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Open Country AT3 AMPD Lil Jon and Alan Ampudia

Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp. (Toyo Tires®) in collaboration with Papas & Beer and Four Loko has released AMPD, a video showcasing high-energy driving and stunts by 2019 SCORE Baja 1000 Overall Winner, Alan Ampudia, as he gives Grammy award winning rapper and producer, Lil Jon, the ride of a lifetime through Baja California.

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Like many of you, Toyo Tires Australia can’t wait to get its hands on the new Open Country A/T III, so stay tuned!

White Side Walls (WSW) and Raised White Lettering (RWL) have been popular since the advent of tyres themselves but users quickly discovered that white rubber is considerably harder than black rubber to keep clean. Join Joel from The Jurs Adventures for some handy tips on how you can keep your white sidewall lettering or whitewalls looking their best.

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Being able to maintain pristine white on tyre sidewalls has always been a chore, and there is an abundance of ways to do it, but it’s way too much effort for most. Those of us that like the look of white rubber sidewall elements generally would be those who spend a bit of time and effort to maintain and clean our vehicles too. For me, I dabble in both worlds; the fanatical owner that wants showroom shine all the time and the average 4WDer who considers wet to be clean. One thing I cannot stand though is the ‘W’ being dirty on my RWL!

Dirty Letters Close

Paint pens are a popular fix but they fade out and get dirty, so what is my secret? Cheap wheel cleaner spray, the type you get from the dollar store in a can. I have been using this stuff for ages and while there are plenty of other brands out there, I use any cheap brand that is clearly labelled as ‘wheel cleaner’ that you spray on and hose off. Why cheap? Because I go through quite a lot of it, and I find that if I use anything else in the same way, it’s either too expensive or takes too much effort.

Sidewall Text Cleaner

My quick method gets about eight tyre applications out of a can, which I use in between the weekly or fortnightly exterior clean. Before you even get the car wet and soapy, spray a generous amount all over the facing surface of the tyre and wheel, and move around to each, repeating the process. Once you are back to the start, go get your hose, giving the cleaner 5-minutes to do its thing before hosing your tyre and wheel off in the order you sprayed them. This quick method is good for lightly soiled wheels and tyres but using a high-pressure cleaner to spray down instead of a hose will yield the best results, even on the dirtiest of tyres and wheels.

Sidewall Cleaning

I use the quick method regularly as I like to give all of my cars a quick detail as often as I can just in case I can’t get to them to do a proper clean down. The longer method includes a full detail of the car and consumes about two or three cans depending on your ride and whether you’re keen to use it on surfaces besides the tyres and wheels. I start off by spraying a generous amount around the inner wheel arches, the back of the tyre and wheel before moving to the outer part of the tyre and wheel. I continue this with the others and then move to the front, spraying down the entire front of the car from the bonnet down. Then I move on to the rear bumper area, spraying everything under the tailgate, including the spare tyre. By the time I’m done with the back of the car, its ready to spray off, but at this point, I give the whole car a high-pressure rinse and then move on to a heavy duty car wash foam soak.

Clean Sidewall Writing

That’s the amount of effort I put into keeping the ‘W’ in my RWL tyres. Sometimes, I’ll go so far as dressing them with tyre shine so that they look their best… before we hit the dirt next!

Sunset on Dirt

So, next time you’re on the hunt for some fresh round rubbery things and they offer RWL in your tyre choice but keeping them clean seems like a chore, just remember that it doesn’t have to be. Grab yourself a cheap can of hose-off wheel cleaner spray and as soon as you see the RWL looking a little shabby, just spray on and hose off.

Catch you on the next adventure.

 

Kumho, is urging motorists to use this time of isolation to give some thought to the condition and safety of their tyres, before they take to the roads again in a post Covid 19 world.

While checking the tyre pressure it is easy to have a close look at the tyre sidewall and tread area, checking for nicks, cuts or any foreign objects that may be stuck in the tyre tread, such as nails, screws or sharp stones.

 

Motorists should also inspect for uneven tyre wear, and if this is apparent then they should consult their nearest tyre specialist, to have the wheel alignment checked and adjusted.

Leading tyre maker Kumho, is urging motorists to use this time of isolation to give some thought to the condition and safety of their tyres, before they take to the roads again in a post Covid 19 world.

With most people confined to home for the time being, and not driving their cars any great distances, there is no better opportunity to spend a little extra time inspecting the tyres on their vehicles for damage, correct inflation and wear.

Kumho says that in our normally busy lives, the tyres on our vehicles are often overlooked and ignored and we usually only pay attention when they are damaged, punctured or worn out. However, if a little time is used to inspect your tyres now, it may prevent inconvenient and expensive failures down the track.

According to Kumho Tyre Australia sales and marketing director, David Basha, the chance to attend to things like inspecting the safety and condition of your vehicles tyres should be seen as an opportunity in this bleak time.

“Normally we would be advising motorists to have their tyres inspected ahead of the busy Easter holiday motoring period, to ensure safety and reliability while on long road trips, but 2020 is very different and very few of us will be on the road for any long trips in the next little while,” said David Basha.

“But the Covid 19 restrictions won’t be here forever, and this enforced break gives us the perfect time to make sure that tyres are safe, properly inflated and damage free.”

Kumho recommends, that at the very least, motorists check the pressures on their vehicle tyres when they head to their fuel station ensuring that they match the recommended pressures on the manufacturer tyre pressure placard, which is usually positioned inside the jam of the driver’s door.

An inexpensive tyre pressure gauge is a worthwhile investment to ensure the pressure in the tyre pressures can be easily and accurately checked.

Even slightly under-inflated tyres require more energy and build up damaging heat more quickly which can lead to reduced economy and paying more for fuel than you need.

