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PostPosted: Tue Mar 04, 2014 3:17 pm    Post subject: TYRES Reply with quote

We are thinking of fitting Bridgestone D697's to our 200 Series and were just wanting to get any feedback on how noisy/quiet they are. Would really appreciate any info. Currently running Yokohamas, which are now due for replacement, after removing the very noisy Mickey Tompsons that were on the vehicle when we bought it. Don't want to go down that road again.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 04, 2014 4:27 pm    Post subject: D697 Reply with quote

Lee,
Our 200 has only known D697s but we think they are fine and no more noisy than I would expect.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 04, 2014 4:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, we have just replaced the 694's with the updated 697's. No really noticeable road noise, only 500kms old but don't expect any problems. The 694's did 68,000 kms, a fare share of those in the bush.
Price, $1598, balanced and aligned from Ajax in Rocky. Try KMart their price was the same. Bob Jane was the dearest at $1850, couldn't believe it.
Jax's in Bundy quoted me $1500, but I don' live there hey. I will be putting these on the BT at the end of the year as well.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 04, 2014 4:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have 18" 285 D-697s on the Sahara.....

Just a tad noisier than the GrandTreks, but nothing you would fuss about. Just a slight hum, like nearly not noticeable, really... Wink
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 04, 2014 5:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We've had them on our 200 for nearly a year now. Touch wood, they've given no problem so far and rise well. In my opinion they are a little noisier that the originals and appear to be wearing a little more than I expected. No sig of chipping like you'd see on some other well know brands.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 04, 2014 9:39 pm    Post subject: TYRES Reply with quote

Well it looks like the 697's might be the go and at just $1472 at Cleavers in Taree, I think we are on a winner! Thanks to all for the very helpful feedback.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 05, 2014 8:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The other helpful thing is Bridgestone Dealers are Australia wide.

There are even two dealerships in Alice Springs. The one around in the industrial area are much cheaper than the one on the main highway.

I don't use anything else than Bridgees, they used to be made in South Australia, but are now made in Japan.

I too get mileage in the high 60's to mid 70's and my F Truck is fully loaded all the time at 4.2 tonnes towing a 3.5 tonne BT full time.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 05, 2014 11:17 am    Post subject: TYRES Reply with quote

Thanks Devils on the Prowl, that is all very good to hear. Ordered a set yesterday and having them fitted tomorrow just in time to hook the BT up and head off on another biggie.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 05, 2014 2:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My Bridgestones are made in Indonesia?!!
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 05, 2014 5:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just went and checked mine to make sure, 'Made In Japan'
Mine are the 697 pattern 265/75R16
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 05, 2014 7:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mine are the 697 pattern as well. Dueler AT LT285/75R16. Noted this when I picked up the van and I only have these on the van. Not concerned at all but was surprised as I have never seen a tyre from Indonesia.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 06, 2014 8:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Your right, D&T.

Check out this link they do have 2 manufacturing plant in Indonesia.
Go to page 4 and 5 in the link its under the New Plant listings.

While researching this, I found they also make golf balls, mattress's, retreads for planes etc.
Re-treading material is made in Brisbane.

Bridgestone also bought the Firestone Rubber Company.

Lets hope the same high quality is kept up in their two new manufacturing plants in Indonesia.

http://www.bridgestone.com/corporate/library/data_book/pdf/BSDATA2013.pdf
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 02, 2016 11:22 pm    Post subject: Bridgestone Tyres on the Sunshine Coast Reply with quote

Hi Steve,

Hoping to pick up our new Bushtracker sometime in April. it will come with 17" Bridgestone Dueller tyres to match up with our 2013 Landcruiser 200 series wagon that I am going to have transported over from Perth.

The Landcruiser is now just about due for new tyres & I have been tossing whether to get new Bridgestones in Perth or wait until I get to Queensland. Suspect that they are possibly cheaper in the East than in Perth (just about everything else is....)

So does Bushtracker have a local regular supplier of the Bridgestones you would care to recommend so that I can call them & compare with prices in the West?
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 03, 2016 12:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Private Business and prices always go to:

sales@bushtracker.com. Wink
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 07, 2016 2:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

BTW for your General Information.....

