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Old 07-11-11, 02:40 PM
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Default All Terrain tyres for Jimny


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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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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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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http://www.maxxis.com/AutomobileLigh...vo-Series.aspx Mud terrain tyres in 205/75/15!

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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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JUST fitted yokohama geolander A/T on my Jimno-san.
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The current price is what they can get away with.
Phone around. Compare prices. You can haggle your way to a better deal sometimes.

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Do they make a 195R15C?
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Where? Tyre joints I went to said it does not exist.
It's too late for me anyway. Already got the 215/75/15 Maxxis 753.

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Where? Tyre joints I went to said it does not exist.
It's too late for me anyway. Already got the 215/75/15 Maxxis 753.
That's what I had on my first Jimny and what I shall have on the second as well. What do you think of them?

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They're too big and too noisy and too totally awesome for me to not forgive the first two.

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What about 215/70/15's

Seems to be a lot of tyres in this size

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They're too big and too noisy and too totally awesome for me to not forgive the first two.
Yep, sounds about right.

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What about 215/70/15's

Seems to be a lot of tyres in this size
Ask Saxj. He's getting that size on his new Jimny.
Many others get 205/75/15 because that's 2.99% bigger. Warranty allows 3%.

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Tyres are on. Yokohama GO12s.
They look good with the 2 inch lift. They perform pretty well off-road too.
I was doing 90kph on good dirt and only realised after about 10km that I had forgotten to select 4H.
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Hey julle

Ek wil so lank spaar vir tyre's vir my Jimny. Ek dink aan Khumo Road Ventures KL78 A/T tyres hulle kom in 205/75 R15. Ek kan hulle kry vir so R1150 elk. Ek wil SSSSOOOO graag BF's op sit, maar hulle is baie duur. Nou wil ek weet hoeveel km's sal ek op die BF's kry, en hoeveel sal ek op die Khumo's kry? Ek kan seker uit hou tot Desember toe met die tyre's wat nou op is. Ek wil my geld sake reg he vir die regte tyres. So wat dink julle?
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Cruzer, daars is niks mooier as 'n Jimny met BF's nie, maar ongelukkig kry jy hul net in 215/75R15 (kleinste 15"), en daardie grootte maak die Jimny dood op die oop pad - die BF's nog meer so omdat hul so swaar is weens die dikte van die sywand.

As jy Jimny net vir speel is, gaan daarmee, andersins sit 205/75R15 of 215/70R15 op.

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Cruzer, daars is niks mooier as 'n Jimny met BF's nie, maar ongelukkig kry jy hul net in 215/75R15 (kleinste 15"), en daardie grootte maak die Jimny dood op die oop pad - die BF's nog meer so omdat hul so swaar is weens die dikte van die sywand.

As jy Jimny net vir speel is, gaan daarmee, andersins sit 205/75R15 of 215/70R15 op.
Hey oubaas.

Danki ek sal dan die khumo's op sit. Hulle het ook di white wall printing op die 1 kant. Ek weet di is van di topic af, ma ek het oor di paas naweek jo neef gesien in maf met sy goue jimny. Toe het ek ni di jimny gehad ni. Ek like jul bullbars wat jul op het. Ma ja ek sal nog rond shop vir tyres. Lekker aand verder.

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I was told that the 215/70 were too big and advised to go for 205/75 - which are almost as rare as chicken teeth. I need to replace two of mine - or rather one that I damaged that is almost at the end of its useful life so I might as well change the pair together.

I only know of one place in Cape Town that supplies these - I use the Bridgestone Dueller and they have worked well.

Maybe someone has a set of two that they are willing to part with?

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Ok so I'm seriously looking into A/T's or M/Ts for the Jimny now as well.

But I seriously cannot decide.

I don't want to go 215/75/15's. That bit I've made my mind up about. Too heavy and comes at too much of a performance cost IMHO.

However now the bit to decide is.
Higher or wider? 205/75/15. Vs 215/70/15?
What would the effects be with either. I reckon the 215/70/15 is probably heavier than a 205/75/15?

I can get Yokohama Geolandar Go12's in 215/70/15 it seems to be a good A/T tyre. It doesn't look that aggressive but it seems that grip is pretty good from the reviews I've read. What I like about these as well is that they are relatively easily available.

Other options are the Maxxis 753 Mt in 205/75/15
or the Maxxis bravo 771 in 205/75/15. I like the tread pattern and the sidewall of these ( from pictures).
Maxxis seems to be a bit difficult to find in stock anywhere though.
My next port of call will be West Coast tires.

Khumos I can't find in that size, Bridgestone Dueller D697 are the new Bridgestone AT's and I can get them but only in 205/70/15 which is the same size as stock. Should I do a 40mm lift I reckon these will then be too small. The other possible choice could be the Goodyear Wrangler At/SA. I've had stock goodyears On my Jeep and where happy with them although they where H/Ts.
Anyone have any experience with the At/sa's?

Coopers doesn't seem to be available in these sizes.

