Tyres For Nissan Patrol

Submitted: Saturday, Sep 28, 2002 at 00:00
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We drive a Nissan Patrol GU 3 litre Turbo Diesel. It came fitted with Bridgestone 265/70 tyres; we have changed the shocks and springs to Old Man Emu’s. We are towing an Ultimate off road camper trailer, which came fitted with BF Goodrich 285/75 tyres. There is about a 2.5cm difference between the radius of the two different tyres and the Goodrich has deeper tread. Can anyone advise me if it is worth fitting the same size Goodrich’s to the Patrol.
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Reply By: fred - Saturday, Sep 28, 2002 at 00:00

Saturday, Sep 28, 2002 at 00:00
1. You will probably find that the tyre placard does not list this size tyre.
2. Vehicle will be geared higher - speedo will be in error and you may find the higher gearing affects performance - you may not be happy
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Follow Up By: Member - Ray - Saturday, Sep 28, 2002 at 00:00

Saturday, Sep 28, 2002 at 00:00
Do yourself a favour and dump those rubbosh brigestones as soon as possible. They are not rated for offroad use as I blew two of mine at 1700 (yes 1700 km) on the dirt road out of Meekathara on my new Patrol. Bridgestone Australias' customer service manager told me I should not have taken them off the blacktop.His response was they are made to Nissans specifications as most 4x4s never go offroad and dont need better tyres. I have followed the" exploroz" team and fitted Cooper tyres and am really impressed with them.Yes your odometer will be out but if you contact "Applied Instruments" in Balcatta they will be able to adjust it.
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Reply By: Member - Ray - Saturday, Sep 28, 2002 at 00:00

Saturday, Sep 28, 2002 at 00:00
Sorry ,rubosh should read rubbish
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Reply By: tim - Saturday, Sep 28, 2002 at 00:00

Saturday, Sep 28, 2002 at 00:00
robyn, we,ve fitted coopers 285/75/16 A/T Discoverers (2nd car with this combo) OME nitros and springs and yes we've lost a tiny bit of power at take off and the speedos' out but we're happy

Regards tim
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Reply By: Geoff - Saturday, Sep 28, 2002 at 00:00

Saturday, Sep 28, 2002 at 00:00
I agree with the idea of dumping the original tyres. They're absolute rubbish off road, and Nissan should issue a safety warning against using them on anything but sealed roads. I blew 1 at 10,000 k's (absolutely dissintegrated), and the new spare about 1500k's later. Both while towing a camper trailer. Not happy.
I fitted 285/75/16 Goodrich T/A's to my 2000 4.2t/d GU about 40,000k's ago. No problems and wearing very well. Speedo's now spot on, but the odometer is 4% under. I did notice the change in gearing, but it's not a problem on the 4.2.
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Reply By: lizard - Sunday, Sep 29, 2002 at 00:00

Sunday, Sep 29, 2002 at 00:00
Our GU Patrol came fitted with the Bridgestones , and surprise - we have had no problems - done 54K now , only flat was caused by a nail , has done ~ 8K off road through rock country - been lucky I guess - they are excellent for sustained highway high speed cruising , but I will be going up to A/T's next - and 275/75 as casings are stonger - need stonger for Cape York in 2003 !
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Reply By: Mark R - Monday, Sep 30, 2002 at 00:00

Monday, Sep 30, 2002 at 00:00
Robyn, Agree with comments about original Bridgestones on my GU - DREADFUL - admittedly not an off road tyre and I found puncture resistance was very poor but also very poor grip levels on sealed surfaces especially in damp conditions. I am currently running Dunlop Grandtrek AT2s - MUCH better sealed surface performance (a but surprising as they have a much more open tread pattern) but after great persistence over 5000Ks I have not been able to get them balanced properly and they still dance about over 95Kph. The last time I had them balanced (for the 5th time!) I watched the process and was amazed to see the amount of radial runout of a couple of the tyres. No wonder they have not been able to be balanced properly! Clearly a manufacturing fault and I am about to take them back to the place of purchase and demand a change. Hope I do better this time. I am sorry this does not directly address your question but thought the feedback may be helpful to you and others.
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Reply By: Damien - Monday, Sep 30, 2002 at 00:00

Monday, Sep 30, 2002 at 00:00
A mate of mine has just replaced the original tyres with 285/75/16 BFG A/T's. The 2 rear Bridgestones were at least 75% worn after 30K.
The speedo which did read about 10% high, now reads about 3% low.
No noticeable or alarming difference in performance.
Just check with your insurance company that you will not void your insurance by fitting the larger tyres.
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Reply By: Steve - Monday, Sep 30, 2002 at 00:00

Monday, Sep 30, 2002 at 00:00
In reply to Mark R : ever thought of having an on- car wheel balance ? Guess you haven't heard of it, but I reckon IMHO this will solve your problem !! at least the balance one ....
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Follow Up By: Mark R - Tuesday, Oct 01, 2002 at 00:00

Tuesday, Oct 01, 2002 at 00:00
Thanks Steve - have heard of it and have thought of it but it doesn't strike me as a mechanically sound solution when the problem appears to be one of significant radial runout. The problem seems to specifically be in the tyres as the wheels have been tested and run pretty true. I think on-car balancing is more of an appropriate solution when the problem is one of simply balancing the hub/disc/wheel/tyre unit, not to correct excessive runout.
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Reply By: crowie - Thursday, Oct 03, 2002 at 00:00

Thursday, Oct 03, 2002 at 00:00
I agree with the others. get rid of your Bridgestones. I also have a 3.0ltr with Bridgestones which will be coming off shortly. A friend of mine had Bridgestone M/T's that were worn out after 2000 km. High tyrewear and weak sidewalls. the Goodrich TA's are a great offroader with a strong sidewall and I think you can get them in 265/75 which I know other Patrol drivers are using. I suggest you keep your trailer tyres as they are until they wear out.
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Reply By: Mel - Sunday, Oct 06, 2002 at 00:00

Sunday, Oct 06, 2002 at 00:00
Robyn, we've just fitted Cooper Discoverer A/T's 265/75 which obviously are slightly bigger than the original Bridgestones. Previously, our speed read about 10km/h too fast at 100km. Now it only reads 3-4km/h fast at 100km. By the way, the Cooper's come with a 80,000km wear warranty, feel pretty good and surprizingly, create no more road noise than the original Bridgestones. Mel.
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