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Thread: Toyo OPAT 2 vs Bridgestone D697's

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    Toyo OPAT 2 vs Bridgestone D697's

    Hi All,

    In the not too distant future I'll be up for another set of tyres on the ol' girl. Having bought the Disco with a set of Sailun Terramax AT's just on 5yrs ago (which have been surprisingly good) they're now starting to show their age a bit. Tyres have worn evenly, still have approx 5-6mm of tread remaining and are fast approaching 70K but there's lost of small cracks and frays showing...

    Current tyre size is 245/70r16 and I'll be keeping this going forwards...speedo is spot on and fuel economy brilliant for a 20yr old vehicle with the aerodynamics of, well, a D2.

    Just wondering what people's thoughts are on the above choice of AT's? I've trawled through the forum and while I can find a few posts on the D697's I'm struggling to find much on the Toyo's specifically for D2's.

    If you currently run or have run in the past either of the two, would really appreciate your thoughts.

    Cheers

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    Can't comment on them, but have you considered Hankook Dynapro ATs? Very happy with mine.

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    Have run BFG for the last 20yrs,not an issue,so cant help.

    The Toyo seem a very popular choice ATM, for the JAP brigade.

    As you probably know they have the A/T,R/T and M/T,many run the R/T,with very good reports.Quieter and just as strong as BFG,with supposedly better wet on road performance.

    Good luck with your choice.
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    I'm not a huge fan of the 697, they're ok but I think they are better tyres out there.
    Like the Toyo.

    Another to consider is the Falken Wildpeak AT3W.

    I've run BFG AT's on a Patrol and I reckon these drive, steer and bite a lot better.

    They drive and steer better than the admittedly worn out Pirelli Verde HT's that they replaced on the D2.
    I'm running 265/60-18 and they don't tramline, wet grup is excellent with a nice, progressive, controllable breakaway and the TC/ABS doesn't kick in near as much as it did with the old GT Radial and Pirelli HT's on road.
    On dirt and öff road that's no comparison.
    I really rate the Falken's..

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    Cheers, thanks for the feedback. Whilst I haven't really discounted any other brands, I've narrowed down to these two based on what I've read here (D697's) and elsewhere (Toyo's). The D697's seem to get a really good wrap here across D2, D3 & D4 owners. But I know the more I delve into the world of AT tyres the longer my list might become...I know I've already spent way too many nights trawling the depths of this forum...definitely not a negative in my books!

    Honestly, I've been pleasantly surprised by the Sailun's in the time I've had the D2. They've taken me to nearly all corners of VIC and a bit beyond without too much trouble...they're quiet on road and air down well when off.

    Although I'm in no rush to get a new set of tyres, I kinda want to now I've ticked off all the current long term maintenance big ticket items...it's taken 5yrs to get to this point...I want them now before something else unexpectedly pops up!

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    I've tried a few different tyres on D2's including Toyo's and Falken AT3 , both Very good , while the toyos seemed to last a bit longer , everything Rick mentioned about the Falkens mirrors my opinion ( they grip incredibly well on the high speed pea gravel around these parts). I am currently running 265/70/16 and noticed they are doing a 4 for 3 deal on them at the moment

    Falken WILDPEAK AT3W Tyres for Your Vehicle | Tyrepower

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    Another vote for the Falken Wildpeak AT3W. Four of the five local tyre shops recommended them as first choice as well! For years I used the Maxxis MA751 Bravo, but these Falkens are are lot better and I won't be going back.

    $250 each from Bob Jane - 235 85 R16

    Pro's:
    - Grip well on wet tarmac
    - Grip well on gravel and wet grass
    - Great price
    - Quiet
    - Looks great with aggressive sidebiters

    Cons:
    - Tallish tread = squirmy on tarmac
    - Dry weather braking isn't great - they lock up a lot earlier than my previous tyres

    Edward

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    My last set of tyres on my D3 was toyo OPAT II. My opinion is they are an ok tyre, in comparison to the D697 I found they where similar in performance across most aspects. However I found the D697 was far, far better on wet blacktop. Wet road performance (or lack of) is my biggest issue with the toyo, which is why when I recently replaced them I did not get them again and Im currently running falkens
    Shane
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    http://www.aulro.com/afvb/members-rides/220914-too-many-defender-write-ups-here-time-d3.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by shanegtr View Post
    My last set of tyres on my D3 was toyo OPAT II. My opinion is they are an ok tyre, in comparison to the D697 I found they where similar in performance across most aspects. However I found the D697 was far, far better on wet blacktop. Wet road performance (or lack of) is my biggest issue with the toyo, which is why when I recently replaced them I did not get them again and Im currently running falkens
    And?
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    The Falken AT3W's do seem to get quite a wrap wherever I've looked today, and the current 4 for 3 deal currently running at Tyrepower (only for another week though!) makes it all the more enticing seeing I'll be in the market for 5....oh decisions, decisions.

    A lot of the positive comments around this tyre are quite consistent amongst various forums and reviews...

    And, most importantly of course, they look...

    Thanks again for the feedback

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