Tyres ......... again

Submitted: Saturday, Jul 23, 2005 at 16:58
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Finally took possession of my new tyres and rims today. Dick Cepek F-C II 285/75/16s on new sunraysia rims. Odometer is on 184,000 and I will try to remember to do regular tread measurements.
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Reply By: G-wizz - Saturday, Jul 23, 2005 at 18:15

Saturday, Jul 23, 2005 at 18:15
I forgot to say they currently have 18mm of tread.

...... and they're hell gnarly. grrrrrrrrr
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Reply By: Member - Kim R (QLD) - Saturday, Jul 23, 2005 at 18:59

Saturday, Jul 23, 2005 at 18:59
What type of vehicle are you running them on .Also tyre pressure and bituemen % and dirt %.I know of a couple of people using them, apparently they scored well in a TJM trip to the gulf.

Rambo
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Reply By: G-wizz - Saturday, Jul 23, 2005 at 21:23

Saturday, Jul 23, 2005 at 21:23
I have a 2001 100 series landcruiser and I haven't checked the tyre pressure yet. Have done a measley 20 kms on them today and all is well so I'll check the pressure tomorrow.

I have noticed that the spare hangs far lower than the original split rim spare so I guess a new rear mount carrier will be the next outlay.
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Reply By: Andrew (Whyalla) - Saturday, Jul 23, 2005 at 21:38

Saturday, Jul 23, 2005 at 21:38
Ive had my FC2s for just over 12 months.
I run them at 35psi at the front and 40psi at the rear when touring.
Have done the Vic High Country and several outback trips on them without any problems/issues. They seem to be wearing well and the grip is good. They are a bit noisy but they are an aggressive AT so you expect that.

Mine are305/70/16s on a GU Patrol.

Pix of FC2s on my Patrol

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Follow Up By: warthog - Sunday, Jul 24, 2005 at 00:39

Sunday, Jul 24, 2005 at 00:39
Hi Andrew,
How do you do with your gearing with that size tyre on? Have you changed the crown wheel and pinions or got a gear reduction set in the transfer case or have you stil got the std set up? I would like to go 285/75 on my gu but with the 3.9 diffs and dodgy low range I don't know how she'll go towing the camper.
Cheers
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Follow Up By: Andrew (Whyalla) - Sunday, Jul 24, 2005 at 00:53

Sunday, Jul 24, 2005 at 00:53
I run the standard gearing.
On the High Country Trip I towed an Adventure Daintree campertrailer. Highway running was excellent. Offroad I towed it from Bright up the Buckland Valley then took TwinJeeps track to MtHotham (very steep and loose) then the Dargo Track before turning onto BlueRag ????? track and then the Brewery track into Talbotville. Out of there via Collingwood Spur to Dargo.
Not sure if you know these tracks but they are steep and loose and the Patrol did it easily (as did the Camper)

Hope this helps.

Andrew
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Follow Up By: Rick (S.A.) - Sunday, Jul 24, 2005 at 09:12

Sunday, Jul 24, 2005 at 09:12
G'day Andrew

I've killed a few tyres this year while touring etc, so will have to get some newbys. Most 'deaths' occurred S-W of Lake Eyre South when there in April. My Bro-in law killed 4 tyres - decommissioned him quick smart. I was completeing a research project to do with cairns left by McDouall Stuart, in 1859.

I was sorta settled on the Goodyear MTR's. Based on reputaion, a few endorsements from blokes I know, 3 ply wall, etc.

But seeing your new Cepecs....why them?

Thanks & Cheers............just spent 3 nights in the Bendlebys with our teenage daughters. It was - 3 degrees! But it was fine, we all coped OK. My third Flinders trip this cool weather period..............i.e. non-summer.

C ya
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Follow Up By: Member - Roachie (SA) - Sunday, Jul 24, 2005 at 15:49

Sunday, Jul 24, 2005 at 15:49
G'day blokes,
Warthog..........I could have written EXACTLY the same question you did; I'd love bigger rubber, but have always believed the gearing would be buggared, so have stuck with 265/75s.
The Cepec's look really good and I'm sure they do a great job too. I've always been a bit put-off by tyres that are mono-directional though, hence my recent choice of MT/Rs. These performed brilliantly during our recent Simpson Desert trip. 3 of the Patrols had them on. I've had them for 4 weeks and have done 7,000klm. Too easy!!
Cheers
Roachie
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Follow Up By: Andrew (Whyalla) - Sunday, Jul 24, 2005 at 17:13

Sunday, Jul 24, 2005 at 17:13
Rick
The MTR has a very good rep. Each to their own I guess. For me the FC2s looked like a good allrounder and of strong construction so I went with them. So far, so good.

Roachie
The increased diameter does increase the (already tall) gearing but for me its more than compensated by the increased axle clearance and improved offroad ability in rough terrain.
ps FC2s arent directional, thats the Claws
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Follow Up By: Andrew (Whyalla) - Sunday, Jul 24, 2005 at 17:23

Sunday, Jul 24, 2005 at 17:23
Roachie

Next time you're over this way drop in and we can put 2 on the back of your Patrol. Go for a quick drive around town and out on the highway.

Easiest way to find out for yourself!
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Follow Up By: Member - Roachie (SA) - Monday, Jul 25, 2005 at 18:49

Monday, Jul 25, 2005 at 18:49
G'day Andrew,

Thanks for that info and the offer to try your tyres out......we're hoping to be over for the Whyalla weekend, but as usual it'll probably too "full-on" to be mucking around with tyre changes. Anyway, we'll see what happens I spose, eh?

Cheers mate

Roachie
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Follow Up By: warthog - Monday, Jul 25, 2005 at 21:05

Monday, Jul 25, 2005 at 21:05
Thanks Andrew is yours a 4.2 as I believe the 3.0 ltrs have a lower 4.3 diff ratio as std. I'll be interested to see how Roachie goes with the probably heavier vehicle than mine. If its ok on his then my banger should be right too.
Cheers
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Follow Up By: Andrew (Whyalla) - Monday, Jul 25, 2005 at 21:58

Monday, Jul 25, 2005 at 21:58
Yep, mine is a 1999 4.2turbo with the 3.9 diff ratios

link to my website

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Follow Up By: warthog - Monday, Jul 25, 2005 at 23:33

Monday, Jul 25, 2005 at 23:33
Thanks Andrew good website obviously get around a bit and know your way around a computer.
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