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    Stuff that probably won't survive a Central Australia trip

    Here's my list of things that didn't make it on our recent Central trip, that included the Simpson and all the rough roads to get there and back. Use these ideas to work out on what to buy cheap and throw away, or spend big so it can cope.

    1. About a third of my tents pegs bent or lost
    2. A non-canvas tent hole in floor
    3. Kings roof top bags (the cheap ones) - not even worth buying
    4. Kings LED light strip - shorted out
    5. Flag pole mount - don't try and use an antenna mount
    6. Almost lost my roof rack - the Rhino cross bars slid through their mounts. Could probably have tightened them a little more.
    7. Mate broke his pop-rivetted roof rack mounts (Triton design flaw - no other way to put roof rack on).
    8. Cheap plastic tubs
    9. I'd usually expect to kill a tyre, but we got lucky
    10. I also think we got lucky and didn't kill any shocks
    11. I noticed my Darche awning is showing sighs of wear, where it rolls up against the mount on the inside.
    12. Pretty resigned to having to throw away things that we just couldn't get all the dust out of, like sleeping bags
    13. Self inflating mattresses - one holed, 2 others no longer holding air
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    I would add BFG All-terrains (KO1) to that list. Left for a recent trip with 75% tread, came back and they were so clapped out with big chunks of tread broken off all 4 tyres they now have to be replaced.

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    Gee I hope my BFG KO2 last the distance.

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    Yep agree with the cheap plastic tubs and we lost a spare wheel mounted rubbish bag full of rubbish across the Simpson because the bottom fell out of it. First use and cheap rubbish pardon the pun.

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    Have BFG KO2, so far so good, but my spare is KO1, and when I holed my KO2 (got a stick through the side wall), I used the spare and got chunks missing out of it, while the KO2 were all good (after 1 day of heavy climbing on rocky tracks). I guess it must be the age of the tyre, as it about 5 years old.

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    My several sets of KO1 both chipped horribly BUT it never threw them out of balance [ don't know how] but they never had a failure either. I wouldn't be replacing them unless you are getting close to the tread markers. What you will find is that as they age they get harder and ride a bit harsher.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Borec View Post
    Have BFG KO2, so far so good, but my spare is KO1, and when I holed my KO2 (got a stick through the side wall), I used the spare and got chunks missing out of it, while the KO2 were all good (after 1 day of heavy climbing on rocky tracks). I guess it must be the age of the tyre, as it about 5 years old.
    Ko2 are much better. Ko chipped up badly. Ko2 Hardly know you've been out there. Much less wear also.

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    Good to hear. I was worried I might have to consider Coopers or something unthinkable like that.

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    I think I need to add my Waeco CF50 to the list - it survived the trip, but just recently fried. It was 13 years old, so pretty happy with that. Although the 25+ year old Engel someone else had on the trip is still going strong...
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