Bridgestone D694's

Submitted: Wednesday, Jan 05, 2005 at 14:36
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Searched the archives and noted a couple of forumites had fitted D694's about 6 or 7 months ago and some others were thinking of putting them on.

Just wondered how they were holding up.

Gotta replace the BFG AT's shortly and can get the D694's at $40 a tyre less. But.....since I strongly suspect I won't get the same K's out of the D694's as I would out of another set of BFG's I've gotta decide whether the cheaper tyre is false economy.

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Reply By: bernie1 - Wednesday, Jan 05, 2005 at 15:06

Wednesday, Jan 05, 2005 at 15:06
Have fitted LT235/85/16 to LC105 approx 10months ago.They handle well in wet on black top. Just come back from trip out to Chariville,They did not clog up with the red mud out there. Recent tip to kenilworth through the state forest also went well.They are wearing pretty evenly. At this stage I have no trouble recommending them to anybody.A Pajero in our group had 285's fiited and has no problems.
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Follow Up By: Member - John (Bathurst) - Wednesday, Jan 05, 2005 at 18:41

Wednesday, Jan 05, 2005 at 18:41
Bernie,
Thanks for your input. Very interesting. Need to replace tyres before we do outback Queensland this winter.
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Reply By: Member - Bradley- Wednesday, Jan 05, 2005 at 15:56

Wednesday, Jan 05, 2005 at 15:56
i'm getting a set before autum for use on the road , had the 693 previous to my current tyres and they were fairly good for the price, handled well and balanced up really well, but didnt wear all that flash (got rid of them about 60%worn at 40,000k), the 694 is an improvement all round by all accounts. Sadly mate, since michelin took over bfg the all terrains aren't giving anywhere near the run they used to, which is a damn shame as they were a great tyre.

The local Brigy man tells me $205 ea. for a 265/75/16 if buying 4.
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Follow Up By: Member - Sand Man (SA) - Wednesday, Jan 05, 2005 at 16:19

Wednesday, Jan 05, 2005 at 16:19
Brad,

That's a really good price. Paid $218 each for 245/70/16 694's, albeit 2 at a time.
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Follow Up By: Member - John (Bathurst) - Wednesday, Jan 05, 2005 at 18:26

Wednesday, Jan 05, 2005 at 18:26
Thanks guys for your input. Looking for 245/70/16. The local bloke is quoting me $230 -$240 each so Brad's $205 makes me think a bit of negotiation might be mandatory. Even Sand Man's $218 is looking good .Will have to check out the tyre chains like Bob Jane T Mart etc.

Really reluctant to bypass the BFG's. Had such a great run out of them, never had an ounce of trouble off road. Would have been even better if I'd not been so slack and rotated them and balanced/aligned them when I should have.

But dollars are dollars.

Good to see fellow Jack owners flying the flag.
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Reply By: D-Jack - Wednesday, Jan 05, 2005 at 18:49

Wednesday, Jan 05, 2005 at 18:49
John,

I was looking at the D694s for my Jack too - was looking at $190 each in Adelaide from Bridgestone dealer at staff prices, so your prices looks very good. In Adelaide at least, th RAA gives a further $5 rebate per Bridgestone tyre - interstate motorist organisations can also give a little more if you're a memeber

HAvent got them yet, I really wanted 245/75/r16s for an extra 12-13mm lift underneath, but that spec tyre doesn't have the same speed rating or load rating, probably not quite as tough tyre. So I'm still leaning toward the BFG A/Ts when I have to finally make a decision.

D-Jack
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Reply By: DP - Wednesday, Jan 05, 2005 at 20:48

Wednesday, Jan 05, 2005 at 20:48
John - I suggest you try a Bridgestone outlet that is actually owned by Bridgestone Australia, and not a local franchise dealer. Bridgestone owned outlets may be able to cut the price down even more than your local franchise.

