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Re: Off Road 18"s

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Have you decided on LT or P construction mate, or are you leaving that in the mix for now?

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Don't think I need the LT's anymore mate. So I'm thinking quite likely P's are good enough.

Thanks GM for the update.

I suspect it will all come down to price. Would likely go the coopers if the price is right, but have heard the Hercules are basically the same tyre for a lot less.

EDIT:

Coopers $407
Pirelli $385
Hancook $320
Yokohama $440
Hercules $325

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Re: Off Road 18"s

I'm leaning towards either the Herxcules or Pirelli.

Only problem is the price difference of $300 when getting 5 of them.
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Re: Off Road 18"s

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Don't think I need the LT's anymore mate. So I'm thinking quite likely P's are good enough.
P's with a H/T tread are better for the beach/sand anyway. However, if you are going for LT's, I'm very happy with my Bridgestone D697's.
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Re: Off Road 18"s

The yokohamas will replace them free of charge if you get a puncture that cant be repaired.
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Re: Off Road 18"s

That is WAY too much for the coopers - I paid $330 fitted at tyre king baulkham hills.


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Remember I'm in perth. Land of the expensive.
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Re: Off Road 18"s

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Thanks Craig.

The Pirelli's sound like they might be a front runner.
I do like the look of the Hancooks and Hercules though..

I suppose the Pirelli's are probably the best road tyre out of the list?
No worries noons.

I will note that the Pirelli's surprised me a few times on boggy building sites. They do a better job than the tread suggests.

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I had the Pirellis on a KJ and they were great..road excellent and offroad very surprising.


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Re: Off Road 18"s

OK, just spoke to another tyre shop and they are recommending the Nexen Roadian AT Pro RA8.

The design looks good, not too aggressive. They said that they're very quiet, and at $240 a corner... not bad.

Anyone have these?

If I want more aggressive, they are saying the General Grabber AT2. Steve (barboots) you've got these right? How'd they go?
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Re: Off Road 18"s

They're going good Noons, though I don't think they are at all what you want. The tread pattern is deeper and has more voids than your Falkens... so will demonstrate all the downsides associated with that.

It's hard to say how many kays I've done on the Grabbers as I was regularly swapping out with my 20"s when back in town. That said they've stayed on for months now because we're doing a fair bit of caravan touring and I don't trust the weight carrying abilities of the 20" Kumhos. Plus I get to sneak in some 4WDriving at our destinations, and the Grabbers are working really well for me off road. I find that until you start lifting wheels (IFS / IRS blues) there's very little interaction from the traction control... and there's rarely any sign of traction loss. I hate munting up the tracks, so this level of traction is pleasing. The gravel road grip is awesome, though the resulting damage from stones thrown up is kinda ugly. The only thing to do to combat this is to go to muds! On the road... yeah, the Grabbers produce more noise. I don't find it too distracting as it's a relatively wide-band roar that for the most just sounds like more wind noise. The harmonic whine is negligible... but I have been rotating them frequently too, which helps a truckload in maintaining the original noise levels. The Mickey Thompson ATZ I had on my Prado whined a lot more once run in.

I'm happy to catch up for a test drive if you want to swing by sometime... or I can call by your new digs?

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Re: Off Road 18"s

Thanks Steve - I'll take you up on that Will text ya soon.

Appreciate the write up! Looks like the grabbers are off the list then.

Have just spoken to another (!!) tyre shop and they are saying that the Hankooks are far superior to the Nexen's.

They've got the Hankooks for $277.5 which makes it far more palatable.

Anyone on the Hankooks? What the noise like?
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It's hard to say how many kays I've done on the Grabbers as I was regularly swapping out with my 20"s when back in town. That said they've stayed on for months now because we're doing a fair bit of caravan touring and I don't trust the weight carrying abilities of the 20" Kumhos.
Steve,
I agree with your reservations of the Kumhos. I got an irreparable tread tear on one of my stock 18"s on a well made gravel road with the car lightly loaded towing nothing. However, "...weight carrying abilities..." is not necessarily the issue. For a given tyre pressure, P tyres have a higher load carrying capacity than LT's. I know, it's counter-intuitive. The thing is, because of their carcase strength, LT's can run with much high pressures and therefore carry higher loads. For example, at 250kPa(36psi) the load carrying capacity of a P type 275/60R20 is 1,2150kg which is also it's maximum. At the same pressure, the load carrying capacity of an LT275/55R20 is only 750kg however it can go up to 550kPa(80psi) and carry a load of 1,400kg. I'm quoting minimum standards from the Tyre & Rim Association manual so take it with a grain of salt but it makes the point.
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