Talk about tyre time and boredom.

Submitted: Wednesday, Jul 04, 2012 at 17:20
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Week three with left arm in a sling 24/7 and still three weeks to go before it's out of the sling and exercises begin on the shoulder. Then another 2 wks and I can drive.

Bordom plus..... Thank goodness the weather is nice in Bundaberg at the moment.

Anyway, the original tyres on the Dmax will be lucky to get another 3k, 40k in total.

They are bridgestone duellers,245/70R16 AT 693.

Any advantage in going to LT, or stick to a radial? I don't do much off road.

In an recent thread someone mentioned Michelin tyres. Has anyone else had experience with them?

It appears to be like opening Pandoras Box when you start looking at tyres.

Any polite suggestions will be appreciated. LOL

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Reply By: "crack-a-tinnie" - Wednesday, Jul 04, 2012 at 17:42

Wednesday, Jul 04, 2012 at 17:42
Well Boo Boo, I suggest you start the exercises off slowly. You shouldn't over do it. A little bit at first for a couple of days and gradually do a bit more each day until your comfortable.

I hope this helps.......... :-) .............

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Follow Up By: Member - Boo Boo (NSW) - Wednesday, Jul 04, 2012 at 19:42

Wednesday, Jul 04, 2012 at 19:42
G'day c-a-t

Yep, found out about the tickle up a few minutes ago when we did the first of the elbow flexing.

We decided to go very gently for the first few days. LOL

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Reply By: MP - Wednesday, Jul 04, 2012 at 18:23

Wednesday, Jul 04, 2012 at 18:23
G'day BooBoo,

my current tyres are nearing the end of their life on my 2003 RA Rodeo. I have 694's in the LT spec after having 693's and normal 694's. I have been very happy with the wear as I have now done over 60k kms, mainly around town. They are starting to wear unevenly with scalloping on the inside front. The worst thing I have found is the harshness of the ride, so the next set will just be regular 245/70 16's. I thought I might try a set of Maxxis 700 or 771. Will see what happens.


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Follow Up By: Member - Boo Boo (NSW) - Wednesday, Jul 04, 2012 at 19:50

Wednesday, Jul 04, 2012 at 19:50
G'day MP

I had the Maxxis on the troopy and could not recommend them.

They were hard to keep in balance, about 50k.

Also had the 694's and they were quite good.

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Reply By: Ross M - Wednesday, Jul 04, 2012 at 18:36

Wednesday, Jul 04, 2012 at 18:36
G'day Boo Boo
What do you mean "going to LT or stick to a radial"?
Nearly everything you can buy IS radial. You wouldn't put anything but radial on would you? Handling would go out the window if you did.

The new tread Bridgestone has a more open tread and some bigger voids in the tread, so should suit well if in sand and some general off road, not heavy mud though.
No experience with Michelin only on cars. But I believe there are many countries make Michies and some are better than others. A bit like BFG's.
Have you looked at the Yokohama Geolander AT-S apparently they are very good and quiet and long wearing.

Ross M
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Follow Up By: Member - Boo Boo (NSW) - Wednesday, Jul 04, 2012 at 19:45

Wednesday, Jul 04, 2012 at 19:45
Thanks Ross

I will have a look at those tomorrow.

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Follow Up By: gbc - Thursday, Jul 05, 2012 at 10:45

Thursday, Jul 05, 2012 at 10:45
I've recently changed to the yoko at-s on the colorado (I went 265 70 16 this time). They seem to be an honest tyre for an all terrain with a surprising amount of grip on wet dirt roads - I had 2 sets of mud tyres prior.
I wouldn't necessarily go an lt over a p rated all terrain on that ute, and didn't. LT's need more air to carry the same load as a p, and are harder construction. Not required unless belting the proverbial out of them and yourself is on the menu.
I went the yokos because some of our fleet utes with the pirellis are having balancing problems at the moment - yet to get to the bottom of that one, and it is only the rangers on 15" rims with the issue?
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Reply By: Clive Pnz - Wednesday, Jul 04, 2012 at 20:08

Wednesday, Jul 04, 2012 at 20:08
Giday BooBoo

I have had an excellent run out of Cooper Tyres namely 31x10x16 ST.s(Imperial sizing) They do Metric sizing as well.
My 2003 bounty (bravo) has travelled over 80k,s on one set of these tyres mainly on road, were brilliant off road, with only one flat. As said before all tyres are radials which optimises handling, comfort and tyre wear. Mine are LT's so loading of the vehicle needs to be concidered. I ran mine at 30psi to get even wear across the tread along with regular wheel alignments I;ve had 3
Your right. its a right Pandora's box with tyres but they make a range of tyre to suit most types of use, you should find one to suit you
They're not cheap but they are good. talk to a Cooper's outlet or check it out online. No, I don't work for them LOL

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Follow Up By: Madfisher - Wednesday, Jul 04, 2012 at 20:38

Wednesday, Jul 04, 2012 at 20:38
They certainly do last, its a shame we have to ditch a pr of cooper atrs still with 305 thread as they are to dodgy on wet tar. Its the hard rubber compound that makes tjhem last that gives them poor wet weather sealed road handling.
Cheers Pete
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Follow Up By: steamfire01 - Wednesday, Jul 04, 2012 at 21:17

Wednesday, Jul 04, 2012 at 21:17
Clive Pnz / Madfisher / Boo Boo,
The poor wet weather handling and really crook wet weather stopping of Coopers was something I had never heard of or considered before I put a set on my 2005 Patrol.
Had a couple of big scares when approaching intersections downhill with my 7 metre van on the back - all 4 wheels sding towards the car in front - oops !

Luckily I stopped in time. My recommendation is that if you're towing a fairly big van, keep away from Coopers.

All the best
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Follow Up By: Member - Boo Boo (NSW) - Thursday, Jul 05, 2012 at 12:38

Thursday, Jul 05, 2012 at 12:38
Like I said in my initial post. A Pandora's Box.

We normally travel around with a 13' van on the back. A large or small van behind a sliding tow vehicle is a nightmare for anyone.

All of the above suggestions will keep me busy walking around Bundeburg checking out tyres and comparing their claims and the first hand experience on our forum.

Thanks for the info.

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Follow Up By: Member - blackbird1937 - Thursday, Jul 05, 2012 at 21:23

Thursday, Jul 05, 2012 at 21:23
I have Cooper AT s on my Patrol too and tow a 6.5 m van but have not had them slip yet ! I had Kingstar Dynamic AT ' s on and they slipped a couple of times on wet corners but I think there may have been diesel or oil spilt as other times I went around the same wet corners and no trouble . I have also driven around the same wet corners with the Coopers and had no trouble . Maybe I do not go hard enough? You will work out what tyres you want . I hope you get a good run with them . Vern .
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Follow Up By: Clive Pnz - Sunday, Jul 08, 2012 at 16:22

Sunday, Jul 08, 2012 at 16:22
Hi Guys
Interesting comments regarding wet weather traction when using Cooper tyres, The only time i have experienced any of this problem is when any other tyre would have problems e.g. white road marking, diesel , mud etc on road. The common denominationor in the posts is they were towing vans. Maybe the problem is with the brakes on the vans?
Good luck with your search BooBoo
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