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Maybe its stupid to ask a tyre question??

Alan

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#21
Yip, me three. Also had bad experience with BFG and will never buy again.
For the price I would buy sooner rather than later. The price might go up before you decide.:lol:
 

Dikfrik

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My experience;

Drove three sets of BFG MT (235 x 85) to more than 85k km - 2 sets on my old defenders and one set on my 280G. I was very impressed and probably would have fitted another set on my 280 if i was not misled by a tyre dealer in PTA (my old bfg gave up the ghost as i was on my way through from Bots and had to order en-route and have it fitted urgently that he is selling me BFG's but turned out to be KUMHO MT's- the guy promised me and Andrew that the tyres are BFG' - (i could not find BFG's then and had to take the Kumho's, fortunately at a reduced price)

Now the Kumho are not the same imho - i do not think they will make 60k km

I bought my 290 with BFG AT (31 x 10.5)- and had the same chipping problem. I changed them with 30 x 9.5 michellin ATX - and i was impressed. I recently changed them after 105k km and probably would have been able to squeeze another 5 out of them. Luckily did not have a single puncture or a flat on them.
I fitted 31 x 10.5 Michellin ATX squared about 15k km ago, and this far this good..

So my verdict - for rough terrain and obviously mud 235 x 85 BFG MT - they also work fine in the sand ( I am not sure but i am sure these are the tyres used by most DAKAR racers)
for all other work - Michellin ATX..

Just my few cents..
 

Andrew

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#23
Thanks guys.

I think Freek has said as much as I too think. I'll keep what is left of the BFG MT's for the cab to play with and fit Michelins to the family car.

Best price I can find so far is R1795 fitted for the 235 85 15
 

Andrew

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#24
I went with the Michelin LTX AT as my head won the day (over my heart that was shouting "MT2's you fool" !) And the little G got the leftover MT's.

I have never had a G with such woosy tread before but they drive real nice. Special nice price too R1700 fitted and balanced. And if they can do as well as the BFG's I'll be happy.

Now I have another question: How do you rotate 5 tyres through their life and is it a tyre sales myth not to change rotation direction?
 

Andrew

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The learned men on P3 tell me that you absolutely can do it. There are some guys rotating more than 5 tyres.

Apparently do not try it on a uni directional tyre - which I doubt we have on our lorries anyway.

They have sequence suggestions but the long and short of it is you can reverse direction no problem but try to keep the tyres wearing at the same rate.

It got me thinking that the reason the tyre company tells you not to change rotation direction is that you will come to back to him 20% quicker than if you do a 5 tyre rotation.

I will try it.