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Old 14th June 2018, 04:16 AM
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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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Old 14th June 2018, 04:29 AM
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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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