Tyre sizes & prices

Submitted: Monday, Jun 01, 2009 at 14:48
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Well im in shock, got some prices the other day for new tyres for the Prado. Dunlops on there are 265/65/17. The spare is still brand new, so i wanted to replace all 4 with the same size. Rang around and only Bridgestone make the same size with there 694 Dueler but its not light truck construction.

All i am after is a replacement which is of light truck construction. It doesnt exist, how pathetic. So now i am faced with buying the Duelers for $319 each and probably not getting too much out of them as i do a fair bit of bush driving or paying for 5 new tyres (265/70/17). The cheapest tyres in Light Truck construction i can get are the Cooper ATR's for $346 each. So do i take a risk with paying only $1276 for 4 new ones or go all out and pay $1730 for 5 new Coopers.

Here are some prices i got
Mickey T ATZ; $380 Not L/T
BF Goodrich: $400 Unsure if L/T
Goodyear Silent Armour: $403 Unsure if L/T

I can only say i am amazed at the prices. I would prefer the Cooper S/Ts i think but they have non in stock and im off on a 12,000km trip in 20 days so cant really wait too long. There is no way i would go back to the Dunlops either.



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Reply By: The Top End Explorer - Monday, Jun 01, 2009 at 14:58

Monday, Jun 01, 2009 at 14:58
If the 694 Duellers are OZ made you won't find a better tyre, I have the 694 Oz made Duellers in the 16 inch range, I have used them on several cars over 800000 km, I won't use anything else.

Do a search on here about Coopers, if you want value for money go the Duellers.

Steve.
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Follow Up By: Member - Kroozer (WA) - Monday, Jun 01, 2009 at 16:30

Monday, Jun 01, 2009 at 16:30
Agree have had the Dueler 693 and i believe they are the best A/T tyre ever.

I personally have had a bad experience with Coopers too.
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Follow Up By: mintrax - Monday, Jun 01, 2009 at 21:27

Monday, Jun 01, 2009 at 21:27
Don't know much about tyres but I've got 687's that came with my Forester and they will be lucky to get 25k.

Could I put 694's on a 2008 Forester?

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Michael
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Reply By: siukalo - Monday, Jun 01, 2009 at 15:12

Monday, Jun 01, 2009 at 15:12
The tyre spec is:

LT265/65R17 D694(FZ)
8Ply Rating
Load & speed: 116S
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Reply By: Member - DOZER- Monday, Jun 01, 2009 at 15:21

Monday, Jun 01, 2009 at 15:21
mate, i looked at some 315x75x16 procomps and they were 530 each.
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Follow Up By: Baz&Pud (Tassie) - Monday, Jun 01, 2009 at 18:42

Monday, Jun 01, 2009 at 18:42
Something has got to be wrong, we have procomp 305/70/16 on our truck
and they were $320 ech, you can't tell me the difference in size is $210 (or can you?).
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Follow Up By: Members Paul and Melissa (VIC) - Monday, Jun 01, 2009 at 20:47

Monday, Jun 01, 2009 at 20:47
i bought pro comp muddies in 2003 and paid $330 then for a 305/70/16
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Reply By: chisel - Monday, Jun 01, 2009 at 15:54

Monday, Jun 01, 2009 at 15:54
Well I did mention in reply to your earlier thread that you wouldn't get change out of $350/tyre :-)

If the Bridgestone rep is still watching, are the 694 LTs also available in the 200 series spec? 285/65/17 ?
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Reply By: George_M - Monday, Jun 01, 2009 at 15:54

Monday, Jun 01, 2009 at 15:54
G'day Kroozer.

I run LT 265 70R17 Micky Thompson ATZ/4s on my Prado. As far as I'm aware they are of "LT" construction. Their load rating (stamped on the tyre) is 121/118 Q. I used to run Cooper ATRs, but irreparably punctured one with 25k kilometers one it. I was in a Victorian National Park, about 30kilometers off the bitumen, and camped between a Holden ute and an old Datsun 200B.....

