When size does matter

Submitted: Wednesday, Nov 26, 2003 at 11:27
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Ok it's an odd topic heading..and I bet you're thinking what the hell is she
on about now...well...it's simply this...

I've been reading all about tyres...well I've been reading the forum, and
before we all got political, and stood on our soap boxes and flung insults
at each other [and yes that's been happening...] nearly every day someone
had a question about tyres...Now..I'm not afraid to reveal my sum total
knowledge of tyres is this...they're black, they're round, they're made of
rubber, and they're necessary for comfortable driving.

I know brand names, I've read about heaps of them on this forum, and I'm not
about to ask anyone which tyre they think is the best, coz that's like
asking why do you support a particular football team. However, I would like
to know, what makes a good 4wd tyre - is it the size of the knobby things?
..is it the thickness of rubber that gives greater satisfaction when it
comes to traction?...do people have a couple of sets of tyres so that if
they're going serious off roading they can change..or are there tyres out
there that are a combination of both....see I told...I know nuffin....

Lyn [Mrs. Al]

PS..I'm not about to buy Al a set of new tyres...but I am trying to lighten
things ups abit
'S Rioghail Mo Dhream





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Reply By: flappan - Wednesday, Nov 26, 2003 at 11:52

Wednesday, Nov 26, 2003 at 11:52
Of course size matters Mrs Al.

The bigger and thicker it is . . . the better it is. In the absence of size though . . . a good man on small rubber will be better then a hopeless person on big rubber.

A number of people have multiple sets of rubber . . . Big thick ones for play , and smaller ones for pleasure.

It also helps to have big thick knobbly bits . . . . always good to have.

So in conclusion . . . yes I am talking about tyres. How you interpret the above is up to you.
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Follow Up By: Member - Al & Mrs Al (Vic) - Wednesday, Nov 26, 2003 at 11:57

Wednesday, Nov 26, 2003 at 11:57
I was talking about tyres too...wasnt I?

cheers

Lyn'S Rioghail Mo Dhream





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Reply By: bruce.h (WA) - Wednesday, Nov 26, 2003 at 12:10

Wednesday, Nov 26, 2003 at 12:10
Gday mrs Al
you already had the answer in your post,if its round & full of air its agood tyre, from
there it all comes down to the politics (hehehehehehehe You thought you could escape it ) of personal chioce
HEHEHEHE
Regards Bruce
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Follow Up By: Member - Al & Mrs Al (Vic) - Wednesday, Nov 26, 2003 at 12:30

Wednesday, Nov 26, 2003 at 12:30
I forgot the air bit though...lol...'S Rioghail Mo Dhream





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Follow Up By: Member - Eskimo - Wednesday, Nov 26, 2003 at 17:17

Wednesday, Nov 26, 2003 at 17:17
and if its flat its only the bottom bit thats no good eh LynWow! am I cute
If yer ain't fishing, Yer ain't livin
Richard
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Follow Up By: Member - Al & Mrs Al (Vic) - Wednesday, Nov 26, 2003 at 17:46

Wednesday, Nov 26, 2003 at 17:46
if its flat, I'm in trouble...'S Rioghail Mo Dhream





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Reply By: Tony - Wednesday, Nov 26, 2003 at 12:12

Wednesday, Nov 26, 2003 at 12:12
G"day Lyn, I run two sets of tyres, Yokohama AT's for on road and BFG MT for the 4WD trips, on a 4.2 GU. The time it takes to swap over,about 1/2 an hour, which also gives me a chance to inspect brake pads and all those things that are covered up by wheels and tyres. These are in 265.75.16 so the ratio is unaffected between the two.

By having both it gives me a better mileage on the MT's and so far they are 5 years old, and this includes a trip to the Cape and another to NT amd a couple to the HIgh Country.

To buy the second set just get one every month, unless you can get a deal, all at once.
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Follow Up By: Wombat - Wednesday, Nov 26, 2003 at 14:02

Wednesday, Nov 26, 2003 at 14:02
Two sets of wheels - now there's a perfect use for that 12v impact gun, Mrs Al."Live today as if there may be no tomorrow"

Wombat
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Follow Up By: Member - Al & Mrs Al (Vic) - Wednesday, Nov 26, 2003 at 14:04

Wednesday, Nov 26, 2003 at 14:04
hey...now that's thinking...'S Rioghail Mo Dhream





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Follow Up By: GaryInOz (Vic) - Wednesday, Nov 26, 2003 at 15:57

Wednesday, Nov 26, 2003 at 15:57
...and the shed....
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Reply By: Moose - Wednesday, Nov 26, 2003 at 14:28

Wednesday, Nov 26, 2003 at 14:28
Hello Mrs Al
Hope this doesn't turn into a "pussy" episode. Talk about rubber with knobbly bits will soon degenerate into mindless dribble knowing what some people on this forum are like!
On a serious note I suspect Diamond may be one of the few who could claim unbiased and expert status here but I'll add my few unexpert cents worth.
First though I doubt that there's too much rubber in tyres these days - I suspect they are synthetic.
The number of steel belts (assuming you're talking radials) is meaningless - it's the thickness that counts. So a 3 thin ply tyre can have no better puncture reistance than a 2 thicker ply tyre. Without mentioning names my tyre retailer told me that a well known tyre manufacturer that makes a big deal of their 3 ply construction actually use the thinner plies so their claim to greater puncture resistance is hogwash.
Generally speaking the thicker the tread (the knobbly bits) the better the puncture resistance. But the gap between those knobbly bits also comes into play. The bigger the gap the greater the chance that a sharp object can get to the thinner bit of the trye carcass and cause a puncture. Then again the bigger those knobbly bits the better the traction offroad, but they are not much use in softy sand where floatation rather than bite is more important. Oh bugger it - it's all too complicated. So it really depends on many factors and there is no such thing as a perfect compromise tyre. 2 sets would be great but I can't afford it nor do I have the room to store them.
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Follow Up By: Member - Al & Mrs Al (Vic) - Wednesday, Nov 26, 2003 at 15:16

Wednesday, Nov 26, 2003 at 15:16
I think I preferred it when all I though i knew was they are round, black and made of rubber...lol...'S Rioghail Mo Dhream





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