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Adam17



Member Since: 15 May 2018
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Tyre pressures/Tyre type - ZU alloys with BFG M/T

Hi all.

Sorry for my daft question - I feel its daft anyway... (I cant find anything for the short sharp look I have done, and as they aren't standard I assumed they would be different to stock pressures)

My Defender is Running Zu alloys with BFG M/T all round... I have noticed that the front look bulgier than the rear.
My garage checked air pressure back when I got the defender and had a full service done..
Im slowly learning to maintain it myself...

What pressures should I be running front and back?

And also im debating whether I should change to some A/T tyres for winter/snow (as advised by the tyre garage)
The set he was offering - pricewise seemed excellent for tyres and steelies... I think it was £500ish all in Regards
Adam

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Post #733283 6th Oct 2018 10:46am
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Adam17



Member Since: 15 May 2018
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I forgot to add that I was planning a long trip to Scotland to do the nc500 and back again and was worried as my BFG M/T's are perishing and have cracks around the tyre. I was worried that within the 2-3000 miles something may happen and wanted to change them as a preventative measure... Rolling Eyes

I went to my local tyre place that was advised by my garage & I asked about some BFG A/T's for price and fitting - he quoted me and it was ok - a little more than I expected (I had been mislead about the tyre prices - it wasn't that he was expensive - they were actually competitively priced after I did some further research)

They then offered me a compromise - a tyre that was just as good (according to this chap) with steel rims would set me back about the same money, (as ideally I wanted to have a 2nd set for easy change between seasons & offroading/camping)

I asked the chap to come and look at the state of my wheels to see what I was on about & the chap at the garage advised that I didn't need to change the tyres at all & they would last the trip easy - Which I was surprised about because I was willing there and then to cough up some dosh and have them changed, but the chap was honest and turned me away - suggesting I came back at xmas IF.. they needed it.. It turned out we didn't do the nc500 & did the cornwall charity run. which was a blast albeit crap weather Laughing Big Cry

The chap liked my truck and had a large Ford thing himself, so maybe wanted to look after me..

I was happy with this as he could of took advantage and sold me the most expensive thing Laughing but he didn't.

So I will be returning for my tyres for as long as I live in the town.. Bow down Thumbs Up Regards
Adam

Loving The Duchess
The Defender 110 TD5 XS

My Defender story - http://www.defender2.net/forum/topic64005.html

Also have -
Suzuki Intruder m800 (Loud & Proud, bruiser cruiser)
KTM EXC 250 (bored to 350 & wants to lift in every gear)
Yamaha YZ80 (Wifes learning bike - that's insanely fast!!!)

Post #733286 6th Oct 2018 11:02am
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Have a look at the production date code which is a four figure number. The first two digits are week of production and the second pair of digits the year so 1416 is the 14th week of 2016.

Now if the tyres are 7+ years old I would suggest changing the tyres. No matter what depth of tread is remaining. Have found we get more punctures with old tyres.

If the crazing is slight crazing between the tread blocks I would not worry too much. If the cracking is circumferential close to the rim I would be concerned.

We run BFG M/T and they are M + S rated so whilst not a winter tyre we have found them reasonable in snow conditions. What winter conditions are you expecting?


Brendan http://www.4x4overlander.com
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Post #733324 6th Oct 2018 1:56pm
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Adam17



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Thanks bud, Ill get some pics and put them up for you to see. Regards
Adam

Loving The Duchess
The Defender 110 TD5 XS

My Defender story - http://www.defender2.net/forum/topic64005.html

Also have -
Suzuki Intruder m800 (Loud & Proud, bruiser cruiser)
KTM EXC 250 (bored to 350 & wants to lift in every gear)
Yamaha YZ80 (Wifes learning bike - that's insanely fast!!!)

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Adam17



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Hi chap.

So I can't find a 4 digit number...
Where abouts on the tyre will I find it?

Heres a pic of 2 of my tyres..


