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Old March 19th, 2014, 07:41 AM
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7.50x16 Tires

I'd appreciate any comments on 7.50x16 tires you're running. What brand, and how do you like them?

Is it a tire size going the way of the dodo? Seems harder to find these days. I thought my p-metric Duratracs were as close to 7.50x16 as possible, but they are taller and wider.

The Duratrac is a pretty darn nice tire, though.

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Old March 19th, 2014, 08:18 AM
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I'd appreciate any comments on 7.50x16 tires you're running. What brand, and how do you like them?

Is it a tire size going the way of the dodo? Seems harder to find these days. I thought my p-metric Duratracs were as close to 7.50x16 as possible, but they are taller and wider.

The Duratrac is a pretty darn nice tire, though.

Thanks.

I'm running a set of Toyo 7.5 x 16 and really, really like them. They are more of an all terrain tire and not a mud tire, but they ride really well and look great.

I'll look to see if I can find the "model", they were almost brand new when I bought the truck from the PO.

Anyway, if I could find them I'd buy another set when I need some.

Here is a picture:

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Old March 19th, 2014, 10:22 AM
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Some info that may help - 2006 LRO Tyre Guide (bit old) and Toyota Tyre Guide.

Dependent on application and use - the Avon Rangemaster is still available.
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File Type: pdf LRO tyre guide.pdf (1.81 MB, 259 views)
File Type: pdf Toyota tyre-guide-v1_0.pdf (1.41 MB, 166 views)
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Old March 19th, 2014, 10:41 AM
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Some info that may help - 2006 LRO Tyre Guide (bit old) and Toyota Tyre Guide.

Dependent on application and use - the Avon Rangemaster is still available.
That LRO link is pretty cool. I'd never heard of the General SAG.

http://www.paddockspares.com/750r16s...tyre-only.html

http://www.johncraddockltd.co.uk/sea....html?s=750r16
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Old March 19th, 2014, 11:09 AM
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This (Deestone) is like the SAG, and available.
http://www.kenjones.com/Scripts/item...&XGID=&XGDESC=

But the question is - Bias vs Radial? Ive never run skinny bias tires so cant comment.

Also, 750x16 (215/85/16 or 235/85/16) 10 ply commercial tires, they give up ability in sand/beach driving...? as compared to something softer and wider. ?

The look is right for series rigs at least..
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Old March 19th, 2014, 03:12 PM
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Nice Land Rover, Contractor! I like the early winch, too.

Those Deestones look nice. They should quiet down the ride on my 109, right? I once had a set of 4 real deal XCLs - I should have hung onto those, though they were quite loud.

I'd appreciate y'all keeping the inputs coming, and pics are a big plus.
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Old March 19th, 2014, 03:22 PM
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Is this the closest pmetric there is to 7.5x16? 235 / 85 / 16 = 31.7"

Durf - I just found the TIRES/WHEELS info that is very clearly marked on the top of the page...
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Old March 19th, 2014, 09:31 PM
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Specialty Tires of America has a selection of 7.50x16
http://www.stausaonline.com/light-tr...r-traxion.html

They aren't cheap though
http://www.tiremartusa.com/p-124-sup...tube-type.aspx
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FWIW....235/85/16 are a damn close match. But since they have to be brought in by special order to CR, I went with 30x9.5x15 Pirelli Mud Scorpions, they are stocked in country (Pricesmart/Costco) at only $155 each. (Got 4 15" rims for 50 bux). A tad wider than 7.5x16 but not so much that they effect handling adversely, a little more float on sand too. A BFG KM2 235/85/16 would have cost $285 (each) before tax....



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But the question is - Bias vs Radial?
I ran 7.50x16 bias ply Cooper tires on a Defender 110. Great off road, but they beat the heck out of you until they warm up and re-round.
I'm on my second set of 7.50x16 G90s. They are soft and wear quickly.
I like the look of 7.50x16, but getting tired of looking for that size.
Next set I'm going with 235 85 16.
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I ran my d1 on cooper STT in 750r16. Well proportioned for the D1, they ran well on and off road. That they has soft sidewalls help except with rocks. On the flip side they were so much cheaper than BFG that I could afford to replace them if damaged!
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Bias ply tires may hold a place in the heart, but radials are just so much better.
The only company making aggressive bias ply tires is Interco, to my limited knowledge. Super Swampers are still bias ply.
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I have Michelin LTX\MS in 7.50x16 on my Series, but will probably move to BFG 235/85-16 soon.
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I wish someone in the US would produce a 7.50R16 again. The last domestic that I bought were the Cooper Discoverer STT, the old style tread. I think they dropped that size when they changed the tread design.
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I've been running 7.50x16 bias ply tires for years. I put Deestone D503s last year and they've been great. Very close to the Goodyear Extra Grips they replaced. The only issue I've noticed is they flat spot in the cold for a bit until they warm up. Makes for a shaky ride for a few miles, but who are we kidding.

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Those Deestones look great. I might go for that kind of look when the time comes on the 109.
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The Goodyear Xtra Grips were by far the loudest tire I've ever experienced. They follow every imperfection in the road and take 12 minutes to become round every time you drive on them.

Radials for me. No need for bias ply given current tire technology.
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The Goodyear Xtra Grips were by far the loudest tire I've ever experienced. They follow every imperfection in the road and take 12 minutes to become round every time you drive on them. Radials for me. No need for bias ply given current tire technology.
Yes, I ran bias ply traction tires on a disco. At 70mph it sounded like you were standing next to a tupolov bear turboprop.
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I'd appreciate any comments on 7.50x16 tires you're running. What brand, and how do you like them?

Is it a tire size going the way of the dodo? Seems harder to find these days. I thought my p-metric Duratracs were as close to 7.50x16 as possible, but they are taller and wider.

The Duratrac is a pretty darn nice tire, though.

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I love the size for a series rig, and I think they look really good on a classic Defender too. They make the turns feel the way they should for a non-power steering truck. I have the Michelin "all terrain" tread, not mudders. They do well off road, they are radials, and are very smooth for driving.

I just bought some used ones from jrose, I hope I can put them to use, I can't comment on how they bias ply runs till I install them. The ones I currently have will need to be sold if you are still looking.
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