While we will fit 17" and 18" on request, our standard is still the heavy tread steel D-697 in 16"...

Why? First of all it is an LT (Light Truck) tyre, and it has the 123 rating that is 1550 kg at 80 psi... On my van, my 21' here on the Forum, I have them on 16" Ally Rim that has the lettering in the mag: 1400 kg rated...

I know it sounds funny, but the 16 is an LT where the 17" and 18" are more of a car tyre sort that has the higher speed rating.. I want the LT 123 heavy load rating.. Thanks..

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2017 7:17 pm    Post subject: tyres Reply with quote

For the last 20 years i have only run Bridgestone tyres on 4x4 and caravan because of their toughness and they have proven to be a great tyre ( D697) in the LT265x75R16 size.
BF Goodrich have recently upgraded their AT tyre and call it KO2, claiming 20% stronger side wall and 15% longer wear life with similar specs. to the Bridgestone D697. They have caught my eye and I'm after some feedback from anyone who have used the KO2 tyre.
Bridgestone have a video out which shows how strong their tread is against a punture compared to the original KO1 tyre and that is the main reason I use bridgestone.

Regards AL
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 17, 2017 2:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just rang my tyre supplier to replace our 697 tyres on the Bushtracker and he is trying to talk me into the Ko2 saying it's a great tyre .Is anybody on the forum using them, bit reluctant to change from something I've been happy with
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 17, 2017 3:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have just had the BFG KO2 fitted to my 200.

A mate had been using them on his 200 for a while now and had nothing negative to say about them.

Initial impressions are they are quiet, steering response is excellent, the ride is firmer using same tyre pressures as previous Dunlop grand trecks which is to be expected with a AT and stiffer sidewalks.

I went up a size to 65 profile which increases the overall height by an inch. Brings the speedo to almost spot on.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 17, 2017 4:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I replaced my original Grandtreks after nearly 60000kms last year while in Perth at an independent dealer in Rockingham with Toyo Open Country 2's.

Decided on these after favourable comments on LCool forum. Price was excellent after some haggling at $275ea.

Since have done Tanami, Mereenie Loop, Plenty and Donahue and more and And they still look new. Also seem a bit quieter than Grandtreks.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 17, 2017 5:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have always been happy with Coopers.Did 40000k with a set on the last Cruiser I had and they showed virtually no wear, chipping whatsoever. Reckon I could have got 80/90000 out of them. Only got 40000 out of the original Grandtreks.
When current tyres need replacing. I would go that way again.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 25, 2018 4:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi I have just changed my Troopy tyres over and went from LT265/75R16 to LT245/75R16 and they are perfect

Now when I changeover the Bushtracker tyres I’m also thing that LT245/75R16 are the way to go, they are lighter & cheaper & fit perfectly on a 8” rim

Also if I was to order a new Bushtracker I’m thinking LT245/85R16 are the way to go

By the way I have been using Cooper S/T MAXX & they are fabulous getting 80,000 km out of them
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 25, 2018 4:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yea yea yea T n T
But this very misleading like all the Cooper Adverising...

It works IF you rotate and change every 10,000 and by the time you get through the Warantee, you have paid for them twice. Besides that, if you are over the greenie minimalistic three ton, you chew out the Coopers in as little as 15,000 kms. See our Thead on performance tyres to see what Owners report OK?

Look in TIPS ON TOW VEHICLES, and see what Owners report... In Our Experience: The truth is they put high carbon into the tyre rubber. This is OK until you get to the Outback tracks of gravel, and then over three tons and Owners report them chipping the edges off into brittle oblivion.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 25, 2018 4:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Steve trusting you’re still enjoying Tassie

In true we rotate the tyres every 5,000 km when we get oil & filter changed

We love our coopers & there our choice

Yes we are minimalists, we take what we need and use everything we have, there is nothing we want for and YES we love our Bushtracker, you make the best caravan available & YES we will be buying a new van from you soon, but only with the gear on it that we will use - that makes sense doesn’t it
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 26, 2018 12:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

No worries TnT,

It is a free country and you are entitled to your own free choices in Life.

All we can do is give you our best advice, based on our experience with the thousands. Then you are free to do what you want, but at least you will be making an “informed” decision on your own. We respect your right to do it YOUR way...

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