Bridgestone tyres advice please

Submitted: Monday, Jul 04, 2005 at 10:13
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Hi guys,Im up to replacing my tyres on my gq patrol.Got a flyer on Sunday for Bridgestone Dueler 604v ,cost $159 per tyre are these tyres any good ,most of my driving is on dirt rds when we travel.or on sand when we go fishing and surfing
thanks uppy
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Reply By: signman - Monday, Jul 04, 2005 at 10:27

Monday, Jul 04, 2005 at 10:27
G'day Uppy
A mate run Tag a long tours and off road (4WD) driver traing and runs the Bridgestone 693s on his Patrols and seems happy with them.. I think the 693 has been superseded by the 694. Also, the Aussie made Bridgeys are stronger made than the Jap versions.
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Follow Up By: Uppy - Member - Monday, Jul 04, 2005 at 10:43

Monday, Jul 04, 2005 at 10:43
thanks signman,the ones Im looking at are Aussie made
regards uppy
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Reply By: Member - Chris M (QLD) - Monday, Jul 04, 2005 at 10:35

Monday, Jul 04, 2005 at 10:35
Gday uppy,

Have a mate with Duelers which he uses for mainly sand and dirt. He's not exactly happy with the performance but the price is pretty much unbeatable...

He found the wear a little uneven and the rubber hardens fairly quickly affecting wet road performance.

cheers

Chris.
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Follow Up By: Uppy - Member - Monday, Jul 04, 2005 at 10:46

Monday, Jul 04, 2005 at 10:46
thanks , Chris for your reply.What kind of milage does he get out of them?
regards uppy
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Follow Up By: Member - Chris M (QLD) - Monday, Jul 04, 2005 at 11:19

Monday, Jul 04, 2005 at 11:19
Just called him, he got 65,000 out of the last set, but like I said, he does mainly offroad work.
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Follow Up By: Uppy - Member - Monday, Jul 04, 2005 at 11:25

Monday, Jul 04, 2005 at 11:25
Thanks ,Chris . I can live with that , a set is going to cost me 636 $,Im going to check them out later on today.Thanks again for you time
regards uppy
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Follow Up By: Member - Chris M (QLD) - Monday, Jul 04, 2005 at 11:29

Monday, Jul 04, 2005 at 11:29
Alot cheaper than a set of muds!!!
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Follow Up By: Uppy - Member - Monday, Jul 04, 2005 at 11:35

Monday, Jul 04, 2005 at 11:35
I well let you know how I get on , when I go to the Tyre Centre.
regards uppy
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Follow Up By: Member - Chris M (QLD) - Monday, Jul 04, 2005 at 11:42

Monday, Jul 04, 2005 at 11:42
I just saw you live in WA. I can get you good prices on goodyear wranglers, but the cartage would probably kill the saving.
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Follow Up By: Uppy - Member - Monday, Jul 04, 2005 at 12:02

Monday, Jul 04, 2005 at 12:02
Chris,If I dont like the Bridgestone tyre,I will look at the Wranglers.What is the cost ,are they?
regards uppy
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Follow Up By: Uppy - Member - Monday, Jul 04, 2005 at 12:06

Monday, Jul 04, 2005 at 12:06
Sorry about the backwards English.What I meant is .How much do they cost?
regards uppy
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Follow Up By: Member - Chris M (QLD) - Monday, Jul 04, 2005 at 12:15

Monday, Jul 04, 2005 at 12:15
They retail for $255 per tyre, I can get them for $210. I'm sure someone else could beat that, but that's what the guy I have dealt with for years quoted.

Cheers.
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Follow Up By: Uppy - Member - Monday, Jul 04, 2005 at 14:03

Monday, Jul 04, 2005 at 14:03
Just got back from the Tyre Centre,I can get a set of d693 Dueler fitted etc..., for 676$.I think that I well give them a go
regards uppy
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Reply By: Sand Man (SA) - Monday, Jul 04, 2005 at 10:38

Monday, Jul 04, 2005 at 10:38
Uppy,

The 604v is the Desert Dueler which has been around for quite some time.
A very capable tyre mate.

I bought a set (3) for the Camper Trailer about 8 months ago and the price then was $168 per tyre through the Bridgestone Dealer.

I run Dueler 694's on the Jackaroo, but actually like the look of the Desert Dueler tread pattern better.

Here's some reference from the Bridgestone site- Dueler 604v

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Follow Up By: Uppy - Member - Monday, Jul 04, 2005 at 10:50

Monday, Jul 04, 2005 at 10:50
Sandman,Thanks, for the site and the advice.How do you find them in the wet?
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Follow Up By: Sand Man (SA) - Monday, Jul 04, 2005 at 13:29

Monday, Jul 04, 2005 at 13:29
Uppy,

As far as the Desert Duelers are concerned, I don't think its appropriate for me to comment as I only have them on the Camper at present.
A mate on mine has a second set on his Rodeo, having got 70,000 out of his first set.

As far as the 694 Duelers go, I have no problem with them on bitumen or dirt, wet or dry. Have done about 35,000 on them and they have plenty of tread left yet.

But, if the 604's are still available come replacement time, I'll seriously consider them. As I said above, I like the look of the tread pattern.

