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CHINESE TYRES!! After a blow out of a rear tyre, I think I will purchase a set of new Firestones.

I am looking at the FD600 drive axle tyres, they are not recommended for the steer axle, but as the front does both drive and steer, I was wondering if anyone has expierience of these on the front?

What I dont want to do is make the steering feel awful.
 

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Does anyone have any information on a diagnostics or code reader for the round port of a Mercedes Vario 814 da 2002, i think it might be handy to have one.
I bought a laptop based C3 star system of a chap who does obd tools. Worked on my sprinter but not my 09 Vario, seller was really helpful and sent alternative hard drive to try, but in the end he refunded me as could not get working. Would like to get some sort of diagnostic tool too.
 
CHINESE TYRES!! After a blow out of a rear tyre, I think I will purchase a set of new Firestones.

I am looking at the FD600 drive axle tyres, they are not recommended for the steer axle, but as the front does both drive and steer, I was wondering if anyone has expierience of these on the front?

What I dont want to do is make the steering feel awful.
and I'm looking at tyres too! What size are you looking for? I have 205/ on 17.5 rim. Thinking maybe 9.5r which are a bit bigger and will reduce engine speed a bit, just not sure if will affect handling and braking...
 

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Re drive tyres on the steer axle, I don't see a prob with it. I'm running Goodyear Omnitrac drives all round on my 12 tonner and it didn't change anything drive wise. A slight noise increase but not much.. When you think of all the 4x4's running luggy off road tyres on the front axle without issue, I'd think you would be fine.
 
Hello Grapework, I am looking for 9.5 R17.5 as that`s what I have now, but mines 4 wheel drive, so came on that size.
I am looking at Fulda tyres at the moment but they are not cheap!!!

Be careful about changing the final gearing to much, I did this on a Land Rover and it was hard to get it in top gear sometimes, the manufacturer spends a lot of time getting it right!!! but sometimes you can tweek it a bit to your needs.

If you want to try it though, I could probably sort you a set of good second hand 9.5 s
 
Thanks for the offer. I think I have convinced myself the slight advantage of lower revs would just give slightly better fuel consumption, but I would rather have better braking, so will get some new 205s.
Had the speed limiter removed recently, now very easy cruising about 62, about 1950rpm I think.
 
Decided to go for the Fulda Ecotrans tyres in 9.5 R17.5 ordered direct from Germany they are a drive axle tyre but then the front axle drives! So should be ok?
They appear similar to the Michelins that were on it originally (but cheaper)