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Re: 20" Tyre Thread

Re LTZ's, My 285x50x20's have racked up 60,000km and are wearing well but are becoming so noisy I'm starting to hate them, seems the more they wear the louder they get.... Also had a large stone go straight through one of them, took 3 plugs to even slow the leak, they look tough but maybe they're not.... but, guess any tyre can get a puncture......
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Re: 20" Tyre Thread

Anybody know of a Nitto dealer near Brizzy?
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Re: 20" Tyre Thread

Sorted. Didn't realize Khumo's and Nittos come from the same factory. Local Khumo dealer can source and install 265's for $300 a corner.
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Re: 20" Tyre Thread

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Re LTZ's, My 285x50x20's have racked up 60,000km and are wearing well but are becoming so noisy I'm starting to hate them, seems the more they wear the louder they get.... Also had a large stone go straight through one of them, took 3 plugs to even slow the leak, they look tough but maybe they're not.... but, guess any tyre can get a puncture......
Good mileage there, but I know what you mean about noisy.
I had a set of Kumho's (different tread pattern, but still aggressive looking) on my old Territory in 20" and after 20K they were as noisy as all hell, couldn't wait to get rid of them.

Whilst the Cooper Zeon LTZ's have an aggressive looking tread pattern, they are still only a passenger construction tyre. If you were doing any mild off roading I'd be looking at an LT construction, but I doubt there are any in the 20" size.

If I get a bit more financial next year I'm going to pick up a set of 18's and fit some decent LT tyres for off roading, and keep the 20's for the daily drive.
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Old 12-10-2013, 04:03 AM
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Re: 20" Tyre Thread

Nittos fitted this Friday. I had my Khumo's checked out and got a confirmation "they are an accident waiting to happen" with the outer treads no longer having sipes to disperse the water. That accounts for the aqua-planing.
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Old 12-10-2013, 04:27 AM
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Re: 20" Tyre Thread

Glenn,

Who told you that Nittos and Kumhos come from the same factory?
I've been told, by a Toyo dealer, that Nittos are manufactured by Toyo Tyres in the US or Japan. Kumhos on the other hand are made in Korea, however, the Kumhos on Oz Jeep GCs are made in Vietnam.

One thing I have found out with the more aggressive tread is that the tyres will tend to "bite" into the bitumen in the car park for really tight full steering lock turns.

My Kumhos were worn right down to the thread indicators only after 26,000kms. The risk of aqua planing around Canberra roundabouts during the rain was too high.
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Who told you that Nittos and Kumhos come from the same factory?
I've been told, by a Toyo dealer, that Nittos are manufactured by Toyo Tyres in the US or Japan. Kumhos on the other hand are made in Korea, however, the Kumhos on Oz Jeep GCs are made in Vietnam.
I stand corrected. I was at a Toyo Gold Star dealer who is fitting the Nitto's. . He also reckoned the Kuhmo's did pretty well to survive 40k but went on to show me where I had actually reached the wear indicators. I thought I had a mm or so to go. Roll on Friday.....
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Re: 20" Tyre Thread

Glenn,

Just remember that there are two sides to the tyres. Bold text on one side and stripe filled on the other. I think one is easier to clean than the other so make sure that they have the same sides facing out.
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Just remember that there are two sides to the tyres. Bold text on one side and stripe filled on the other. I think one is easier to clean than the other so make sure that they have the same sides facing out.
Solid side out?
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Whilst the Cooper Zeon LTZ's have an aggressive looking tread pattern, they are still only a passenger construction tyre. If you were doing any mild off roading I'd be looking at an LT construction, but I doubt there are any in the 20" size.
Totally agree! An open tread on a passenger tyre is tempting fate. Off-roading should be limited to grass or sand.

BTW, I'm not fussed on the use of "aggressive" when describing tread patterns. It seems like an Americanism... not that there is anything wrong with that . A piece of rubber can't be aggressive. Any aggression involved is in the mind of the owner. F1 racing is about as aggressive as motoring gets. Guess what, no tread pattern at all. I think a better term is "open" or "knobbly". Personally I prefer "chunky", it has just that hint of machismo.
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Re: 20" Tyre Thread

Just noticed the speed rating on my Nitto's is "S" meaning I'm somewhat limited above 180kmh. Better watch the speedo from now on. Load rating is 111 which is greater than the stock Khumo's. Not sure if this qualifies as an LT tyre?
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Re: 20" Tyre Thread

Glenn,

Yes, solid side facing out. I made the mistake of having the stripe side facing out and I think it's harder to keep clean.

BTW, I thought our Jeeps are speed limited to 185kmph? Can someone confirm this?
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