Thing with tires are that you can't test it out, you pick them put it on your vehicle and have to live with it for a long time, and we are not exactly talking pocket change :-/

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Goodyear AT must surely be the worst tyre ever. Thrown mine away with more than 50% thread still on.
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Goodyear AT must surely be the worst tyre ever. Thrown mine away with more than 50% thread still on.
Really? What was so bad about them?
I looked through this thread late last night and I would say 80% of the guys where happy with it.
http://4x4community.co.za/forum/showthread.php?t=33593

I obviously don't want a dud tire :-/

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You're not going to get muds smaller than 215/75/R15 - that's the size of the Maxxis Superduper and I have. The BFG muds start at 235/75/R15.

Even the 215's mess up your performance, I won't consider the 235's - you need to be sure you want to do this or rather settle for smaller AT's.

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Yup I want to go either 205/75/15 or 215/70/15

In 205/75/15 Goodyear Wrangler Silent armor AT
In 215/70/15 Yokohama Geolandar GO12 AT.
In 205/70/15 .. Stock size... Bridgestone Deuler D697 new one and I don't really like it.

Maxxis states on their website that the Bravo AT-771 all terrain and the 753 Mud terrain comes in 205/75/15. http://www.maxxis.co.za/mt-753-bravo-series/. Click on specifications.

So I'm confused.

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Maxxis advertise a 205/75/15 MT, but I don't think they have them in SA.

Both Dude1978 and Riaan have Bridgestone 235/75/15 MT's on. I don't know how they cope.
(btw, Riaan and his Jimny are leading the 2012 Bridgestone Fundi! http://www.bridgestone.co.za/assets/...asterSheet.pdf)

as for the Goodyear Wrangler AT/SA, JNel has them on his GV and loves them (especially the kevlar sidewalls) and Big Mike has them on his Samurai and has no complaints either.

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Im looking at buying Goodyear Wranglers, either of the following 2 sizes:

205/70R15 or 205/75R15.

If i decide to go with the 75, how will this affect my Jimny, performance and fuel consumption wise?

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I have driven my Jimny's with stock size, 215/70R15(2% bigger) and 215/80R15 (8.5% bigger).
The smaller tyres give me nearly as good performance as the stock tyres, although the consumption is definitely a bit higher (the lift is also a factor).
The bigger tyres made a huge difference to both performance and consumption.
I haven't driven with 205/75R15 (3% bigger), so can't really comment, except that you will lose some performance even if it is negligible, and your fuel consumption will be higher.

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See this thread too:
http://4x4community.co.za/forum/showthread.php?t=119116
Maxxis said that they make the Maxxis MT-753 in 205/75/15 as well.

Werries.. I am also looking into the G.Y AT/SA but I'm a bit worried as there seems to be some people who had issues with them going "out of round". Other people swear by them. So not sure what to think.

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I have driven my Jimny's with stock size, 215/70R15(2% bigger) and 215/80R15 (8.5% bigger).
The smaller tyres give me nearly as good performance as the stock tyres, although the consumption is definitely a bit higher (the lift is also a factor).
The bigger tyres made a huge difference to both performance and consumption.
I haven't driven with 205/75R15 (3% bigger), so can't really comment, except that you will lose some performance even if it is negligible, and your fuel consumption will be higher.
Thanks saxj, as you know I always complained allot about consumption, but not worried too much about it these days. I soon learned compared to other vehicles it is actually not that bad at all.

We love driving the Jimny and felt its time to add some more character to it, hence the new tyres and hope to add some more in the future.

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See this thread too:
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Maxxis said that they make the Maxxis MT-753 in 205/75/15 as well.

Werries.. I am also looking into the G.Y AT/SA but I'm a bit worried as there seems to be some people who had issues with them going "out of round". Other people swear by them. So not sure what to think.
Hey Nox,

I also noticed that review on the Wranglers are a mixed bag, and we don't have that a big selection of tyres to choose from in that size. To be honest I was going to fit just 2 new Bridgestone stock tyres, but thanks to the poor quality of service I got from the salesman I decided against it.

Nox, how much did Maxxis quote you on the muddies? Think I might just order the 205/75R15 Wranglers and get it done with.

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Hey Nox,

I also noticed that review on the Wranglers are a mixed bag, and we don't have that a big selection of tyres to choose from in that size. To be honest I was going to fit just 2 new Bridgestone stock tyres, but thanks to the poor quality of service I got from the salesman I decided against it.

Nox, how much did Maxxis quote you on the muddies? Think I might just order the 205/75R15 Wranglers and get it done with.
Still waiting for him to get back on my PM.

Depending on the quote and feedback I might actually go for them. If not I'm leaning towards the Kuhmo's rather than the Goodyears.

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Still waiting for him to get back on my PM.

Depending on the quote and feedback I might actually go for them. If not I'm leaning towards the Kuhmo's rather than the Goodyears.
Okes in Bloem have a limited selection and to be honest I don't think they know their tyres, of 4 shops I visited on Saturday only one was able to help me.

Most of them weren't very eager to make a sale, can't believe the crap service one gets in times like these.

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Okes in Bloem have a limited selection and to be honest I don't think they know their tyres, of 4 shops I visited on Saturday only one was able to help me.

Most of them weren't very eager to make a sale, can't believe the crap service one gets in times like these.
Mufasa Tyres
http://www.mufasa.co.za/

Speak to Eloise. They have arrangements with fitment centers accross the country so you buy the tyres from them and then they ship it to the fitment center.

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