Tyres etc + rad leaks



JB wrote...
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.
JB, I would never dare to pretend that I knew which tyre was right for the
80. Its a case of what is right for you and the conditions in which you
travel. Julian was right, its best to get another spare set of tyres and
My comment on Duellers was specifically about wet conditions on asphalt -
something that Julian appears to have missed in his comment. I have a
strong belief that asphalt is commonly used in UK & Eire also ;o)
It was no wonder our logistics manager did a deal on these tyres as they
could not sell them to others either. When you live in mountains you get
continuous heavy rain at times for 2 days non-stop. As a responsible
employer I cannot send out staff - often of the younger generation - in
conditions in which their tyres cannot cope. We may go up and down mountain
tracks all day in mud, loose rock and deep snow, but to get there involves
travelling for an hour or so on asphalt highways. Its that part of the
journey that is so much more dangerous than the travelling in our field
work where the only danger is finding a rockfall or meeting a wolf, wild
boar or bear! Add to this the fact that the majority of drivers on the
country's roads have never had any form of instruction and 'acquired' their
licences, then you can see that I want my staff to have a set of boots that
can at least stop in all weathers to avoid the other idiots.
Just think of a lot of car tyre adverts especially those you see on TV in
the autumn - they nearly all emphasise their wet grip and their ability to
displace water. And what does the tread pattern look like ? - at least 2
grooves right around the tyre with gaps to eject the water to the outside.
There are good off-road 'AT' tyres that also accomplish this. Not just my
Dunlop Grand Trek TG35's, but also say the Cooper Discoverer AT's that I
recently bought to match the very much road biased Avon TSE's on my Pajero.
Duellers are fine for all-round AT performance, but I would not trust them
on motorway in heavy rain on a regular basis. Remember they (Bridgestone)
are Firestone, a former American company and all their designs are largely
for the US market. Yes, of course it rains there - I have lived in the
country - but the majority of the market is not as wet as in Europe. The
European tyre makers generally have more rain tolerance built-in, look at
Michelin, Nokia, Pirelli, even Dunlops now made in Japan ! All their AT's
have a design to move water.
By the way, it was interesting to see my 80 standing beside Julian's. His
lift makes my 80 look quite dinky beside it. And the tyre comparison was
interesting too, but I seem to get most places with an AT including very
boggy mountain valleys. Even those cissy road tyres on my Pajero got me
all round Salisbury Plain when others in the Paj club were struggling even
when equipped with big nobbly boots. I am still sure that all-round tyre
performance - whatever the make/tread pattern - is something to do with
driver experience.
As for snow, I would be happy to drive in snow with bald tyres - with
diamond pattern chains fitted. Nokia do some nice heavily siped tyres for
snow, but when push comes to shove - or sideways skid - chains cannot be
beaten. But we discussed this at length in the winter.
And leaking radiators ? I would never attempt a repair or removal for
someone else to repair without first putting radweld or similar into it to
try and fix it that way. My 4Runner did very well on it with no overheating
etc in a Mediterranean summer. Just think of those people who drive
vehicles in places where convenient repair is not an option - we all have
to 'make-do'. Convenient repair equipment like radweld, oil sealer
additive, puncture 'glue', etc are all part of the standard toolkit of aid
agencies where a breakdown is the driver's problem and not solved by a
phone call. I think Renate will have had the same experience in her driving
in remote areas. Though there can never be any substitute for careful
preparation, these things like rad leaks do just 'happen'.
Anyway, enough of me.
'92 HZJ80 ex UN surplus from Bosnia, now sharing time between Alfold Surrey
and Tring Herts.


Hey Jon
Thanks for all the advice, you really make sense, I never thought about the
American/ European tyre thing, I know what your at now. Your just trying to
give me more info so it takes me longer to make my mind up and so I hold on
to my money longer , Thnaks Jon. Ah no really I do value all the info,
because as I have said before information is power. How iis the boat going,
where I live we are very close to a major unused canal which I have to walk
along side most days for the back theraphy and every now and again I think
of this guy namly you in your boat. I am now going to think about these stop
gap sulutions for the rad and the tyres and the brand of tyres.
92HDJ 80 1HDT Ireland


Hi All
Jon, I had to do some work on the tlc last night and before I got started I
had a look at the tires (bridgestone Dueller 694s a/t 275/70/16
http://www.bridgestone.co.uk/) and noticed that they have two grooves that
run around the outer edge for water clearance and the slashes are all open
to allow water to escape the middle of the tyre so they shouldn't be too
bad? Admittedly I have not yet had to really test these tyres in a "to
failure" situation but so far I am happy with them. You have had real world
experience with them and if they were a danger for your drivers then you
were right to ditch them. I was wondering if the reason why they were being
offered at such a good deal to you was because they had messed up a batch of
compound and needed to get rid of them? During all my research before I
bought the tyres I looked at just about every tyre and I could not decide so
I just gave up and went for the duellers. BFG's do get everyone's thumbs
Now to the rad situation. You will remember that I have a small leak in the
core near the top, and various quotes ranged from ?250.00 to ?400.00 to
supply and fit a replacement. Ouch. A quick trip to Halfords for a ?3.75 tin
of Radweld and I leave the car to warm up at idle outside the house. 1/2 hr
later the rad is still stone cold, so take the girl out for a spin round the
block and nothing doing still so off down the A2 for 5 miles and then back
home and at last it is leaking again and warming up. God these engines are
big lumps of metal. Pop the Rad weld in and one more trip down the motorway
and no more leaks (touch wood). Will keep you posted.
Simon Hughes
'94 TLC 4.2L Turbo D LX Manual - bog standard everything including saggy
springs etc.
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