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Hi all. I am due for a new set of Tyres for my 2005 Prado. Size is 26565R17. Can't decide between Bridgestone AT D694 LT or Yokohama Geolander A/T - s. Most of my driving is done on bitumen but later this year plan to go around Oz with plenty of off-road stuff. Also I live in South East Qld and am after the best prices for a set of above tyres. Have already been quoted $321 each for the Bridgestones at Jax Tyres with discount for Seniors Card. Mate of mine was in Tyre Industry with Tyrepower and recommended the above 2 Brands. He said Coopers were overrated and overpriced. That comment may fire up a few of you guys out there. All your thoughts please.

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Reply By: Member - Bruce C (NSW) - Sunday, May 15, 2011 at 10:41

Sunday, May 15, 2011 at 10:41
Hi Isa Nomads,
I have the D694s on my cruiser and can't fault them. They are made in Japan and are the 10 ply ones and mus and snow pattern. Low road noise and stick like the proverbial to a blanket and good wear characteristics.
Don't know anything about the Geolanders so I cannot help there.

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Reply By: Stevesub1 - Sunday, May 15, 2011 at 10:45

Sunday, May 15, 2011 at 10:45
Coopers - overpriced?? They are the cheapest tyre I could find for my Rangie (before it was sold) and Troopy - I have had no problems at all with them and are very happy with the purchases.

Bridgestone - their after sales service in my experience is the worst it could be. I bought 4 x new Desert Duellers (LT750.16) for the Troopy about 6 or 7 years ago. I had 3 blowouts (tyres disintegrated) and one with a very bad bulge over a period of 18 months. Bridgestone said that I had run over rocks with the tyres and damaged them - well they were AT tyres and you expect them to run over rocks when off road.

My local Bridgestone dealer did not want to know at all.

Never buying Bridgestone again as I have a choice of plenty of other brands. I have had Goodyears, all good but wore fairly quickly (similar rate to the Bridgestones). I also had Michelins on the Rangie - good tyres but expensive to replace.

In NZ, I have had Firestones and also a real el-cheapo Chinese brand on our Terrano II, no complaints.

Up to you

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Reply By: Mark C - Sunday, May 15, 2011 at 11:04

Sunday, May 15, 2011 at 11:04
Hi, IMO only, I have tried Bridgestone, Cooper ST and BFG AT, best all rounder for the big lap would be BFG, better on road than ST and better in the mud & rocks than Bridgestone. What ever you get make sure the tyres are LTs.

Have a good trip!
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Follow Up By: Member - Bruce T (SA) - Sunday, May 15, 2011 at 11:19

Sunday, May 15, 2011 at 11:19
We're in the throes of buying tyres for our Prado 150. Can't get BFG for months apparently. There is a container load coming into Australia at some stage and they are all taken.

We are about to put Cooper Discoverer AT3s on. They are LTs. We've always had BFG so this will be a test.

We have Cooper STs (LT) on our Kimberley which we put on last year. They did the Gary Junction and Gibb River Road etc well.

Bruce and Di
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Follow Up By: Askmeagain - Sunday, May 15, 2011 at 20:44

Sunday, May 15, 2011 at 20:44
I have just fitted Cooper ATR 3's to my Navara, I have only done 6k but they seem good, no road noise except when turning in roundabouts etc, they do ride a bit harsh due to the fact they are LT's and the price is comparable to other brands.
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Follow Up By: PradOz - Thursday, May 19, 2011 at 18:12

Thursday, May 19, 2011 at 18:12
hi what price for the AT3s in the 17" did you get. Best price here in sw sydney is AT3: $335 each, ATR: $295 each in 265/65 R17.

cant fault my last 2 sets of ATRs so will go AT3s on my next set sometime this year.

Askmeagain: what pressure you running in the "ATR 3's" on road ??

suggest you experiment with the pressures till its perfect for you .

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Follow Up By: Askmeagain - Thursday, May 19, 2011 at 21:00

Thursday, May 19, 2011 at 21:00
I run both front and rear at 36psi
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Reply By: OREJAP - Sunday, May 15, 2011 at 11:22

Sunday, May 15, 2011 at 11:22
I currently have the Yokohama Geo 12's on my Pajero & have driven on all types of roads & tracks & so far at 30.000km cannot fault them. I have had BFG T/A's on a cruiser,Patrol,Prado,Jackaroo,Hi Lux & Troopy (Some work vehilces & some privately owned vehicles) could not fault the BFG's best 4 WD tyre on the market IMHO. They have not changed that pattern in over 20+ years & still going strong. "When you are on a good thing...stick to it" seems their motto.
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Reply By: Member - Mark (Tamworth NSW) - Sunday, May 15, 2011 at 11:24

Sunday, May 15, 2011 at 11:24
I don't really know if any of us are in a position to compare brands unless we are the fleet manager of a company with a lot of off road vehicles like a Mining company, Telstra or National Parks, and then it is often still the cheapest "quality brand" wins, performance comes a long way second.

For what it's worth this is my experience. I've had Coopers AT same size and couldn't fault them other than their price. I have had Geolanders HT and gave me the worst puncture record in my driving career, Yokohama didn't want to know me at all. Been running the same Bridgestones you mentioned for the last 3-4 sets and can't complain at all.

I think you should be able to do a lot better on price than that if you can bide your time for the specials.
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Follow Up By: mikehzz - Sunday, May 15, 2011 at 21:04

Sunday, May 15, 2011 at 21:04
I've had both the Geolanders and the A/T-S are excellent while the HT are soft rubbish in my opinion.
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Reply By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Sunday, May 15, 2011 at 12:16

Sunday, May 15, 2011 at 12:16
The Bridgestones you've chosen have "LT" construction, and a higher load index (116 vs 112) than the Yokohamas. On that basis alone, go the Bridgestones.
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Reply By: Brian Purdue - Sunday, May 15, 2011 at 19:03

Sunday, May 15, 2011 at 19:03
I used ROADSTONE on my RR. Wore very well. quiet on the black stuff and more than adequate on bush tracks. I used to go through the bush but never became daring. Used sensiblly they were very satisfactory. I would buy them again. The price was right and the service excellent. I no longer travel due to age and health but I enjoy reading where all you lucky buggers get to go.
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Reply By: Bundy Buddies - Sunday, May 15, 2011 at 21:21

Sunday, May 15, 2011 at 21:21
For my two bobs worth and having tried numerous tyres on various vehicles I have had, tyres I have had are the Coopers, they tend to become very hard after 40,000k and and start to have problems in the wet at that time, tried the bridgestones found they once they were half worn would slip on a wet driveway. I now have the Yokies on my triton 2007 model have been to fraser Island with them and have also towed with them, I am very impressed with the Yokies A/Ts. Over to you, best of luck with your decision. PM me if you wish to chat.
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Reply By: Hellman and co. - Monday, May 16, 2011 at 09:32

Monday, May 16, 2011 at 09:32
I work for a company that runs around 20 Prados and Hiluxes in our branch.
I have tried most brands of tyre and currently run geolanders. I find them quiet, grippy on bitumen, and good in the slop, even on wet mine sites. I got 100,000 out of the last set, and just fitted another 4 for an upcoming Cape York trip.
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