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Bridgestone Dueler M/T 674 – a 50,000km review

Bridgestone Dueler M/T 674 - Reviewed
Bridgestone Dueler M/T 674 - Reviewed

When I bought Project 130 the Land Rover Defender, it was in dire need of some new rubber. Along with upgrading the suspension and wheels, I fitted up some Bridgestone Dueler M/T 674 mud-terrain tyres, in an LT285/75 R16 size. Back then, there were just over 210,000 kilometres on the clock. Now, there are 265,000.

One of the latest big tests was the infamous Climes Track in Tassie, where the tyres held their own against mud, rocks and water.
One of the Dueler’s latest big tests was the infamous Climes Track in Tassie, where the tyres held their own against mud, rocks and water.

Since my daily commute is only 6 kilometres, all of those miles have been on trips, and much of it off-road. Here are the major ones:

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  • The Madigan Line and Geosurveys Hill
  • The Oodnadatta Track
  • The Hay River Track
  • Corner Country
  • A very muddy Plenty Highway
  • 1 lap of Tasmania, including Climes Track

In all of these situations, the tyres have been really good. In the meantime, there has been a handful of camping trips to Hill End, and I visited every 4WD-accessible beach between Port Macquarie and Forster back in issue 021 of this magazine. Rocky water crossings of Bendethera and the Abercrombie Rivers have been easily managed, and even some of the tougher challenges of Menai, a den of rock crawling on the edge of Sydney, saw the tyres perform well. Muddy patches through Wombeyan, Newnes and Zig Zag have been no problem, either.

A 122 load rating on this rubber is 1,500kg, per tyre.
A 122 load rating on this rubber is 1,500kg, per tyre.

Grip aside, the most impressive performance of the tyres no doubt come from running them at very low pressures, in a 3-tonne 4X4 for up to weeks on end without any issues. For me, the construction and structural longevity of a tyre is very important, and these tyres have been pretty faultless.

Damage and wear

Damage to these tyres are only superficial so far; tread blocks are only now showing serrated edges, and the sidewalls have some nicks and scuffs. But hey, there’s a reason why rugby props have weathered melons. In fact, the only tyre-related trouble I have had is a wayward kangaroo ripping out my valve stem in a direct hit near Winton, QLD. No fault of the tyre.

Would I recommend the Bridgestone Dueler M/T D674 for desert and remote travel? Absolutely.
Would I recommend the Bridgestone Dueler M/T D674 for desert and remote travel? Absolutely.

The 50,000 kilometres, of which I reckon is 50% has been genuine off-road work with heavy loads, has these tyres about 60% worn. That’s with a six-tyre rotation, mind you. At this rate, I would expect the six tyre to give me around 85,000 kilometres, which is pretty handy. It’s especially handy when the tyres aren’t as expensive as some of the other brands out there, but seem to perform just as well. They are now starting to get a little bit noisy. It started out as a hum about a year ago, and now it’s a bit louder. It’s not intrusive, and is well within the realms of expectation for a part-worn mud-terrain tyre.

Conclusion

Would I run these tyres again on my 4X4? Absolutely. I’m no tyre nerd, and ride comfort and handling aren’t far up my list. But what’s important to me is reliability and off-road performance, and these tyres give me precious little room for criticism. In fact, none at all.

This review of the Bridgestone Dueler M/T 674 comes from Pat Callinan’s 4X4 Adventures magazine, issue 028. If you want to see more, grab yourself a subscription now. It’s Australia’s best-quality print 4X4 magazine, and the only one that’s Australian owned and printed. Cheers to that!

Bridgestone Dueler M/T 674
Bridgestone Dueler M/T 674

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  • I have just purchased a set for my Td5 Disco, 265/75/16 and the first run was up to Fraser Island. I was a bit worried as to how the muddies would go on the beach and the conditions on Fraser were not the best. Very little tide movement coupled with plenty of traffic. School holidays and fishing comps.

    They did not dig in as much as I thought they would and most of the time I ran at 20psi, I did drop to 12psi running down on high tide in the super soft sand (fisher people parking) and yes it made it a bit easier , the car still had to work.
    This size is the limit for my car as I have noticed it does tend to rub a bit more than the 265/70’s did.
    Then to top of our trip we ended up on the Qld 4wd Corroboree, were we ended up on some steep dry and dusty tracks. The grip on the side of the ruts was awesome and we ran most of the tracks with out the ETC cutting in and out. So minimal wheelspin and little to no track damage.
    Price was really good as I received the $100 cash back, and compared to other big brand around $100 per tyre less. (around $1300 for set of 5 including fitting and wheel alignment)
    So far I have only put 2000km on them but looking forward to testing them more.

  • Awesome and thanks been waiting to see what these tyres are like . Been running coopers for so many years now but the price is just rediculous awesome tyres but not so awesome price tag . The Bridgestone tyres are way more affordable and have only seen real evidence of the all terrains until now so thanks mate much appreciated. Regards Mark

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