Help with Tyre Choice

Submitted: Monday, Sep 03, 2012 at 21:49
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Hi all,
I'm about to purchase a set of 8 Bridgestone tyres (235/70/16s) for my 06 Hilux and Camper Trailer.

I was after some help with my decision to go for the 694's or 697's.

I don't do a lot of off-road, but when I do, l would like to have half reasonable tyre.

Also, should I go with the LT's.

I'll be forking out approx. $2500 for tyres and rims, so any advise would be greatly appreciated.

While I'm here, is it Ok to mount an AGM battery in the engine bay to run my fridge in the back of the cab?

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Reply By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Monday, Sep 03, 2012 at 22:10

Monday, Sep 03, 2012 at 22:10
Hi

The 694's are now obsolete and have been so since March of this year. I have had both, the older 694's and now the replacement 697's both in LT construction.

The 694's were a great tyre, but the 697's are ever quieter and are just as good a tyre. Bridgestone claim the new 697's are quieter, better mileage etc.

Look around for price, as different dealers will have different pricing.


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Reply By: Outbackogre - Monday, Sep 03, 2012 at 22:30

Monday, Sep 03, 2012 at 22:30
I've just fitted 697's to my Pajero. They seem less noisy than my previous 694's, and as light truck tyres I expect them to be just as tuff. The 694's did 55,000kms and will now serve out their days on my offroad caravan. Bridgestone are currrently running a promotion on Duellers - a $100 Caltex fuel card for every 4 Duellers purchased.
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Reply By: Allan B (Member, SunCoast) - Monday, Sep 03, 2012 at 23:34

Monday, Sep 03, 2012 at 23:34
Hi RR,

I won't comment on the tyre choice. I still cannot decide on a replacement for my Cooper S/T's.

But on the battery location I would offer that it is established that AGM's do not much like heat so the engine bay is not the best. It may be better to place it in the back.

I have two AGM's. One in the cabin and one in the engine bay protected somewhat by a heat-shield. Time will tell if their life differs much.

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Reply By: cobber - Tuesday, Sep 04, 2012 at 00:19

Tuesday, Sep 04, 2012 at 00:19
The new 697's is there two types A/T and LT????? also do they have them without the white letters on the tyre wall?............I have the 694's and very happy with them 65000kms so far and still a lot of tread left on them.
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Follow Up By: Outbackogre - Tuesday, Sep 04, 2012 at 08:42

Tuesday, Sep 04, 2012 at 08:42
697 are AT (All Terrain) tyres and come in P (passenger) or LT (light truck). Go P for comfort or LT for a tougher (and maybe longer lasting) tyre. White lettering on one side only so you can choose to have it face out or in.
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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Tuesday, Sep 04, 2012 at 09:04

Tuesday, Sep 04, 2012 at 09:04
Hi Cobber

I only go for the LT Construction. In the 694's, yes they did have the white side wall lettering, but on the new 697's, there was no white side wall lettering, which suites me fine, as I had the 694's with the lettering on the inside.


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Reply By: Member - Mark (Tamworth NSW) - Tuesday, Sep 04, 2012 at 07:20

Tuesday, Sep 04, 2012 at 07:20
Why don't you contact Bridgestone at their Adelaide head office for the LT vs passenger construction question. LTs are a little heavier and stiffer, maybe I'm dreaming but when I went over to them I thought they gave a hasher ride, but was happy with that on the expectation they gave better puncture protection.
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Reply By: roofrestorer - Tuesday, Sep 04, 2012 at 09:36

Tuesday, Sep 04, 2012 at 09:36
Thanks for your replays.

I thought that you need to go with LTs if you are carry a heavier load like a packed camper trailer.

Not so much the Hilux, but because I,m buying 8 so I can rotate wheels around, I'm thinking I would need to go with the LTs.
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Reply By: MEMBER - Darian, SA - Tuesday, Sep 04, 2012 at 09:51

Tuesday, Sep 04, 2012 at 09:51
The warranty becomes void if you install one prominent brand of AGM's in the engine bay (the warning is included in specs and promo material) - might be the same for the one you intend to use. As I recall, they get too hot and the sides bulge leading to early failure (maybe worse).
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Follow Up By: bazz - Tuesday, Sep 04, 2012 at 19:20

Tuesday, Sep 04, 2012 at 19:20
my agm bulged from exhaust heat and was installed by a so called 'out back power solutions",expert from Adeliade they should have known better , just make sure the agm batteries are good qaulity, mine were tested after 10 months and are now 'weak" , from same Adelaide comp, now weighing up my options as i feel the $4000 i spent with this mob was not up to industry standards..... cheers Barry , Gladstone
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