Bridgestone tyres and punctures

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Bridgestone tyres and punctures

Post by keizart » 07 Sep 2019 09:15

Interesting tyre observation I have had. I have a 2006 GU and have gone through 3 sets of BF Goodrich tyres. We only use the patrol for vacations and when we do road trips it normally is 75% off the tar. Never had a puncture, and I drive my loaded patrol on about 1.5 to 1.6 bar.

So a month ago, by chance my local Nissan dealer needed to get rid of a new y62 patrol, and I happened to be in the right place at the right time. My wife gave me permission to help the dealer, only if the patrol was not "ugly". Obviously I now own 2 patrols one 4.8 and now also a 5.6.

Could not wait to take the new machine on a road trip, and last week took her fully loaded on the R358 to Pofadder from Bitterfontein beginning a Northern Cape / Karoo trip. 30km before Pofadder got a big hole in one of the new Duelers. I suspect it was because I ran them at 2 bar as suggested by other Bridgestone users. Got it repaired at Fit-It in Kakamas. Can highly recommend them. Few days later another puncture on the side wall that happened on a Caracal track in the Namakwa National Park. At this stage i ran them at 1.8 bar.

I cannot trust these Bridgestone tyres. Cannot wait to replace them, but they are brand new, so I have to sit it out. The tyre people recommend Cooper above Bfgs.

The new Patrol was brilliant though. I am extremely happy.

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Re: Bridgestone tyres and punctures

Post by Spike » 07 Sep 2019 10:14

Years ago I had a set of Duelers on a vehicle and they gave me above average mileage but I had many punctures........ all in the same tyre though. The others in the set of 5 gave zero issues. Perhaps there is just a quality control issue resulting in random lemons

Edited to add.... for what its worth, I've been running Maxxis Bighorns for the last 13 years or so, both here and abroad, with not one single puncture. Recently moved to a cheapy brand so my luck might change
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Re: Bridgestone tyres and punctures

Post by Alex Roux » 07 Sep 2019 14:53

I had a set of Bridgestone Dueller muddies on my GU. Too many sidewall cuts. Not again.

Currently using Charlie’s Powertracs from China. Very happy with them. Also less than half the price of the big names, incl. Duellers.
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Re: Bridgestone tyres and punctures

Post by Tinus lotz » 07 Sep 2019 15:20

Dulers at are the worst for cuts out there its just kak say away its the way the tread has no cover for soft sidewalls ...standard issue on frottunas ....must be why🤔🤔🤔🤔

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Re: Bridgestone tyres and punctures

Post by ricster » 07 Sep 2019 16:39

Yeah, also not a fan of the bridgstone tyre. Had duellers on when I bought it, and had blowout on a rear left tyre on my way back from Moz. I am a Kumho tyre fan, but even their A/T's I have on have taked a beating on some harsh offroad trails, and I have also had a sidewall puncture with them. My next move will be for the Kumho MT51 muddies that look like they will be very good on tar and give me what I need on any gravel and rocky trail. And fairly priced too I might add.
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Re: Bridgestone tyres and punctures

Post by Spike » 07 Sep 2019 17:37

Alex Roux wrote:
07 Sep 2019 14:53
Powertracs from China. Very happy with them.
I made the same move. Happy so far. Well Windforce actually. Ordered a batch of Powertracs and Windforce were delivered instead. Die selfde ding, jy spel hom net anders.
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Re: Bridgestone tyres and punctures

Post by iandvl » 07 Sep 2019 18:07

I have had Dueller D674 (I think - I am too lazy to go and check at the moment) muddies for the last two sets. I have had three punctures in total. One where I wrote off a tyre as I did not realise the back right tyre had gone flat until I had absolutely destroyed it. The other two were repairable. The tyres were used in every application - from ice to river trips to desert to rock climbing. I have generally been very happy with them.

I have a nick in the sidewall on my front left. It is just on the upper layer of rubber - the plies are fine. That was from Piesangkloof.

That said, the duellers have taken one hell of a beating on my last trip, and will need replacing soon.

I am currently looking at Maxxis, but will still make up my mind. Cost factors here - the dueller muds have simply become too expensive. Otherwise, I would get another set tomorrow.

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Re: Bridgestone tyres and punctures

Post by Michael » 07 Sep 2019 18:33

There are loads of specials on mickey thompson tyres these days and its always been a goid tyre. So maybe shop around for some prices on them as well
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Re: Bridgestone tyres and punctures

Post by Tinus lotz » 07 Sep 2019 19:41

iandvl wrote:
07 Sep 2019 18:07
I have had Dueller D674 (I think - I am too lazy to go and check at the moment) muddies for the last two sets. I have had three punctures in total. One where I wrote off a tyre as I did not realise the back right tyre had gone flat until I had absolutely destroyed it. The other two were repairable. The tyres were used in every application - from ice to river trips to desert to rock climbing. I have generally been very happy with them.

I have a nick in the sidewall on my front left. It is just on the upper layer of rubber - the plies are fine. That was from Piesangkloof.

That said, the duellers have taken one hell of a beating on my last trip, and will need replacing soon.

I am currently looking at Maxxis, but will still make up my mind. Cost factors here - the dueller muds have simply become too expensive. Otherwise, I would get another set tomorrow.

Just my 2c. :)
Ian the muds are totally different ...it has rubber that protects the sidewall

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Re: Bridgestone tyres and punctures

Post by Peter Connan » 08 Sep 2019 06:30

My previous set of tires were Bridgestone muds.

I had several punctures, all through the tread (no sidewall punctures). One of these was a pebble!

Life was pretty good, but towards the end they became really brittle.

I have an opinion on sidewall punctures: they are mostly the result of a wheel being where it shouldn't be. I have found that I have less sidewall issues the narrower the tire I run. Obviously, the fact that a Patrol is wider than most in the track plays a role here. We are basically driving in areas where the other cars aren't.
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