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goingbush
17th June 2013, 09:26 AM
Anybody know what tyres the G-Wagen uses,

I heard it was Michelin XZL , but these are not listed on Michelin Aust website in 750-16 or 235/85 which is my preferred size.

infact only one Michelin "SUV" tyre is listed in 235/85 R16 and that has road tread

im after a LT tyre that wont fall to bits, my current tyres are letting me down
my thinking is that whatever tyre the Army chose will be up to the job

UncleHo
17th June 2013, 09:38 AM
Well,not always,those Goodyear "Steeltreks" we're not crash hot,and were replaced at the 5 year mark.

MR LR
17th June 2013, 09:45 AM
The old Bighorns (MT-762) are the goods, a lot rave about them, and the old style are heaps better than the new ones. I have them in 235/85-16 on my Classic, however they've only been on for a month so far, but awesome off road.

Cheers
Will

DiscoMick
17th June 2013, 10:47 AM
I've seen them with BFG ATs, but I'm not sure if that is a normal fitting or something special.

Psimpson7
17th June 2013, 11:29 AM
The 3 on a truck I saw the other day all had BFG AT's as per DiscoMicks comments.

Ranga
17th June 2013, 11:39 AM
All the G-Wagons I saw in the Simpson were running BFG ATs. Remarkably, out of 40 tyres, running at higher than normal speeds through cross-country terrain, only 2 tyre issues were encountered. 1 staked tyre, and 1 which I can't quite remember the cause, but I think a leaky valve or bead. These weren't new either, with some I enquired about having about 30,000km on them.

isuzurover
17th June 2013, 12:18 PM
As above, and fromm BFG's facebook page:


BFGoodrich Tires Australia & New Zealand
7 April
The Australian Defence Force has decided to upgrade to the Mercedes-Benz G-Wagon with BFGoodirch All Terrains....

IME the steeltreks were good, though quick wearing - even on an 88"!

I am not a big fan of BFG ATs..

MR LR
17th June 2013, 12:52 PM
The tyre retailer told me to get the Maxxis Bighorns over the BFG's, I got them at trade price and payed a lot less than i would have for BFG's, my requirement was quality and ability over price.

MBZ460
17th June 2013, 01:50 PM
All running BFG AT's:
https://www.aulro.com/afvb/images/imported/2013/06/783.jpg


Me too, but I am running with MT's:
https://www.aulro.com/afvb/images/imported/2013/06/780.jpg

isuzurover
17th June 2013, 02:48 PM
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https://www.aulro.com/afvb/images/imported/2013/06/780.jpg

What year is yours, and what engine?

goingbush
17th June 2013, 03:26 PM
Cheers , thanks all,

Per my other thread about the tread on my rear tyres getting chipped up, I'm already running BFG AT's.

I was just hoping the Army might be using Michellins and thus make an Australian retail supply of same a possibility.

MR LR
17th June 2013, 04:08 PM
Cheers , thanks all,

Per my other thread about the tread on my rear tyres getting chipped up, I'm already running BFG AT's.

I was just hoping the Army might be using Michellins and thus make an Australian retail supply of same a possibility.
Aren't BFG's made by Michelin?

MBZ460
17th June 2013, 05:07 PM
What year is yours, and what engine?

1988, 25 years young.

Up until recently it was a 2.3L 4-cyl EFI petrol.
Now its a 3.0L 24-valve 6-cyl n/a diesel OM606 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mercedes-Benz_OM606_engine)

OM606 n/a in Mercedes G-wagen 230GE - YouTube

scarry
17th June 2013, 06:31 PM
Aren't BFG's made by Michelin?

Yep