4wd magazine comparison

Submitted: Tuesday, Mar 11, 2003 at 21:31
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I know there was a recent story on tyres and comparison. Does anyone know which mag and what month that was in. I am sure it was mentioned on this forum but could'nt quickly find it.
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Reply By: Member - Glenn- Tuesday, Mar 11, 2003 at 21:42

Tuesday, Mar 11, 2003 at 21:42
David,

It was in the Australian 4WD Monthly March 2003 Edition (no. 51)

It only covered all terrain tyres

Cheers

Glenn
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Follow Up By: Member - Rohan K - Wednesday, Mar 12, 2003 at 12:56

Wednesday, Mar 12, 2003 at 12:56
And not all of those, either. However, it did tell me I've got s#$!@t tyres on my vehicle (factory fitted).

What I'd like to see is a AT vs. MT comparo since many MT's now have much better road manners and may be a better choice for most of us.

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Follow Up By: Truckster - Wednesday, Mar 12, 2003 at 16:04

Wednesday, Mar 12, 2003 at 16:04
AT's will always handle bleep loads better than MT's... fact of life.. More rubber on the road, better water dispersion, and grip.

But as you say MTs are a better selection for more than 50% I would guess now..

Again, I dont believe everything I read, one mag says the El Cheapo Narva lights are the best(followed by a subscription give away and full page ad of Narva lights), then anotehr says Lightforces are the goods(again with the ads etc on following pages)..


Same with tires, etc... Just take it all with a grain of salt I say, and ask people on different mailing lists (Like this one), that are to do with your car, and are unbiased.


For me the best all round tires are the Cooper ST, and the Goodyear MTR.
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Follow Up By: Coops - Wednesday, Mar 12, 2003 at 18:07

Wednesday, Mar 12, 2003 at 18:07
Have to agree with Truckster on this one.
Definitely read between the lines on magazine comparo's as they're very biased towards sponsors and advertisers. Not always but enough for em to be wary and please do read between the lines.

Cooper's ST & Wrangler MTR's get my vote too.
Coops
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Follow Up By: Member - Rohan K - Wednesday, Mar 12, 2003 at 20:49

Wednesday, Mar 12, 2003 at 20:49
Yeah, yeah, I know, but the Bridgestone Duelers copped a lousy rating on every surface - one of the worst overall, not one redeeming feature, it appeared. I've only tried them on road, high speed gravel and rocky fire trails. I think they do OK on road and I feel pretty safe on them in the wet but they don't handle the dirt or rocks too well - too much road bias for my off-road needs.

I've been out of the 4WD world for some time. The last time I bought 4WD tyres was so long ago (some 15 years), I can't even remember what they were, just that they were Kevlar belted and mega expensive (about $315 each back then). But, man, they were great tyres.

I'm running a new Pathfinder at the moment (yeah, I know) so am looking for some traction aids. Tyres seem a good place to start. Ideally I'm after something between the traditional At and MT. I was eyeing off a set of Cooper SST's. Comments?
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Follow Up By: Member - Rohan K - Thursday, Mar 13, 2003 at 14:19

Thursday, Mar 13, 2003 at 14:19
Doh! I meant Cooper STT's. has anyone had experience with the tyres on-road?
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Follow Up By: Truckster - Thursday, Mar 13, 2003 at 23:15

Thursday, Mar 13, 2003 at 23:15
Coopers STTs have a few mates with them, good tires.

Again would have them over BFG MT's now, which have pretty much gone to the bottom of MY selections.

Good agressive tread pattern, will not get as many klms as mates were hoping for, but then they only keep their MTs for around 5-6 mths sell them for good price still, and always have cheap updates to new tires.
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Reply By: Bob Y. - Tuesday, Mar 11, 2003 at 21:42

Tuesday, Mar 11, 2003 at 21:42
David, it was 4WD Monthly, March, 2003. Hooroo...
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Reply By: David - Tuesday, Mar 11, 2003 at 21:52

Tuesday, Mar 11, 2003 at 21:52
Thanks guys. I will find it now I know what I am looking for
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Reply By: Member - Chris - Wednesday, Mar 12, 2003 at 12:30

Wednesday, Mar 12, 2003 at 12:30
The article in the 4WD monthly covered a number of tyres, not just 'all terrain'. For example the Kelly AWR example is, in reality about a 70/30 on/off road tyre, not very aggressive, as is the Toyo unit.

Even taking into account some opposition to the mag, I think it's a good appreciation of the market cross section and would enable one to make a considered selection. - or - there's more to life than bfg and cooper.
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