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Hi,

I've been getting setup for our next trip and this week I've been pricing tyres.

I was sure I wanted either Wrangler Duratacs (our current trye) or Cooper ST Maxx, size is 265/75R16. The Wranglers have ranged from $363.00 to $400.00 and the Coopers are priced at $360.00 to $370.00.

Even Maxxis were priced at $365.00 (way up from what they were 2 years ago) and I might be able to get BF Goodrich ATs for $315.00.

I thought that since most tyres come from the US, and since the Aussie dollar is high against the Greenback, tyre prices should be down, or the same as two years ago. I must have thought wrong.

To me tyres are one of the most important purchases I'll make. The tyres should last a couple of years/80,000 kms but it still hurts to lay out the cash and I can't work out why the prices have gone up $50 or $60 a tyre in two years.

Has anyone else been buying tyres lately??

Hoo roo,
eighty matey

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Reply By: Member - John - Thursday, Feb 16, 2012 at 04:24

Thursday, Feb 16, 2012 at 04:24
G'day, mate bought some tyres from the states, saved a couple of hundred dollars, delivered to the door. Not sure what brand and size, but the savings are there, maybe worth a look? Cheers, John
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Follow Up By: eighty matey - Thursday, Feb 16, 2012 at 07:33

Thursday, Feb 16, 2012 at 07:33
Hi John,

I have thought about doing that. I tried to work out how much it would cost to bring them to Australia and got stuck.
I've since found out an ex brother in law brings in Harley stuff for a Club from the States. I'll have to ask him what it'd cost for transport.

Thanks for your input,

Steve
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Follow Up By: vk1dx - Thursday, Feb 16, 2012 at 07:55

Thursday, Feb 16, 2012 at 07:55
Just a word on importing direct. You may not be covered for warranty. Note that I said MAY not. Check it out forst. We just returned a whole set and got a discount on a new set through warranty.

Phil.
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Follow Up By: eighty matey - Thursday, Feb 16, 2012 at 08:06

Thursday, Feb 16, 2012 at 08:06
Thanks Phil,

I am a bit wary about buying something like tyres from OS because I've never done it before. I'll have to weigh up the pros and cons.

Hoo roo,
Steve
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Follow Up By: vk1dx - Thursday, Feb 16, 2012 at 08:22

Thursday, Feb 16, 2012 at 08:22
Exactly Steve

It's no good saying "I did not know" if they fall apart. I just do not trust anything cheap or an imitation with something as important as tyres. So I do not go to Harry's Tyres that hang out down the end of a dingy dead end lane because he was the cheapest. Hmmmm

So we pay the extra as "insurance" that they wont fall apart or blow out on us at 100Kph. We saw an "imitation" blow out on the car in front of us near Pheasants Ridge on the Hume one day. He was all over the place. We stopped to help and he admitted that he bought them because they were cheap.

Anyway This is just my ramblings while I stay away from some blokes doing some work outside for us.

As to prices staying up and going up. Amazing. Same with fuel. And they say that it's the Aussie dollar or the international price. I think I would believe them more if they said that it's the weather. They never seem to go back.

Catchya

Phil

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Follow Up By: Rod W - Thursday, Feb 16, 2012 at 15:35

Thursday, Feb 16, 2012 at 15:35
Phil,

The expensive ones also fail. I've had blowouts and de-laminations with BFG's.

See ya

Rod
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Follow Up By: Rod W - Thursday, Feb 16, 2012 at 15:36

Thursday, Feb 16, 2012 at 15:36
Bit more on above, they were made in the USA
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Follow Up By: racinrob - Thursday, Feb 16, 2012 at 15:46

Thursday, Feb 16, 2012 at 15:46
I'm on my third set of Coopers but don't think for a minute that I like them, second set were supplied on a pro-rata basis and the third set supplied gratis. Now I'm having problems with this set, I can't get them properly balanced, Coopers.... never again.

rr
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Follow Up By: eighty matey - Thursday, Feb 16, 2012 at 20:11

Thursday, Feb 16, 2012 at 20:11
I've the best and worst about Coopers.

