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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.
About to buy my 3 set of A/T D697LTs
I do about 60%road, 30% sand and 10% in the bush. I don't find them noisy at all and my first set lasted 101000ks and the set on now is about to tick over 90000ks. They are still about 1mm off the wear bar so I could still get more ks out of them but we are looking at heading south fishing and I want the new ones on before we tack off. I rotate them every 10000ks and re balance them every 40000ks. Tyre pressure is also the key to longer lasting tyres.
Dmax on LT255-65-R17
Stock tyre size, but I wanted the LT construction. Done 25K on them so far, serious off road a couple of times, lots of gravel tracks and towing as well. No mud tyre, but honest off road in the bogs, just pick your lines! Wear has been great, noise is non existent, bitumen is same as stock HT's but better in wet. Looking at 80+k out of these boots. Happy days, will buy again.
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 A/T 265 65 17
needed new tyres on Prado while in Rockhampton and opted for B/S AT 697 265 65 17 great service @ Bridgestone Dealer had Original Dunlop 120 A/T which had travelled 90.000 . Bridgestone better tyre and cheaper than the same size Dunlops.
No road noise and hold road great on or off the tar in wet or dry.Very stable with van on back. Currently have travelled 15.000klms no sign of wear and the benefit is that all tyre rotations and balances @ Bridgestone Tyre Centres are free. Recommend them.
The service I received at Bridgestone Centre in Rockhampton
great tyre heaps of tread
Put these on my Xtrail after having the original ht's. Man what a difference. Had four punctures on the old set of ht's just way to soft for a car that heavy these are great higher load rating doesn't make the ride any rougher which one tyre man said during my research. Well done Bridgestone you nailed it.
heaps of bite. noisy
nothing yet. Will keep you posted
Early days but pleased so far
I've just put 4 Bridgestone D697 LT tyres on the Pajero and am pleased with the initial drive. I only did 200klms on the road but the previous road noise was absent and they have lived up to this aspect so far. Also noted that the tyre came with a blue indicator paint line on the tyre circumfrence (possibly put on in production to indicate it was a new tyre) and after this drice it was still evident therefore showing that they may be as hard wearing as their promotional material makes them out to be.
We had to put on the light truck tyre as ...
I was choosing between the coopers and these and went with these for my 2006 Prado based on cooper reviews. I have crossed the nullarbor and all up driven 15000 km so far ( all on road ) and are very happy with them.
These tyres are quiet and smooth and appear to be wearing very well.
I would recommend these to anyone.
Update; after 80,000 ish k's I have replaced these tyres. So happy with them I just replaced with same and again I am happy as a pig in proverbial. They did get a tad noisy after 60/70 thousand, but I won't hold that against them!! Great tyre
Nothing at all
Toyota Hilux 265/65R17 A/T Tyres - Australian Designed A/T tyres for Australian Conditions
Ok I will start this review as saying I did not think I would purchase Bridgestone Tyres – plus after owning Michelin LTX A/T and them going 135,000klm!
Why! Well after extensive research and the fact I decided to step up in size to 265/65R17 to a tyre size that was available almost everywhere due to the fact almost all new dual cabs are fitted with this size – but unfortunately Michelin in this size is far too car like.
I settled on the D697 because it was designed for Australian conditions and the Aussie Dual cab Ute. Plus Bridgestone ...has assured the market it has designed longer tread life into this new tyre. Results after 10,000klms including wet greasy bitumen roads and heavy rain muddy clay mountain tracks in Eden NSW – then 40 degree days pounding the roads out and around Broken Hill. Wear results – amazing (More like I was relived!)
I put these D697's on my 90 Series Prado about 10,000k ago. They have been great. Quiet on road, excellent grip. Being a road based tyre I didn't expect them to be exceptional off road, however they have surprised me. Never had any issues with punctures or sidewalls, and they have more grip than I expected off road. Obviously they don't have the grip of a MT, but they are a happy medium.
Reliable, quiet, good all rounder
Reasonably expensive. Based on wear so far, I think I'll be lucky to get 40-50k out of them. Far from the 80k that coopers and BFG's claim to get.
I looked hard and long at all sorts from Pirelli Scorpion through wrangler tyres and compared everything with everything. It seemed like no one had any info for the the 200 series landcruisers.So yeah looked into it and found that these bad boys were not that bad at $372 ea fitted balanced etc etc. Quiet, strong hold, sounds like the kms are great. Went for it - happy as. I have a work ute, and my wife drives the 200 mostly - she is stoked so yep - happy wife, happy life..
Quiet, strong hold, pattern, subtle appearance
Nothing...I dont believe in sacrificing price having said that - $372 for a 285/65R17 is pretty good in my book...
Sensational tyre at an affordable price.
Bought a pair of the d697's on 16" steel Sunraysia rims and Tough Dog suspension and I have to say I am very impressed with their handling and performance on the tar. Very quiet tyre and very grippy. Heaps of tread and a bit of body roll, but that's to be expected in a 2.2 tonne 4WD. I'm yet to take them offroad, but going by customer reviews I think they'll go ok. I have no hesitation in recommending this tyre to anyone who wants a great safe AT tyre that spends 90% of the time on tar. Highly recommended.
Ride comfort, quiet, inexpensive, heaps of tread.
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.
697 LT on Discovery 3
First put the 17" 694LT's on my Disco 3 a couple of years ago as I changed to 17" offroad rims. Did 60000kms incl 25000kms offroad incl. capeyork. Not a single puncture and no chips or sidewall damage. Really good on road and very quiet with great grip in the wet. Changed them out at about the 60000km mark as still good for bitumen but not for offroad. Replaced with new 697LT and these were also great and even quieter. Traded Disco 3 for Disco 4 and first thing going on is the 697LT's. They are a compromise between a road tyre and a mud tyre bu...t limited choice with the Landrovers due to their stupid brake design limiting wheel size to minimum 18". Had the BFG AT's on previous trucks and the duellers leave them for dead in everyway! No I don't work for Bridgestone they ate simply the best AT tyre out there. Quiet, grip in the wet Pricey? I guess you get what you pay for
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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