Another dumb tyre question

Submitted: Monday, Apr 07, 2008 at 14:06
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I have a Toyota 79 series cab chassis. Travel highway and on track, no or little off track work. Most usage is in the desert areas. I have a set of six splits I use for travelling. Currently I have 7.50R16 Desert Duellers on them. I have had a fairly good run with them. I am currently looking at what options are out there. I understand that a few of the manufacturers are rearranging the manufacturing arrangements ie moving manufacture off shore. What are others using on there splits given the usage?

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Reply By: Sand Man (SA) - Monday, Apr 07, 2008 at 16:30

Monday, Apr 07, 2008 at 16:30

If I could obtain Desert Duellers for the Jackaroo, I would be using them instead of the 693's I currently have.

Nothing against the 693's, or 694's for that matter, except the price.

The last time I bought desert duellers for the camper trailer they were $168 each, as opposed to the $245 (on special) I paid for the 693's. The camper trailer has split rims and uses a 205R16C tyre size on 6.5" width rims.

An excellent tyre in my opinion and I wouldn't consider anything different given the choice. I reckon for price vs performance, nothing else even comes close.

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Follow Up By: Steve63 - Monday, Apr 07, 2008 at 16:40

Monday, Apr 07, 2008 at 16:40
Yes the price is attractive. You don't need to get too upset if you stuff one right up either. I just like to get a feel for changes. Popular tyres can become the sporn of hell overnight sometimes so it pays to ask around.

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Reply By: splits - Monday, Apr 07, 2008 at 18:16

Monday, Apr 07, 2008 at 18:16

I have split rims on my car with the original factory fitted 694s that are nearing the end of their life. I have a second set of mud tyres for occassional use and intend replacing the 694s with highway pattern tyres. The ones I have ordered are MRF Steel Muscle L after talking to Mick Hutten from Beadell Tours and looking through theirs and the MRF web site. He has been using these these tyres for four years on all of their on track tours in the western deserts. They use a highway MRF bias ply for off track work.

They are just ordinary light truck radials with all steel construction i.e steel in the sidewalls as well as under the thread. They are harder to puncture than a steel belted tyre and less likely to be unrepairable. Some of the other companies make them but Mick reckons the MRF is the toughest of the lot and they are far cheaper than any of the popular steel belted 4wd tyres.

I will use the 7.00 x 16. They come in 10 and 12 ply and the load rating for the 12 works out at 115, the same as many of the popular tyres so the ride should still be ok. The 7.50 x 16 is 14 ply and will carry 1495 kgs. I intend using them everywhere from Sydney freeways to the middle of the Outback so it will be interesting to see how they go.

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Follow Up By: Steve63 - Tuesday, Apr 08, 2008 at 10:54

Tuesday, Apr 08, 2008 at 10:54
Where are you getting the MRF's from?
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Follow Up By: splits - Tuesday, Apr 08, 2008 at 22:14

Tuesday, Apr 08, 2008 at 22:14
My tyre dealer has ordered them from Citic Tyres and Wheels Pty Ltd in Sydney. They list about seven or eight locations around the country on their site. Don't try looking at tyres on their site because what you see is pathetic. Bring up the MRF overseas site on Google then click on CORPORATE then EXPORT then TYRES and you will see what looks like their whole range.

Don't forget to read all the tyre information on the Beadell site as well.

I have been told the top man for MRF in Australia is Ken Kenny in Brisbane 07 5575 1927

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Follow Up By: Steve63 - Wednesday, Apr 09, 2008 at 09:19

Wednesday, Apr 09, 2008 at 09:19
Thanks for the info.

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Reply By: Member - Davoe (Yalgoo) - Monday, Apr 07, 2008 at 20:38

Monday, Apr 07, 2008 at 20:38
pretty sure its technically illegal to go 235x85 on a 5.5 inch split but they will fit and give you a massive tyre choice.
personally though if your not running crossplys though like the answer above you would be better of with sunrasia or such like 1 peice rims and tubeless. A 7 inch rim will carry both the 265x75 and 235x85 both of which are very popular and easy to get sizwe with the maximum range of tyres available to choose from
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