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I agree, although I do recall someone saying "brakes are cheaper and easier to replace than gearboxes" ;-)
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I agree, although I do recall someone saying "brakes are cheaper and easier to replace than gearboxes" ;-)

All depends on the situation and how quickly you need to decelerate.
Use gear/engine breaking whenever practical, save the brake pedal for when it's needed.

Using the gears to brake suddenly is a silly idea and could well cause a lot of damage.
Repeatably using the brakes when it's not really needed can also lead to them overheating (e.g. when continuous braking when going down a long hill)


That's what I've always thought anyway.
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I got the same distance on the gearbox and it was fine. I had to replace the clutch only because the dual mass flywheel failed and I converted to single mass. I know a lot of auto boxes that fail a long way before 250,000 kms. What I do do though is to anticipate conditions ahead.
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I managed 320000 kms from my front pads on my (almost) trusty 2002 MY03. Discs were good and pads still had, although not much, meat left.
Gearbox still ok too.......
To me brakes are for emergency stopping.
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Hi MiddleAgeSubie,

Those are some meticulously kept records!

Yes, it's true that unpaved roads and going off the beaten path you will see much lower useable mileage from road oriented tyres, despite all efforts in suspension alignment, rotation and so on.

To combat this, we use Light Truck tyre construction and a special malleable rubber compound for the Bridgestone Dueler AT 697, which can switch between tarmac and off road duties easily while increasing comfort, tyre life, and resistance to punctures and cuts. One of our testers managed to even get 90,000kms (55,000 miles approximately) out of their set touring around Australia!

You can check out our dueler range here: https://www.bridgestonetyres.com.au/dueler

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@Bridgestone


Thanks, let me ask you something else.


I have noticed that tires lose a lot of diameter over time, when measured vertically on a parked vehicle, well beyond treadwear. Do stiffer sidewalls mean less squat once the tires are no longer new/newish? Thanks.
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Hi @MiddleAgeSubie,

Thank you for the inquiry. We've passed this question on to the technical team and will be back shortly with an answer.

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Hi @Bridgestone,

Could you please post up drawings of your D697, the equivalent mud tyre and your RE003 with minimum and maximum sidewall thicknesses. Passenger and light truck construction of each where applicable. Say 225 width tyre and 60 series where possible
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Question for @Bridgestone, non Subaru related,
G`Day, I have a Swift motorhome which needs new rubber. It also has a wildly optimistic speedo which reads about 10% fast at 100 kph.
I thought about replacing the existing 215X70X15 tyres with 225X75X15 tyres, all on 7 inch rims, to improve speedo accuracy, improve, marginally, ground clearance and also possibly achieve better tyre life .
Bearing in mind that motorhomes require a slighty different tyre because of their mass and potential for "normal" tyres to develop flats when not being used what is your opinion on this idea? I plan on using Dueler 697`s as they seem to be doing a good job on my MY03 Forester.
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..to improve speedo accuracy...
As an aside, while it may improve your speedo accuracy, it will throw out your odometer. Bear that in mind for servicing.
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