Cooper Tires

Cooper Tires S/T Maxx 5 Years On

Article from Travel Outback Australia.

Back in June of 2016 we put Cooper S/T Maxx tyres on our Prado. I’m not a fan of the OEM tyres fitted from the factory and although the Dunlop’s still had tread they were making way for the new tyres.

Unsure how the new tyres would go after owning Coopers previously we started touring the Simpson Desert and surrounds. These tyres are a 50% road & sand, 50% dirt & mud so this type of tyre suited us to a tee.

Looking back over the last 6 years we have taken these tyres across the Simpson Desert 5 times and done our fair share of the black top as well. So, how have they gone?

Cooper ST Maxx

Thoughts

I’ve got to say that I have been very impressed with the wear on these tyres especially. These tyres, starting off with a whopping 14mm of tread depth have only worn halfway and I’ve travelled approximately 90k kilometres on them thus far.

Travelling over all the different terrain types has given us a pretty good idea of just how well these tyres have performed. Tyre pressures have been varied for sand and dirt roads down to about 13psi in worst case scenarios up to 35psi for on the black top.

Wear has been quite equal across the whole set of tyres and we have rotated them about every 10k kilometres. Doing what we do you get to hear many stories about tyres, good and bad, and one thing I can say about these Coopers is that they have not let us down while touring.

That’s not to say that they have been indestructible for on a couple of occasions I’ve had to get some running repairs. The first one was a Tek screw that had worked its way in between the tread and thankfully I noticed it before it did any damage.

These are 3 ply light truck sidewalls but I’ve still managed to cut a gash here and there, probably more as a result of my driving than a fault of the tyres. Recently on a family trip to Sydney we had pulled up at a friend’s place only to hear air escaping and then noticed it was coming from one of those said gashes.

I was still able to repair the tyre and it continues to serve as a spare perched on the rear of the Prado.

Spare

Overall Performance

So, what can I say about the Cooper Tires S/T Maxx tyres overall performance? Traction has been great in the wet, both on the road and in mud, and while I can notice some noise coming from the tyres I don’t find it too intrusive.

They clean well and most pebbles caught in the tread pattern seem to be flung off after a short amount of time. On sand and deflating the pressure to just under half the normal pressures it floats over most sand except for really soft stuff.

Only once have I had to go down to about 13psi but this was because I was towing a camper trailer. On wet unsealed roads grip is good but once it starts turning to mud, these 50/50 tread pattern tyres would be outperformed by a dedicated mud tyre dramatically.

Even though the tread is sitting at about half depth I reckon I’ll get another 10-20k kilometres out of them before they are retired as they’ll be getting on to seven years old and they’ll need retiring.

Tread depth

I don’t hesitate to recommend Cooper Tires to people these days. I really couldn’t be happier with the run I’ve had out of them and I’ll be lining up for another set next time round.

To find out about the range of Cooper Tires available you can see them here.

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Comments 6

  1. Good to read about the ST Maxx, I ordered a set a few weeks back and I’m just waiting on call to go get them fitted, I have AT 3s on just now and they have served me well, I just wanted a bit more aggressive tread without going to muddies.
    Thanks for info, good read 🤙

  2. I’m coming up to 200,000kms on my 2005 Kia Sorento 3.5L BL. I bought it new and the dealership supplied a free swap-over set of Cooper ATRs for me to drive away on.
    I went with Cooper MTs next – better mud grip but more road noise. Now I’m on my 3rd set, this time Cooper ATR3s – a LT construction that works very well. Never had a puncture in all this time, been almost everywhere. Generally run 15 in the sand, 40 on the black top when fully loaded, mid 20s on the gravel, low 20s in the mud. Awesome.

  3. Have been very happy with Coopers AT in past but I had one STMaxx blowout on highway at 56,000 Ks. On inspection found serious tyre separation from bead on other tyres. I am a fastidious owner and always take good care of my car and tyres. Now very happy on Toyo ATs.

  4. I have been running Cooper Tyres on all of my 4WD’s for over 30 years now and can’t say enough great words about them.
    7 vehicles averaging 50000 km per year, beach, bush, gravel roads,
    With only one flat Tyre during this entire time I would use nothing but Cooper Tyres on my vehicles.

  5. I have used Cooper AT3’s on my Dual cab Hilux over 8 years and mileage has been brilliant, Average 100,000 k plus on them. Highly recommended.
    It had BFG’s on it when I bought it and 2 out of 4 of them had tread separation with 50,000 k on them

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