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    I'm needing some tyre advise as I'm about to spend a few bucks replacing the standard tyres that the Jimny came with with some decent ultra strong 3-ply All-Terrain jobbies

    First of all, would BF Goodrich AT be the optimum choice?

    Secondly, can I simply put on 215/R17/15 tyres with doing anything else to the wheels (ie a straight swop of original tyres for the BFs)?

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    BFG's have a reputation for poor wet weather handling.
    Other options are Bridgestone or Yokohama

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    Try posting the question in the Tyres section. You may get more response there..
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    Quote Originally Posted by NNunkie View Post
    Try posting the question in the Tyres section. You may get more response there..
    I had debated doing that, but the second part of my question is very Jimny-specific

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    I am very pleased with my BFG's but have not done much driving in the wet as yet.
    They are tough - 3 ply sidewalls. You don't have punctures.

    MSFarmgirl if you put on tyres larger than stock your torque and speed on tar will suffer. You will have to change down frequently on hills. It is a real bind!!! You probably loose 10-15 km. Personally I dont think bigger tyres are a good idea on Jimny if you do a lot of tarred road driving but the BFG's are a pleasure off road.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mistral View Post
    I am very pleased with my BFG's but have not done much driving in the wet as yet.
    They are tough - 3 ply sidewalls. You don't have punctures.

    MSFarmgirl if you put on tyres larger than stock your torque and speed on tar will suffer. You will have to change down frequently on hills. It is a real bind!!! You probably loose 10-15 km. Personally I dont think bigger tyres are a good idea on Jimny if you do a lot of tarred road driving but the BFG's are a pleasure off road.
    Right. (I think my tyre vital statistics should have read 215/75/15??)....that is something to bear in mind, as that is fairly significant

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    Or go halfway; Goodyear has an All Terrain tyre in 205/75/15. That will give you a 1 cm lift and it keeps you inside the warranty's 3% stipulation.
    I used the tyre size calculator here: http://www.1010tires.com/TireSizeCalculator.asp

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    Stay away from BFG. They used to be great tyres. But in the past couple of years, their quality has gone down. They are a rather old tyre, others have evolved and left the BFG far behind. BFG are loud, bad on wet road and a lot of people get only 40,000 km out of them. Mine started loosing chunks of rubber from the tread after only a few hundred km on gravel. On a lot of trips those with BFG tyres do get punctures, while others go without. The 3 ply sidewall is no protection, it just makes the tyre stiffer and less flexible.

    Just read through the tyre section, lots of complaints about BFG. Even Nankang seems to make a better AT tyre these days for a lot less money.

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    The Bridgestone Dueller A/T's are a great compromise, wet, tar and off road. Also check out the Hankook ATR's great value offering!
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    To readjust your measurement slightly 215/75R15

    This size is about 5% bigger than stock. Which means it is over the size allowed by Suzuki (3% max), which may cause them to question / refuse warranty claims.

    As said before driveability and fuel consumption suffer. e.g. where I used to be able to maintain 120kph in top gear, I'm now changing down to 4th or even 3rd, and can't maintain 100kph.

    My consumption has also increased from an average of 8.3l/100km to 9.4l/100km.

    BUT, my off-road ability with big A/T tyres has improved significantly

    Would I change now. No.
    If I had to do it again... eish!!!! I would think twice and probably go with a 205/75R15, and probably with the Yokohama GO12's that I have on the GV.
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    Do they make a 195R15C?

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    My consumption has risen to 10,4l/100km.

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    Why dont you have a look at these

    http://www.maxxis.co.za/mt-753-bravo-series/
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    In 215/75R15 (as far as my search lead me at the time) you get the following AT/MT:

    BFG AT (no MT in SA)
    Bridgestone Dueller AT's
    Goodyear Wrangler AT/SA and ATR
    Dunlop AT3
    Maxxis Bravo 753
    Yokohama Geolander AT

    In 205/75R15:

    Goodyear Wrangler AT/SA and ATR
    Bridgestone Dueller AT's
    ** there might be others.

    According to the website you get the Yokohama Geolander in a 215/70R15 too. I dont know of a Jimny been fitted with size.

    I have heard the BFG's make the ride a bit more bumpy because of the stiff sidewall, but I admit it is the nicest looking tyre for the Jimny (.. probably the priceyest too!)

    I have Wrangler AT/SA's (4 rib design) in 205/75, and I am very happy with them.
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    Thanks a stack for all this really good info

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    I love the BFGs and their tracion off road. When we were playing in the mud at Heidelberg it was amazing to see the traction that I got with the BFGs versus some of the other cars with ATs from other brands. I have had numerous comments from onlookers when doing obstacles. about the capability that the tyres lends to the vehicle (aparently it has nothing to do with my driving skill ). Driveout had a very interesting insert on AT tyres in last months issue (this month on MTs). I think their comments are fair and can go a long way in helping people decide what to buy.
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    Try Yokohama 215/70/15 A/T's. The diameter is less than 3% bigger than the standard Jimny Bridgestone but you get a wider tyre.

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    Just don`t ever fit Good Year ATR on any vehicle. I cannot understand that they still make it. No kilos, plenty on flats and I witnessed they replacement of both diffs and propshafts on a new Grand Cherokee before they found the humming is coming from the tires.

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    Does anyone know the current price of Bridgestone Dueller AT's?? I'm looking at the 205/75/R15 size.

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