Tyres for the Troopy

Submitted: Monday, Mar 21, 2011 at 17:44
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Hi all,
I am in need of new tyres for the troopy, I was set to get BFG A/T but they are unavailable now with no delivery date in sight.
I am staying with the split rims and fitting 235/85R16s.
My question is if anyone has had the Bridgestone Dueler D694 A/T LT and how they performed overall. I dont expect to be doing much realy rough work, staying on recognised tracks and roads, We will be towing a heavy off road van but not taking it into the more remote places, camping in the tent on these occassions.
If you can help with some information it will be much appreciated.
Thanks, Rick
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Reply By: Member - Boo Boo (NSW) - Monday, Mar 21, 2011 at 18:05

Monday, Mar 21, 2011 at 18:05
Rick

I have Bridgestone Dueler's,A/T on my 1995 troopy and can't fault them.

I have a bit over 30k on them and expect to get 75k.

They are very quiet and ride well.

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Reply By: Michael46 - Monday, Mar 21, 2011 at 20:18

Monday, Mar 21, 2011 at 20:18
I use Bridgestone Dueler D694 A/T LT on my Troopy. This is my second set I would not use anything else. Given me great service, haven't had a puncture in them yet. We do a lot of rough tracks and sand.

Previously had two sets of Coopers and was disappointed, Lugs broke off exposing the ply in the casings.

Michael

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Reply By: V8 Troopie - Tuesday, Mar 22, 2011 at 01:48

Tuesday, Mar 22, 2011 at 01:48
I had my troopy for 21 years and ran it on split rims most of that time. A harsh lesson learned was when towing a heavy trailer one must not allow the inner tubes get too hot as a puncture will surely follow.
I used Coopers A/T for a long time until I realized that their rough inner surface's rubbing on the tube causing heat build up.
I did run the tyres at 50PSI on the bitumen and could almost guarantee at least one flat on a 2-3000km trip. Kept the speed to 90 or less too which saved diesel but also kept the tyres cooler.

So, my suggestion is to find a tyre with a smooth inner surface, devoid of any stickers & labels (very important) and which has a thread pattern that suits you. Brand name would be secondary here IMO.
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Reply By: _gmd_pps - Tuesday, Mar 22, 2011 at 03:23

Tuesday, Mar 22, 2011 at 03:23
get them from the US.. lots cheaper and 7 days
retail in OZ is pretty pathetic and getting worse
good luck
gmd
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Follow Up By: Member - Boo Boo (NSW) - Tuesday, Mar 22, 2011 at 13:31

Tuesday, Mar 22, 2011 at 13:31
Is there anyone in particular you contact or just go to the bridgstone USA website?

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Follow Up By: _gmd_pps - Wednesday, Mar 23, 2011 at 11:03

Wednesday, Mar 23, 2011 at 11:03
www.tirerack.com

request a quote (usually 24 hours) and off you go
good luck
gmd

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Reply By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Tuesday, Mar 22, 2011 at 12:07

Tuesday, Mar 22, 2011 at 12:07
I agree the Bridgestones are very good, but if you want to save a few $$ and still get a very good tyre, then an alternative is the Federal Couragia A/T in the 235/85R16 - they have a 3 ply sidewall in that size. Cost me $225 each.
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Reply By: Member - Geoff B (NSW) - Tuesday, Mar 22, 2011 at 14:13

Tuesday, Mar 22, 2011 at 14:13
I have used BFG A/T and M/T on a Troopie, Landrover 110 and my current Pajero in the 235/85R16 size, and after getting my last set of BFG M/T KM2 I would never go back to the A/T.... so I'm not surprised they are no longer getting them it
The KMS's are similar in noise and dramatically BETTER on wet tarmac than the A/T (anyone driving an empty troopy / 110 on a wet road with A/T knows what I'm taking about...).
cheers, Geoff
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Follow Up By: cycadcenter - Tuesday, Mar 22, 2011 at 14:35

Tuesday, Mar 22, 2011 at 14:35
here are the KM2's from Tire Rack USA

KM2's

Bruce

Fallbrook CA
USA
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Reply By: Rick and Kerrie - Tuesday, Mar 22, 2011 at 14:46

Tuesday, Mar 22, 2011 at 14:46
Thanks to everyone for your response, I will look into importing from USA, any idea of transpor costs and time?
The Duelers look like they are a good tyre.
Cheers Rick
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Follow Up By: _gmd_pps - Thursday, Mar 24, 2011 at 01:25

Thursday, Mar 24, 2011 at 01:25
$75 per tire by fedex 7 days delivery
from tirerack.com
good luck
gmd
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Reply By: Will 76 Series - Tuesday, Mar 22, 2011 at 22:05

Tuesday, Mar 22, 2011 at 22:05
Rick,

I am on my third set of Bridgestone A/T Duelers D694's now and really rate them. Have done a lot of offroad and dirt driving and they are in my opinion one of the most under rated tyres on the market as far as an allround tyre goes. The big pluses for me is the reduced road noise and excellent side wall protection. Thoroughly recommend them.

Regards Will
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