Toyo M55 tyres

Submitted: Sunday, Jun 27, 2010 at 20:58
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Hi.
I have been running Cooper ST on my 2000 Courier ute, thought they were quite good although only got 40k from them. I feel utes seem to chop tyres up quicker than other vehicles, especially in hilly country. the ute does everything - farm work, trips to town (gravel and bitumen hills, and highway runs + a planned trip through Qld)
The Toyo M55 has been suggested to me as a tyre that is fitted to mining vehicles and the local forestry utes. From what I've read these seem very strong and possibly almost too heavy a carcass for my light ute.
Any comments?
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Reply By: workhorse - Sunday, Jun 27, 2010 at 21:00

Sunday, Jun 27, 2010 at 21:00
Forgot to mention the size is 225/75/16 on standard 6" rims
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Reply By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Monday, Jun 28, 2010 at 00:05

Monday, Jun 28, 2010 at 00:05
Your problem with the Cooper ST were very common for that tyre - nothing to do with the ute!
The M55F have been around for at least 10 years. I don't know anyone who used them in that size, but know a few who have used the 235/85R16 on split rims and they said they were a good tyre. Are they worth $400 each???? From memory that was the asking price some years back for the 235's.

My preference in 225/75/16 would be the Federal Couragia A/T. They come with a 3-ply sidewall and in our experience on a couple of vehicles now, do not chip as easily as many other brands. They are heaps cheaper at about $195 each for the 225/75R16 - they sell by word of mouth - not by glossy adverts.
http://www.federaltyres.com.au/couragiaat
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Follow Up By: workhorse - Monday, Jun 28, 2010 at 08:20

Monday, Jun 28, 2010 at 08:20
Thanks for that.
price seems to be comparable;
Toyo M55 $250-260
BFG AT $250-275
Cooper ST $280

No sure if the load rating on the BFG AT is only 110 Vs 115 for Toyo and Cooper
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Follow Up By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Monday, Jun 28, 2010 at 10:06

Monday, Jun 28, 2010 at 10:06
The Toyos have come down a long way in price! Out of those 3 tyres, I'd go the Toyos. The BFG ATKO have the lower load index (an 8-ply tyre in the old terminology) whereas the others (and the Federals) are "10 ply". Federals are still the best value out of that bunch.
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Follow Up By: workhorse - Monday, Jun 28, 2010 at 15:53

Monday, Jun 28, 2010 at 15:53
Finally going to see a M55 in the flesh in a few days, but have been told by several tyre dealers they will be too hard for my vehicle's weight. Also told because of their heavy sidewall construction and small tyre size they will not bag out much when aired down.
Re the BFG have been told they have various load ratings from 102 -115, but others say only in 110.
Quickly changing from enjoying reading up on tyres to getting sick of it now.
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Reply By: equinox - Monday, Jun 28, 2010 at 20:40

Monday, Jun 28, 2010 at 20:40
Hi Workhorse,

I'm in Halls Creek just come back from an partial off-road trip.

Last week I bought 3 m55's in Port Headland as they did not have any Coopers.

The lady at the shop said "You will not get a puncture until they are bald".

Toll so far (and final I hope)

1 totally destroyed
1 has 3 or 4 plugs in it
1 is still new as my 4th spare (well, now it is my second spare)

I tend to smash up the bush a fair bit so may not be relevant to you.

Cheers
Alan
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Follow Up By: workhorse - Tuesday, Jun 29, 2010 at 09:05

Tuesday, Jun 29, 2010 at 09:05
Thanks for that. On farm work often means logs, ditches, spikes etc, plus the long haul gravel work means my tyres are also often given a hard time.
Your feedback is interesting as most dealers are telling me they are TOO TOUGH for my style of use and better for mining/forestry blokes.
What were you running before these?
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Follow Up By: equinox - Tuesday, Jun 29, 2010 at 09:30

Tuesday, Jun 29, 2010 at 09:30
"Too Tough" - that's what I need lol..

I normally run STT's - have always found them to be pretty good.

One thing about the M55's is that they have a fairly smooth sidewall so there is less chance of collecting stakes there, the stakes generally will slide off.

They did perform better than I thought they would and cost about 25% less that STT's.
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Follow Up By: workhorse - Tuesday, Jun 29, 2010 at 16:52

Tuesday, Jun 29, 2010 at 16:52
Ordered them today. 3 ply sidewall, 10 ply overall rating. Good and firm with very little sidewall flex when tested. Fingers crossed
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