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 Post subject: All terrain RTV
Posted: Sat Mar 20, 2010 5:48 pm 
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hi all ive been trying to find some allterrain tyers for my rtv but have not found any i just found this
some one alse with the same problem so i copied and pasted this dudes findings

All Terrain RTV?
As Australia's leading automotive online news source I thought you would be interested in this:

Are you aware that there is no all-terrain tyre that can be legally fitted to Ford’s Rugged Terrain Vehicle ("RTV") in Australia?

Amazingly, Ford has known about this since the release of their RTV in 2003, yet they maintain that the only tyres available for the RTV are Goodyear Marathon P215/65R16C 106/104T CARGO G26 HIGHWAY tyres in a highway tread pattern. NO motoring journalists have picked this up.

I found out about this only after I took delivery of my brand new RTV last week and drove it to a tyre outlet to have all-terrain tyres fitted - and was told that there are none!!!

Ford have known that in all mainland Australian States there is common legislation that specifies a wheel and tyre combination diameter no greater than 15mm over the OD of the tyre on the Tyre Compliance Plate on the front driver’s door of the vehicle - refer www.vicroads.vic.gov.au & www.rta.nsw.gov.au & www.transport.qld.gov.au

This means there are no all-terrain tyres that comply.

I have spoken to certifying vehicle engineers and insurance companies and they say that there is no way around this, except for Ford specifying a tyre size option that will allow all-terrain tyres to be fitted.

The insurance companies says that, in spite of being told there are modifications to a vehicle, the underlying condition of their policies is the vehicle is legal and if it is not, there is NO insurance coverage.

Goodyear Tyre Service told me that at least 1 in 8 vehicles on the road today are illegal due to this 15mm OD law. That is over 1.69 million illegal vehicles on Australiaroads out of 13.5 million - www.abs.gov.au

I have been in constant contact with Ford all week and they say the only tyres that are specified or will be specified are P215/65R16C.

Do you know of an all-terrain tyre that can be fitted to a 16” x 7” rim and fall within 15mm of the OD of a 215/65R16? – I can’t find any!

How can Ford sell a Rugged Terrain Vehicle and not allow their customers to legally fit all-terrain tyres to it? Any experienced driver knows that it is extremely unsafe to drive highway tyres onto rugged terrain or dirt roads and then expect to be able to drive out even after only light rain.

John Hooper
Australia

Can any readers suggest an all-terrain tyre to suit?
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 Post subject: Re: All terrain RTV
Posted: Sat Mar 20, 2010 7:04 pm 
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Looked into this a while back and I think it was a Cooper A/T tyre that was suitable.
I'll have another look for the info and get back to you.

 

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 Post subject: Re: All terrain RTV
Posted: Sat Mar 20, 2010 7:54 pm 
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Cooper make a
ATR All Terrain Reinforced
70% Road & Sand, 30% Dirt & Mud
Size 215/70R16
Approved Rim Width 5.50-7.00
Ply 0
Speed W
OD mm 708
Load Index 100S
Kms* Wty 50,000

http://www.coopertires.com.au/index.php ... &tyre_id=1

The only problem with this tyre is the load rating...

 

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 Post subject: Re: All terrain RTV
Posted: Sat Mar 20, 2010 8:07 pm 
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Cool, that's the tyres I was thinking of.

 

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 Post subject: Re: All terrain RTV
Posted: Sat Mar 20, 2010 10:10 pm 
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thanks ill take a look at it
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 Post subject: Re: All terrain RTV
Posted: Sun Apr 04, 2010 10:50 am 
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can any one give me an opinion on the cooper tyre company ive been told that they have gone cheap and they dont worenty there tyres
is this true ?


P.S i have sent cooper tyres an email and as of yet i have not herd back from them that was 2 weeks ago
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Posted: Sun Apr 04, 2010 12:16 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: All terrain RTV
Posted: Sun Apr 04, 2010 3:21 pm 
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The last time I looked into Coopers tires, 2 years ago.
I still considered them to be a topend 4wd tyre then.
If their standard has dropped since then, it is news to me.

 

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 Post subject: Re: All terrain RTV
Posted: Sun Apr 04, 2010 3:51 pm 
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Have been told by a mate who worked at beaurepairs for about 3-4 years as a manager they they have had more returns from coopers than any other off-road tyre... Also their "more tread, more miles" slogan is crap because they use softer rubber that wears quicker so they only last the same as standard tires.

This isnt my personal experience as i have never used cooper tyres.
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