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And a close up of the digits incase I'm just blind lol 😂


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Cheers for your help. Regards
Adam

Loving The Duchess
The Defender 110 TD5 XS

My Defender story - http://www.defender2.net/forum/topic64005.html

Also have -
Suzuki Intruder m800 (Loud & Proud, bruiser cruiser)
KTM EXC 250 (bored to 350 & wants to lift in every gear)
Yamaha YZ80 (Wifes learning bike - that's insanely fast!!!)

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Hi Adam, keep looking around the tyre close to the rim and you will find a 4 digit number in a sort of window. That is the date of production code.

Brendan

Edited to add have a look here and you will see an example of what the age code looks like. http://www.4x4overlander.com
Brendan's phone numbers 07929 604668/01422 243966 up to about 9pm
email address brendan@4x4overlander.com

Post #733373 6th Oct 2018 7:57pm
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Adam17



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Ok chap, thank you. Regards
Adam

Loving The Duchess
The Defender 110 TD5 XS

My Defender story - http://www.defender2.net/forum/topic64005.html

Also have -
Suzuki Intruder m800 (Loud & Proud, bruiser cruiser)
KTM EXC 250 (bored to 350 & wants to lift in every gear)
Yamaha YZ80 (Wifes learning bike - that's insanely fast!!!)

Post #733443 7th Oct 2018 11:50am
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Adam17



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I had another look for the codes - but no luck, even had a mechanic mate have a look, and we can only find a code that 8 digits - but doesn't look like a date either...

these are photos of the state of my tyres.

Here is the front driver side -

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Here is the rear driver side -

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Here is the rear passenger side -

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Here is the front passenger side -

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 Regards
Adam

Loving The Duchess
The Defender 110 TD5 XS

My Defender story - http://www.defender2.net/forum/topic64005.html

Also have -
Suzuki Intruder m800 (Loud & Proud, bruiser cruiser)
KTM EXC 250 (bored to 350 & wants to lift in every gear)
Yamaha YZ80 (Wifes learning bike - that's insanely fast!!!)

Post #740920 17th Nov 2018 10:35am
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Jimb1978



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This might help

https://www.bfgoodrichtires.com/faq.page/t...-tires-are 2002 110 td5

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Adam17



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That's fantastic - Thank you muchly..
Im going to go out and have another look... Regards
Adam

Loving The Duchess
The Defender 110 TD5 XS

My Defender story - http://www.defender2.net/forum/topic64005.html

Also have -
Suzuki Intruder m800 (Loud & Proud, bruiser cruiser)
KTM EXC 250 (bored to 350 & wants to lift in every gear)
Yamaha YZ80 (Wifes learning bike - that's insanely fast!!!)

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Adam17



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So I located the DOT #

but again, doesn't look like a date stamp.
Heres 2 of the tyres...


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 Regards
Adam

Loving The Duchess
The Defender 110 TD5 XS

My Defender story - http://www.defender2.net/forum/topic64005.html

Also have -
Suzuki Intruder m800 (Loud & Proud, bruiser cruiser)
KTM EXC 250 (bored to 350 & wants to lift in every gear)
Yamaha YZ80 (Wifes learning bike - that's insanely fast!!!)

Post #740939 17th Nov 2018 12:45pm
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Adam17



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heres the other 2


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 Regards
Adam

Loving The Duchess
The Defender 110 TD5 XS

My Defender story - http://www.defender2.net/forum/topic64005.html

Also have -
Suzuki Intruder m800 (Loud & Proud, bruiser cruiser)
KTM EXC 250 (bored to 350 & wants to lift in every gear)
Yamaha YZ80 (Wifes learning bike - that's insanely fast!!!)

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Here's a pic from the Wrangler MTRs on my tdi - week 47 of 2013


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 1993 200 HT
2016 2.2 HT
2009 D3 SE

Post #740989 17th Nov 2018 6:20pm
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WindyJ



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From what i can deduce Adam17’s tyres date back before the year 2000 when the 4 digit production date was introduced? Would explain why they look like my grandmothers skin!

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Grouse



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They are stamped DOT - I would say those were made in week 8 of 2011

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