A mate of mine had a new Cooper tyre (I think an ST) blow out on the F3 freeway. Lucky it was a rear tyre but it $3000.00 damage to his 100 series. The tyre company paid to repair the damage but I'd still never want to have it happen.

Another mate has STTs and loves them.

A tyre retailer (who was trying to sell me a set of ST Maxs) told they were, "noisy, real noisy on the road".
Another retailer told me he wouldn't stock them because he was getting too many callbacks.

Elsewhere they get big wraps.

Flaming tyres......

Steve
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Follow Up By: Member - Scott M (NSW) - Thursday, Feb 16, 2012 at 23:07

Thursday, Feb 16, 2012 at 23:07
Wen't thru this exercise recently. Honestly, when all was added up it wasn't worth the effort.

Looking for a set of 4 BFG MT's for the 40 series, 235/85R16's. Price at my local mechanic, who's alwys done good work for me was around $320 a tyre fitted ordered through him. So $1280 all up.

Checked out Tirerack.com for the same price. Web page said $190 a tyre so $760 all up - contacted them for quote and shipping - shipping was $435.

So all up it was $1111 delivered to my mechanic, so a nominal saving of $170, but..... as the mechanic wasn't making any profit on the tyres, the fitting costs would be on top of that. End road it was going to much of a muchness, all I was doing was depriving a good local business and cheesing the garage off.

Wasn't really worth it in the final wash up.
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Follow Up By: eighty matey - Friday, Feb 17, 2012 at 07:40

Friday, Feb 17, 2012 at 07:40
Yeh, I'm starting to think that's the case with me too.

I want a quality tyre, I don't want to pay too much more than I have too but I'm still keen to support the local traders.

Thanks for replying,

Steve
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Follow Up By: Member - Scott M (NSW) - Friday, Feb 17, 2012 at 16:31

Friday, Feb 17, 2012 at 16:31
Steve,

In this case, it is a small village/town mechanic who's done all the maintenance on my 4by and I trust him implicitly. It would have to be fairly significant saving before I really blow all that goodwill away. Swings and roundabouts - Get a fairly good service and price from him on most things.

Not really worth souring that over a measly 50 bucks or so.
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Reply By: Member - DW Lennox Head(NSW) - Thursday, Feb 16, 2012 at 04:48

Thursday, Feb 16, 2012 at 04:48
Eighty matey

I was extremely fortunate to buy 6 BFG tyre, brand new, from Tyre Clearance Warehouse on eBay. They operate from Sydney. They may have your tyres but it would be worth asking, going by your prices.

I saved $70.00 per tyre compared to what I was offered locally. They were delivered to my door. I have fitted them all myself.

Hope that helps.

DW
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Follow Up By: eighty matey - Thursday, Feb 16, 2012 at 07:36

Thursday, Feb 16, 2012 at 07:36
Good day,

I'll check them out.
I like to support our local businesses but I've got to consider my limited finances too.

Thanks for that,
Steve
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Follow Up By: Member Andys Adventures - Thursday, Feb 16, 2012 at 09:26

Thursday, Feb 16, 2012 at 09:26
Try www.tyrekingonline.com they sell sets of 4 tyres and delivered to your door or can pick them up from shop at Campletown NSW. They are on ebay and the prices are cheep. I got 4 dunlop MT's 235x70x15 for $600.00 including delivery
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Follow Up By: 120scruiser (NSW) - Thursday, Feb 16, 2012 at 12:00

Thursday, Feb 16, 2012 at 12:00
Hi DW
I would be interested if you would be able to post the link to the ebay site you bought your tyres from. I can't seem to find Tyre Clearance Warehouse on ebay. I am up for a new set of shoes as the MTR's are just about done.
Thanks
Scott
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Follow Up By: Member - DW Lennox Head(NSW) - Thursday, Feb 16, 2012 at 12:09

Thursday, Feb 16, 2012 at 12:09
Scott

Try this link http://stores.ebay.com.au/Tyre-Clearance-Warehouse?_rdc=1

DW
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Follow Up By: 120scruiser (NSW) - Thursday, Feb 16, 2012 at 12:18

