Tyres - Kelly/Cooper/BFG

Submitted: Monday, Jun 09, 2003 at 18:57
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Well choice is down to these all 265/75/R16... Kelly Safari AWR $199 , Cooper AT for $255 or BFG AT for $240 ..... the Kelly's sound good to me ... save ~ $200 for 5 tyres and they have 85K wear warranty ..... have heard the BFG's are susceptible to radius cracking across walls , read the Cooper report in this excellent sites section ..... require for trip to Birdsville/Cape York/Cobourg ... what are your thoughts ?
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Reply By: howesy - Monday, Jun 09, 2003 at 19:18

Monday, Jun 09, 2003 at 19:18
I'm with you go the Kelly's and save some money. Been on some serious trips through places like cordilo way, simpson desert etc. and they were on a set of Kumho venture's. They went 160,000 without puncture even on the cordillo. If you keep adjusting the tyre pressures for the terrain and move front to back every 15000 any tyre does well. The set before that were olympic overlanders and they went 110000.
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Follow Up By: diamond (bendigo) - Monday, Jun 09, 2003 at 21:03

Monday, Jun 09, 2003 at 21:03
gday howsy.
did you get 160000ks from one set of tyres.
that would have to be a record.
ive been in the tyre game for years and never seen a tyre do that many ks.
also i would recomend tyre rotation every 10000ks at the mostlooking foward to september(landcruiser park/fraser island)
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Follow Up By: howesy - Monday, Jun 09, 2003 at 22:36

Monday, Jun 09, 2003 at 22:36
Yes indeed I did. the only trouble is that by the time you get the tyre with that many km on them they go really hard and caution has to be taken in the wet to avoid it sliding out. I wrote to and rang Kumho and offered them to use the tyres for advertising purposes and they werent interested, I couldn't understand why not. I was rapt. I do 50 to 60 thou a year in the lux so we'll see how these new ones go they have been on for about 10000. couldn't get the ventures this time they werent in stock so I put on powerguards
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Follow Up By: Dean - Tuesday, Jun 10, 2003 at 13:18

Tuesday, Jun 10, 2003 at 13:18
Howdy Howesy, just curious, but what size tyres were they,
Dean
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Follow Up By: howesy - Tuesday, Jun 10, 2003 at 19:03

Tuesday, Jun 10, 2003 at 19:03
They were both sets of 31 X 10.5 X 15 and being a diesel (i dont liike to rev over 3000) I usaully max. 110kph with the most of it at 80 to 100 kph
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Reply By: Bob Y. - Qld - Monday, Jun 09, 2003 at 20:50

Monday, Jun 09, 2003 at 20:50
Lizard,

I'd go the Kelly's too, you'll save enough to carry an extra new spare. Checked them out once, and think they had good wall thickness. Still on BFG's here.

Hooroo...

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Reply By: Member - Martyn (WA) - Monday, Jun 09, 2003 at 21:03

Monday, Jun 09, 2003 at 21:03
Lizard,
With regard to the warranties make sure you check the conditions of the warranty, some require regular balance cehcks and alignment checks which cost dolleros, I've read a few threads that mention looking at the small print with the warranties. Not always the best deal. I personally would stick with the BFG option and make sure they are out of the US and not the other countries. Only my opinion, I've done 60K on my BFG A/T's and they still have heaps to go. Keep the shiny side up
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Reply By: Beauges - Tuesday, Jun 10, 2003 at 09:44

Tuesday, Jun 10, 2003 at 09:44
I work as a earthmover tyre fitter in a nickel mine at Leinster W.A. and we have tryed a variety of tyres in blue rock on l.v's and ended up with Hankook RA03's and they are a lot cheaper than other brands.
ps:don't buy bridgestones if you plan to go on rocky tracks
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Follow Up By: craig - Tuesday, Jun 10, 2003 at 18:24

Tuesday, Jun 10, 2003 at 18:24
Totally agree, I've had too many punctures on Bridgestones on rocky tracks. That was on one trip at the correct pressures for the conditions. So far 35 000 km on BFG AT no problems.
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Reply By: Member - Rohan K - Tuesday, Jun 10, 2003 at 11:03

Tuesday, Jun 10, 2003 at 11:03
Lizard, have you considered Wrangler MTRs?Talk is cheap ...
Rohan (Sydney)
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Reply By: colin - Tuesday, Jun 10, 2003 at 14:41

Tuesday, Jun 10, 2003 at 14:41
another point to take in to consideration is max load the coopers have a load rating of 1530kgs the closest rival has a load range about 1250 kg also in brissy if you shop around and buy at least 4 coopers you can get them for $220. From experience have found jap tyres cannot handle out back roads like the Birdsville Track, that was in a convoy of seven vehicles with trailers all doing the right thing with pressures, the only tyres we had no probs with where the coopers and aussy made bridgestones. Col
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