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Simon wrote...
Re tyres I have recently replaced 2 tyres on the front of the
cruiser with Bridgestone duellers a/t 694s and very impressed with them.
Stick to the road in wet or dry ......
Interesting comment on 'wet' roads. On 80's, 75's and Prado's we have had
very bad experiences in heavy rain on asphalt with Duellers. (Bought as a
bargain deal for the fleet). These tyres may grip in average 'wet'
conditions, but in heavy rain they have no continuous grooves around the
circumference to channel the water subsequently out to the tyre edge
between the tread blocks. The wiggly interlocking tread pattern appears to
bulldoze water and soon get into an aquaplane.
In our conditions in the Balkans we had too many near scrapes on wet roads
with these tyres, we soon changed them to Pirelli Scorpions. That may not
be relevant to those in the SE of England, but if I were driving a lot on
asphalt or was in the wetter west side of the country or Scotland, I would
not consider them. Maybe OK if I drove just locally and spent a lot of
time around a farm etc.
Well, that's our experience anyway.
I already had a new one on the spare when I bought the Pajero, and that is
where it remains !
Take care
'92 HZJ80 ex UN surplus from Bosnia, now sharing time between Alfold Surrey
and Tring Herts.
Hi John
Thanks for the comments re the duellers. I will try not to test them out in
extreme conditions.
Simon Hughes
Hi Jon
Come on tell us your list of what you concider the best overall tyres are .
Im interested because im changing mine soon and do not want to make a big bo
bo which in my case is likely. Thanks to the advice from the list I am
narrowing it down, so retreads are out. Concidering that we get a lot of
rain here, something to do with keeping the grass green, although a little
less green grass and more sun shine would suit me better.
John C
92HDJ 80 1HDT Ireland
Rather than run around in circles, lets cover some basics, particularly
since this is such an emotive subject :)
The general recommendation for a good all round tyre for an 80 is the
BF Goodrich AT KOs - they are a good compromise tyre with good
performance on and off road and can last up to 50,000miles.
You can if you want run a more aggressive pattern if you intend to do a
lot of off roading, but the more aggressive you get to perform better
off road, the worse the off road performance with less grip when the
roads are wet and more road noise. (There are the odd exceptions as Jon
Wildsmith has found with the Pro Comp tyres, but they are expensive).
Ideally I would recommend two sets of rims, one set with ATs on for day
to day use and then one set with aggressive MTs.
Personally I would have the BFGs on one set and then something like the
Simexes on another set, although since they won't be used that much I
would be tempted to go for the Simex clones that I saw advertised the
other day for almost half the price.
You can get a lot cheaper tyres than the BFGs and the Simexes, but
generally they won't last as long and the performance would drop off.
If I was you I would just bite the bullet and go for the BFGs and then
when you do start to do more off road and get more experienced you will
be in a better position to decide what tyres to go for particularly
when you consider the regional requirements - tyres that Jon recommends
for driving snowy rocky tracks in Bosnia won't necessarily work as well
in the bogs in Ireland!
Julian Voelcker
Mobile: 07971 540362
Cirencester, United Kingdom
1994 HDJ80, 2.5" OME Lift, ARB
On 6/1/05, john byrne <[Email address removed]> wrote:

Tyres are like women.
Roman (London, UK)
'92 HDJ80
Now come on Roman, tires are never as much trouble, and always far less
expensive !!! ;^)
Mik Kenney, (Cruisermik).
T.L.C.A. Member (Last 8 Years).
82 FJ 40 'Swagman'
97 80 1HD FT. 'Abe'
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