value / performance
245 70 16 on pk ford ranger paid $220 ea . Excellent 50/50 tyre , actually more 40/60 road offroad i feel and sat in a unique space in the market for a while but now other manufacturers are doing a true 50/50 all be it more expensive than the kumho . Noise when new is very good as is wet road grip but anyone that knows aggressive tyres of any brand will know both those attributes deteriorate with wear .At 50 % tread they were still acceptable and didn't require much of a driving adjustment but beyond that you had to be careful on sharp or sud...den turns in the wet and to expect more than that is naive at best , arrogant at worst . Off road they were excellent for a so called all terrain . i towed multiple vehicles up a greasy hillside with ease one day and some of them had half worn bf Goodrich ko 2 on them which are the most over rated tyre on the planet . I did 60000 ks on them but the reality is this , after 40000 the benefits of an aggressive tyre are gone. Same goes for any aggressive tyre because i have use many different brands over the years and they all end up the same , they wear faster than hts they are noisier , they don`t grip wet roads as well but its a compromise and you have to decide if you need them or not . The issue with poor reviews on these things comes from people buying them for how they look rather than how they perform and once the performance drops the looks dont mean as much so they bag them . Take home message if you live in the city buy a cheap set of steel wheels and put the aggressive tyres on as a second set for the weekend then take them off and use the oem or a good road tyre to get to the cafe ,work, gym or beach . that way you can look good on the weekends and have a great off road tyer that isnt worn out from going to the cafe or gym or beach or work .
Purchased in June 2018.
These tires are excellent off road
Having done only 15,000 they haven't had much chance to wear and still look new. Good on road and off the black top. Wet country roads haven't been a problem. I can not say what they would be like on wet city roads.
So far so good no uneven wear, rotated every 5,000k.
Purchased in August 2019 at Kmart for $235.00.
Put on at 30k on Prado done 90k now with about 50% tread left.
Wear a bit uneven but not too noisy.
1 slow leek from screw.
Not too bad in either.
I have had coopers loved them
I have Mickies on my triton still have them. Louder than the Kuhmo’s and wear very uneven.
Purchased in January 2017 at Tried Marx for $780.00.
Got to 48,000 but couldn’t handle the noise
So today I’ve swapped over to some new tyres replacing my MT51s. Pros - great off road with great traction. Cons - so noisey and loud!
They were great at the start but as they started to wear down, the noise and vibrations became worse to the point of being unbearable. This is with regular balancing and rotation. I’ve changed over at 48,000km with tread remaining. Could probably have gotten another 20,000km out of them.
I guess that’s the downside to being a muddy.
Have now moved across to some BFG KO2s
25k old and not much tread left
I have done just over 25,000kms on my Kumho MT51s and i am very disappointed.
As others have stated they wear very strangely. They were rotated at 5000kms, 10,000kms and then at 20,000kms. There was a very bad wobble in front end when they were rotated at 20,000kms. An alignment and having them rotated sorted the wobble out.
I have had to lash out and buy another set of tyres for an up coming trip as i do not believe the Kumhos will do the job with how little tread they have left.
At the current stage they are very skatey on gravel and have spun up fairly easily on asphalt without trying to.
On the fence between OK and good call it 3.5 stars
I've done about 25,000km on these MT51, I've driven across Australia once, I have done 3 trips on the worst rocks imaginable in the Flinders Ranges and driven on wet roads of course as well. They have taken some minor damage in the tread from the Flinders trips, not significant. Being 18 inch they have taken cuts to the side wall when deflated to around 20Psi for off-road use, I'm no tyre expert but the cuts look superficial only and that country can slice a tyre like a knife through butter. Road noise is not bad given the aggressive tread patt...ern, they do let go a bit when the road is wet as people do seem to remark but my vehicle has traction control so that is taken care of quickly. I have had them rotated regularly and overall wear is even. No flats at all. I would be confident saying even with my level of hard off-road activity on rocks I would get another 20-25K km out of them at very least. I've had some different brands of tyre including Goodyear Dura-trac ($$$) and to be honest I would probably choose these over those again. If you don't off-road much buy a more road bias tyre, but these are pretty good if you take it off road once in a while, they're pretty tough.
Great value for mony
I got mine on special in 33x12.5r15, did 3500 kms over a few weeks up and around the Pilbara and back to Perth towing a camper trailer.
Did lots of gravel work, lots of beach, and even more on the blacktop in a 90 model GQ patrol, tyres were 2/3rds quiter than the old muddies I had on there, and used a bit less diesel. Good grip in the wet, with the old tank feeling prettt sure footed.
Am buying these tyres again to put on my new Ranger.
Great budget tyre 15000km and wearing evenly
I have done 15000km on these tyres so far and very happy with them. Great grip off-road and ok on road. Noise is better than expected for a MT tyre. With about 2000km done off road cannot fault them. They do seam very soft and don't expect a long life out of them but after 2 rotations they are wearing evenly. If I can get over 60000km from them will buy them again.
Tyres are terrible
Tyres are terrible wearing very unusual and uneven, was rotating them and also had wheel alignments. Got 40’000k’s just!
when I purchased them I was told I would get 80’000 no worries at all.
Terrible Tyre will never purchase another kumo Tyre again, do not recommend anyone to purchase these tyres
Very dangerous for incompetent drivers.
Off road great, that's it.
