Post pictures of your Land Rover.

BirchHill

goat farmer
Hauled new to me baler home, exited to be making a few less square bales. On the hills I could tell there was 2 tons back there but, it pulled it along reasonable well. The air suspension handled the heavy tongue weight with level ease.
 

A.J.M

Explorer
http://youtu.be/AAOtZhpq_LU

Small video of me going down a muddy hill.
Was with the Scottish Land Rover owner's club at a local off road site,

Had earlier drove through the muddy section going left and got properly stuck in a clay hole, D3's front and rear bottomed out leaving the centre and wheels spinning and not going anywhere, mate with his defender winched me out..

Also tore a hole in my 5 month old Duratrac. Likely damaged beyond repair.. :(
 

AndrewClarke

Adventurer
http://youtu.be/AAOtZhpq_LU

Small video of me going down a muddy hill.
Was with the Scottish Land Rover owner's club at a local off road site,

Had earlier drove through the muddy section going left and got properly stuck in a clay hole, D3's front and rear bottomed out leaving the centre and wheels spinning and not going anywhere, mate with his defender winched me out..

Also tore a hole in my 5 month old Duratrac. Likely damaged beyond repair.. :(
That sucks about your Duratrac. I have them on my 110, but the soft sidewall seems to be their Achilles' heel, so to speak. They're not cheap, either.
 

A.J.M

Explorer
The tyre is getting taken to a specialist puncture repair centre, if they can do a vulcanised repair on it then it will be as new.

The cut is about 1cm long, like a knife cut right into the sidewall just above the bead line for the join to the alloy.

Shall find out in the next week or so if it can be rapaired. Cost is about £40 vs £210 for a new tyre. :(
 

getlost4x4

Expedition Leader
i think i'd go ahead and replace the tire. better to be safe then dead. that doesn't sound like a good place to try to repair.
 

AndrewClarke

Adventurer
i think i'd go ahead and replace the tire. better to be safe then dead. that doesn't sound like a good place to try to repair.
I'd rather be safe then alive ;-)

The repaired tyre might do for a spare at least. One would hope that a reputable repair centre would have an idea of how safe a repair "should" be.
 

REDrum

Aventurero de la Selva
....but the soft sidewall seems to be their Achilles' heel, so to speak
I love the Duratracs, on my second set, but they have their limits. And their major limit is sidewall durability off road. The "weak" sidewall (compared to dedicated MT like a KM2 or any Interco) is the result of the soft rubber compound, which is required to achieve the "snowflake" rating for winter use. With best available current technology it is impossible, to develop a tire that will perform very well in all the conditions: off road (durability), on tarmac (wearability), and on snow (pliability). Pick two.

A lot of guys I know in central america run bias plys because they are cheap and they don't break (but ride like crap on tarmac...). Duratracs were designed to fill a niche in the off-road market, and they do it very well, but they do have limits: barely safe in snow and vulnerable side walls. But they do wear like iron. Design is always a compromise of requirements...

Wow that price is near double the US! Thats what we pay for Mich XZL, when we can get'm over here.

Happi Trails
 

A.J.M

Explorer
The plan should it be repairable is to relegate it to spare wheel duty.

Quite glad i ordered 5 instead of the original 4 now. Haha.
It's going to a professional tyre repairer, not a local place, they repair all sorts of tyres from car and 4x4s to quarry machinery size.

What rock slider's do you lot use for your LR3's?
That's my next purchase for the car and want to get something strong that will take a few knocks, there aren't really many options over here and the US has a much better off road market so i'm assuming the choice will be larger.
 

fishEH

Explorer
Agreed on the sidewalls. I blew out a sidewall on mine on a very unassuming stick on a dirt road. It must have been at just the perfect angle though because the guy behind me blew out his sidewall too.
I definitely don't agree that they are barely safe in snow. I used them a few times in deep snow up in WI a bunch of times, in addition to normal snow use around the Chicago area and they were great.

I love the Duratracs, on my second set, but they have their limits. And their major limit is sidewall durability off road. The "weak" sidewall (compared to dedicated MT like a KM2 or any Interco) is the result of the soft rubber compound, which is required to achieve the "snowflake" rating for winter use. With best available current technology it is impossible, to develop a tire that will perform very well in all the conditions: off road (durability), on tarmac (wearability), and on snow (pliability). Pick two.

A lot of guys I know in central america run bias plys because they are cheap and they don't break (but ride like crap on tarmac...). Duratracs were designed to fill a niche in the off-road market, and they do it very well, but they do have limits: barely safe in snow and vulnerable side walls. But they do wear like iron. Design is always a compromise of requirements...

Wow that price is near double the US! Thats what we pay for Mich XZL, when we can get'm over here.

Happi Trails
 
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