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    Default battle of the bulge tyres

    bought these firestone distanations 4x4 tyres newer adition last year and was always happy with them and handled the rightersveld passes well but my concern was always the sidewall cuts on the rounded bulge ,

    the colt has a slide on camper and tyres was on 300 kpa on the rear, but never tried to cut corners and stayed away of the edges of the gravel road ,but if a sharp flat rock catches it, it will cut that bulge big time or am i wrong opinion please .
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    Default Re: battle of the bulge tyres

    I had Firestone destinations on my Hardbody , and they went through hell with a smile. tough tires.
    Even without an outright bulge you can get a sidewall cut, it is not only about the bulge.

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    Default Re: battle of the bulge tyres

    The theory about side wall cuts is the same as a over ripe tomato thats soft. Its difficult to cut it. So your tyres must be relatively soft. That depends on the ratio of the mass of the vehicle vs the tyre size.
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    Default Re: battle of the bulge tyres

    I had Destination muds on my Jeep, it also got used hard off road and I never had a problem. They were very good tires in my opinion. Granted my Jeep was never nearly as heavy as what you are carrying with the camper on the back, but I have nothing but good feedback.


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    Default Re: battle of the bulge tyres

    Rim width needs to match tyre size. The most common reason fore excessive sidewall buldge

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    Default Re: battle of the bulge tyres

    Quote Originally Posted by grips View Post
    Rim width needs to match tyre size. The most common reason fore excessive sidewall buldge
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    Default Re: battle of the bulge tyres

    Construction can also play a part in s/w bulge:
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    Default Re: battle of the bulge tyres

    I bought Goodyear Adventures a year ago. I soon realised that the footprint is quite a bit narrower than the actual tyre body. Then one day I was parked next to another car with identical tyres and those did not have the narrower footprint. The narrower footprint results in a bulge that exposes the lower sidewall quite badly.
    On close inspection I realised I've got the LT spec Goodyears. I was a little disgusted for not shopping with even more care than my already procrastinating style.
    The Goodyear website has me feeling a little better as it indicates that the LT spec tyres have 2 Kevlar layers and 30% more steel than their non-LT spec cousins.
    PS: we did an extensive trip in Nov last year, including the Richtersveld, and there isn't a scratch mark on any of the sidewalls.
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