The tyres are currently at 34K and they are not going to reach 50K. My experience off road with these was great. On wet bitumen, hang on! Absolutely terrible on wet bitumen. If I was driving around town with enough water on the road I would occasionally put it in 4WD. My next door neighbour has just done 55K on his Goodyears and they look brilliant. I think if you are only doing dirt driving these would be great.
Extremely impressed with these tyres off road! The side walls are very strong, they bag very well and grip tremendously well on rock climbing . They are an off road tyre primarily so no point dwelling on on road performance but if you drive accordingly they are very good. They must be rotated every 5k FL-RR FR-RL RR-FR RL-FL ! Well worth doing this and they wear brilliantly.
Very very soft 25,000 and wont get 30,000km
Work great off road very poor stopping power on britherment but over all if i got better life from them i wont buy 2nd set. Rep offer new set of kl71s for $92 a peice so pretty happy with that. But that did take bit of a fright to get but. Btw 285 75 r16
Odd and shocking wear
These tyres are great on road, in fact the best off road tyre i have had all round....except for the excessive wear!! Like a few other people who have these tyres, i have had some very strange wear patterns and very quick wear and that. Have had the Kumho people tell me it was everything from bad wheel alignments, to the tyre pressure, to the geometry of my car not agreeing with the tyres, right down to the so called Kumho engineer telling me i was carrying too much weight in the back. That weight is a 90kg toolbox i might add.
crap wear! p...
Great tyres so far. 10000 ks in.
The tyres have handled lots of dirt and low psi driving really well. It has a very soft compound which will likley wear quickly. But I would rather a safe tire than one that lasts ages and chips and slides all over the place. I'm surprised there are not more of these on 4wds... As they are a great 50/50 tyre or an agresive all terrain.
Tyres Waring unusually
I purchased 5 x MT51 Kumho Road Ventures and was told I would get 80,000km. I travelled around Australia last year 2018 July to October via NSW, QLD, NT around WA from Queanbeyan NSW and discovered that the front tyres were wearing weirdly, never seen this before, the front of the nobs were up and the rears down and slanted. swapped front to rears every 10,000 but then the unusually wearing tyres transferred to the rear made a lot of noise until worn even again. Again yesterday 3 April 18, tyres are now at 30,000km and easily more than half wor...n. I was told to drop my tyre pressures down to 32 psi as side walls are very hard on these tyres, problem not rear only front and I usually put 36psi in the rear for towing a 2 ton caravan. I travelled some of the most harshest roads 4x4 and caravaning around Australia and never ever got a flat tyre, so performance in handling hard and sharp stone, corrugation, 45 degree temps and sand good. This unusual warring of the front tyres is wearing them out quicker and will not make their guaranteed 80,000 km that's for sure. Would I buy them again? If I can't identify why I am constantly getting this unusually warring on my Nissan Patrol GU (doesn't seem to be wheel alignments) and I expect I will only get 50,000km out of the tyres, probably not.
12 months old at fitting :(
Previously Tyre were road venture KL 51 w 80,000km warranty. The KL51 went hard before the km warranty was reached because they were almost 2 years old at time of fitting, I don’t spend a lot of time on the road so thought this was a great option, but when I started sliding out (at 4th year of fitment and at least another 10,000km remaining tread) at rounds about i realised something was wrong and was told they had reached the end of their life span??? I enquired about new Kumho’s Road venture HT51 thinking the last batch were bad luck but no the new tyres are 14 months old.
Great tyres good price but seem to only supply old
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From my precious experiences, this has been the most durable tyre fitted to my car. It gives a good grip on rainy days on and smooth ride as well. Manage to run it close to 80,000 km before replacing with the same type. One of the cheapest Japanese tyres with quality that matters.
Good Japanese brand
These are probably the smoothes tyres I've used on my car. Ive used cheap Chinese brands before and you can feel the difference when you're on the freeway. I feel like these tyres are fuel efficient and we have saved a lot of petrol. Less wear and tear on the tread of the tyres
only going to last 45k
My set have spent 85% on the sealed surfaces around Sydney and highway use, the other 15% is Fraser Island, Vic high country, Blue mountains, central coast hinterland. They perform great off-road, on lower pressures side walls don’t bulge but the length of tread increases well, rock or sand they have gripped very well and remove mud and stones.
On sealed surfaces they don’t have great breaking and wet roads hold well no aqua planning but low speeds they do slip a little. Comfort they have been great as stated before sides don’t have a lot of give but the three ply side walls are worth it.
My biggest frustration is I’ll be replacing them at 45k when I expect a minimum of 60k for a LT tyre with the deeper tread
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i replace these tyres and not happy with performance as i was expecting bit more my tires are not very good they changed front wheels but am not happy with the service and cost, they are not cheap as compared to other brand but they r not very good yes..
Questions & Answers
i have bridgestone on my Izusu bakkie at moment they are 9 years old but dont travel that much. I must now replace with new ones not because of thread but because of age. The dealer said Kumho are good tyres it is 245/70 R16 do you think it will be ok?
dunno ihave never heard that tyres need replacing cos of their age sides that as far as I know the bridgestones arnte a bad bit a gear but there u go the tyre dealer will only make a quid if he can con u inta new set re the kumho I cant realy remember how long they lasted 4 me I think it was about early 70,s k/s but not realy sure but long an short I think the dealer u r workin with is takin u 4 a ride but if u hafta the kumho,s r a nice bit a rubber
I was under the impression that the mt51 had the m+s and 3pmsf approval but I can't find the 3pmsf symbol anywhere on the new tyres I have just purchased. Am I jist not looking in the right place or is it likely I have old stock before they put the symbol on?
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