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Alternative Series Tyres

Discussion in 'Series Land Rovers' started by Binks, Aug 3, 2020.

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  1. Binks

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    I have to replace my very old Goodyear 7.50x16s on my Series 3 88. They are cracking up on the sidewalls and I’ve had the car over ten years and they came with it! I Mainly drive on roads and want tyres that aren’t slippy in the wet. I have heard that Avon Rangemasters are slippy......does anyone have experience of tubed radials the same size that are better on the road? What about Michelin XZL in 7.50 x 16? Help please.....
     
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    I recenlty fitted a set of Yokohama Geolandar GO15s, I did a lot of research and came to the conclusion they were a very good deal. All-terrain tread, LT (light truck) so can take a lot of load, mud/snow and good in the wet. I run LT235/85 16 which is 31.7" OD - about the same as a 7.50 - 16 (31"). I believe you can fit tubes in them but I fitted a set of SH Wolfs at the same time to go tubeless and get the wider rim. I had 235/85 - 16 BFG ATs on LWB rims before, I think it drives better on the Yokos and they were £50 per tyre less.
     
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    XZL’s are ok. But nosy and not the best in the wet. They are also fairly aggressive for road use. And horrendously expensive.

    Why not fit a more modern road biased tyre if you aren’t off roading. Or at the very least a road biased all terrain. You can put a tube in a modern tyre.

    7.50’s will limit your choice though. And technically a 235/85 is too wide for a Series rim. But Defender rims are cheap used or even an aftermarket rim.
     
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    I replaced my original series wheels with brand new defender wheels and tyres, the tyres are Mitchelin and they are a good improvement over the chunky tyres that were on it before. I'm not sure how they would perform off road, not very well I assume but I don't take it off road and I don't take it out in the wet either, I don't like my feet getting soaked.

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    If you don't mind remoulds I fitted a set of Town and Country tyres made by Fedima a few months ago. They're radial 7.50s with a Q speed rating, and to me they feel sure footed on the road. They also look the part on a series 3.

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    I ran Avon Rangemaster's 205/16 on my series three 88. Couldn't wear them out so maybe that is where they get the slippy in wet tag ? \|Some people refer to them as "Strangebastards" Never a problem for me in the wet or off road and I never had to put it in four wheel drive. 88s do look nice on 750s though.
     
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    300bhp/ton Well-Known Member

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    Lol if you didn’t need 4wd then you probably weren’t off road. Not unless you are meaning a Tesco’s car park ;)
     
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    My Avon rangemasters are very good on my 109. I find them good for off road work, mostly field work, green lanes, and also for towing.

    On road they are fine, but a bit noisy above sixty.
     
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    This is what I have fitted to my series and I have never had a problem with them in the wet, but I drive my series as a series making adjustments for wet conditions (mainly due to the 50 year old brakes). They are only expensive if you buy them new, but there are lots of them around second hand. Similarly the Michelin latitude cross comes in 7.50 and is a more road biased tyre. There are also a fair number of them around second hand on land rover rims. The goodyear wrangler would also probably fit the bill for what you are looking for. It depends on if you are looking for new or a second hand set, there is plenty of second hand sets with good trad going cheap as everyone wants bigger wheels and tryes so the originals get removed and sold on rather than worn out..
     
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    Not really heard that about Rangemaster. I suspect more to do with people having excessive expectations of a leaf sprung live axle vehicle.
    Michelin are a good tyre, although usually not cheap. Goodyear G90 also work fine on a Series. I have never had a problem with Fedima 7.50 16s either, they do several tread patterns in that size.
     
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    300 Hp / ton Rare for me to need 4wd. Learnt my craft and throttle control driving a Dellow trials car plus running in sporting trials with 2wd. Must admit though I never did the extreme play day or silly stuff requiring winches in a Land Rover. Long retired now and no more Landies (except present Freelander 2 imitation one)
     
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    Think I'll be going with Michelin latitude cross on my series, they're meant to be pretty good in the wet or dry and come in all popular sizes
     
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    :rolleyes: You avin a larf?

    im a big fan of the Avon rangemasters 750 x R16, if you like slippy when wet or dry and noise go for Deestone extra traction which I had before the rangemasters, not a problem sliding since
     
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    That is because they are a crossply, if you want slippy and noisy in crossply flavour then you want to get you hands on some of the original General Super All Grips. untouchable off road in their day but they did howl on the tarmac

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    There are some much better modern all-terrain A/T tyres now than a few years back and the prices are very competetive. Performance is much better - these new A/T tryes are often all season plus a mud and snow rating and low noise levels on the road becuase they have very clever tread designs. The siping is much better so you get decent wet grip and they often have anti-stone treads that stay clear. I wouldn't be touching any tyre that's unchanged for years now.
     
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    Avon rangemasters are radials.

    A lot of modern tyres aren't recommended for rims less than 6 inches wide, and so series rims would be outside the manufacturers specification.

    Doesn't mean you can't fit them. Just at your own risk.
     
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    No, they can be a bit noisy over sixty. They do have some competition with a few other noises in my pickup, but they do add to the overall noise level.
     
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    in the army some people complained about the noise of the tyres. the answer back was if you can only hear the tyres then you got a good one.
     
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