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Old 02-17-2013, 08:16 PM
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Re: 265/60R18 AT tyres now available in LT construction

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I am interested in how folks are going with their replacement tyre choice.

With 27,000klm on my 18" Kuhmos I picked up a stone that has embedded itself in the tread on a rear tyre and it must be a decent hole as it went flat in under 10 minutes. Also looking at the wear bars there is not much life left in the tyre (assuming that a repair is possible).

I am considering the Yoko Geolandar A/T-S or perhaps the Bridgestone D697 as replacements.

As I live some 60klm (as the crow files) from Melbourne 90% of my driving is on bitumen at highway speeds and the rest in the Melbourne metro area. I live on a gravel road and find the Kuhmos have a considerable ability to pick up stones.

Your experiences to date would be appreciated.

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I would think either tyre would do the job. Just be aware that the Geolander in that size is of passenger construction whereas the D679 is of light truck (LT) construction. Seeing that you don't intend to do much if any off-roading and you are far more likely to kill yourself at speed, the Geolander would seem the better and safer performer. Most of us spend 90% if not more of our kms on bitumen but for those that go off-road, that other 10% is the most important bit.

Edit: Forgot to add before; A/T tyres still pick up stones only they are bigger.
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Re: 265/60R18 AT tyres now available in LT construction

Thank you for your feedback. Much appreciated.

I have been reading some good things about the Mickey Thompson STZ on other forums so they may also be an option.

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Old 02-20-2013, 12:26 AM
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The Importance of Matching Wheels & Tyres for Off-road Caravans
Anyone recognise these wheels? They are WK2 OEM 18" wheels. I know this because they are the wheels I recently delivered to Kimberly to fit to the camper trailer they are building for me. The tyres are Bridgestone D697 LT 265/60R18. I should have washed the blue dye off the lettering first.

BTW, the caravan in the picture is one of their Kimberley Kruisers starting at about $100,000. Mine is just a two wheeler trailer.
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Re: 265/60R18 AT tyres now available in LT construction

Update. The tyre was repairable so I did not need to replace anything.

Fast forward to yesterday. I was checking out a location near Tabilk that I need to go to next weekend and headed a couple of klm down one of those tracks between farm properties. Flat sandy conditions and some wheel tracks to follow. Result...small stick through a side wall near the tread.

Looks like Im back in the market for tyres. 2 punctures in a month and 3 punctures in the 15 months of ownership. That's more than in the previous 30 years of driving.

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Re: 265/60R18 AT tyres now available in LT construction

Last update.

Dropped the Jeep off at Bob Jane to get a pair of Geolandar's fitted a couple of weeks ago. Asked the guy to throw out the worst of the remaining 3. As I walked back to the car park to pick up my computer etc I noticed that the other rear tyre had a screw in the tread. That makes it 4 punctures in about 15 months and just on 30,000klm.

I will get another 2 Geolandars in the months ahead and be rid of those Kuhmo's for ever.

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Old 04-04-2013, 07:07 AM
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Finaly got delivery of my Kimberley camper trailer, see photo. I mentioned before how I was keen to get a trailer with the same track and wheels as the Jeep. Kimberly were able to accommodate that more or less. With a spare on the trailer and one in the car, I now have 6 running wheels and 2 spares all with TPMS and interchangeable. The track of the trailer is within 30mm of that of the rear of the Jeep. That minimises the bow wave of sand the trailer has to push on a beach. There were a number of issues in getting the same wheels fitted. Because of the small pitch circle diameter of the Jeep wheels, I had to settle for specially made drum brakes rather than the better performing electric over hydraulic disc option. Also, because of the small centre hole of the Jeep wheel, a smaller axle had to be used. This lead to the trailer being downrated to 1250kg/axle against their normal 2000kg/axle. That's no big deal since the GVM of the trailer is 1600kg. However, despite me giving Kimberly the wheel stud size and supplying the wheel nuts, they installed smaller diameter studs and wheel nuts. Why they did this I don't know... yet. It means I now need to carry two wheel spanners. It's a shame. What could have been a bit of brilliant engineering is now just "she'll be right" mediocraty. Anyway, I just can't wait to try this rig out. All tyres are Bridgestone D697 265/60R18 LT.
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Old 04-04-2013, 11:27 AM
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Re: 265/60R18 AT tyres now available in LT construction

Congrats on the trailer. Now you will be able to get out to those better photo spots with all your gear.
Pity about the wheel issue, which probably will screw up my plans of using GC 18" wheels on my 2.7Tonne caravan. May have to rethink.
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Re: 265/60R18 AT tyres now available in LT construction

The rig looks great Bob - you'll be busting to get it out and dirty. Pity that Kimberley didn't grasp the significance of the wheel nut size after all your work to make everything compatible.
I do carry spare studs and wheel nuts for the caravan in a cryovaced package with pre-greased spare wheel bearings. Unfortunately the nuts matched our previous Patrols so now I also carry two wheel spanners.
Did you check out Melbourne Trailer and Axle regarding the brake drums and hubs? I was of the understanding they would machine on site to suit special orders.
Perhaps the 127mm pcd meant they couldn't use the larger bearings, hence the downrated axle.
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Congrats on the trailer. Now you will be able to get out to those better photo spots with all your gear.
Pity about the wheel issue, which probably will screw up my plans of using GC 18" wheels on my 2.7Tonne caravan. May have to rethink.
Yes, it's amazing isn't it. Virtually every modern vehicle has wheel centric axles yet trailer builders are stuck in this 50 year old mins set.

John, I think you are right. They got around the hub bore diameter by using so called "slim line" bearings. I found a table somewhere that rated them at 1250kg.
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...However, despite me giving Kimberly the wheel stud size and supplying the wheel nuts, they installed smaller diameter studs and wheel nuts. Why they did this I don't know... yet. It means I now need to carry two wheel spanners. It's a shame. What could have been a bit of brilliant engineering is now just "she'll be right" mediocraty...
I owe Kimberley Kampers a huge apology. Yes, I gave them the wheel stud size. I gave them 1/2" X 20 which I got from Jeep Grand Cherokee WK2 - 2011-2014 Grand Cherokee Wheels and tires . They followed instructions exactly. The problem was that the information was wrong. The studs are actually M14 X 1.5 that is 14mm by 1.5 threads per mm. I've PM'd Milous so that he can make the change to the site. The next step is to source some studs of the correct size and put them in.
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