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Can anyone tell me the best sort of tyres to buy, we are thinking of towing a camper trailer and doing the Gibb river road.
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Reply By: Member - Krakka - Sunday, Jan 15, 2012 at 17:18

Sunday, Jan 15, 2012 at 17:18
I don't want to appear to be abrupt, but there must be 500 posts on here about tyres. Must be half a dozen in the last fortnight.

I would suggest a good All Terrain tyre in Light Truck construction, and reduce tyre pressures according to the road conditions eg maybe 24 to 28 psi for gravel and corrugations and reduce your speed accordingly.

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Follow Up By: Mick O - Sunday, Jan 15, 2012 at 17:44

Sunday, Jan 15, 2012 at 17:44
This search thread may help.

Tyres for the Gibb

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Reply By: Rod W - Monday, Jan 16, 2012 at 09:42

Monday, Jan 16, 2012 at 09:42
This is just another reason as to why EO has to have main categories so people can search in those categories instead of the shemozzle that it is. Still I suppose it all comes down to the advertising dollar and keeping people online longer.
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Reply By: vk1dx - Monday, Jan 16, 2012 at 14:06

Monday, Jan 16, 2012 at 14:06
Personally I would steer of Coopers. We have a set of STT's on the car. I am just about to go and complain. They are cracking. All four of them. Lots of small cracks on all four tyres. They were purchased on 10/Nov/2009 and have basically don a Canberra to Cape York return trip and a few short excursions in to the Snowys. Hardle worn and stored off the car since August 2010. I put them back on the car on Saturday for a drive into the Brindies. After the very heavy rain the cracks on the cleaned showed up.

Regarding the tyres to get I would suggest an all terrain or one just a tad closed to a mud type. Why the latter? Because they are more forgiving on rocky/shaly roads and tracks and less chance of getting a flat.

Note that I have not mentioned cost. We put that at the very end and usually do not take cost into account. Your tyres are your last grip with reality. I would hate to kill anyone because I chose a cheaper tyre.

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Follow Up By: Chanel B - Monday, Jan 16, 2012 at 15:53

Monday, Jan 16, 2012 at 15:53
I have also heard Coopers tryes crack, thanks for the advice we have always had BF Goodrich all terrain and never had any problems.
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Follow Up By: equinox - Monday, Jan 16, 2012 at 16:20

Monday, Jan 16, 2012 at 16:20
Well Chanel if you're going to not get Coopers just because of what you had heard about cracking and because of the advice of one person (sorry Phil) I will give my vote to the Coopers, STT in particular as that is the Tyre (Cooper's say tire as they are American, doesn't affect the quality of the tyre spelling it incorrectly) that I have used the most since I first started using them in 2007.

I'm thinking there may be better brands out there, however have seen all brands, even highly rated ones, get punctures, so I think no one brand stands out too much against the rest.

Off-Road stuff is one thing, however I have never (ever ever lol..) had a puncture on a track or a road with the Cooper STT and have driven thousands of track kilometres.

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Follow Up By: Chanel B - Monday, Jan 16, 2012 at 18:49

Monday, Jan 16, 2012 at 18:49
Ok Thank you
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Follow Up By: vk1dx - Monday, Jan 16, 2012 at 19:11

Monday, Jan 16, 2012 at 19:11

I know what you mean. We campaigned FOR Cooper for ages and it was not until now that we doubted their quality. I have never seen anything like it. Sure they have chips and damage from the High country but to be cracking all around the whole four makes me wonder. Its like they are drying.

We may well end up with another set because that's how their warranty system runs but when they come to need renewing I will seriously consider changing. To what - I haven't the faintest only to say that cost is not a factor when it comes to safety and that was my main message.

Two things I will say is that they stood up well in the rocky tracks in the high country and that we have never had a puncture with them.

We shall see next Monday when the rep will be in town.

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Follow Up By: Ross M - Tuesday, Jan 17, 2012 at 00:23

Tuesday, Jan 17, 2012 at 00:23
From reading a lot of forums it seems the Cooper tyres/tires generally won't honour the warranty. For a claim to be valid you can only use them on road as they won't back the product because they claim they can't control how they have been used if ever off road.
The warranty costs about $55/tyre if you can get it. Some dealers, apparently parallel importers and not associated wit "Exclusive Tyre Importers" eg Cooper AUST are selling their Coopers and making a profit and are at least $55 cheaper.

I noticed all Cooper STs I had started to crack on the side the fancy unnecessary writing is on. I holed one ST 265/75/16 through the tread on a tyre done 2000km on a gravel road where cars didn't have problems. I was unlucky.
Cooper seem to make a lot of profit over and above with their higher price giving the warranty you may not be able to access.

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