Recent BFG A/T problems

Submitted: Wednesday, Feb 23, 2005 at 00:41
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OK, has anyone bought a set of BFG KO's in the last 6 months to a year? If so, have you had any drama's with them? Good or bad?

The posts about them having problems seems to have completely dried up so I'm thinking they may be back to their old self again. I have been wanting to try a set but have been put off by the stories. Mightn't be the case any more from the sound of it. I can get them a bit cheaper than the Coopers too.

On the same note, is anybody running the new Cooper ATR's? I can find precious little feedback about them anywhere. Don't seem to see them on any vehicles around the place either, which is a bit of a worry.

Searched the archives extensively BTW, hence my question.

(apologies for yet another tyre post but the next step in my GU wobble dilema may be a new set of rubber and I can't decide between BFG AT and Cooper ATR)

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Reply By: Member - Hugh (WA) - Wednesday, Feb 23, 2005 at 01:56

Wednesday, Feb 23, 2005 at 01:56
V8 Diesel,

I assume from this post that you had no success with Richard's Tyrepower. I am interested to know if there was any improvement.

I had a look at the ATRs when I was last there. They look OK to me but very expensive, mind you the price I asked was for 275/70/R17 to suit latest Patrol ($350 ea). I don't have one but was interested to know price of tyres for the increased rim size.

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Follow Up By: V8Diesel - Wednesday, Feb 23, 2005 at 08:45

Wednesday, Feb 23, 2005 at 08:45
Hugh, had the super duper balance done at Richard's Tyre Power. Definately an improvement but STILL there. They rotated on tyre on the rim about 90' and they spent about 1.5hrs on it so I can't complain. Sorry I didn't get back with a progress report, but I'm saving it up until I have actually solved the problem.
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Reply By: GO_OFFROAD - Wednesday, Feb 23, 2005 at 07:13

Wednesday, Feb 23, 2005 at 07:13
Ko's had another reacall on some sizes afew months ago, and they arent the tyre they used to be.

I fitted a set of ATR's to my own vehicle on Saturday, 265/75/16 on ROH Monsoon rims, It was wet Sunday morning early going to Wandin, and I was impressed by the grip levels, even when pushed hard, and the lack of noise.

Cooper havent been my tyre choice since I couldnt get warranty on my 3000km old ST's when they first came out, after the tread blocks came off, but given we sell them, and all the other brands at work, they were sitting closest to the tyre machine on saturday ;-)
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Follow Up By: V8Diesel - Wednesday, Feb 23, 2005 at 08:53

Wednesday, Feb 23, 2005 at 08:53
GO_OFFROAD, I owe you yet another beer after this one.

Re: wobble. Went through front end again and wacked a set of urethane panhard rod bushes in. Firmed things up no end so now it just feel like a wheel wobble. Still plugging away with your suggestions, the wobble is getting better all the time but still happening. I'll keep you posted.

Thanks again.
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Follow Up By: Leroy - Wednesday, Feb 23, 2005 at 15:03

Wednesday, Feb 23, 2005 at 15:03
A mate has the same shimmy problem in his GU and had wheel alignments and numerouse 'premium' wheel balances and rotating the tyres on the rim etc. It has been suggested that the preload/tension on the swivel bearing hubs can be the cause. You can buy shims from Nissan to adjust this and need to be shimmed so the steering starts to become notchy then you need to back off a little. Sounds like a job for a pro as it can be difficult to pull them appart if not been done before.

Let us know how you go.

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Follow Up By: V8Diesel - Wednesday, Feb 23, 2005 at 15:32

Wednesday, Feb 23, 2005 at 15:32
Thanks Leroy, definately rings a bell. I'm trying another 'fix' today and if it doesn't work, the shims are next.

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Reply By: Michael ( Moss Vale NSW) - Wednesday, Feb 23, 2005 at 12:20

Wednesday, Feb 23, 2005 at 12:20
Yep about 8 months ago.. 265 x 75 x16. no probs,,,, Michael
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Reply By: Member - Jeff M (WA) - Wednesday, Feb 23, 2005 at 15:16

Wednesday, Feb 23, 2005 at 15:16
Our GU at work had a stearing vibration/wobble. The boss and I fixed it when we took off from the lights at a green arrow and a stooopid woman in a camery polwed into the front RHS of us at 70km/hr going through a red light. Bent the chasis about quite a bit, can't remeber the figures but it was a lot.

We drove the GU back to the office with a bit of a pull to the right ;-) They scrapped the camery up with a brush and shovel. Luckily everyone was ok.

Once the panel beater pulled the front end apart and straigtned the chasis and put it all back together it's never driven better! LOL (normally it's the other way round hey.)
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Follow Up By: V8Diesel - Wednesday, Feb 23, 2005 at 15:28

Wednesday, Feb 23, 2005 at 15:28
I'm going Camry hunting!
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Reply By: Member - Banjo (SA) - Wednesday, Feb 23, 2005 at 18:44

Wednesday, Feb 23, 2005 at 18:44
Bought my second set (BFG AT KO 245/7016 - USA) in April 2004 - still going just fine - one trip up the track to Birdsville, around to Innamincka - back via Broken Hill to Adelaide - rest urban travel.
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Reply By: snailbate - Thursday, Feb 24, 2005 at 20:19

Thursday, Feb 24, 2005 at 20:19
hi all
I have a set of BFG ALL TERAIN on my vehicle with 52000 ks the trick is dynamics balence i will replace them in june 2005 these tyres have been acroces the simpson 1 time in the vic high country 2 times and i have had no problems they are quite and do not have any problems after 52000 ks you expect problems there is also a new way to balance them talk to heavy truck tyre people not your average car tyre place
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