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Submitted: Saturday, Jul 12, 2003 at 19:54
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Hi Folks
My 80 series is shod with BFG A/ts 33x12.5x15
Last week the left rear suffered a tread separation problem, to day the right rear has developed the same problem. The tires are about 1/3 toa 1/2 worn and have not been off road they are my road going tires.
Has any one heard of this problem?
The tire dealer has not yet got back to me with the first one yet.
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Reply By: Stephen - Saturday, Jul 12, 2003 at 22:33

Saturday, Jul 12, 2003 at 22:33
No
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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Saturday, Jul 12, 2003 at 23:08

Saturday, Jul 12, 2003 at 23:08
Are they the KO version of the AT's?
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Follow Up By: Andrew - Saturday, Jul 12, 2003 at 23:37

Saturday, Jul 12, 2003 at 23:37
Truckster

Iv'e asked this question before....what does the 'KO' bit stand for???

Do you know. Obviously from what I read you can get them in the 'KO' form and without??? Yes/No what?

cheers
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Saturday, Jul 12, 2003 at 23:39

Saturday, Jul 12, 2003 at 23:39
NFO really...

Nothing on the BFG site either..
Kwait Origin? :P
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Follow Up By: Andrew - Saturday, Jul 12, 2003 at 23:48

Saturday, Jul 12, 2003 at 23:48
I'll ask the forum by posting the question.
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Reply By: kezza - Saturday, Jul 12, 2003 at 23:35

Saturday, Jul 12, 2003 at 23:35
What tyre pressures? Loads?

kes
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Follow Up By: Kiwi Ray - Sunday, Jul 13, 2003 at 08:08

Sunday, Jul 13, 2003 at 08:08
Kezza
I am running 33 psi
Load about 100 kgs
Mainly used to go to and from work
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Follow Up By: kezza - Monday, Jul 14, 2003 at 21:56

Monday, Jul 14, 2003 at 21:56
Thanks ray

hmm I cant add anymore just schmuck tyres - get em replaced.

The search for a good tyre continues.............
kes
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Reply By: JohnH - Sunday, Jul 13, 2003 at 01:22

Sunday, Jul 13, 2003 at 01:22
there is a guy up here in Darwin that I know...... sound familiar. Anyway he had the same problem, there was also a report that I had from a dealer in Alice who stated that the BFG wern't handling heat and that they had been having a run of these tread seperations..... Rumours that I have heard around the traps is that it was a 'bad batch'. It might be possible that your tyres are of the same age. One thing that is similar though is that these tyres were being run on bitumen and had done NO dirt? The Fella from Darwin took his back to the supplier who were going to look into it... They came back with the bright idea that he had been driving on the dirt and that this had caused the seperation. He hadn't but be prepared for this comment, even if it is true I would be asking them why the tyre is marketed as an all terrain when it obviously isn't. Further don't let them tell you that it is a one off as it has been happening in other places as well. Now to throw the spanner into the works, I am currently running BFG's on my vehicle and am very happy with them. My driving is mostly tar and with quite a bit of high speed work as well. I am hoping that it was a batch problem as I will be getting another set come tax time.

Good luck with your enquiries.
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Reply By: diamond (bendigo) - Sunday, Jul 13, 2003 at 10:57

Sunday, Jul 13, 2003 at 10:57
where were the tyres made(small words on the side wall).
if made in usa unusuall if else where theres going to be a lot more of it happening.
i had a bloke from one of the local tyre dealers in a couple of weeks ago bying some cooper s/t from us and i asked him why hes not fitting bfg(his store sell them )his words were there f###### rubish not like they used to be.new job coming so no fraser this time:-((
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Reply By: Steve from Drive Systems Victoria - Sunday, Jul 13, 2003 at 15:01

Sunday, Jul 13, 2003 at 15:01
It's probably no secret to forim users, that I have a very low opinion of BFG's since suffering the same delamination problem on three different sets of AT's. I will openly admit that as a four wheel driver I have on occassion, had to run them soft to negoitate sand and slippery conditions. One trip to Fraser Island in particular, saw two tyres fail on the return leg along the highway. The pressures on the island were down to 20 psi to travel the soft beaches and hinterland dunes. I put this down to excessive heat generated in the shoulder area, that led to tread seperation once back on the black top and heading home. A second replacement set suffered the same fate. A third set, different size, began doing the same after two desert trips. I consequently do not use them nor recommend them anymore. However, I still run MT's in the high country and have not had failures with those particular style. Provided you do not have occassion to air down, or run in high heat, high load situations, ie road work only, then BFG AT's will probably never give fault. But use them as a 4x4 tyre and they are just not doing the job anymore. Later KO series, seem far worse in terms of wear factor and general life of the casings.
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Reply By: Member - DOZER- Sunday, Jul 13, 2003 at 19:21

Sunday, Jul 13, 2003 at 19:21
Hi
If they are the newer KO, they will have it on the sidewalls. There is a subtle difference in tread design with the old and new. Dont take any c++p from them Ray, with sepo, it could have been your life that you paid with.
If a second is doing it, ask for 4 new ones. You will probably have to pay retro though (60% off retail if you have 60% tread left)
Andrewwheredayathinkwer mike?
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Follow Up By: Kiwi Ray - Sunday, Jul 13, 2003 at 21:20

Sunday, Jul 13, 2003 at 21:20
Thanks for the feed back so far.
Now I have some bullets to fire at them, it should be an interesting meeting tomorrow morning (Monday)
I will let you know the result
Ray
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Reply By: Patrol22 - Monday, Jul 14, 2003 at 12:57

Monday, Jul 14, 2003 at 12:57
I must have lucked in - my BFG ATs now now have about 50k on them and are still going well. They have done a trip to Cape York (Queanbeyan to Mossman and rtn on the black stuff) and several jaunts into the Vic high country. They did, however, chip a bit on Billy Goats Bluff. If you have a close look at the KO model they have a ridge that protrudes beyond the wheel rim - I was told that this ridge was designed to protect the growing number of alloys a little (how true it is I'm bu##ered if I know).
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