Thursday, Feb 16, 2012 at 12:18
Disregard my last post DW.
With a bit more perseverance I found them.
I will place an order for 4 tyres for my wifes Rav4 V6 today.
You did well mate.
Scott
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Reply By: Member - nick b - Thursday, Feb 16, 2012 at 07:18

Thursday, Feb 16, 2012 at 07:18
hi eighty : It sounds a bit high ....i got maxxis big hornes 235x85x16 $250 and priced
mickys last week 258x75x16 bit over $300 ....also federal $ 240 in south aus

regards to the us $ its not just tyre but most things .....funny that .

cheers nick
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Follow Up By: eighty matey - Thursday, Feb 16, 2012 at 07:43

Thursday, Feb 16, 2012 at 07:43
Hi Nick,

I was surprised at the price of the Maxxis, especially since the bloke I got a price from is known as the cheapest supplier in town.

Do you have any experience with the Federal tyres?

I hate buying tyres but if I get a brand that's good I like to stick with it but I don't want to spend more than I have to.

Thanks for your reply,

Steve
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Follow Up By: Member - nick b - Thursday, Feb 16, 2012 at 21:39

Thursday, Feb 16, 2012 at 21:39
when I got my maxxis went to main maxxis dealer's x2 both were $ 50. < dearer than one over the road .....you never know ....shop around .....

I dont think the maxxis are going as good as the micky's but that maybe how I'm driving them (work bus). but $ 50 to $ 100 difference in price !!!

re federals don't know my self but the tyre guy said mid range tyre much like nexus etc
I had a good run out of my nexus mud's on my last triton ..kumho much the same price ....I'm looking to put something on my camper to match micky's fc2 ....

I guess the more you spend the better & longer it will last ..not to say the cheaper one wont !!!!

cheers nick



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Follow Up By: eighty matey - Thursday, Feb 16, 2012 at 22:36

Thursday, Feb 16, 2012 at 22:36
Thanks for that Nick.

I worry about sidewall strength myself. That's what has put me off Maxxis and fc2s before.

I've got a month before I buy them, so I'll consider everything.

Thanks again,

Steve
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Follow Up By: Member - nick b - Friday, Feb 17, 2012 at 09:42

Friday, Feb 17, 2012 at 09:42
Goooday eighty matey : I have had no problems with the maxxis big horns re side walls .... (touch wood),
I am currently working in some very rocky ground plus they realy hang on in mud & climbing out of gullies some times with work trailer ...
had them also on the beach " soft /dead beach " no complaints ..
they might not be the top end of tyres but they are not on the bottom .
It comes down to your budget & useage at the time !!!! so if you need good tyres for big trip ....buy the best you can !!!!

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Follow Up By: eighty matey - Friday, Feb 17, 2012 at 20:35

Friday, Feb 17, 2012 at 20:35
Thanks Nick
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Reply By: pepper2 - Thursday, Feb 16, 2012 at 08:41

Thursday, Feb 16, 2012 at 08:41
Going rate for BFG Mud terrains in your size is $329 each fitted in the illawarra.
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Follow Up By: Member Andys Adventures - Thursday, Feb 16, 2012 at 09:33

Thursday, Feb 16, 2012 at 09:33
Hi Pepper, Are they in stock, as I had to wait for 6 weeks for BFG MT as there is a shortage with them.
Andy
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Reply By: pepper2 - Thursday, Feb 16, 2012 at 10:13

Thursday, Feb 16, 2012 at 10:13
one place had them in stock at $339,i only had to wait 2 days to get them at@ $329 about 2 weeks ago...Ring terry on 0458728880 to confirm current pricing he does fantastic wheel balancing as well tell him Tim asked you to call.
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Reply By: eighty matey - Thursday, Feb 16, 2012 at 19:14

Thursday, Feb 16, 2012 at 19:14
BF Goodrich seem like the cheapest name brand at the moment.

I heard they are coming out of Malysia, whether that makes a difference or not I don't know.

Thanks to everyone for your input. Buying tyres is one of my pet hates. Especially since the ones that I thought I was going to get have gone up that much I really don't know if I can justify paying that amount. But, I need good rubber.

