Tyres Again

Submitted: Wednesday, Sep 26, 2012 at 17:18
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Starting to look for new tyres for my NS Paj (265 65 R17)

The contenders are

Bridgestone D697s (I have the D694s on now) rating is 116S OD 776, $305 quoted

Mickey Thompsons (I had ATZ before the D694s) rating 120R OD 777, $350- quoted

I tow a van so a higher load rating would be good but the MTS are $40+ more a tyre

The MTs also have a slightly bigger OD, this could be a problem getting in to the spare wheel carrier on the Paj, but a grinder helps :)

So has any one used either or both and have some comments

Some comments from my experience
MTs seemed much better off road but a lot noisier
I reckon fuel economy was worse with the Mts

(starting to convince myself I think)

Any much appreciated,
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Reply By: Tim HJ61 (WA) - Wednesday, Sep 26, 2012 at 18:44

Wednesday, Sep 26, 2012 at 18:44
Are the 694/697's available in a LT construction?

Just wondering because I have the 694LT in a 265/75/16 size on my HJ61 Landcruiser and they are rated at 123, which is higher than the Mickey Thompsons.

I'll not be buying anything else when these 694LT's wear out, eventually.....

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Reply By: Sand Man (SA) - Wednesday, Sep 26, 2012 at 20:06

Wednesday, Sep 26, 2012 at 20:06

I am very happy with the D697's. I have 245/70/16 Light Truck construction on the colorado. The price you have been quoted however seems high.

I bought a pair about 2 months ago and the cost from Bridgestone Direct (in SA metro area) was $265 each. This was the same price I bought three D694LT tyres for the camper about 5 months ago.
I have just had another pair fitted and the cost was actually lower, at $259 each.
fairly chunky looking tread pattern, but the noise level is low.

The only "problem" I now have is the spare is a never used D694LT which is actually the same tyre as I have on the camper.

The D697 is a direct replacement for the D694 and is available in both standard and Light Truck construction.


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Follow Up By: Member - Rich - Wednesday, Sep 26, 2012 at 20:39

Wednesday, Sep 26, 2012 at 20:39
For the last set of tyres I have had the spare included in the rotation.

From I can gather the 265 65 r17 D697 are all LT or that is what I was told.

On pricing of the D697 $305 was the lowest

One place Discount Tyres quoted $439!!!! I asked if he quoted for there right tyre.

Funny is this was the same place I got my D694s from and they were the cheapest.

I did see them in Coscos for $289 so may go check them out again.

If I buy before end of month I get the $100 fuel voucher, not a lot of time and I still have a bit left in the current ones.

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Reply By: MrBitchi (QLD) - Thursday, Sep 27, 2012 at 08:36

Thursday, Sep 27, 2012 at 08:36
I just fitted a set of Maxxis AT-771 Bravo (LT265/70/16) to my NM @ $230 a corner. Can't beat that :)
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Reply By: Bazooka - Thursday, Sep 27, 2012 at 14:21

Thursday, Sep 27, 2012 at 14:21
Bridgestone has a $100 fuel card with purchases of 4 dueller tyres until the end of Sept (Sunday).
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Reply By: Member - Rich - Friday, Sep 28, 2012 at 09:24

Friday, Sep 28, 2012 at 09:24
Just checked date of my tyres 1807 so they are over 5 years old.

They do look OK. the old spare had never been used.

I would be reluctant to go off road in them but may be OK for road travel perhaps.

My current tyres are around 3-4mms - hard to tell as do not have a good tool to check them. I am a bit reluctant to go offroad with these as well.

At best I would use for only a few months as would change them either way before hitting the road with my van - next year some time unless that year is as bad as this one.

To buy to or not to buy ?

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