about going back to the 70 profile and saw the newer Bridgestone 694's on a wagon today which 'looked' better than the old 693's by a long shot. BUT ARE THEY ANY BETTER??

The old 693 passenger rated threw out in the centre because of weak belts and wore out in no time (I do mostly highway long runs).

Does anyone know if this is better now. Would like to hear from someone who has more than 20 - 30,000km's on them and still going (or haven't they been around that long.?

Cheers

Andrew.
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Reply By: Dave from Fraser Coast 4WD Club - Tuesday, Jul 20, 2004 at 00:27

Tuesday, Jul 20, 2004 at 00:27
We are running the 694s on the jeep atm and are impressed so far, but then I clocked up a lot of miles on two sets of 693s on the troopy without a problem.
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Follow Up By: Member - Andrew(WA) - Tuesday, Jul 20, 2004 at 00:32

Tuesday, Jul 20, 2004 at 00:32
Dave

I'm guessing the troopie's were not the '70' series tyre. probably the 75 profile. There does seem to be alot of difference in longevity for some reason. From what I hear, people are getting a better run from the 75's.

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Reply By: Sand Man (SA) - Tuesday, Jul 20, 2004 at 04:27

Tuesday, Jul 20, 2004 at 04:27
Andrew,

I have a set on my Jack but only done about 10,000 K's. The 694's had only just been released when I decided to try them.
They have a slightly more aggressive tread pattern than the 693's and an improved side wall reinforcement.
So Far, So Good

Sand Man
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Follow Up By: Member - Nobby - Tuesday, Aug 17, 2004 at 14:32

Tuesday, Aug 17, 2004 at 14:32
Sand Man.. noticed you have a set of 694's on your Jack. I am looking at a set in the next couple of months and wondered how yours are going.
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Reply By: Phillis - Tuesday, Jul 20, 2004 at 08:15

Tuesday, Jul 20, 2004 at 08:15
We are up to 36,000 kilometers on the GU with Bridgestone 693's.
The tyre man at KMart Auto said they had around 3,000 kilometers left.
We are going to put on Goodyear Wrangler AT/R tyres next month
My partner asked about bigger tyres for a bit more ground clearance in the bush. The man said only fools put on different size tyres on a diesel fourbie
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Follow Up By: gonebush - Tuesday, Jul 20, 2004 at 10:19

Tuesday, Jul 20, 2004 at 10:19
Well, there's a hell of lot of fools on this forum then who don't know what they're doing..................

.............NOT
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Follow Up By: Peter O - Tuesday, Jul 20, 2004 at 10:32

Tuesday, Jul 20, 2004 at 10:32
I'm a fool, I'm a fool. Cooper ST 285/75R16 Fool that is.
GU 4.2 Tdi 2003. I'm not sure which Bridgstones were on it when I picked them up, all I know is that I drove straight to the tyre place to replace them and I couldn't be happier. 14,000 Kms so far and you can tell if there has been any wear(mostly highway)
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Follow Up By: Member - Captain (WA) - Tuesday, Jul 20, 2004 at 10:41

Tuesday, Jul 20, 2004 at 10:41
Here's another fool too!!! Also straight from the dealer with my new 2003 GU and put on Cooper ST 285/75's. Anyone who has changed tyre size knows just how much bigger tyres help off-road. Done almost 20,000kms now and couldn't be happier either.

If you are concerned about powerloss, just add a Dtronic, makes a very big difference.

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Follow Up By: gonebush - Tuesday, Jul 20, 2004 at 12:01

Tuesday, Jul 20, 2004 at 12:01
Forgot to add that I'm a 305/70/16 Cooper ST with 30,000 ks fool

.....and a Dtronic on a Series 111 GU 3.0 TD.

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Happy Fool
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Reply By: Peter O - Tuesday, Jul 20, 2004 at 10:34

Tuesday, Jul 20, 2004 at 10:34
oops
You CAN'T tell if there is any wear
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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Tuesday, Jul 20, 2004 at 10:46

Tuesday, Jul 20, 2004 at 10:46
Bridgestones are known for lasting low klms, but are a good tire.

There are better tires out there, that will last.
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Reply By: andysgu - Tuesday, Jul 20, 2004 at 17:46

Tuesday, Jul 20, 2004 at 17:46
l also did a very very foolish thing l took of my 693 after 30,000 mainly because l wanted to use the patrol for what it was ment for to go over obsticles in the bush not level them out.
Foolishly went for 285STs extra clearance under the diff which you still dont get with a suspension lift.
lf you dont want to take the risk l still have the 693s ones never been of the back door the others slightly worn in the centres a few thousand left lf your in Melbourne eastern sub.
Andy.
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Follow Up By: Member - Andrew(WA) - Tuesday, Jul 20, 2004 at 18:06

Tuesday, Jul 20, 2004 at 18:06
I'm in Central coast WA Andy.

Wouldn't ever use the 693 again anyway.

Thanks
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Reply By: Alex - Tuesday, Jul 20, 2004 at 19:22

Tuesday, Jul 20, 2004 at 19:22
there are 693,s made in japan which come standard on patrols, you would be lucky to get 40,000 kms out of these . Then there are 693,s made in Australia which i put on my patrol then i did 97 000 kms on them all over Aust and when i sold it they still had 6mm tread (no punctures) 265/75/16 LT AT
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Reply By: Glenno - Wednesday, Jul 21, 2004 at 18:36

Wednesday, Jul 21, 2004 at 18:36
If the only thing you didnt like with the coopers was the profile, then get the better profile and get another set. Given you said the old Bridgestone's didnt last, and the coopers did, why risk it?

Cheers,

Glenno.
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