I'm now in 4th gear with power to spare!
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Glenrothes,Fife, Scotland
A few weeks ago when I was researching tyres I had the following options:
265/75/17s (either BFG's, Grabber AT2's, Toyo open county and a couple of others)
255/65/17's (Original Wranglers, Colway remoulds in AT or MT, or the Geolanders as mentioned above)
245/70/17's (Most patterns by cooper, ST's, STT,s and a couple of road biased patterns too)
I was trying to push the company into the Geolanders (as they were the OEM size) but as it was all done at the last minute we ended up fitting 5 BFG's. Cost was 558 for FIVE, fitted and balanced. I have just noticed that Formula4 have the Geolanders at 151 EACH!! Thats 755 for a set of 5!!! Yeah right!
I knew full well about the 5% difference in circumference and indeed have posted about this in the past.
I have been using them now for several weeks and have found them to be brilliant. There has been no rubbing of wheel arches etc, although at extreme positions this would be possible. Lets face it though, not that likely to be on an extreme cross axle situation in a pick up, thats not what they are designed for. When we bought them I asked the dealer for advice, and they suggested that size, they had quite a few in specifically for sales to Navara/Pathfinder drivers. If anything goes wrong they will get it in the neck!
There is no extra road noise, no loss of grip on the tarmac (wet or dry) and a very noticeable improvement when off road. I have been driving through wet fields this last week, through mud/**** left where cattle feed and pulled through better than when I had the wranglers on.
The speedo is more accurate now as the gearing, will inevitably be slightly different, although not noticeable.
BFG's have a good reputation for high mileage potential, not sure of the Geolanders reputation.
Regarding warranty, my clutch is about to get changed, they looked at it a couple of weeks ago, ordered in the parts as a warranty claim. They saw the tyres, in fact I told the workshop manager that I had them on. When I have asked Nissan Dealers about alernative tyre sizes they dont know (or not interested) so I doubt if they could moan that the tyre size was wrong when they cant say what was right!!
I was going to try the Colway remoulds. I had arranged a heavy discount on them (5 at cost price) for a running review of them but as mentioned as it was a last minute thing to get tyres (9am monday before a drive to Durness and had 3 barely legal tyres at the time). They may be worth a try as they are made to the same spec as a new tyre now, lot more regulation in remoulds now.
Was: Silver D40 Aventura (06 plate), BFG's, reversing sensors, Snugtop XTR.
Now: Skoda Octavia vRS TDi (170bhp) Hatch,07 plate
And: Land Rover Freelander TD4 commercial.