Re: Tyres - different specs for different countries?
Originally Posted by 200sxr
I have placed an order for a GC and I am on the look out for some tyres hoping to swap out the Michelin or Kumho when I get the vehicle.
I have ORAII so I am on 18" rims and I am going to stay with the OEM size. I have been using the Pirelli Scorpion ATR in one of my vehicle and I am pretty happy with them. They are available in the US in 265/60R18 however not in Australia. I rung the head office of Pirelli AU today to see if they have plan to bring them in and the person on the phone was saying he could see them in their system as being in, from memory "pre-production". To cut the long story short he thinks the AU version of the tyre would be different to the US version due to the different in climate, namely the compound.
Does any know if this would be the case?
I bought eight D697's in 265/60R18, 5 for the Grand and 3 for the trailer. So far I really like them. I can't see me ever going back to passenger tyres on a fourbie. Note that not all scorpions are LT. The Bridgestone Select store in Waitara offered the best price in my area.
I can well believe that tyre compounds vary between countries. Driving on 45⁰C+ roads in the Pilbara is quite different to -20⁰C ice in Canada. The Bridgestone A/T Revo 2 sold in the States appears to be their equivalent to our D697. The tread pattern is identical but I would bet the compounds are not. The Revo 2 is also called D696 which probably betrays the differing compounds. This compound issue worries my about the popular Mickey Thompson and Cooper imports. Do they make "Aussie" compound versions or is it one size fits all?
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Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 3L CRD, Black Forest Green Pearl, Quadra-lift, Off-road Adventure II, Front Recovery Hook, Mopar Tow Bar, Mopar Rock Rails, 150A Projecta Battery Isolator, Tekonsha P3 Brake Controller, Bridgestone D697 265/60R18 LT, Kimberley Kamper Special Edition
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