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    Looking for D2 touring experience with 106 tyres vs LT

    For about 45 years I have run BFG AT tyres and I have had a great run with never a tyre irrevocably damaged in the bush.

    I will be buying new tyres this year and am reverting to stock size 235/70r16 to assist with towing my camper trailer and I don't do stuff as tough as I used to, although it looks like SWMBO wants to do the GRR again. Maybe Kulumburu and Mitchell Falls which are pretty bad.

    I have been running 255/70r16 LT BFGKOs which are a 118tyre and boy do they ride like one. I recently snagged a set of partly worn 245/70r16 Bridgestone 693s on rims which are a 111S reinforced and the ride and handling are a revelation.

    Most cheaper 235/70r16 tyres are 106 S or T which is the minimum for a D2 and in fact the BFGKO2 is only 104 which is illegal.

    So what is the experiences of forum members touring with 106 tyres? have you had any tyre failures? Not ones due to unavoidable issues like staking on a bolt left in the road but delamination or bubbling of the sidewall?

    An option is Desert Dueller 697 235/70s which are reinforced 111S but they are bloody expensive for a pensioner . I once ran Michelin mild ATs reinforced (assume 111 in 205r16) on my RRC around Oz with no problems.

    I would appreciate any comments .
    Regards PhilipA

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    Philip, my step dad and my mum traveled all over the NT for 8 years with stock 235/75's, (Toyo HT's and then GT Radials) sometimes towing a van, mostly with the roof top tent.
    They weren't afraid to drive for scores of km up dry river beds, old farm tracks, etc looking for interesting spots.
    I've been out with them a few times and it was sometimes low range and crawl, it was real 4wding.
    The Toyo's eventually went egg shaped, I think because they were overloaded but the GT's seemed almost bullet proof.
    I drove the D2 back to Canberra on a lot of dirt with the GT's, into the Painted Desert and out (The Oodnadata Track was unfortunately closed) lots of tracks through the Flinders, back roads from Menindee to Wilcannia, etc at high speed and not a puncture or bruise.

    I'm not advocating the GT's, the compound is as hard as nails without a huge amount of grip but it can be done.

    It'd be nicer to have at least an XL rated tyre, but Tek screws and metal have no respect for load ratings or brands, having had a tek go through one of my near new Falken Wildpeaks with less than 2000km on them Looking for D2  touring experience  with 106 tyres vs  LT

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    Looking for D2 touring experience with 106 tyres vs LT

    Have you considered the Falken Wildpeak AT3W? - in the 235/70R16 size has a 109T load rating and the price is good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DiscoDB View Post
    Have you considered the Falken Wildpeak AT3W? - in the 235/70R16 size has a 109T load rating and the price is good.
    And drive really well on and off road.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DiscoDB View Post
    Have you considered the Falken Wildpeak AT3W? - in the 235/70R16 size has a 109T load rating and the price is good.
    That would be my pick.

    A D2 will tow happily with 245/75-16s on stock gearing without a single problem. So some options open there.
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    Yep 245/75 x 16 is a sweet spot size for D2. The tyre carcass is certainly part of the stiffness/ride equation but so is sidewall height and tread compound. So as an example my 245/75/16 Duratrac LT ride softer than Michellin XP in the stock size (passenger rated) in my view. And tough as nails the Duras in LT.

    Cheers

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