Great idea we needed something like this
I have used these tires on my car and always will as they have never let me down and recommend changing them all four...
The journey feels smooth but the price was bit high when compared to other retailers.Custimer service was good.the tyres are durable so far.the retailer was close to out home and that was the reason we chose to go with Bridgestone.they also had a offer advertised but when we actually went there the offer was only for few tyres.
The tyres impact the performance of my vehicle that gives me & my family as well as anyone else travelling in my vehicle a great sense of safety as well as a very comfortable ride. I would recommend anyone to this product as it is worth every single dollar. So buy.
Great grip and very quiet road noise and wouldn't recommend any other tyre, particularly good in the wet slippery conditions of winter time, price is expensive but they are they contact between the car and the road and a good tyre like this is paramount for saving your life and others too.
On my second set of these, have had no issues so far. Did not notice any difference in road noise when I changed from the Bridgestone HTs to the ATs. Do a bit of driving out bush in Central Australia on rocky and sandy tracks and they have been fine, have not really had them in mud so can't comment on that.
Have done 70,000km no worries
I got these tyres based on the recommendation of a friend who runs them on his work 4x4 utes. I just worked out this week i have done at least 70,000 km on them, without a hassle. I could probably get another 10k or so out of them, but they are a work vehicle, and safety first! They have been really good, a little noisier than my last set, (apparently this gets worse with age) but all in all have been a solid performer. I'll probably buy another set in a few weeks.
Off road they go good, but in full on mud (not by choice, but thats where i ended up on a work trip), as you would expect they are not real good. But, considering how much mud was there, they went pretty good.
Have had the BT50 since new, replaced the rubbish factory tyres at 49k and fitted 245/70 16 A/T's and now looking at fitting another set after travelling 90k on this set. They have gotten progressively noisier but have had worse. I have done two Cape trips, runs along Bribie and driving around country properties chasing game. Only went to these for cost over Coopers, had set of Coopers on 94 Hilux & had no troubles with them either, just $Aust. I had the wheels aligned a couple of times early on and rotate every 10k and keep pressure @36psi and the wear indicators are still below the treads.
Great all purpose tyre
Gives my Hilux that important extra bit of grip off road while still being a relatively quiet and capable on road tyre. Tyre life has been good considering small amounts of reasonably tough off road use in rocky conditions and a lot of highway and suburban driving. Overall, I'm very happy with this purchase.
I found they are a good tyre for mixed use but only getting 50k out of them is a little disappointing as the bf goodridge I had got 90k and that was a heavier car (land cruiser)
My driving is about 60/40 on road / off-road , off-road being OFFroad not just a dirt track .
I would get them again but with a lot less expectations about wear life .
On my second set of these Tyres
Purchased a set of 4 of these 265/65-R17, D697s as the D694s that I fitted to the car when I purchased it gave me 65,000km and probably had another 5000km left of tread left. Only replaced the D694s as going on an extended trip and prechecks showed one tyre had picked up a nasty 5mm diameter metal spike somewhere in the city about 6cm long and Bob Jane advised it was unrepairable. The D694s 65,000km was mostly city and country bitumen and about 3000km of formed hard pack gravel/dirt + maybe 500-1000km of proper off road work, sand, mud, rocks e...tc. very happy with their performance and life span, very quiet, reasonable off road ability. First set of Dueler D697s lasted 55,000km before being replaced, with maybe 5000km still left on them for yet another set of D697s fitted a month ago. Replaced as going on a high country trip in wet conditions towing a caravan and didn't want tyre woes. 3 times I've purchased these, comparing equivalents from other brands each time, like Cooper, Dunlop, Maxxis, Kumho etc. Very competitive price from Bob Jane in Doncaster, Melbourne who also do an excellent Wheel alignment for my slightly ARB 2 inch lifted car. Tyre wear has been very even on all 4 wheels. Wheel alignment was done each time with a 200kg load in the back of the car.
Good to average.
Covered 60 000km over 3 years in a Landcruiser 200. Travel mostly on road. Expected better mileage with this tyres now due for replacement. One puncture (screw), even wear, good grip on gravel, good on road, average grip on wet roads, became noisy after 40 000km. Would I buy again? likely but will consider others.
Done 50000 km out west and down south from Qld SE. Tyres are 50% worn and now starting to be giggle headed and a bit noisy. I am going to replace the steer tyres with new 697's and keep the ones I take off for drive tyres. This wear is with a caravan and a variety of conditions. I do recommend these tyres for the moderate user. Severe 4 x 4 work would be better with a more aggressive tread. Good grip, low noise whilst newer, fair off roaders.
Not bad for the money $265 ea 265 65 17 LT
Fitted this yesterday morning did approx 700km today, Cairns through the tablelands in the rain and down a few wet clay roads and accross to Normanton.
Really good on the wet bitumen roads & fine on the gravel roads.
They weren't too bad on the wet clay for an AT they seem to perform pretty well all round.
My first choice was the MT but they had none in stock.
So far they are quiet and smooth.
hopefully they will last and continue to perform well.
I'm on my second set of 265/75/16LT's
I even have them on my camper. I find that they were very well. They seem to match the capabilities of our 80 series Landcruiser. Great for off roading and hwy, having said that, they not very good for mud but you can tell that by the tread.
Never had a puncher and the side walls are tough. Had these tyres as low as 6 psi in deep soft sand without any drama.
I find them great but I do drive to conditions and I'm in no hurry to get anywhere.
