I need two front tyres for my 2001 Range Rover P38. When I bought the vehicle in February 2008, its grabber UHPs appeared to be brand new. Since then, I’ve done about 21,000 miles (road use only), and feel that replacement shouldn’t be necessary at this stage.
Are tread depths the same on premium tyres and midrange ones? Are some tyres more hardwearing than others? Are the hardwearing ones noisier?
I’d also like advice on tyre pressures: running the grabbers at 28psi has worn the centre of the tyre compared to the outside.
Dave Haimes, Tavistock, Devon
I think 21,000 miles isn’t bad, considering the weight of the vehicle, but a move to either a mid-or top-of-the-range tyre could reward you with about 30,000 miles, maybe more.
If you go for something really hardwearing it could lead to you not being happy with either the handling or the ride. Land Rover has fitted Goodyear, Michelin and Pirelli as standard (some of the latest ones have Dunlops) over the years. Anything so branded could be regarded as top-of-the-range.
BF Goodrich, General and Cooper would be next; then you could look at Nexen and Maxxis. Within 1mm or so, the thread depths are the same.
Don’t change tyre pressures from the factory settings, as this could lead to handling problems. It’s not unusual for them to wear in the middle but I would expect the rears to do it - not the front. Other than swapping the wheels front to back to even the wear up, there isn’t a lot you can do.
Do you use the same gauge? How accurate is it? If you have a hand gauge, pop into a tyre dealer, who should have a master gauge. That will give you some idea of its accuracy.
This workshop advice appeared in the September 2009 issue of LRO. Back issues are available to download on digital devices here.