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    Hi all,
    I am an old bugger of 79 who loves traveling off road.

    I recently sold a 25 year old Toyota Land Cruiser and have replaces it with a 3 year old Porsche Cayenne with a V8 Diesel motor.
    Great vehicle which I want to use off road but not for extreme stuff.
    The wheels are 18 inch and tyre size is 255/55/R18 so there is some sidewall for corrugations etc.
    I am looking for AT tyres for the vehicle. General Grabber is one I have been looking at and the Cooper ATT
    Need to keep them on for town use as well and my budget is for medium priced tyres.

    Any comments or suggestions from you all who know tyres would be much appreciated.
    Let me know please.
    Thanks,
    Dave.

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    Default Re: Dave Bruce

    What do you consider off road but not extreme?
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    My neighbour had one of those and he said it was over 200kn/hr with just a tickle of the throttle.

    That makes me think there will be very few tyres , let alone At ,thAt are rAted for the speed of the vehicle.

    Check with your insurer if they are okay with you running rubber with a lower speed rating as I very much doubt that you will find an AT rates tyre with the necessary speed rating.

    Oh and congratulations on an awesome vehicle. Another friend of mine has the v6 and even that is awesome. I can just imagine the v8 must be jaw dropping.

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    Thanks for your thoughts on the Cayenne. Yes it is frightening when you put your foot down but what I like is that at 150 Km/h the engine is doing 2000 rpm. Hope this translates into longlife engine parts.
    At 79 I don't drive so wrecklessly anymore and I note that the BMW X6 is fitted with General Grabber AT tyres as standard. The speed rating on those is around 200 km/h More than I need.

    I am building a teardrop caravan which I will tow into the bush and it will be equipped with 2 wheels identical to the Cayenne as extra spares in an emergency. I will not be traveling at high speed with the caravan behind me.

    Any more suggestions folks on the best A/T tyres to use ?

    Thanks all,
    Dave Bruce
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    Default Re: Dave Bruce

    Dave, you can also go a few sizes up. You can fit 265/60 R18's that will give even more sidewall

    Generals is what I wanted to fit to my Touareg, but it wasn't available at the time. very good tyre in my opinion.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nys View Post
    Dave, you can also go a few sizes up. You can fit 265/60 R18's that will give even more sidewall

    Generals is what I wanted to fit to my Touareg, but it wasn't available at the time. very good tyre in my opinion.
    Pirelli Scorpion ATR's come in that size. Happy with mine and I do a lot of sand and gravel.
    Lusted for a Landy but the Pajero was sexier and bigger in the right departments, just like my Missus.

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    Default Re: Dave Bruce

    Consider Cooper or Good Year as well.
    My General Grabbers (M/T in my case) were very prone to sidewall punctures and I lost 4 out of 6 in the first 10'000 k's, Two of them were replaced under warranty, then I kicked them out with 60% or more thread left as they became a liability with all the repairs on them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CAA12790 View Post
    . I will not be traveling at high speed with the caravan behind me.
    Thanks all,
    Dave Bruce
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    I would confirm any changes with your insurer to be safe. Tyres are usually the first thing they check in the event of a claim and the fact that you are not driving at 200/hr has no bearing on their ability to repudiate a claim.

    If they approve a lower speed rated tyre, make sure you get it in writing before proceeding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Olyfboer View Post
    What do you consider off road but not extreme?
    Hi. I consider offroad as rough two track roads with soft sand or medium sized stones but not boulders and conditions which lift a wheel off the road.
    No deep gulleys and very steep slopes either up or down.
    I do not have raised suspension but do have 4 wheel drive and 8 gears as well as hill control for steep slopes.
    No sand dune riding but exploring old passes, Cederberg and Baviaanskloof type driving.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stranger View Post
    Pirelli Scorpion ATR's come in that size. Happy with mine and I do a lot of sand and gravel.
    Thanks Stranger,
    What pressure do you run your Pirelli's at on those kind of conditions ?

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    Very happy with the General Grabber AT3's that I fitted to my Amarok V6 - 265/60/R18. They're quiet for an AT tyre and the higher profile will give you a little more wriggle room when it comes to deflating. R2750.00 a pop.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CAA12790 View Post
    Thanks Stranger,
    What pressure do you run your Pirelli's at on those kind of conditions ?
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    2.2 on the front 2.4 on the rear for tar driving. I drop .6 for sand driving. 1.6 and 1.8. Corrugations I may go to 1.4 and 1.6. They have stood up well on the last 40 000 considering that Pajtu is my holiday vehicle and not my daily drive.
    Lusted for a Landy but the Pajero was sexier and bigger in the right departments, just like my Missus.

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    Default Re: Dave Bruce

    We have the Grabber AT3 on the Touareg V8 and no problems in 10 k km's.
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