Paul Seckold knows his way around a modified 4x4. His previous vehicle was stacked with aftermarket parts that made it a capable off-roader, but between the extra weight and the suspension lift it had an insatiable hunger for tyres. “It used to eat them for breakfast!” he laughs.
So he sold it off and picked up an unmodified Isuzu DMAX - something more sedate that he could resist modifying, for a few years at least.
But fate had other ideas! “40,000km in and two of the All Terrains I had fitted were absolutely dead. The manufacturer claimed it was the way I drove. I asked the team at Tyrepower Tweed Heads what they recommended to replace the tyres with and they said that the Open Country A/T II had a reputation of being a great all-round tyre,” continues Paul.
Over three years and 150,000km later, Paul is confident the team at Tyrepower in Tweed Heads gave him the right advice, and he’s definitely got his money’s worth!
Paul certainly doesn’t mind a road trip, and the Open Country-equipped DMAX has just returned from a 3,000km trip from his base in Queensland to Canberra and back, but don’t for a second think that these Open Country A/T II never leave the black top! “We do a fair bit of off-roading and camping in it, too,” Paul insists.
“I check my air regularly, and stay on top of my tyre rotations,” explains Paul of the incredibly simple tyre maintenance schedule that has helped him achieve King of Kilometers status. “I think I’ve convinced about fifty people to buy Toyo tyres!” he exclaims.
Open Country A/T II has recently been succeeded by the latest generation Open Country A/T III.