Correct Tyre Pressures

Submitted: Tuesday, Dec 31, 2002 at 01:00
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The guidelines on my Patrol 2000 DX states Tyres 265/70R16
Front 29psi, Rear 36psi

I have Cooper Discoverer H/T's fitted and checked the pressures and they are correct as per the Nissan guidlines.

But to me.....visualy the fronts looked to low

I rang Coopers hotline.......they told me to up the front to 35psi as I would get excessive wear at 29psi and don't always believe the dealer guidelines..........

Anyone else have this experience?


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Reply By: Allyn - Tuesday, Dec 31, 2002 at 01:00

Tuesday, Dec 31, 2002 at 01:00
I run 38 rear and 34 front on my 80 series if that's any good to ya
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Reply By: Axel - Tuesday, Dec 31, 2002 at 01:00

Tuesday, Dec 31, 2002 at 01:00
Old rule of thumb to get correct pressure is take read when cold ,drive far enough to heat tyres then check pressure again,,if initial correct 4psi increase,,,,check the archives this has all been done many a time.
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Reply By: Bob Y. - Tuesday, Dec 31, 2002 at 01:00

Tuesday, Dec 31, 2002 at 01:00
Paul, Run 32 psi in tyres on our 80 series, 265/75R16 BFG AT's, and have never had a blow out in 120,000 kms. We live in west qld, so summer temps are usually, especially this year, extreme. Do kick them up to 34 - 36 in rear when well loaded, heading for the coast. Drive 79 series all year at 40 - 50 psi, like to have a bit of comfort for part of the year!

happy new year to all...
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Reply By: johnsy - Tuesday, Dec 31, 2002 at 01:00

Tuesday, Dec 31, 2002 at 01:00
Paul run same size in the BFG on my st 38 rear 42 front rotate every 5k 60k so far 10k to go never had any trouble .Drop to 38 all round for dirt so hope that helps !
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Reply By: flappan - Thursday, Jan 02, 2003 at 01:00

Thursday, Jan 02, 2003 at 01:00
A lot of folks follow the same or similar to what Axel has suggested.

I've got BFG's and run 34 front and 36 rear. No problems.

However there is no "Right" answer. Depends on the Brand of tyre, Vehicle, load, conditions etc etc etc.

I would listen to what Coopers say, then apply the 4psi rule and make adjustments from there.
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Reply By: sean - Thursday, Jan 02, 2003 at 01:00

Thursday, Jan 02, 2003 at 01:00
I am suspect about the Pirelli 4 psi rule. Reason is that different tyres run cool or hot and this varies also with speed. BFG's run VERY cool. My commodore runs much hotter, especially at 180 when I can smell rubber after continuous high speed (when I stop). They get so hot I cannot put my hand on the sidewall. On top of that, I run by BFG's with nitrogen so they run VERY VERY cool. The difference in pressure in teh BFG's is more of a result from road temperature than excessive wall flex so the rule does not repeat itself from one day to next (sunny/cloudy days).

Does anyone know if the 4 psi rule really works for 4WD off road tyres run at modest speeds (I never exceed 130 in my patrol) and usually run at 110 on highway.

I personally think (and I am no expert) that the only thing the 4 psi rule will do is tell me is if I am 'way underinflated'. Also, I run BFG's at around 35 to 40 psi in front and back and wear after 50 thou is on the outsides which to me indicates under inflation on tyres that run cool.

I personally think most people probably run too low for dirt road. I have read lots of posts on this issue, and you know, the more I read, the less certain I become. I agree with whats been posted - there is no universal corrent answer. Wear and tear, and the lowest cost of ownership, is a difficult equation that cannot consider the tyres alone.

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Follow Up By: Member - Ray - Thursday, Jan 02, 2003 at 01:00

Thursday, Jan 02, 2003 at 01:00
Sean, MODEST speeds?????
Personally, I would have your license so fast your head would be spinning. Ray(-:
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Follow Up By: Sean - Friday, Jan 03, 2003 at 01:00

Friday, Jan 03, 2003 at 01:00
Ray, I take it you are referring about the commodore at 180 and you are spot on. I have tried it and 180 and this speed is beyond that cars limits. Sooner or later I would end up dead.

People should also not delude themselves that 4wd vehicles are safer tourers than cars. Most country deaths in the NT, where there is little traffice and unlimited speed limits, are from singe vehicle 4wd accidents where people swerve to miss wildlife, lose control, roll over and die. One accident happended in front of eyewitnesses and the vehicle was travelling at 40 km/h.

Good advice Ray , but as for my licence I will keep it - thanks.

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Reply By: Member - Kevin - Friday, Jan 03, 2003 at 01:00

Friday, Jan 03, 2003 at 01:00
Paul, I have a 2002 GU 4.2TD ST with OEM Bridgstone Dueller AT 693's which I run at 32 psi front and 35 psi rear unless towing. The rear tyres are wearing badly in the centres after 25,000 KM. Bridgstone advise this is a problem unique to Patrols and is only solved by rotating the tyres at every 10,000 KM max. They do not believe it is an over-inflation problem - which is what it looked like to me. When towing I need to go to 38 psi front and 43 psi rear for the Pirelli 4psi guideline to apply.

All very confusing.


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Reply By: chrisfrd - Tuesday, Jan 07, 2003 at 01:00

Tuesday, Jan 07, 2003 at 01:00
Don't know about you guys, but my GuII 3.0 runs 275/75-16 Bridgestone Duellers and I'm buggered if I can run much UNDER 36 at the front and 44 at the rear!

Anything else and the truck handles like a bucket o'puss on the highway.

Off road, my pressures head south, down to around 22-24 PSI and 30PSI at the rear. These tyres too wear very badly at the front, due to poor caster/camber settings at the factory. Also get stearing shake at 80-90 (depending on tempurature) due to poor shaft-balancing from the factory.

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Reply By: viking - Wednesday, Jan 08, 2003 at 00:22

Wednesday, Jan 08, 2003 at 00:22
I run the factory recommended 32psi front 35psi rear on my Tata Safari and the car handles well. The tyres are Indian-made Bridgestone H/T Duellers and so far, with 40,000 kms up, are wearing very well. I've checked the pressures hot, after 200-odd kms on dirt road, and they were close to 4 psi higher than those stated above. I'd suspect that temperatures and pressures would be a bit higher on tar-macadam roads though.
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