I got my set of D694's (they're wearing well thanks) from the dealership in Adelaide for an excellent price - well below prices listed so far - but I work for a Bridgestone subsidiary company, which obviously helps as well.

Try giving Bridgestone Australia Ltd. head office in Adelaide a call and see if they've got a BSAL owned outlet nearby.

Good luck.
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Follow Up By: Member- Peter & Mrs Peter, Lez - Thursday, Jan 06, 2005 at 14:47

Thursday, Jan 06, 2005 at 14:47
Hey, is that you Danny. Cheers peter
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Follow Up By: DP - Thursday, Jan 06, 2005 at 17:08

Thursday, Jan 06, 2005 at 17:08
G'day Pete & Les - yes you caught me lurking! Still haven't joined up - I wonder if ExploreOz will accept a BSTG endorsed $50 Myer voucher as payment?!?

trust your holidays are going well... done any trips in your time off??

Catch up with you on the 17th.

Dan
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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Thursday, Jan 06, 2005 at 09:56

Thursday, Jan 06, 2005 at 09:56
"I've gotta decide whether the cheaper tyre is false economy. "

Always.. How can a tire that wears faster but saves you $ be smart economy?
Stones are good tires, but wear out real fast.
With the numerous long wearing tires out there, why wouldnt you get something better?

Coopers
Toyo Opats
BFG
Goodyear
etc etc etc...

You may not have many tire places to choose from in Bathurst (havent been there for 7 yrs), but would be worth trying..
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Follow Up By: Member - John (Bathurst) - Thursday, Jan 06, 2005 at 11:49

Thursday, Jan 06, 2005 at 11:49
G'day Truckster,

It's a question of how much faster the stones wear out and how much you save on the deal. If I only get 50% of the k's I get out of the BFG's then obviously it's a dumb deal. But if I get say 90% of what I'm getting at the moment then it's a question of whether the extra 10% is worth the extra dollars.

Don't need them right away but it's time to start thinking about what I'll do.
Penrith is only 2 hours down the track and there are more tyre places there than I can poke a stick at.
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Thursday, Jan 06, 2005 at 11:58

Thursday, Jan 06, 2005 at 11:58
Dont only think about klms, think about strength of the tire, sidewall and other important factors if your going offroad....
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Follow Up By: Member- Peter & Mrs Peter, Lez - Thursday, Jan 06, 2005 at 14:55

Thursday, Jan 06, 2005 at 14:55
So how do we test the sidewall strength, general strength of the tyre etc. I just buy a different set of tyres each time I renew them. Have NEVER found a tyre that has let me down yet. Admittedly I havent tried Coopers, Bfgs, Toyo, Michelins or Firestones yet. People worry too much about tyre brands, and not enough about tyre pressures, rotation and balancing to give optimum life.
Cheers Peter
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Thursday, Jan 06, 2005 at 17:26

Thursday, Jan 06, 2005 at 17:26
Have NEVER found a tyre that has let me down yet.

Neither have I, but numerous others have.... It has to be a consideration if your serious.
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Reply By: TheUndertaker - Thursday, Jan 06, 2005 at 12:54

Thursday, Jan 06, 2005 at 12:54
235/75/15s ,AT ,4000ks still have manufacturing pips ,are noisier than previous pirelli ATs, donuts technology ,paid $720 for set of 4 fitted and balanced [trade price].
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Reply By: Dean - Thursday, Jan 06, 2005 at 14:00

Thursday, Jan 06, 2005 at 14:00
John,
I fitted 4 265/70/16 694 about 6 months ago, $230 each. That was from a bridgestone owned store. They were 20-30 less than all the franchise companys.
Have done about 10,000 km so far,are wearing well with no probs. Have been to the flinders a couple of times and some sand.
The main thing between the 694 and BFG in 245/70/16 is the construction. The 694 is P rated, the BFG is LT8 ply D Load rated.
I went for the 694 as the BFG were not available at the time.
Dean
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