Tyres...What do our Military lads use ?

Submitted: Sunday, May 11, 2008 at 17:55
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Good afternoon one & all,

New tyres are on the agenda at the moment and there are no shortages of suggestions and opinions on this forum.
Probably too much information thus making a decision even more difficult.

Considering we have the ADF operating in Iraq, Afganistan, East Timor etc, their vehicles would also be operating under some very extreme and severe conditions.

I'm assuming that their tyres would have to be very robust as any failure would render the crew 'sitting ducks'.

Would anyone be aware as to what type of tyre is currently being used, and if so, was the tyre supplied because the price was right or primarilly the best tyre for the job ?

Cheers.....Lionel.
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Reply By: Member - John - Sunday, May 11, 2008 at 18:01

Sunday, May 11, 2008 at 18:01
Lionel, I will ask a mate tomorrow, presume you mean the Landrovers not the 6x6 LAV's or Bushmasters, lol. John
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Follow Up By: Member - Lionel A (WA) - Sunday, May 11, 2008 at 18:08

Sunday, May 11, 2008 at 18:08
Thanks John, yep the Landies mate.
Would kill for one of 'em Bushmasters but alas......

Cheers....Lionel.
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Reply By: Member - barry F (NSW) - Sunday, May 11, 2008 at 18:15

Sunday, May 11, 2008 at 18:15
Lionel, Marathon Tyres here in Newcastle are a major distributor in our area & were a major supplier to the ADF fairly recently. I am not sure if they still are as of todays date. Could be worth a phone call? 02 49602144 if that is of any help. Cheers.
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Reply By: Peter 2 - Sunday, May 11, 2008 at 18:37

Sunday, May 11, 2008 at 18:37
The military are still using Olympic Steeltreks 7.50 x 16 either 8 or 10 ply.
As a matter of interest they were one of the first 'off road' 4wd radial manufactured and sold in Oz back in the late 70's.
I can remember when I first bought them everyone scoffed at putting radials on a 4wd, how times have changed.
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Follow Up By: Member - Lionel A (WA) - Sunday, May 11, 2008 at 20:16

Sunday, May 11, 2008 at 20:16
Thanks Peter, will check them out.

Cheers mate

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Reply By: Member - Olcoolone (S.A) - Sunday, May 11, 2008 at 18:56

Sunday, May 11, 2008 at 18:56
Hasn't the army got a mandatory 80 Kph speed limit too.

Also you may find there vehicles are set up different for weight carry.

Just because they use a certain tyre doesn't mean it is the best for you.

Price still pays a big part...look at the boots they supply to the guys $110.00 when other armed forces walk around in $400.00 boots....alot of our soldiers are paying the $400.00 for better boots them selves.

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Follow Up By: Member - Lionel A (WA) - Sunday, May 11, 2008 at 19:43

Sunday, May 11, 2008 at 19:43
Thanks Richard, you mentioned a couple of points I hadn't considered.
The weight issue: Using the Tanami, Gunbarrel and CSR I need the vehicle to haul approximately 100 ctns of full strength beer to communities on the outskirts of Halls Creek and Fitzroy Crossing.

After that I need to make a Bline to Darwin where I load up with 100 AK47's and ammo. These in turn will have to be delivered to Cabramatta and Marrickville.

Depending on what the 'LAW' is driving, Im sure I would need a little more than an 80kph restriction.

Boots, the $400.00 ones would obviously be faster in the event of my being sprung and pulled up.

Sorry mate, I know what your saying. Just me having one of my 'Silly Sundays'. Hope you have a warped sense of humour.

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Follow Up By: Member - Olcoolone (S.A) - Sunday, May 11, 2008 at 20:17

Sunday, May 11, 2008 at 20:17
You would have to work out the total weight of the cargo, do you know if the cartons hold 24 or 30 and is it cans or stubbys, if it was 24 can cartons the total weight would be about 9067.4 kilograms.

I don't thing it would be the weight that you should concerned about but where are you going to find 540000000000 cubic mm's for storage.

Do you know how much anmo you are planing on getting for the AK-47's.

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Follow Up By: Member - morry H (WA) - Sunday, May 11, 2008 at 23:13

Sunday, May 11, 2008 at 23:13
lionel get a life this is a forum or us traverlers not idiots like you have a good day kind regards morry
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Follow Up By: Member - Lionel A (WA) - Monday, May 12, 2008 at 14:51

Monday, May 12, 2008 at 14:51
Geez Morry, lighten up mate.

Obviously its not warped, just wondering if you have a sense of humour at all.....

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Follow Up By: Rossco td105 - Monday, May 12, 2008 at 21:41

Monday, May 12, 2008 at 21:41
G'day Lionel,

I had a laugh anyway...

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Reply By: Member - Fred G (NSW) - Sunday, May 11, 2008 at 19:30

Sunday, May 11, 2008 at 19:30
Kev...aka Kev & Darkie might know the answer to this Q..being a recent ADF retiree.
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Follow Up By: Kev & Darkie - Sunday, May 11, 2008 at 19:33

Sunday, May 11, 2008 at 19:33
Fred,

I do but Peter answered it so there is not much more to add.

Although the LC that they have run Road Grippers.

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Follow Up By: Member - Fred G (NSW) - Sunday, May 11, 2008 at 19:35

Sunday, May 11, 2008 at 19:35
Cheers Kev ....Tyres wern't an issue in the Navy, :-)
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Follow Up By: Member - Fred G (NSW) - Sunday, May 11, 2008 at 19:38

Sunday, May 11, 2008 at 19:38
Kev, WTF happened to the Broncos?????shot my tipping off the planet.???
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Follow Up By: Kev & Darkie - Monday, May 12, 2008 at 06:40

Monday, May 12, 2008 at 06:40
Fred,

The Bronco's were just getting the loss off their back early in the Rep season :)

WTF happened to the Bulldogs?? that's another one I went down on:(

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Reply By: Member - desray (WA) - Sunday, May 11, 2008 at 23:04

Sunday, May 11, 2008 at 23:04
I dont know about the ADF but the British army used the Michelin XCL tyres on the land rovers. Also Dakar rally cars. http://www.expeditionexchange.com/michelin/
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Reply By: Mainey (wa) - Monday, May 12, 2008 at 00:26

Monday, May 12, 2008 at 00:26
Lionel,
your living here so it will be just so easy to check out the mine site vehicle wheels on the 4b's and the shuttle bus etc.

They are the same vehicles most travelers use and speed limited to 'flat out' with no regard to anything, so the tyres have to be good.

They do use narrow, split rims so the information may not be relevant if your using wider rims anyway.

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Follow Up By: Member - Davoe (Yalgoo) - Monday, May 12, 2008 at 15:31

Monday, May 12, 2008 at 15:31
No consensus there mainy
Quite a few different types used.Bridgestone V steels are fairly common Monster Kevlar as well
but Iv see quite a few different types.
Reason there are so many brands is because no ones built the perfectt tyre yet
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Reply By: Member - Russnic [NZ] - Tuesday, May 13, 2008 at 16:00

Tuesday, May 13, 2008 at 16:00
Why would a company build a perfect tyre.
If they did they wuold go out of business.
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