Bridgestone 693's

Submitted: Saturday, Oct 11, 2003 at 22:42
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Sorry to get onto the tyres topic again, but has anybody had any experience with Bridgestone 693's. I am thinking of using them on a hilux for a Kimberly's trip next year. Any help would be great as they are one of the few tyres that come in about the right size and load rating for what I need.
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Reply By: Slammin - Saturday, Oct 11, 2003 at 23:36

Saturday, Oct 11, 2003 at 23:36
G'day Grant havent used them but wondering are you in the Barkley Area? Your name & last initial rings a bell.
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Reply By: ross - Saturday, Oct 11, 2003 at 23:39

Saturday, Oct 11, 2003 at 23:39
They drive great but have a road bias rather than than a true all terrain.They are very quiet and definately handle and stop well .Ideal if your only going offroad occasionally for short trips.Only 2 complaints is that the walls seem a little thin and they wore a little to quick.I had them on a lada niva and a landcruiser.
Surely a hi lux would have a huge tyre choice.Ive been hearing good things about Simex but havent had any experience.The Bridgestone desert dueller have dropped in price and I am now using them on my landcruiser and have no complaints at $160 each.
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Follow Up By: Camper - Sunday, Oct 12, 2003 at 21:57

Sunday, Oct 12, 2003 at 21:57
G'day Ros
Where do you get Dueller A/T 693 for $160, i have been quoted exactly twice that recently!
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Follow Up By: ross - Monday, Oct 13, 2003 at 08:21

Monday, Oct 13, 2003 at 08:21
The $160 was for a desert dueller,not a 693.I think a large 693 shuold be under $200 from a bridgestone dealer
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Reply By: chopper - Sunday, Oct 12, 2003 at 08:33

Sunday, Oct 12, 2003 at 08:33
I've had two sets of 693 ATs, and have been very happy with them on a wide variety of terrain, I did 50k on one set before trading (there was still plenty of tread, I just like new rubber) them on the current set with ~20k on them.

I also have muddies for when i go playing, but the ATs have been sensational for general use.
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Reply By: Member -BJ (Sydney) - Sunday, Oct 12, 2003 at 10:03

Sunday, Oct 12, 2003 at 10:03
I have them on my patrol, they have done the Simpson + Gulf & general w/end stuff & not 1 problem or flat will get another set when these wear out.Regards Bob
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Reply By: Pete G - Sunday, Oct 12, 2003 at 11:20

Sunday, Oct 12, 2003 at 11:20
Grant,
Have had these on my Patrol for 60k's and still going strong , they are about 75% worn. About 85% of my running is on the Blacktop.

They also have a good load/speed rating which some of their competitors dont offer.

Watch Radials versus Light truck - The radials are a 70 profile. the LT's are a 75 profile. I fitted the 75's in lieu of the 70's and this way you get a stronger sidewall. So far no problems about grip.

All said and done they are more of a road tyre in the tread pattern. They run quiet. Only thing is that they ride a bit harsher than the radial. I will fit them again.

Regards

Pete G
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Reply By: Michelle from ExplorOz - Sunday, Oct 12, 2003 at 13:51

Sunday, Oct 12, 2003 at 13:51
GrantM,
We drive on them now and have no complaints.ExplorOz
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Reply By: Member - Rick - Sunday, Oct 12, 2003 at 17:21

Sunday, Oct 12, 2003 at 17:21
supplied new on the patrol, worn out after only 40k.
great on road, poor off road if you get away from formed gravel roads.
got the toyo's when they were due for replacment, havent looked back since.

rick.ahh, the joys of the great outdoors!!!
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Reply By: Member - Luxoluk - Sunday, Oct 12, 2003 at 20:01

Sunday, Oct 12, 2003 at 20:01
Hi Grant, I have 691's on my TD hilux which I think has a 112 load index. Same pattern as the 693's. Have done french line, Oodnatta track twice, googs, gunbarrel, Vic high country etc etc and still going strong. Buggered one tyre at the junction of tread and side wall with a sharp rock but hey, they are still making them. I keep pressures fairly low on dirt to minimise punctures. I find they are a good all round compromise given highway/city miles I have to travel as well. Get the Japanese made tyres if you can, i hear they are of higher quality?? Cheers
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Reply By: sean - Sunday, Oct 12, 2003 at 21:38

Sunday, Oct 12, 2003 at 21:38
The 693 in the LIGHT TRUCK version, are (IMO) a very good tyre. I am on my second set. When I got my latest patrol I took it down to the tyre dealer and traded the new stock 693 passenger tyres tyres for a set of 693 AT's light truck.

Sean
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Reply By: Hilly - Sunday, Oct 12, 2003 at 22:33

Sunday, Oct 12, 2003 at 22:33
I'm a big fan of the Dueler AT's, ie the 693's. I like the 265.75.16's which are LT rated as mentioned earlier and I believe are constructed of a harder compound for longer life, ( I had heard that the Aussie tyre was better than the Japanese made one ) I've just fitted the 285.75.16's to my GU for the extra inch under the diffs and the reduced revs at highway cruising speed.

Buy from a Bridgestone specific outlet for a considerable saving based on my research. About $225 for the 265.75.16's

Cheers,

Hilly
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Reply By: sean - Monday, Oct 13, 2003 at 21:05

Monday, Oct 13, 2003 at 21:05
If you do buy, note that the 265/75/16 AT are a BIG dia tyre for the profile and will only just fit onto the spare carrier without rubbing the paint off your rear door.

Sean
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