17" Tyres GU Nissan

Submitted: Wednesday, Mar 22, 2006 at 14:48
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My new Patrol came with 275/65/17 Bridgestone D693 A/T tyres. On a recent trip to Deua on the Mercumbene Fire Trail a stone went through the sidewall and ruined the tyre. Tyre pressures were at 34/36lbs and the tyres were not bagging. I did not think that the trail was that severe and I was pretty p'd off that a tyre with 5000Ks on it was ruined. Given that I had BFG A/Ts on my Jackeroo (after changing from Wranglers) I wanted to obtain BFGs, but the load rating is not correct. My tyre dealer has suggested Coopers ATR 265/70/R17. I shall keep one of the Bridgestones as a second spare and try and sell the others somehow. What is the handling/ride etc difference going to be with the slightly different footprint size between the two tyres? and are 17" tyres going to be that difficult to obtain away from capital cities?

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Reply By: GUPatrol - Wednesday, Mar 22, 2006 at 14:56

Wednesday, Mar 22, 2006 at 14:56
The good thing about the Patrol is that you can legally change or add a tyre placard because DX models come with different sizes.

therefore the best solution for you would be to get hold of a set of rims from a previous model Patrol 265 75 16 and use BFG AT LT for dirt tracks and retain the 17 inch size for city and highway.

You can get those tyres anywhere and are cheaper, while still remain legal with no insurance risks.

The compliance is a Nissan Part number and can be obtained from the NIssan parts department.
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Follow Up By: DaveB - Wednesday, Mar 22, 2006 at 15:05

Wednesday, Mar 22, 2006 at 15:05
I like that idea, but cannot do it as storage is a big problem
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Reply By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Wednesday, Mar 22, 2006 at 15:39

Wednesday, Mar 22, 2006 at 15:39
If you want to stick with 17inch tyres, a mate just fitted some Toyos - 265/70R17 to his Prado. They are 10ply and have a load index of 121, which is well avove anything else I've seen. Might be worth considering.

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Reply By: Darren C - Wednesday, Mar 22, 2006 at 16:04

Wednesday, Mar 22, 2006 at 16:04
Hi Dave

I upgraded to the 265/70/R17 ATRs when I bought the Patrol (on the advice of the salesman who reckoned the sidewalls on the Bridgstones werent up to it)- have been really pleased so far - no discernible effect on handling although it does put your speedo 3kph out.....

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Reply By: Sand Man (SA) - Thursday, Mar 23, 2006 at 00:36

Thursday, Mar 23, 2006 at 00:36

I don't quite understand the logic of your post.

So you have destroyed a tyre with only 5000K's usage. Get over it.
Any tyre can be staked through the sidewall and yet you appear to be placing the entire blame on the brand of tyre?
Are you sure the Coopers will give you any more "protection"?

I have just clocked over 60,000K's on a set of D694's and they still have plenty of tread left. I would by them again. Good tyre for the price IMHO.

If the other three (or four) Bridgies are still good, why not just replace the one tyre with another of the same.

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