• MY SIDEWALL IS BLOWN! WHERE’S MY WARRANTY?

    If you’ve done any sort of off-road driving in a 4x4, you’ll know that deflating your tyres makes a big, big difference to the vehicle’s performance. I once tackled the beautiful Klein Tafelberg trail in a Hilux-versus-Ranger shootout, when the sand was blisteringly hot. The challenge of Klein Tafelberg is that it has these deep, steep, sandy tracks that bend left and right.

  • DRY ROT: What is it and how do you prevent it?

    Tyres are made of rubber and other petroleum-based materials, and although they last a long time, they’re still prone to natural degradation, age, and other environmental influences. Exactly how long it takes for a tyre to degrade (otherwise known as Dry Rot) depends on several factors. However, the problem of Dry Rot is frequently found on caravan tyres, trailers, or vehicles that stand for prolonged periods without driving. It’s also commonly found on SUV spare tyres that are stored in direct sunlight on the vehicle’s boot lid / door.

  • TYRE DEALERS, BAD ADVICE & THE TRUTH ABOUT LT vs P-METRIC TYRES

    It’s normal to believe that tyre dealers are your best source of tyre-buying advice, but in many cases they’re the ones offering poor recommendations, and (on occasion) display unethical practices. Owners of SUVs, pick-ups and 4x4 vehicles are very often the victims: typically sold a P-Metric tyre not designed for off-road use, when they should have been specced with a Light Truck (LT) alternative.

  • WILL AN ALL-TERRAIN OR MUD-TERRAIN TYRE AFFECT YOUR VEHICLE’S FUEL ECONOMY?

    A common question amongst first-time off-road tyre buyers is: “Will an all-terrain or mud-terrain tyre affect my vehicle’s fuel economy?” The short answer is: Yes. However, there’s more to the subject of fuel economy than just tread design.

  • AN OFF-ROADER’S GUIDE TO BUYING ALL-TERRAIN TYRES

    Much like the vehicle you’re driving, tyres are a compromise between what you want, what you need, and what you may not know you need in a tyre. With this in mind, let’s look at what features matter most when shopping for an off-road tyre.

  • 4 SIGNS YOUR TYRES NEED ROTATING

    If your vehicle has recently picked up a slight vibration and some road noise, it could be an indication that your tyres need rotating. Other symptoms of an overdue tyre-service include...

  • SIDEWALL PUNCTURE RESISTANCE AND THE 3-PLY MYTH

    For many off-road enthusiasts, the best way to determine an all-terrain’s puncture resistance is to look at the ply rating. In most cases, consumers view 3-plies as the industry benchmark for off-road use. However, in real terms, ply count isn’t as relevant today as it was 20-years ago. Nonetheless, the perception remains, and as a result, some tyre manufactures have capitalised on the belief by designing a 3-ply tyre that may not be any more puncture resistant than a 2-ply equivalent.

  • RISKY BUSINESS

    Would you buy a brand new bakkie without a warranty? Probably not. That’s because most of us recognise how risky it would be, should the vehicle’s engine bomb out.

  • MUD-TERRAIN vs ALL-TERRAIN

    “Mud-terrain or all-terrain?” A common question heard on any 4x4 forum, the question usually goes something like this...

  • WHY MOST 4X4 TYRE TESTS ARE FLAWED

    Sometime ago a well-known 4x4 magazine published an all-terrain tyre shootout, one that focused heavily on sand-driving performance, as well as gravel-braking distances. There were some questionable methods to that shootout...

  • WHY SOME ALL-TERRAINS CUT AND CHIP OFF-ROAD

    What makes one tyre more susceptible to cut and chip than another? Well, let’s look at that question from a different angle and ask: If we engineered a tyre specifically for extreme cut and chip resistance, what would it look like?

  • TYRE CONSTRUCTION – LOAD INDEX, PUNCTURE RESISTANCE & STEERING CONTROL

    Puncture resistance, payload capacity, heat tolerance, body roll, steering response and pressure performance... are just some of the features directly linked to the construction of a tyre’s carcass.

  • 3 ESSENTIAL QUALITIES OF 4X4 TYRE DESIGN

    Off-road tyres need to possess design features that address the added problem of loose, rutted, and abrasive terrain. So, what are these design features? Well, the answer lies in what we call TCC

  • WHY FIT AN OFF-ROAD TYRE?

    Your choice of rubber will act either as a strength for your 4x4, or potentially as a weakness

  • Tyre Maintenance

    Tyre Maintenance Tips

  • WEIGHT WATCHERS

    TYRE SIDEWALLS AND THE 3-PLY MYTH

  • CARCASS CONSTRUCTION

    LT versus Passenger tyres

  • WORSE FOR WEAR

    Diagnosing your tyre faults...

  • TYRE VALUE

    HOW TO SAVE MONEY ON YOUR NEXT SET OF TYRES

  • THE HIDDEN COSTS OF UP-SIZING YOUR TYRES

    A couple of months back, I spoke about tyre balancing and the fact that bigger, heavier tyres are often harder (and more expensive) to balance than OE fitted units. This raises an interesting subject − namely, the costs of up-sizing your tyres.

  • DIAGNOSING YOUR TYRE FAULTS

    6 common tyre problems and how to prevent them...

  • BLOWOUT – Tyre failure facts and fiction

    BLOWOUT – Tyre failure facts and fiction

  • CLEAR THE AIR

    The subject of tyre deflation is surprisingly contentious; folks seldom agree on figures, and in some cases I’ve even heard 4x4 training academies arguing that you shouldn’t do it! But here are the top 4 reasons why you should.

  • TYRE TROUBLES – BALANCING

    Why your 4x4 tyres are NOT balancing...

  • THE REAL McCOY

    WHY YOUR ALL-TERRAIN IS PROBABLY NOT AN OFF-ROAD TYRE

  • ROAD TO RECOVERY

    When you’re out using your 4x4 for what it’s intended, there may come a time when you find yourself stuck. These are the top dos and don'ts of recovery.

  • TYRELIFE

    PROTECTION FOR YOUR TYRES

  • COOPER OFF ROAD BACK TO BASICS

    AN ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO OFF-ROAD GEAR

  • SIZE FOR SIZE

    WHEN IS BIGGER NOT BETTER?

  • TREAD CAREFULLY

    M/Ts VERSUS A/Ts AND WHICH SHOULD YOU BUY?

  • TO PROTECT AND SERVE

    COOPER’S TYRELIFE PROGRAMME

  • THICK & THIN

    WHAT TYRE DEALERS AREN’T TELLING YOU ABOUT ALL-TERRAINS

  • THE PRESSURE IS ON

    Coopertires South Africa stated that a major reason for tyre failure or low mileage achieved on a tyre is poor tyre maintenance. Just a small amount of attention could lengthen the life of the tyre, provide a more comfortable ride and reduce fuel usage thereby helping not only your pocket but also the environment.

  • NEW MULTI TERRAIN TYRE AVAILABLE

    Cooper Tyres South Africa announces the introduction of a multi terrain tyre for the Southern African market.

  • 11 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD REPLACE YOUR DOUBLE-CAB OR SUV TYRES WITH COOPERS

    If you’re in the market for a new set of tyres, you may be wondering if you should stick with the factory-fitted units, or fit something more robust from the specialist market. After all, your vehicle’s factory tyres were designed for cost-saving purposes, not for strength, durability, or peak performance.