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Tyre choice

BFG AT KO or Goodyear G90 for a round the world trip in a Discovery?

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Hi,
what route are you taking ?
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I wouldn't recommend G90's at all.... i had a set on my 90, and also chatting with several people who drive with them also (especially military on the wolf's) they arn't that good.

once they get partially worn, they're even worse! the only good time i had with mine was on a side slope, they seemed to grip quite well then, but for everything else, pants!

i'd go for a michelin XZL or BFG MT (or AT if you're not planning anything too serious). also the G90's are only (i think) available in 7.50x16, which might be a bit too tall for your discovery.
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I can't fault the ATs, I have a set for each of my Defenders. Flexible (in terms of multi-functional, not bendy - though they deflate well enough for sand use), robust and good-wearing. They are the XZLs for the 21st century! .

I also recommend BFG MTs, if you're playing in the wet ickky stuff.

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I can't fault BFG ATs. We did 23000 miles to Cape Town with 6, 2 of which we replaced as they been lunched by some hard driving on rocks (So 8 in total) 6 are still good. We got one puncture in the whole trip and we never got so stuck we couldn't drive out.

They're much better on tarmac than the MTs so unless you're expecting to hit places in the rains I'd stick with those.
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Same for a defender?

Hi there ...

Would I be looking at the same tyres for a defender and RTW trip? I'm hoping to head up to Sweden and round down through Finland. This would be around April time. I have been recommmended by some locals to use studs or friction tyres, but none of this really means anytjhing to me !!!


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bfg the good choice

had AT's did over 100k km incl pistes

now drive on BFG MT,noisier onroad but gthey grip better on rockpaths,muddy paths etc.

give you the same milage as AT's

G90 are military tyres.
I've seen KFOR using XZL's already on the XD's because they dislike the G90
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I have opted for the BFG AT 245/70/16.

So far they have made the Disco very stable after adding a roll cage and all extra bits.

We are leaving May/June 07 following the silk route then Australia Americas.
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AT BFG's are great tyres but you need to drive slowly on rock roads or they WILL disintegrate. I experienced this in Ethiopia, and it was painful watching that expensive rubber break apart!

MT BFG's are more durable. Not as good on tarmac, but better in the dirt and suprisingly good in the sand (especially when part-worn).
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Hi Andy,
I would have gone for the Muds on a full RTW but the AT's will be fine - do have a winch or a tirfor ? - things can get quite slick in South America....

I run BFG MT on the Defender and BFG A/T's on the Disco. - how accurate is your speedo on this tyre size ?

Any chance you could send some photos of your Discovery - I would like to mod the Disco for travelling some more and would like some more ideas.

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IMHO for a RTW trip it doesn't mater on which tyres you start because it's quite certain you will end on some other tyres. I'd be concerned with the size rather than brand or thread pattern. It seems to be the common wisdom that 7.5x16 is the most ubiquitous size.
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Gripper here are a couple of photos the rear still has a second shelf to be made hanging from the roof to hold chairs and tables ect.

I have a pressured water system and filter that has the take off from the cans.
Once you remove the trim there is stacks of room in a Discovery.
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