Where are the 265/70R16 Light Truck tyres?

Submitted: Tuesday, Jul 12, 2005 at 21:38
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Why are so few 265/70R16 tyres light truck construction? It seems to be a reasonably popular OEM size (Prado/Pajero for starters) - these seem to be a prime market for this size in LT, but most it seems you have to go to 265/75R16 for a LT tyre, creating insurance problems as they are about 25mm larger diameter (I believe anything over 15mm is illegal in Vic/NSW without a certificate).

I think the only LT265/70R16 tyres I've seen are BFG ATs.
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Reply By: Michael ( Moss Vale NSW) - Tuesday, Jul 12, 2005 at 21:50

Tuesday, Jul 12, 2005 at 21:50
I dont know if the insurance is a problem but everyone i know goes up to 75 series, 265/75/16 is the most common tyre in oz. So easier to buy if you are out in the middle of nowhere.. I changed my patrol to them for that reason.. Michael
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Reply By: Member - Bradley- Tuesday, Jul 12, 2005 at 22:54

Tuesday, Jul 12, 2005 at 22:54
All the 70 series tyres are a 'passenger' case construction, hence the oem choice, nice quiet compliant ride for the masses.

You would be the unluckiest man around to be picked up on70 vs 75 series tyres.
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Follow Up By: Michael ( Moss Vale NSW) - Wednesday, Jul 13, 2005 at 09:53

Wednesday, Jul 13, 2005 at 09:53
Im sure BFG bought out a 265/70/16 about 2 years ago in LTruck. I could be wrong.. but then, im too lazy to look ,,LOL
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Follow Up By: Member - Bradley- Wednesday, Jul 13, 2005 at 11:07

Wednesday, Jul 13, 2005 at 11:07
well bugger me,
LT265/70R16 117 S 1285 288 792 2357 7.00 7.50 8.50 Raised White Lettering

there you go bfg do do a 70 series in a lt case with a 117 load index, good speed rating as well .

Im usually too lasy to look but im bored at work LOL
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Follow Up By: Scubaroo - Wednesday, Jul 13, 2005 at 11:55

Wednesday, Jul 13, 2005 at 11:55
Yeah, the BFG AT is the only LT I am aware of in this size.
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Follow Up By: Member - Tonester (VIC) - Wednesday, Jul 13, 2005 at 12:46

Wednesday, Jul 13, 2005 at 12:46
"You would be the unluckiest man around to be picked up on70 vs 75 series tyres"

Agree, visually not much. I got em too. But here's a thought, what if you have an accident, does illegal tyres void the public liability in the rego cost? Don't know myself.
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Follow Up By: Member - Bradley- Wednesday, Jul 13, 2005 at 17:27

Wednesday, Jul 13, 2005 at 17:27
well best answer the rta gave me was to see a tyre shop, because i wasnt changing the rims , they said 'as long as the tyres are approved for the rims - then no problem'.

Quizzed my insurance and they said that because i wasnt changing the rims, then they didnt care.
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Reply By: Member - Smocky (NSW) - Wednesday, Jul 13, 2005 at 15:38

Wednesday, Jul 13, 2005 at 15:38
I went to Bridegstone today to check and got told that anything over 15mm above standard is illegal. They won't fit them.

My Rodeo comes out with 245/70/R16 11S (I think). Anyway, he said that even the standard tyre was hard to get due to shortages and the fact the Police have priority. He basically said don't wear them out.

My point (eventually) is that if you have an accident and the tyres are illegal you may void your insurance. On a $45k work leased truck, that's an issue. The reason they are illegal is because it puts the speedo out and they could say that you may have been speeding and not known it.

Apparently the largest I can go to is 255/70/R16.

I'm calling the RTA this afternoon to find out more.

Smocky.
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Follow Up By: Member - Smocky (NSW) - Wednesday, Jul 13, 2005 at 15:56

Wednesday, Jul 13, 2005 at 15:56
Here's the NSW RTA Guidelines

Smocky.
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Reply By: D-Jack - Wednesday, Jul 13, 2005 at 18:11

Wednesday, Jul 13, 2005 at 18:11
Cooper do one with 90000 km warranty (If you comply with conditions) .

http://www.coopertyres.com.au/tyres/atr_specs.htm
Good tyre, got them.

D-Jack
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Follow Up By: Scubaroo - Wednesday, Jul 13, 2005 at 19:30

Wednesday, Jul 13, 2005 at 19:30
Cooper don't make a Light Truck ATR in 265/70R16 (at least not on that list).
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Follow Up By: D-Jack - Wednesday, Jul 13, 2005 at 22:11

Wednesday, Jul 13, 2005 at 22:11
Right you are Scubaroo, disregard my crap reply. Time to go and get my eyes checked. But forst U wall proiof reef thia repl.

D-Jack
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Reply By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Wednesday, Jul 13, 2005 at 18:31

Wednesday, Jul 13, 2005 at 18:31
If you don't want to go for LT 265/75R16 because of the increased diameter, then you can go for the LT 245/75R16 which fit perfectly to the 7 inch wide rims, have the same diameter as the 265/70 and usually with a load rating of 120, so they are very strong.

Cheers
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