Submitted: Thursday, Jun 10, 2010 at 22:21
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Just a quick question on tyres once again, every goes on about how good Bridgestone 694s are and how many Ks you can get out of them. I bought an 03 rodeo from new with Bridgestone duelers on them and only got 37000 Ks out of them, i tried a few other brands after that with not much success for longevity untill i purchased a set of Coopers i did 60000 Ks on them before i slod the car since then they have done a futher 22000 Ks with the new owner and still have some Ks left in them, and not one flat tyre either, so my question is do i purchase set of Coopers for my 08 Prado or get the cheaper 694 s will 694s go the distance like the Coopers? any thoughts appreciated.
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Reply By: Member - Duncs - Thursday, Jun 10, 2010 at 23:15

Thursday, Jun 10, 2010 at 23:15

I would guess that the 03 Rodeo actually had 693's on it from the factory. They are the japanese equivalent of the 694 which was made in AUstralia and was a light truck tyre.

I ran a set of 694's on my GQ for a while but found that they did not work well in mud which was where I spent a lot of time. They did wear ok but. As you say people are very happy with the mileage from 694's so I think they probably last reasonably well.

The 693's that were on the Gu when I got it only lasted about 40,000kms.

I am now running Cooper ST/C and getting between 70 and 90,000kms from them and they work well in most conditions. I don't know that the 694's will last that well.

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Follow Up By: Muntoo - Friday, Jun 11, 2010 at 00:05

Friday, Jun 11, 2010 at 00:05
Actually both the 693 and 694 were made in both Japan and Australia. The Japanese tyres were always softer and would wear quicker. The Aussie ones were always the best to get and were in the most common sizes. The 693s that come out standard on cars(including my BT50), are only passenger construction and are also made in Japan(they all are now). The Coopers you speak of would have been LTs. If you could get your hands on some Aussie made LT693s or LT694s i guarantee you they will go the distance.

The big question now is, will the Bridgestones Japanese factory up there specs to make the tyres to the same quality as the Aussie made ones. I will be due for new tyres in about a year so will be keeping my eyes and ears open for feedback. I have been very happy with the 693s and 694s and so has alot of other people i know. Actually all my mates and mates mates run Duelers. Our regular haunts include parts of the Gibb Road, Karunjie track, Cape Leveque etc. So there put to the test.
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Follow Up By: Richard W (NSW) - Friday, Jun 11, 2010 at 05:55

Friday, Jun 11, 2010 at 05:55

That may explain why I had issues with a set of D694's I put on the TD100 when I bought it back in 2005 when I couldn't get BFG A/T's. I specified LT but the D694's I ended up with weren't designated LT anywhere on the tyre so may have been the Japanese ones. I only got 30,000KM out of them and had quite a few punctures and sidewall damage. They were run at the correct pressures for different conditions.
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Follow Up By: Member - Mark (Tamworth NSW) - Friday, Jun 11, 2010 at 07:40

Friday, Jun 11, 2010 at 07:40
I understood that the Aussie factory did not make LT 694s, they only made passenger ones.

I have had both passenger Cooper ATRs and 694s AT (in both LT and passenger) on my Pajeros. The Coopers I got ca 55000km against 55-60000 from my Aussie passenger 694 ATs. Therefore I didn't think the Coopers were worth extra $s, nothing discernible in the way of punctures. I would do 7-10 000km on dirt, balance bitumen. I got 52000km out of the Japanese HT 694s that came with my present vehicle 3 years ago.

I am about to replace my first set of LT694s (I have been waiting 5 weeks for some to come in, still no sign of them in NSW), slightly dissapointed with the 50 000km I got out of them, but they did have a harder life this time withy more dirt.

So far for me?
Can't say one will give more kms, comes down to $s and how important the LT construction is for you (towing, weight carried, maybe better puncture resistsance).
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Follow Up By: nowimnumberone - Friday, Jun 11, 2010 at 17:56

Friday, Jun 11, 2010 at 17:56
member mark
what size tyre are you waiting for i can check stock tommorow and see whats around nsw if you like
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Reply By: Muddy doe (SA) - Friday, Jun 11, 2010 at 22:44

Friday, Jun 11, 2010 at 22:44
Have a set of LT265/70R17 Cooper ATR on our 05 120 Prado and they have done around 70-80,000 km and still have 15-20,000 left in them. No dramas.

Am thinking replacements will be same size in LT in either the Cooper ATR or Pirelli Scorpion ATR. Heard good things about the Scorpions but would also have the Coopers again based on the performance of the current ones.

Note: Standard tyre on this vehicle is 265/65R17 but only available in P construction. Have to go slightly bigger to get LT's.

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