Silverstone Tyres

Submitted: Sunday, Nov 23, 2003 at 13:19
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Hi all

We are looking to replace the tryes on our 99 Prado, without breaking the bank. Our driving pattern in mostly (80-90%) road, however, we are prepared to suffer a little road noise for better performance when we head off road.

4WD monthly magazine did a tyre comparison earlier this year which rated the Silverstone AT117 tyres very well across a range of surface conditions. Add to this the price - half as much as the comparable BF Goodrich!! - and I'm thinking what's the catch?

Does anyone have any experience with these tyres? Or any other tyre suggestions?

Cheers
Peter
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Reply By: Tony - Sunday, Nov 23, 2003 at 15:15

Sunday, Nov 23, 2003 at 15:15
We use Goodyear MTR's 265/75 on our 2000 TX Prado. A little more noise than the grand treks but 10 times better offroad. We average 1100klms a week so we do 90% or more on road but we do go out atleast fortnightly for a play which ranges from rock, mud, gravel etc.

Currently our tyres have done 55,000klm and still look as though I will get another 40-50k Klm minimum. They are wearing flat and have no major chunks or damage to them and I am yet to get a puncture. Add this to the fact that I am to lazy to have them balanced or aligned I think their performance speaks for themselves. Though I must say I do rotate them myself every 20K or so and check the air pressures weekly.

Just remember in comparisons they dont run them long enough to compare wear and how they preform as they start to wear, they are new tyres and most new tyres will perform weel on and off road to begin with compared to worn tyres.

Hope that helps.
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Follow Up By: Peterm - Monday, Nov 24, 2003 at 18:20

Monday, Nov 24, 2003 at 18:20
Tony

Thanks for your response, it's always good to get someones first hand experience when it comes to tyres and how they perform / wear over time.

Cheers
Peter
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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Sunday, Nov 23, 2003 at 17:37

Sunday, Nov 23, 2003 at 17:37
117s are commonly known as a VERY VERY good tire, but they dont last AT ALL.. The MT's usually get around 30-40,000klms....

Coopers ST, Bridgestone AT's, Procomp AT's... etc theres heaps, just see what you can get a deal on.
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Sunday, Nov 23, 2003 at 23:13

Sunday, Nov 23, 2003 at 23:13
PS.

I run MTR's full time, and have no problems except 33inch measures 31.7inch

the 117 should have read 20-30k klms not 30-40

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Follow Up By: Peterm - Monday, Nov 24, 2003 at 18:26

Monday, Nov 24, 2003 at 18:26
Truckster

If what you say is true then the Silverstone 117 AT's don't represent such good value. Thanks for your response.

Cheers
Peter
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Reply By: Phil G - Sunday, Nov 23, 2003 at 20:35

Sunday, Nov 23, 2003 at 20:35
I now run 8 tyres on my Prado - I've got 4 265/75R16 Goodyear MTRs which have done 15k (75% offroading) and like Tony, I have no complaints ($280 a tyre). My other set is 4 265/75R16 Kellys Safari AWR - which I plan to use more for on-road and desert trips - cost $210 a tyre - got some great reports from people at our club.
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Follow Up By: Peterm - Monday, Nov 24, 2003 at 18:31

Monday, Nov 24, 2003 at 18:31
Phil

Thanks for your response, it would seem that the Goodyear MTR's are a popular choice.

Cheers
Peter
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Reply By: basecamp15 - Monday, Nov 24, 2003 at 21:47

Monday, Nov 24, 2003 at 21:47
I read that article too and was interested to note the Silverstone rating. It did look like a good tyre but as Trukster has pointed out, they don't last very long. I went for BFG AT's in 265/75/16 size and am very happy with them. Still early days, about 10 K but I've heard reports of around 100 000 km for these. We'll see if I get that far but I'm confident of making the 80 K. That's around 3 and 1/2 years driving for me!!
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Follow Up By: Peterm - Thursday, Nov 27, 2003 at 19:22

Thursday, Nov 27, 2003 at 19:22
Hi Basecamp15

Thanks for your comments.

Just driving around I notice that the BFG are a popular choice, particularly as a replacement for the Grandtreks on the Prado. The price is what makes me baulk, although if 100k is achievable then that would soften the blow.

Cheers
Peter
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