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4WD MODIFICATIONS – TYRES & WHEELS

Round black things and the metal that mounts them to your 4WD need particular care. Tyres can make or break a bush trip, so we explain how to select, maintain and temporarily repair them. We also talk about tyre pressures and tyre pressure monitoring systems.

Kumho MT71 M/T tyre range on test

Kumho MT71 M/T tyre range on test

Kumho Tyre Australia has announced the launch of a new mud terrain tyre for the 4WD Ute and SUV market. The new MT71 replaces the previous two Kumho M/T tyres: the KL71 and the MT51.

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Ufixit Tyre Ratchet

Ufixit Tyre Ratchet

The Ufixit mob is best know for their excellent windscreen repair kit that we wouldn’t leave home without. However, another Ufixit product is a wheel nut spanner that takes the effort and risk out of loosening wheel nuts.

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Goodyear DuraTrac

Goodyear DuraTrac

After years of trying to get test tyres from Goodyear, we finally managed to track down a set being evaluated by 4WD Off Road Driver Training’s Phil Poulter. He loved them.

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Loose nuts and busted wheel studs

Loose nuts and busted wheel studs

The Caravan Council of Australia is accustomed to receiving reports of broken wheel studs and loose wheel nuts: sometimes with the nuts unwinding completely. However, in 2018 there was a spate of such reports.

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Falken Wildpeak tyre test

Falken Wildpeak tyre test

We’ve been checking out a test set of Falken Wildpeak LT245/70 R17s on the OTA Team’s HiLux. Early impressions are that these tyres are well worth considering.

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Maxxis tyre on test

Maxxis tyre on test

Maxxis is a relatively new player in the 4WD tyre scene, so we’re evaluating a test set over the next two years, to see how they compare with more established brands. We’ll have regular updates for you.

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Yokohama Geolandar A/T-S test

Yokohama Geolandar A/T-S test

We had been waiting for an opportunity to test Yokohama’s Geolandar A/T-S tyres in on and off road conditions and we’ve been evaluating a test set of six tyres in 265/75R16 size, with 10-ply rating and load-speed ratings of 123/120R.

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Bridgestone’s mud-specific M/T tyre

Bridgestone’s mud-specific M/T tyre

We were very impressed with the latest D697 A/T tyre from Bridgestone, but the mud-terrain D674 version didn’t last well on stony roads – removed after less than 7000km in the bush.

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BFG all-terrain tyre range

BFG all-terrain tyre range

BFGoodrich produced the first all-terrain tyre in 1976 and has released what the company says is its most advanced product ever: the All-Terrain T/A KO2 tyre. We’ve been testing a set on our bush-travelling ute.

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Tyre Pressure Monitoring

Tyre Pressure Monitoring

Outback Travel Australia has been evaluating different types of tyre pressure monitoring systems over the past 10 years and we wouldn’t go bush without one.

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Air Compressors

Air Compressors

It should be one of the first items you pack or mount in your 4WD, but an air compressor isn’t viewed that way by many off-road travellers. We regularly come across people who aren’t carrying any form of tyre inflation equipment.

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Tyre Pressures and Temperature – video

Tyre Pressures and Temperature – video

The starting point for setting the correct tyre pressures for your vehicle is the maker’s tyre placard that’s usually on a door pillar or inside the glove box lid. The pressures quoted there are for maximum load and speed driving.

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Spare Tyres

Spare Tyres

For the past decade car makers have been trying to eradicate the spare wheel and tyre, with mixed levels of success. In the 4WD world the spare will be with us for the foreseeable future.

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Low Profile Tyres

Low Profile Tyres

‘Profile’ is the relationship between the width of a tyre – shoulder to shoulder – and its sidewall height – rim to tread. Profile is expressed as a percentage of height to width, so a 100 percent profile tyre like the 7.00×16 bias-ply tyre from the 1950s and 1960s has a sidewall height that’s the same as its width.

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Light Truck Tyres for 4WDs

Light Truck Tyres for 4WDs

Utes and some base-model, ‘working’ 4WD wagons have the advantage over plusher vehicles in that they leave the factory on stronger wheels and tougher tyres. These tyre sizes are also more readily available in the bush.

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Condemned Tyres

Condemned Tyres

Many off-roaders have trouble determining whether a punctured tubeless tyre is safe to repair and to continue in use. There’s no hard and fast rule, but we can offer some guidelines.

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