And I thought marriage was complicated!!!

eighty matey
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Reply By: escapesilv - Thursday, Feb 16, 2012 at 19:40

Thursday, Feb 16, 2012 at 19:40
Hi eighty matey

If you go on Ebay you can try Tyres for Less , they are in Fairfield, realy good prices.

Good Luck.

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Follow Up By: eighty matey - Thursday, Feb 16, 2012 at 20:04

Thursday, Feb 16, 2012 at 20:04
Thanks Rob.
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Reply By: adadu - Thursday, Feb 16, 2012 at 20:05

Thursday, Feb 16, 2012 at 20:05
Well I really feel for you!

I have just fitted a set of Goodyear wranglers At/SA 235/85/16 on to my troop-Carrier... Cost for the 4 ex KMart (on special for the next couple of days!)
Fitted/Balanced/disposal etc $1248.00.
These are the ones that are made in USA NOT Asia! The Asian ones do not get anywhere near the mileage and also do not have sufficient load rating for my troopy + 25foot Jayco.
Hope that helps.
Goodluck (Time to let the moths out of that wallet!)

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Follow Up By: adadu - Thursday, Feb 16, 2012 at 20:11

Thursday, Feb 16, 2012 at 20:11
As a guide I went the "PRICE way 18 months ago! Left the whitsundays thru N.T. & WA etc back to Whitsundays approx 19,000 kms. Result? My cheap tyres were Buggered! (1 came home on the roof rack!)
Now I am all for paying that bit extra and getting Quality!( An old fellow in W.A. said to me that I was putting the value of my life at the difference in cost of good & bad tyres! I have to agree!)
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Follow Up By: eighty matey - Thursday, Feb 16, 2012 at 20:26

Thursday, Feb 16, 2012 at 20:26
Hi Alan,

your mate's absolutely right, but the, I really like those moths......

It's funny you mentioned K Mart tyres, because that the reason I have been going for quality over price for so long.

Many moons ago I bought a set of Kumhos from K Mart. The handling deteriorated and the tyres probably only lasted about 20,00 kms tops, on a Fairmont, travelling between Cairns and Gosford, by Lightning Ridge.

It was at that point I decided I will only buy good quality tyres. I went onto Bridgestone then and ran Desert Duelers on all my off road vehicles until unavailability of tyres forced me to change.

I think I'll just suck it up and pay for what I know is going to do the best job.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts,

Steve
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Reply By: Holden4th - Thursday, Feb 16, 2012 at 20:25

Thursday, Feb 16, 2012 at 20:25
Just bought and fitted Maxxis AT71s 265/70/R16 onto my troll. All the reviews I read were positive and for $229 each at BJTT I couldn't refuse. So far they are great but I'll reserve final judgement until I take them across the Plenty.
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Follow Up By: eighty matey - Thursday, Feb 16, 2012 at 20:29

Thursday, Feb 16, 2012 at 20:29
When are you going across The Plenty?

We're doing that a couple times later in the year.

Steve
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Follow Up By: Holden4th - Thursday, Feb 16, 2012 at 20:50

Thursday, Feb 16, 2012 at 20:50
Early April on my way to the centre then on to the GCR to eventually reach Perth.

If you are traveling at the same time it would be great to meet up.
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Follow Up By: eighty matey - Thursday, Feb 16, 2012 at 21:04

Thursday, Feb 16, 2012 at 21:04
You'll be earlier than us.

We're crossing The Plenty at the start of August heading to Alice, then across the Gary Junction Hwy to Eighty Mile Beach.

After we go through Broome, Gibb River Rd and back to Alice, we're hopefully heading into the Simpson Deserrt by Hay River and onto Birdsville, before dawdling back home again.

I'd be keen to hear how your tyres (and trip) is going when you get a chance.

Hoo roo,

Steve
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Reply By: Madfisher - Thursday, Feb 16, 2012 at 20:54

Thursday, Feb 16, 2012 at 20:54
I just put two bridgestone 694 LT in 245/70x 16 for $538. Bridgestone dealer in Orange quoted me $259, but I would rather keep my money local, might help keep my kids in a job.
Cheers Pete
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Follow Up By: eighty matey - Thursday, Feb 16, 2012 at 21:06

Thursday, Feb 16, 2012 at 21:06
Hi Pete,

would you mind letting know in a month, or so, how they're settling in?