It must depend on the car
Over the past 12 years I have gone through 10 sets of D697's (or variations to) with a total distance of around 560,000 km's. 5 sets on a Pathfinder and 5 sets on a Patrol and 50,000 k's is the average of what I would expect from good AT tyre. I've found them totally trustworthy in the wet, resilient over sharp rocky surfaces and dependable in the sand. I've been so happy with these tyres that I even put them on my wifes Honda CRV which was where they let me down. Although I don't find them noisy on the Pathfinder or Patrol, on the CRV they wer...e so noisy that I considered replacing them after only 1000 km's but ended up replacing the car instead! Overall I am more than happy to recommend them to any off roader who also wants something safe on the road
LT285/65 R17 - Good tyre only let down by noise
Purchased for Land Cruiser 200 series. Have only done about 3000km so can't comment on wear. Ride and handling are great even in the wet (although this will depend on your car somewhat as other reviewers have complained about wet road grip). Driven sensibly I can barely notice the difference on road from the original Dunlop tyres which was a relief. My off-road time has been limited, however, on some sandy trails and wet dirt roads they handled very well. In this large size they are a little more chunky than I expected.
At lower speeds and ...on coarse chip bitumen there is a little bit more roar than standard tyres but it is not noticeable or annoying. My only complaint is a distinct cyclic noise around 90-110km/h on smooth bitumen which is annoying enough as most of my driving is on the smooth highways of southwest WA. I hope it doesn't get worse as they wear. Great tyre so far hence the 4 stars. The only let down is a bit more highway noise than I expected given the significant marketing about how they made them quieter than their predecessor. If they were as quiet as the hype suggested I would have given 5 stars. If you like super quiet tyres, you may want to look elsewhere. Good all round handling and ride in all conditions, even in LT (Light Truck) construction. Low noise below 80km/h and on coarse chip roads. Noticeable cyclic noise on smooth bitumen above 90km/h
Way better than tread pattern suggests
I have had other brand A/T's that have performed better on bitumen in the wet, however as an all-round tyre, the D697's have stood up to everything I've thrown at them. I have 235 85 R16's that are a Light Truck construction, and the only similar size with a higher load rating is the 265 75 R16. As a LT tyre, they can handle higher pressures, great for towing, and as all the advertising hype suggests, have very good cut and chip resistance. I primarily use these off-road for beach driving (South West of Western Australia), often encountering Ca...pstone which is the nastiest of any rock formation around here for slicing tyres to bits. At suitable pressures, usually less than 18psi, I'll drive up rocks on these tyres with confidence. Have also proven to be an outstanding tyre in powder soft sand, and at 15-16 get through 95% of the softest tracks. The other 5% are the times I push too hard just for the hell of it, and lower pressures again (8-12psi) have always got me out. Many would view the 235 as a "skinny" tyre, but aired down provides a long narrow footprint with great traction. These are fitted to a 2000 Holden Jackaroo (Isuzu Trooper) that has a 2" lift, Isuzu tough LSD in the back and an ARB Air-Locker in the front. January 12th 2015 Update: Many comments have been written with some referring to poor grip and noise. I've run the 697's for over 20000km and have learnt that the recommended pressure on the card (usually inside drivers door frame) is for the standard road biased tyre. A change to any other tyre construction - usually Light Truck for any brand AT or MT - will require a little trial and error to find the best on road pressure for each vehicle and its loaded weight. Lastly, never trust the tyre guy. In my experience regardless of wether it's a RAV4 or a Landcruiser, you'll get 38-40psi every time, regardless of tyre size, width, profile, or construction. Goes better than it looks especially off-road there are better on-road ATs (eg. Pirelli Scorpion ATR)
Bridgestone AT 697
I am having the 265/75/16 fitted at present will keep posted on how they go.
Having fitted on Troopy which had BF Goodrich, I had good run with tyres but were getting past used by date, were over 8 years old.
Heading to the cape in 7 weeks time so will be put to the test.
So far so good
I've only had these on a week now, but thought I'd put down my initial reaction and hopefully, if I remember, come back in a few months and update this..
I loaded the D697's on the Pajero. 265/60R18 which is a Light Truck tyre, which if fine by me as it means it'll be stronger and better resist the side wall punctures when off road. Straight out the dealer and I could feel the difference from the older tyres immediately. The car isn't pulling to one side anymore and is much quieter. I have to let them down slightly more on the beach but so f...ar so good. With the rain we've had in the past week they've been great as well, no hint of aqua planning or slipping, but more tests required. These are just initial impressions. Only downside so far is the price! Good drive, Good handling, low noise Price
Just put a set of D697's on my Mazda BT50 dual cab after 2 sets of BFG AT's. New 697 has 3mm deeper tread than old 694 and a 8ply rating in my size 255/70/16. It also runs heavier side walls which should help at low psi off road.
Big difference to the BFG on road in wet as the old tyres even from new were scary and the Bridgestone just grips with confidence. Only limited off road so far but good in wet dirt/clay on building sites so far for an all terrain(Not Mud Terrain).
Will take time to see about life expectancy but the previous model was good for high mileage so I hope these are as well.
Great grip in wet.
Questions & Answers
I have a 2019 Isuzu DMax with 18x7 inch rims can I legally put on a dualer A/T 697 on my vehicle
Looking to replace Adventuro tryes on a caravan with Bridgestone 697's LT. What do people recommend...yes or no ?
How do the Bridgestone Dueller A/T 697 compare with BFG A/T K02 (RWL)?
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