looks like I have to wait 14 WEEKS for new tyres

Submitted: Wednesday, May 06, 2009 at 16:38
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I've settled on a set of 295/75/16 BFG A/T's on dark grey teflon coated alloys for the effie, that was the easy part.

Now I'm told there is only a single tyre available in the country and the next shipment is due mid August. Aaaaaaghhhh

Not sure how accurate this is, but the story is that several US plants have been closed and now there is a shortage of stock.

What a ridiculous situation!!!! Reminds me of the story of the old man and the hot dog stand reproduced below.

"An old gentleman owned a hot dog stand. His hot dogs were famous for blocks and blocks, maybe even miles and miles. People loved his hot dogs. He had a couple of people working for him and advertised in all of the local papers. He hired kids to put signs on poles and he even made calls on groups of people to encourage them to stop and try his hot dogs.

Once people tried his hot dogs they were hooked. Business was good, so good in fact that he was able to open a couple more stands and put his son through college.

One day his son came home and begin to talk to his father about what he had been learning. "There's a recession on out there pops." The young man said. "You'd better stop spending so much on advertising, and let some of your help go."

"But business is good son." The old man defended.

"Sure it is now, but you'll see there's a recession on and you'd better get ready." His son replied.

The old man considered what he had heard and considered the amount of money he had spent for his son's education. Finally he decided that perhaps he should cut back and wait for better times.

After he stopped advertising, cut some of his help and closed one of his stands his business began to pull back dramatically. In reaction to the downturn he cut advertising even more and tried to run the stand by himself. To make matters worse, one of his old competitors built two new stands in the old man's territory.

"Lucky I had my son to warn me", thought the old man. Eventually his hot dog business failed.
His son had been right--there was a recession on."

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Reply By: Member - Broe (WA) - Wednesday, May 06, 2009 at 16:44

Wednesday, May 06, 2009 at 16:44
Considering your purchase of these tyres and the time taken, would you be better off ordering twice the amount? How long would you wait out bush for another tyre?

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Follow Up By: GoneTroppo Member (FNQ) - Wednesday, May 06, 2009 at 16:53

Wednesday, May 06, 2009 at 16:53
My point exactly, I'm already ordering 6 and thinking of making it 8 now.

If the story is true we may all soon be stuck in the middle of nowhere and waiting.
295 is not that unusual a size and at 33 inches you could get away with something else in an emergency.

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Reply By: Member - Royce- Wednesday, May 06, 2009 at 18:56

Wednesday, May 06, 2009 at 18:56
Got some tyres put on the F350 today. $359 each. Yours?
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Follow Up By: GoneTroppo Member (FNQ) - Thursday, May 07, 2009 at 15:07

Thursday, May 07, 2009 at 15:07
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Reply By: Member - Leigh (Vic) - Wednesday, May 06, 2009 at 20:11

Wednesday, May 06, 2009 at 20:11
Have you considered 255x85/16? Gives about 33" and reasonably available in BFG and Cooper. Not as big a footprint though! Cheers
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Follow Up By: GoneTroppo Member (FNQ) - Thursday, May 07, 2009 at 15:10

Thursday, May 07, 2009 at 15:10
That would have been my preference as I prefer a narrower tyre over a wide one and I run this size in a BFG MT on my Defender.

Unfortunately they don't come in a 123 load rating so it's a no go.
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Reply By: Bob the - Wednesday, May 06, 2009 at 20:45

Wednesday, May 06, 2009 at 20:45
G'day mate. Today I had new 305/70/16 BFG muddies fitted. they ordered them in the day before I wanted them. I'm very happy with them. they said there was plenty of stock available... Cheers
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Reply By: Member - Boo Boo (NSW) - Thursday, May 07, 2009 at 11:36

Thursday, May 07, 2009 at 11:36
I was recently in Bunbury and had a puncture that ruined a tyre.

Took it to the tyre dealer and was told it would be 6 weeks before a new shipment would come in.

The tyre was off a holden 'matchbox', luckily the holden dealer had one in stock.

Regards BooBoo
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