Steve
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Follow Up By: Madfisher - Thursday, Feb 16, 2012 at 22:09

Thursday, Feb 16, 2012 at 22:09
Hi Steve,
Mate this is my 2nd set, although the first ones where the passenger construction. Not the longest lasting tyre, about 60000ks, but very quite and more importent very safe in the wet. good offroad and not bad even in mud.
we have two Jacks the wife has cooper atrs on, god knows how many ks they have done but they are very dicy on wet tar. My wife is a very steady driver and had had it slide out on wet roundabouts. So I am ditching them with 25% thread.
I will be putting 694s on her when it comes time. Another good tyre we use at work are geolanders good compromise tyre as well
Cheers Pete
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Follow Up By: eighty matey - Thursday, Feb 16, 2012 at 22:31

Thursday, Feb 16, 2012 at 22:31
Thanks Pete.

I looked at Geolanders tonight. They look similar to the Wrangler Duratacs I have on now.

Thanks again,

Steve
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Reply By: Penchy - Friday, Feb 17, 2012 at 11:05

Friday, Feb 17, 2012 at 11:05
coopers are better than BFG, Goodyear are better than Yoko blah blah blah, Same old discussions on tyres and their wear rates. I just purchased 4 BFG KM2 from the US, paid $400 less than locally sourced and that includes delivery to OZ. tirerack.com search it and make your own choice, dont listen to all the old blokes on here
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Follow Up By: ozjohn0 - Friday, Feb 17, 2012 at 11:21

Friday, Feb 17, 2012 at 11:21
Very happy with the Maxxis and am having a new set of Maxxis fitted today.
235-60R-17 @ $189 each. (Tyrepower Hastings Vic)
Like a truckie, I look for how many Kilometers/per dollar.
Ozjohn.
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Follow Up By: Member - Scott M (NSW) - Friday, Feb 17, 2012 at 17:13

Friday, Feb 17, 2012 at 17:13
Went thru this exercise recently. Honestly, when all was added up it wasn't worth the effort.

Looking for a set of 4 BFG MT's for the 40 series, 235/85R16's. Price at my local mechanic, who's alwys done good work for me was around $320 a tyre fitted ordered through him. So $1280 all up.

Checked out Tirerack.com for the same price. Web page said $190 a tyre so $760 all up - contacted them for quote and shipping - shipping was $435.

So all up it was $1111 delivered to my mechanic, so a nominal saving of $170, but..... as the mechanic wasn't making any profit on the tyres, the fitting costs would be on top of that. End road it was going to much of a muchness, all I was doing was depriving a good local business and cheesing the garage off.

Wasn't really worth it in the final wash up.
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Reply By: Rockape - Friday, Feb 17, 2012 at 19:36

Friday, Feb 17, 2012 at 19:36
I am going to post this in 2 forum posts,

I see that the delivery to Australia from tire rack is $435 and the price of KM2 BFG MUDDERS is $265 each. So $265x 4 = $1065. + $ 435 = $1500. Not mounted or balanced.

Now the cost of the same tyres in Mackay. $375x4 = $1500. + I got a seniors discount which bought it down even further.

Hell isn't that great. I have new tyres on my vehicle mounted and balanced + all the warranty that goes with them for the same price as the imported, not mounted, not balanced tyres with warranty as long as you send them back where they came from.

Beware the cheap price and count your blessings that you live in one of the best countries in the world..





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Follow Up By: Rockape - Friday, Feb 17, 2012 at 19:48

Friday, Feb 17, 2012 at 19:48
Sorry I should have stated the tyres were 285/75/16s.

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Follow Up By: Member - Scott M (NSW) - Friday, Feb 17, 2012 at 21:58

Friday, Feb 17, 2012 at 21:58
Rockape,

Basically the same conclusion I came to... sometimes bargains aren't all they seem.

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