What new tyres to get for 100 series LC fully loaded?

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Hello

It's time for new tyres on the Landcruiser. We tow a large van which weighs a bit over 3t fully loaded, and the cruiser is very close to 3260kg max weight with the van attached.

Our next trip will go from south coast NSW - Flinders Ranges - Innaminka - Birdsville - Mt Isa and then back down the centre of Qld and NSW. I'm guessing this trip will probably be about 6000kms on tar and 2000kms on dirt.

I've read that some tyres can get badly chipped when carrying over 3t on dirt roads.

Any suggestions on which tyres to look at would be greatly appreciated.

regards

John

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Reply By: Moose - Wednesday, Jun 02, 2010 at 15:14

Wednesday, Jun 02, 2010 at 15:14
LT.
Brand - everyone seems to have an opinion and you'll probably get heaps. Will not make your decision any easier.
Just go out to retailers and see what sort of deals you can get.
I've been through quite a few brands and these days I look for a good price on something I recognise.
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Reply By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Wednesday, Jun 02, 2010 at 15:59

Wednesday, Jun 02, 2010 at 15:59
We have just done 50,000k towing nearly 3 t with a 100ser and put new BFG A/T's on when starting.

They are down to 5.5mm now so consider they have done well.

Did a few tracks without the van and they have stood up well.

Yet to get a puncture.
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Follow Up By: jdbb - Wednesday, Jun 02, 2010 at 16:04

Wednesday, Jun 02, 2010 at 16:04
Did you do much towing on dirt roads Graham?
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Follow Up By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Wednesday, Jun 02, 2010 at 16:29

Wednesday, Jun 02, 2010 at 16:29
Not with whats in my signature picture I dont would probably fall to pieces.

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Follow Up By: Baz&Pud (Tassie) - Wednesday, Jun 02, 2010 at 17:44

Wednesday, Jun 02, 2010 at 17:44
BFGs only way to go, our van probably comes in at 2.6 ton loaded, van has done whisker over 60000 and tyres still good.
About 7.5 to 10% on tracks/unsealed roads such as GRR Birdsville track etc.
Hope this helps you to make your decision.
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Follow Up By: jdbb - Wednesday, Jun 02, 2010 at 18:56

Wednesday, Jun 02, 2010 at 18:56
Thanks for the reply Baz.

What BFG's do you use?, and have you got the same tyres on your tow vehicle?

I've read about the muddies being pretty good to handle high loads and dirt but then on the tar they're probably a bit noisy and no good in the wet.

regards

John

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Follow Up By: Baz&Pud (Tassie) - Wednesday, Jun 02, 2010 at 19:08

Wednesday, Jun 02, 2010 at 19:08
John
We have 285/75/16 a/ts on the van and on the tug, having said that, we also have the problem that the van has six studs and the tug has five studs, bit of a bugger really, but the cost to change the van to five plus make it so that it will take the IFS wheel at present is not worth it, well that's Puds way of looking at it, not mine, and as they say, she wears the nickers.
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Reply By: Member - Tom W (WA) - Wednesday, Jun 02, 2010 at 23:42

Wednesday, Jun 02, 2010 at 23:42
Hi jdbb most important too look for is the load rating of the tyre in my experience you will need an E rated tyre for that load but no doubt you will have all sorts of opinions as these questions usually do cheers tom
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Reply By: carlsp - Thursday, Jun 03, 2010 at 07:50

Thursday, Jun 03, 2010 at 07:50
Hi John,

You will get a million opinions but the earlier point was right about LT. Depends if you are on the seal or off road. My understanding is that LT (light truck) have a high tyre pressure and you cannot run them low (18-30psi) if you are doing soft sand etc. So LT are good for the sealed road.

I towed a 3.5 ton van with a landcruiser and had 285 wide Cooper ST. Never had a failure and noise was good as well as wear. Great off road as well.

Having said that I have BF Mud K2's at the moment and also BF AT's on the caravan.

Fair to say a good brand is best.
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Follow Up By: jdbb - Thursday, Jun 03, 2010 at 08:17

Thursday, Jun 03, 2010 at 08:17
carlsp, how are the BF Mud K2's on the tar? Any issues with noise or slipping in the wet?

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Follow Up By: carlsp - Thursday, Jun 03, 2010 at 09:39

Thursday, Jun 03, 2010 at 09:39
The K2 ones have not been out long (my understanding anyway) but they are as quiet at Cooper Descoverer ST. No sign of slipping on the sealed roads yet.

Have spoken to another person with them, that say get louder as the tread wears down.
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Follow Up By: jdbb - Thursday, Jun 03, 2010 at 10:24

Thursday, Jun 03, 2010 at 10:24
thanks carlsp. Did you get the muddies because you like playing in the mud a bit, or was it for other reasons?

The reason I ask is that there is a thread on the Bushtracker forum that discusses various tyres for highly loaded vehicles on dirt roads and the BFG muddies seem to be one of the best. Just wondered if you had seen this writeup?

John
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Follow Up By: carlsp - Thursday, Jun 03, 2010 at 18:00

Thursday, Jun 03, 2010 at 18:00
We tow a 4 ton Kedron ( yeh... wife has lots of shoes) and I was worried about towing on dirt and sand.

One thing I descovered is that they are 3 years old at the time I got them. Funny thing is they have just been released in Australia. So they have been sitting in a warehouse, in the land of the free and home of the brave for a while.

I did not look at the date stamp because I knew they had just been released. Next time I will.
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Follow Up By: Peter Horne [Krakka] - Friday, Jun 04, 2010 at 12:28

Friday, Jun 04, 2010 at 12:28
I have had my KM2's for nearly 12 months, and I think they had been around for at least 6 months prior to that.

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Reply By: maccax7 - Thursday, Jun 03, 2010 at 22:35

Thursday, Jun 03, 2010 at 22:35
I have done 35,000 on Toyo A/T and cannot fault them. I haved towed my Kimberley (1850kg) for half of those k's. At least 12,000 ks of dirt, incl Birdsville, Strezleki etc. Best 4WD tyres i have used, and at a great price.
Don't be shy, try them - the big boys pays heaps to cover their advertising budgets. The worst performing dirt tyre i have seen is the BF Googrich A/T. Talk about chipping!!
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