Not maintaining proper tyre inflation pressure costs consumers hundreds of dollars during their driving lifetime

Tyres should always be checked when cold to ensure accuracy as the pressure in the tyre will build up as they heat up and all recommended tyre pressures are for cold tyres. Kumho recommends that motorists check tyre air pressure at least monthly, and always before a long distance trip. 

“Maintaining proper inflation pressure is essential for driving safety, handling, ride comfort and maximising fuel economy,” said David Basha.

While checking the tyre pressure it is easy to have a close look at the tyre sidewall and tread area, checking for nicks, cuts or any foreign objects that may be stuck in the tyre tread, such as nails, screws or sharp stones. If there is a sharp object lodged in the tread, or if there are any signs of damage, Kumho recommends motorists head to their nearest specialist tyre dealer to have them either repaired or replaced.

“Tyres never choose a convenient place to  deflate but if you spend a few minutes inspecting them now when you have some time, then when we do get moving again it will provide a little bit more peace of mind and some assurance of the safety of your tyres,” David Basha added.

Also after months of drought and dry conditions it is important to ensure the tread on your tyres meets the mandatory limits and can cope with wet conditions when rain starts to fall.

All tyres are manufactured with tyre wear indicators inside the tread pattern to show when the tread has reached its lower safe limits. Most tyres have between four and six tread wear indicators which are small lateral bars that run across the tyre inside the tread at roughly 90 degrees to the general tread direction, and when they are around the same height as the surface of the tread, it is time to fit replacement tyres.

Motorists should also inspect for uneven tyre wear, and if this is apparent then they should consult their nearest tyre specialist, to have the wheel alignment checked and adjusted. Uneven tyre wear could also be as a result of over or under inflation and also as a result of worn shock absorbers.

“It all just underlines the importance of taking the opportunity to inspect the tyres while we have the time to do so,” said David Basha.

Since its inception in 1960, Kumho Tyre has been a model of steady growth amid dramatic changes of business landscape. Driven by innovation in management and technical development Kumho has become one of the world’s leading tyre companies.

Over the past half-century Kumho Tyres has built the foundation for a sustainable company, which has thrived through a full range of business environments.

Kumho has succeeded in the development of superior tyres for all vehicles including high performance, passenger, sports utility and recreational vehicles, as well as light trucks, heavy truck and buses, industrial, agricultural, mining and construction vehicles as well as aircraft.

Kumho produces tyres in Korea, China, Vietnam and the USA and distributes globally. In Australia it markets an extensive range of tyres for cars, 4WD’s, light commercials, trucks and buses with a network centred around five state distribution facilities with the ability to deliver tyres to retailers across all areas of Australia.

Kumho Tyre Australia has announced the launch of a new mud terrain tyre aimed squarely at the 4WD Ute and SUV market.

The new Kumho Road Venture MT71 offers premium off road performance that will redefine the 4WD tyre segment and comes to market after more than two years of development according to Kumho.

The Road Venture MT71 will be available in 27 sizes that combined will cover the vast majority of the mud-terrain segment.

“The Road Venture MT71 is a cornerstone product for Kumho because it will deliver the highest level of performance at a truly competitive price and will we believe redefine the serious 4WD tyre market,” said Kenny Chun, National Marketing Manager for Kumho Tyre  Australia.

The Road Venture MT71, has been designed using multiple sizes and specs on multiple platforms across the world, not just one size and one type of vehicle,” said Kenny Chun.

The MT71 features an aggressive tread design for enhanced climbing performance and off-road traction, enhanced durability with extra cut and chip resistance and exceptional off-road performance with excellent highway safety and stability.

Specifically, the Road Venture MT71 contains seven integrated steel and fabric layers, three-ply high-strength construction, two steel cord layers  and two nylon protection plies that together add up to one of the most robust mud-terrain tyres out there.

“During pre-launch testing, the product scored well in slick rock traction, forward traction, front path stability, side-bite ability, side slope traction and a wide range of additional performance dynamics, demonstrating severe off-road capability,” Mr Chun added.

The Road Venture MT71’s footprint is unique and has been designed as an extreme off road tyre delivering ultimate traction delivering excellent track and mud condition performance with an extreme mud terrain tread design
MT71 also  delivers significant on road noise reduction compared to standard MT tyres due to the design of its packed centre block and its dual pitch tread design with a pattern design which utilises the theories of fluid mechanics for enhanced wet performance, climbing ability and traction both on and off road.

The MT71’s lug type block pattern also delivers exceptional traction on mud and rock.

The MT71 is available in a range of diameters and sizes from 14 inch to 17 inch,  spanning the vast majority of popular fitments in the 4WD market.

Since its inception in 1960, Kumho Tyre has been a model of steady growth amid dramatic changes of business landscape. Driven by innovation in management and technical development Kumho has become one of the world’s leading tyre companies.

Over the past half-century Kumho Tyres has built the foundation for a sustainable company, which has thrived through a full range of business environments.

Kumho has succeeded in the development of superior tyres for all vehicles including high performance, passenger, sports utility and recreational vehicles, as well as light trucks, heavy truck and buses, industrial, agricultural, mining and construction vehicles as well as aircraft.

Kumho is a multi-national manufacturer and distributes tyres across the globe  In Australia it markets an extensive range of tyres for cars, 4WD’s, light commercials, trucks and buses with a warehousing network  in six state locations with the ability to distribute tyres to retailers across all areas of Australia.

 

Brayden Cresswell’s no-nonsense, hands-on approach to exploring Western Australia brought 4×4 Camping and Adventures to our attention, so after following his exploits over the life of a set of Open Country M/Ts, we reached out to hear his final thoughts.

CLICK HERE to watch Brayden’s review videos and see his Triton in action

 

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