A/T Tyres

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Has anyone used Bridgestone A/T D694 tyres,how are they for mileage? I'm thinking of putting them on my2001 prado. There is a lot to choose from!
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Reply By: cobber - Monday, Mar 16, 2009 at 23:00

Monday, Mar 16, 2009 at 23:00
I got the D963 on advise from Steve of "Top End Tours", they are Oz made where as the 964 are from Japan and not as tough, I have done 15,000kms so far approx 10,000 on WA gravel roads, Mount Augustus, Mill Stream, Karijini,Wiluna areas, great ride, hardly worn, I run them at 38psi all the time on a 100series Landcruiser, I am more than happy with them and will get another set when needed................ps I would drop the psi if I was in soft sand, but on the gravel i just drop the speed..........That my opinion.
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Follow Up By: Kroozer - Tuesday, Mar 17, 2009 at 00:46

Tuesday, Mar 17, 2009 at 00:46
I think you's mean 693 and 694. I run the 693's, excellent tyres, no problems other then no traction in mud, as with any All Terrain. Only other tyre i would consider would be the BF Goodrich A/T. 694s used to be made overseas but not sure if they still are. They are an all new design construction wise, available in L/T now. Not sure how good they are, but on paper they are supposed to be better then the 693s. Only time will tell, they only made the change last year.
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Follow Up By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Tuesday, Mar 17, 2009 at 08:05

Tuesday, Mar 17, 2009 at 08:05
The bridgestone website lists which sizes of each are made in Australia or made in Japan.
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Reply By: Member - Craig P (WA) - Tuesday, Mar 17, 2009 at 00:31

Tuesday, Mar 17, 2009 at 00:31
I have the D693's on my 100 series and have found them to be ok so far ...But they do have some down falls ....My opinion only thou.... They feel a little uneasy once you have or you are pulling a load and also once you let them down for beach use with the occasional beach rock here and there they will have some side wall damage not that it has caused me any problems yet.... My opinion again is that if I did not purchase these tyres with the vehicle that I bought I would not buy them again as I to have owned a prado and I would go for the Cooper ST's all be it a bit noisy but great . I got 40,000 and only about 10% worn and the was towing a big off road van just great they where ...nice even wear . With my 100 I will be going for the cooper stt's next for sure.
It is up to you but everyone will have there fav's
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Reply By: neilbis - Tuesday, Mar 17, 2009 at 00:44

Tuesday, Mar 17, 2009 at 00:44
ive used the 693's on my hilux for the past 5 years on my hilux in the pilabra, combination of long highway drives, gravel roads, sand and mudflats. No real issues with them

BHP use them on all our company cars (hilux's, prado's and cruizers) alot of them are 90% driving along the access lines which are gravel roads with alot of sharp rocks (iron ore etc). So they must be half decent as these cars cop a beating.
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Reply By: long haired nomad - Tuesday, Mar 17, 2009 at 03:56

Tuesday, Mar 17, 2009 at 03:56
Ive been using the 693 on my hilux since they first came out about 13 or so years ago and have consistantly gotten 130,000km from a set. Only had 1 puncture last year in the pilbra but the tyre had bugger all tread left.
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Reply By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Tuesday, Mar 17, 2009 at 08:09

Tuesday, Mar 17, 2009 at 08:09
All the above are 693's. I thought you asked about 694's :-)))

I have a set of D694 LT285/75 that I bought second hand because they came with a set of rims, and the previous guy had done 70,000k with 8mm tread left.

90series Prados are pretty light and easy on tyres. so mileage is not usually an issue.
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Reply By: RobAck - Tuesday, Mar 17, 2009 at 17:32

Tuesday, Mar 17, 2009 at 17:32
You hve a choice of AT and LT strength in the 694 in 16" size now so, as usual, it depends on how you use your car. If you are prepared to put up with the slight increase in fuel consumption then go with the LT. But if you use the car as a daily drive and only for touring then the AT's are very good. As usual with tyre questions there will always be a wide range of views which is understandable given the huge number of variations in driving style, vehicle weight, configuration and use and all of these make a huge difference to how tyres perform in different terrain. As usual lowering tyre pressure and speed will always reduce the risk of punctures as well.

We've been using D694AT on our last 90 series and current 120 Prado. Both were always heavily loaded,all the time and we would generally change tyres at at around 60,000km with stll around 4-6mm left. The simple reason why is that 4mm of tread just isn't enough left for a remote area trip as it will certainly increase the risk of punctures regardless of tyre pressures. So we tend to change earlier than many for those particular reasons.


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Reply By: lightsnsirens - Tuesday, Mar 17, 2009 at 18:44

Tuesday, Mar 17, 2009 at 18:44
I too am interested in the D694's in L/T, its one of two manufactures who make a tyre for my triton 265/70r16. How do they go in mud (i know they wont be great compared to M/T) but for general everyday tracks do they go allright???
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Reply By: Dr Hook - Friday, Mar 20, 2009 at 14:12

Friday, Mar 20, 2009 at 14:12
I'm runnning the light truck 694's on my 2007 GU (17") and have done over 32,000 with little sign of wear. I travel mostly on bitumen/gravel/limestone "formation" roads but last June they coped well on 2,000kms of EXTREMELY corrugated Anne Beadell/Connie Sue Highways, very heavily loaded, with 25 psi. No punctures, no rubber damage and excellent handling and comfort all the way (on mud, sand, dirt and gibber). (Several accompanying vehicles did tyres, including one bloke lost 2 of his brand new Mickey Thompsons (similar load, same speed/driving style and not being the lead vehicle!).
I'll stick with these tyres.
Dr Hook
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