7.50 16 or 235/85 16 choices

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I will need a set of tyres soon on the Patrol & looking at a alternative to the Road Grippers i have been using so far ( i have been buying new ones that people remove off new 7# series cruisers but i thought i might look at what else is available)

The tyres i am lookihg for will need to have around the same amount of lug as the Road Grippers & be a common brand (available without to much trouble)

Had a bit of a browse on the net & know what the options are but looking for any real life experiences

Any thoughts or experiences would be appreciated

Regards Don
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Reply By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Wednesday, Mar 18, 2009 at 13:15

Wednesday, Mar 18, 2009 at 13:15
In 235/85R16:
The Bridgestone 661 are popular on outback roads here in SA, but chip too easily on the coarse gravel in SA for my liking.
The Toyo M55F are a solid tyre, but expensive, but have a nice chunky look to them.
The BFG ATKO are pretty close to what you're wanting, but can also chip easily.
The Goodyear MTR are probably the best choice if you want a thick sidewall.
The MRF are too scary on wet bitumen for me.
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Reply By: Member - Leigh (Vic) - Wednesday, Mar 18, 2009 at 13:38

Wednesday, Mar 18, 2009 at 13:38
Been happy with 255/85 x16 Cooper ST's. About a 33" tyre. There are some interesting views on this brand but mine are still turning!!
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Reply By: David - Wednesday, Mar 18, 2009 at 16:33

Wednesday, Mar 18, 2009 at 16:33
Hi donk,

Had same problem with my 80 series had Road Grippers on when l got it l was only getting around 35,000 to 40,000 km out of a set. had put 2 sets on.

Then changed to 235/85/16 BFG Muds and started to get 95,000 to 100,000 out of them, have also had 2 sets of them.

I will stick to the bfg for me, l also drive everywhere l can eg High Country, Simpson, Outback when l can as well as around town. Just done trip last year around Flinders ranges ,Birdsville Broken hill and home about 6000 km no flats

They suit me so l will not change, also know of others with the same mileage as me.

Hope this helps,

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Reply By: Member - Shane D (QLD) - Wednesday, Mar 18, 2009 at 17:26

Wednesday, Mar 18, 2009 at 17:26
Hi Donk,
I'm running bridgestone 673's in 235/85 16's.
I torn a lug of one spinning on some rocks (read; abusing them) and have had one mystery flat, that happens with tubes, not the tyres fault.
I'm think I will 60000, they are at 45000 but still have plenty of bite.
Zero problems crossing the simpson, central road to Kalgoorlie, plus some playing in the Victorian High country, as well as w/ends away.
I noticed that tread moves around on tar (they sorta steer as if they are low on pressure) and have a little noise, but not bad for what is a Mud tyre.
They have a 120 load rating and are 10ply, mesure up at 32 inch and are just slightly taller than the 7.50.
I found them to be quite good everywhere except bituman,I don't have ANY drama at all and are happy with their performance On the black stuff, but there are better options if you are intenting on spending more time on the road than off.
I have a photo of a 673 in my profile.
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