rav4 offroad tyres????

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What tyres should we put on the RAV4 - we are heading to birdsville. We still have factory fitted tyres?
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Reply By: Tenpounder (SA) - Tuesday, Jul 13, 2010 at 09:05

Tuesday, Jul 13, 2010 at 09:05
Hi there. I am NOT going to talk brands - that's a recipe for a fight on this site!! But I have found that Light Truck construction is the way to go, especially on the gibber and other rock that is so common in the outback. I would be happy to stick with All Terrain tread as a compromise between the various conditions you may come across.
But my real plug is for Light Truck construction for the extra wall and tread strength. And yes, I am speaking from experience - Passenger Tyre construction is a lot lighter and weaker, and is much more prone to failure.
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Reply By: Rangiephil - Tuesday, Jul 13, 2010 at 12:33

Tuesday, Jul 13, 2010 at 12:33
What size are the tyres on your Rav4?
Have a look on the sidewall then google the brands you are interested in. All the tyre maker shave sites listiing the sizes available in LT .
The most appropriate tyres are either HT ( highway terrain) if you do not want to drive on dirt roads much. These are the nearest to passenger tyres in noise level.
The next up is AT( all terrain). these are usually noisier on bitumen but have better gripping on dirt etc.
The best traction on dirt and mud etc are MT (mud Terrain ) tyres. usually quite noisy, poorer wet grip on highway.
I would recommend AT tyres as a good compromise .
Brands I have had good experience with are BF Goodrich, Bridgestone, Michelin.
Others may recommend Cooper, Goodyear.
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Follow Up By: oztours - Tuesday, Jul 13, 2010 at 12:47

Tuesday, Jul 13, 2010 at 12:47
Thank you for that! We are leaning toward AT tyres... They seem to be the happy medium :)
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Reply By: Fab72 - Tuesday, Jul 13, 2010 at 12:57

Tuesday, Jul 13, 2010 at 12:57
It's not so much the tyre type or brand that should be your main consideration, more so the pressure you run them at and the speed you intend to travel at.

I just got from the Birdsville Track in a Holden Captiva with factory highway tyres. Factory setting is for 34psi, I ran them at 28psi and dropped my speed down to a maximum of 90-100kmph. The tyres had only done 6000kms. No problems at all.

In contrast, I met a guy up there who had suffered two blow outs with his Cooper A/Ts. His tyre pressures were lowered and his speed was about 90kmph too, but his Coopers had done almost 100,000kms.

I've personally done the length of the Oodnadatta track on $25 retreads with no problems at all. (About 60-70kms per hour all the way mind you).

I guess my point is how do you intend to drive and how much do you want to spend? Given the choice, A/T's offer a bit more off road strength without sacrificing highway drivability or increases in noise levels.

Hope that helps....
Fab.
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Reply By: oztours - Tuesday, Jul 13, 2010 at 13:10

Tuesday, Jul 13, 2010 at 13:10
What are peoples opinions on

Dueler A/T D694 and D694LT by bridgestone
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Follow Up By: Madfisher - Tuesday, Jul 13, 2010 at 13:23

Tuesday, Jul 13, 2010 at 13:23
Brilliant all rounder, very good on wet tar and very quite. Do tend to clog up a bit in mud but you cannot have everything. They would be the ideal tyre if available in lt. Mind you i am only running passenger construction on my Jack.
Cheers Pete
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Follow Up By: The Explorer - Tuesday, Jul 13, 2010 at 13:27

Tuesday, Jul 13, 2010 at 13:27
Hi

I ran A/T D694 on my Rav (and then Prado). Very good IMHO.

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Follow Up By: The Explorer - Tuesday, Jul 13, 2010 at 13:35

Tuesday, Jul 13, 2010 at 13:35
PS....didnt actually have an issue with the standard tyres on the RAV - only changed them because they wore out. As mentioned by someone above, for just your standard gravel road, tyre pressures, load and speed are more important. Went around Australia in '98 in the Rav with standard tyres. From memory only got two flats - one near Mt Augustus, rocky road (wouldnt call it gravel) - probably because I was driving a bit fast (but you can get flats by just bad luck:). Second flat was a nail in Broome I think....continued on along Gibb River Road and beyond with no other problems.

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Reply By: Member - Oldbaz. NSW. - Tuesday, Jul 13, 2010 at 17:03

Tuesday, Jul 13, 2010 at 17:03
If your current tyres are still in good shape with plenty of tread I would go with
them, taking the good advice already given on speed & load. If their best life is
behind them replace with LT type as suggested. The tyre thing is more to do with
getting the speed, load, pressure thing balanced to the conditions . The brand & type arent an issue if you get that right, but, naturally, some tyres are better by design for certain conditions. Dont ditch a good set of tyres because they arent
LT or A/t or whatever, replace as necessary with what best suits your needs.
....oldbaz.
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Reply By: oztours - Friday, Jul 16, 2010 at 08:43

Friday, Jul 16, 2010 at 08:43
I've looked at several tyres now. We are leaning towards the Bridgestone Dueller's AT 694??

Any opinions?
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Follow Up By: Tenpounder (SA) - Friday, Jul 16, 2010 at 09:26

Friday, Jul 16, 2010 at 09:26
Great way to go, as long as you make sure the tyres you buy are LT: I am pretty sure that AT 694s are manufactured in both Light Truck and Passenger Construction, at least in common sizes.
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Follow Up By: HGMonaro - Friday, Jul 16, 2010 at 10:17

Friday, Jul 16, 2010 at 10:17
while LT D694's are probably tougher the std D694's, my std (passenger) D694's have done 75K (6 tyre rotation, with approx 10-15K left) with no punctures. Have travelled Merenie Loop, GRR, Flinders Ranges and Vic High country. Also towed wind-up camper along most of that (not VHC). I've been pretty happy with their performance and durability.
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Reply By: Member - A J- Monday, Jul 26, 2010 at 14:27

Monday, Jul 26, 2010 at 14:27
oztours - Both my son and daughter have a Rav 4 each - we live in central western NSW and travel on stony roads daily. The tyres we run on both vehicles are Pirelli Scorpion P215/70R/16 100 H M+S. Both cars have had these tyres on for three years with no problems to date.

If your factory fitted tyres had at least 75% of their original tread I would not hesitate in going on your trip with those tyres.

What I find most about travelling in the outback is that people just do not slow down and drive to the conditions or their ability on dirt roads.

Have a good holiday -



A J
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Reply By: Robin Miller - Monday, Jul 26, 2010 at 20:14

Monday, Jul 26, 2010 at 20:14
Used Dunlop Grand Trek 3 on our RAV4's Oztour.

The passenger version tyres they came with punctured and sliced far to easily and cars felt a lot better with the tougher rubber particularly on stony tracks , but agree with others that lower pressures and corresponding speed drop is a big factor to death of tyres on roads like Birdsville track
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