I'm not sure about your local tyre regulations in WA - 265 70R17s are not "legal" in all States.

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Follow Up By: Member - Kroozer (WA) - Monday, Jun 01, 2009 at 16:34

Monday, Jun 01, 2009 at 16:34
Yep, did 3 ATRs in 2 days once, though they were fairly bald and had done 70,000kms. Plus i didnt air them down. Not to worry though, i wasnt paying.
But it has scared me off them, but some people swear by them
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Follow Up By: Krakka - Tuesday, Jun 02, 2009 at 06:10

Tuesday, Jun 02, 2009 at 06:10
I don't want to sound harsh Kroozer, BUT, you were expecting a bit much from any tyre that had done 70K, fairly bald and not aired down. Doesn't sound like the tyres fault.

I am not a fan of Cooper tyres but fairs fair!

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Reply By: RobAck - Monday, Jun 01, 2009 at 16:24

Monday, Jun 01, 2009 at 16:24
We've been running the 694 on our 120 Prado in the new LT, 118 rating tyre for the last month, having replaced our well worn AT set of the same make and have not a problem at all.

They were put on Thursday and we did a trainng weekend to Robe and Beachport on the weekend. This is around 930km and is bitument, sand, rocks and some mud actually on that weekend with not a problem. We are running them at the same pressures for the AT. That is 34 psi for highway, 26 psi for dirt and rocks and 16 psi for sand

As part of our testing we weighed the tyes and the come in at an extra 4kg over the AT so there is a decent amount of extra rubber and steel in their construction

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Follow Up By: Member - Kroozer (WA) - Monday, Jun 01, 2009 at 16:36

Monday, Jun 01, 2009 at 16:36
Excellent, what did you pay per tyre so i know what to expect? Im over the moon that Bridgestone have brought out an LT in 17''. Wish the dealer told me this the other day, i would have ordered them in.
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Follow Up By: RobAck - Monday, Jun 01, 2009 at 17:06

Monday, Jun 01, 2009 at 17:06
Price is a hard call as it will vary by location with freight etc. In Adelaide you would expect to pay around $330 fitted and balanced at the tyre place I use

The 17" LT is still in short supply I suspect but the 265 size was the first to arrive in Australia and I think the 285 is on the way but we have no need for a wider tyre than standard

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Reply By: P7OFFROAD Accredited Driver Training - Monday, Jun 01, 2009 at 18:24

Monday, Jun 01, 2009 at 18:24
Good news that you can get the 694 LTs.

I've been a firm fan of Bridgestone for many years now, with them on a multitude of vehicles, both in MT and AT patterns.

The 694 LT is an excellent, honest tyre, and you will be very happy with it...

There is more to a tyre than the size of the advertising budget!

cheers, Dave
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Reply By: jezza68 - Monday, Jun 01, 2009 at 22:17

Monday, Jun 01, 2009 at 22:17
G'Day Kroozer,

My old Disco S2 had the same size tyres as the Prado. I got the best price for my A/T Duellers from the Bridgestone Dealer on Hunter St. They were the cheapest by miles.
Those tyres did the Gibb twice, NT and Leveque heaps of times no probs.
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Follow Up By: Member - Kroozer (WA) - Monday, Jun 01, 2009 at 23:33

Monday, Jun 01, 2009 at 23:33
Yeah cheers mate, but with my last set of Duelers, complete with Sunraysia rims i got them $30 per tyre and $10 per rim cheaper at Tyrepower. I couldnt believe it. Thats a big saving when buying 5. Later when i needed one more as a spare for some remote travels i had to pay $305 for rim and tyre from the Bridgestone mob. Only paid $255 at Tyrepower with rim.
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Reply By: Flywest - Monday, Jun 01, 2009 at 23:25

Monday, Jun 01, 2009 at 23:25
One word

Kuhmo

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