Dick Cepek FCII Tyre Failure?

Submitted: Tuesday, Feb 05, 2008 at 13:45
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I bought 8 of these when I first bought the LC100 in may 2004 (For camper trailer) I thought they were great (and still do ... sort of) - Originally I intended to rotate all 8 to maximise and evnely distribute wear. But I got lazy and only did it once at about 10,000k - I knocked 1 lug off during our 04 desert trip and consequently convenced them to replace it under warranty (Cost $60 after prorata wear and tear) - So these 5 tyres have been on since and the vehicle has done over 90,000k so I was pretty happy with them.

Late last year I did a couple trips up the bush and dropped my tyre pressures lower than usual down to just under 20psi. After the last trip I noticed at least 2 lugs gone on each of the tyres and cracks appearing between the main tread and the body of the tyre. Having traded the LC100 and waiting for a new 200 I wasn't about to put new tyres on it so I kept an eye on them.

Going up the hume a week or so back at 110kph I lost a tyre all together completely delaminated and basically shreaded it. BTW it handled beautifully giving ample time slow down safely and pull over.

So not wishing to push it any further with I pulled into the nearest tyre joint and a bought 5 good condition second hand tyres. (2 Coppers, 2 Bridgestones and a Japanese thingy as a spare)

I still reckon the tyres have served me very well at least 2 or 3 of them have done over 90,000ks so I don't feel ripped off except they had a good 10-15,000ks of tread left on them and then this.

So not sure what I'll put on the 200 yet but thought some might find this interesting.

Gaz

PS: Tyres were 285/75/R16s so after a 5% correction the actual ground covered is closer to 100,000k
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Reply By: Wizard1 - Tuesday, Feb 05, 2008 at 14:34

Tuesday, Feb 05, 2008 at 14:34
Gaz,

You get around 100000 km from a set of tyres over 3 years and a few minor bits of off road damage. Well done

I'd think that was great. To have one let go after that long would be ok by all accounts. All tyres will start to loose their structural integrity after a few years. Just being baked b the sun and road heat will be enough.

Had a set of Cooper A/T last half that time and had 7 puctures!

My current set of Goodyear Wranglers ATR have been on since Oct 2006, covered around 70,000 km and still look new. Just them rotate on a regular basis.
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Follow Up By: Member - Richard K (NSW) - Tuesday, Feb 05, 2008 at 18:42

Tuesday, Feb 05, 2008 at 18:42
Gaz

What do you drive? My Cooper AT/r's have about 15000kms left and I have a spare set of rims with very near new (2000kms) Wrangler AT/rs..Coopers will have done 60k when they are retired so interesting to hear your mileage from the Goodyears.. I drive a 2002 Prado TD Auto.. I don't thrash it to say the least and rotate every 10-15k...still happy with the Coopers. While the goodyears are on, I'll get the spare rims shod with some muddies (when I find the $$)

Cheers and beers
Rich
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Follow Up By: GaryW - Thursday, Feb 07, 2008 at 13:00

Thursday, Feb 07, 2008 at 13:00
Hi Rich,

You might want to re-read my post.

The tyres that I am talking about are Dick Cepek FCII's They are a Mickey Thomson tyre - they have an AT pattern and lots of tread.

I drive a 100 Series IFS Landcruiser.

Or were you replying to wizard1 and not me?
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Follow Up By: Member - Richard K (NSW) - Thursday, Feb 07, 2008 at 21:53

Thursday, Feb 07, 2008 at 21:53
Yeah sorry Gaz - I was replying to Wizard1 - got names confused!

Rich
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