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Follow Up By: Uppy - Member - Monday, Jul 04, 2005 at 14:08

Monday, Jul 04, 2005 at 14:08
Sand Man.Im going to check out the Dueler 693.Ive been told that they are better in the wet, Cost for four is 676$ fitted
regards uppy
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Reply By: Member - Grazierbill - Monday, Jul 04, 2005 at 14:16

Monday, Jul 04, 2005 at 14:16
Uppy
We still run the orginal tyres on the Rodeo Ute...Bridgestone 693. Have found them to be good in a wide range of driving conditions. Recently in the Macdonnell Ranges West of Alice Springs, driving along a sealed road I had the misforntuate to drive over a Tent Pole...2 metres long. Couldn't see it in the shadows. The Tent Pole came up the back and went straight through the sidewall casing of the unused spare (Bridgestone 693). This would never happen again in a billion years. The interesting point is that I had all sorts of trouble locating another Bridgestone 693 in Alice Springs. Finally got one for $265...had no choice but to buy it. Now I could have bought plenty of Bridgesone 694's but they are rated at 107 whilst the original 693's are rated to carry 111. I have been lead to believe that Insurance Companies will not insure the vehicle if I was to change to a lesser carrying capacity tyre.
It was an interesting experience an although unlucky at the time it could have been a lot worse..
Bill
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Reply By: Shane (QLD) - Monday, Jul 04, 2005 at 14:53

Monday, Jul 04, 2005 at 14:53
Uppy,
If I was you I would go for the 694's. The 693's I have fitted on my 60 series Cruiser & you will find they will scrub out in the centre of the tyre due to weak belts across the tyre face regardless of tyre pressure. I have just fitted 694's to my Terracan & they are a much quieter tyre all round.( the 693 problem is well known). I think Bridgestone must have given Nissan a good deal on them as I noticed the new Patrol have 693's fitted as standard.
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Follow Up By: signman - Monday, Jul 04, 2005 at 15:56

Monday, Jul 04, 2005 at 15:56
Hi Shane
693 problem???? Never heard of that one. And yes there is a big difference between the Jap tyres (I guess the OE on the Patrols) and the Aussie made ones. If you're scrubbbing out in the centre- could be a high air pressure problem.
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Reply By: porks - Monday, Jul 04, 2005 at 17:38

Monday, Jul 04, 2005 at 17:38
The Aussie made have a lot deeper tread...better wear and better on sharp rocks!
Happy with mine and I spend a lot of time towing a 20'Jayco van.
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Reply By: Alloy c/t - Monday, Jul 04, 2005 at 18:52

Monday, Jul 04, 2005 at 18:52
Pray tell what vehicle your planning the 604 on ,,, all the above replies refer to 693 and or 694 duellers ,,TOTALLY different tyres to the 604 ... cost price on 31x10.5x15 is $185 per tyre ,,, thats NO markup ,retail for same STARTS at $220.
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Follow Up By: Uppy - Member - Monday, Jul 04, 2005 at 20:30

Monday, Jul 04, 2005 at 20:30
Alloy c/t, Im thinking about either 604 or 693 on a efi 4,2 gq.I can get a set of 4 604v for $ 636 fitted, d693, $ 676.all prices include gst .This price is from the Bridgestone Tyre centre in Perth
regards uppy
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Reply By: Brew69(SA) - Monday, Jul 04, 2005 at 19:01

Monday, Jul 04, 2005 at 19:01
Have a look at my rig profile pics and see how good Bridgestone tyres are.......pieces of crap IMO. Never going to give them a cent ever again.
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Follow Up By: Uppy - Member - Monday, Jul 04, 2005 at 20:20

Monday, Jul 04, 2005 at 20:20
Hi Brewman,went to your pics and on the one with the tyres its a Kumo.What was the problem that you had?
regards uppy
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Follow Up By: Brew69(SA) - Monday, Jul 04, 2005 at 20:29

Monday, Jul 04, 2005 at 20:29
You are looking at my spare lol. The damage was caused by a dueler throwing the tread. Done 8000km and Bridgestone turned their noses up. Now running BFG's. Damage was $2800.
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Follow Up By: Uppy - Member - Tuesday, Jul 05, 2005 at 09:17

Tuesday, Jul 05, 2005 at 09:17
Hi Brewman, what was the damage done to your gq . You have got me worried , also what tyre was it.Go petrol patrols
regards uppy
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Reply By: cmilton54 - Tuesday, Jul 05, 2005 at 20:08

Tuesday, Jul 05, 2005 at 20:08
if tyre size 31 10.50R15 spen extra money and get D693 more milage better casing and alround tyre
Cheers
Charlie
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Reply By: Member - Jeff M (WA) - Friday, Jul 08, 2005 at 16:46

Friday, Jul 08, 2005 at 16:46
I had the Desert Dullars on the Surf, they were a tough tyre and took a pounding. They performed very well at low PSI's too. Pretty good on gravel, in fact pretty good is a description of them that's fair. Price is excellent.

Bad points I found with them:
-They get very hard and brittle quickly.
-They seemed to wear a little unevenly on the front end, even with wheel alignment etc in check.
-Absolutally disgracful on wet roads, might as well remove the brake pedal from the car in winter, cos you won't need it anymore. LOL

They are probally the best value tyre you could get your hands on, they are reasonably tough and not too bad on dry roads and gravel. Just about every toyota ute up north of WA is running them in the mines, so they can't be too bad eh!? ;-)

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