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Old 09-14-2016, 04:17 PM   #1
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A couple of weeks ago I purchased a set of Falken Wildpeak A/T3W's in 275/65R20. I wanted to throw a review up because its a new tire and there is not much info out there on them.


The contenders for a new set of tires were:


BFG TA ko2
Hankook Dynapro ATM
Cooper Discoverer AT3


I know you are going to want to know...what about the Toyo and Nitto? As stupid as it is, I don't like the look of either tire, performance be damned. My top choice was the Hankook Dynapro. I have run them in the past and they have been long wearing, impervious to cuts a tears, good in the snow, sand and rocks and look great. Unfortunately I could not find them in a size/price combination that sat well with me. The BFG's are too friggin expensive. I am sorry, I know they are great from experience, but they are too spendy for what I use them for (more on that later). Finally, I flat out could not get my hands on the Cooper in time.


So rolled the dice on a new tire from Falken. I would have preferred a 285/65 or a 295/60 but those sizes are unavailable in this tire and for the amount of winter driving I do I actually prefer a slightly narrower tire for its snow performance.


USE:
I will be honest, I mostly commute with these. About 6 times a year I load my bed with 1500-3000lbs and I tow 4-7K lbs about as often. I go camping in the desert and out of the way mountain locations on poorly maintained BLM, logging and Forrest service roads 4-5 times a year and finally I go skiing and boarding and require good inclement weather performance from my tires.


SELLING POINTS:
That these tires are severe weather rated (mountain and snowflake) was a big deciding point for me. That they were $1050 out the door was another deciding factor. The last pieces were the load rating, sidewall lugging, and aggressive looking hybrid AT / MT tread design.


IMPRESSIONS:
So far I am very impressed. These tires are exceptionally quiet on the road and ride extremely well. They balanced with very little weight and 4800 miles later they are still riding smoothly with imperceptible wear.


I have had these offroad in sandy and rocky conditions but have not tested them in snow or mud yet. They have hooked up well in everything I have thrown at them and have only necessitated 4X4 in a couple of spots. I took these bombing down a fire road over labor day weekend in the Sierras. It was mixed sand rock and loose stones. When I got out to take a leak I realized that the loose stones were huge pieces of razor sharp obsidian (volcanic glass). I had an immediate OHH S*@! moment thinking the tires would be chunked and shredded. Upon inspection they were perfect. These are some stout shoes.


Only time will tell how they wear, but so far they are fantastic. Could not be happier.


(Truck is a 15 XLT 4x4 sitting on stock suspension. When I have the wheel at lock or close to it and hit a bump I get a minor rub on the plastics with these. No rubbing offroad so far or in normal driving)






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I also have the Wildpeaks, and got them at a great deal in 34x11.2x17 in relation to the other competitors you mentioned.

Absolutely love them so far and would not hesitate to buy them again, especially with the 55k mileage warranty
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Thanks for the review!

I too had considered these tires, but Discount Tire here hooked me up with a killer deal on some KO2's that I couldn't resist. My coworker is looking for tires, and let him know about these..
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Not a bad looking tire. I guess prices may vary by area but you paid more for those than I did for my KO2's.
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I've been eyeing those tires in 305 65 flavor.

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Not a bad looking tire. I guess prices may vary by area but you paid more for those than I did for my KO2's.
You got a smoking deal then. I have never seen K02's in a 275/65/20 for less than $300 a tire. 17's and 18's sure or the 275/60's like you have round 265 / tire . And that does not include mount balance and disposal.

I think $1050 out the door is pretty close to the floor for an E load AT 34" tire for a 20" wheel.

You are comparing apples to oranges. You have 275/60r20's. The wildpeak in that size would have been $785 out the door. I am guessing you paid more than that for your K02's.
The price jump from a 33" to a 34" tire tends to be steep.
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Thanks for posting. Ill look into these for when we upsize on our RCSB.
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You got a smoking deal then. I have never seen K02's in a 275/65/20 for less than $300 a tire. 17's and 18's sure or the 275/60's like you have round 265 / tire . And that does not include mount balance and disposal.

I think $1050 out the door is pretty close to the floor for an E load AT 34" tire for a 20" wheel.

You are comparing apples to oranges. You have 275/60r20's. The wildpeak in that size would have been $785 out the door. I am guessing you paid more than that for your K02's.
The price jump from a 33" to a 34" tire tends to be steep.
I sure there was some price difference between the 60 and 65 but I did not want to jump to a 34 inch tire. I did get a great deal from Discount tire online. They price matched/beat another site and sold the set of 275/60/20 to me for $800 shipped. Local tire place mounted and balanced for $100.

I'm not knocking your deal or tires at all.

I always buy from them and use the price match feature and so far they have always beat the cheapest I have found on any tire. My last truck I had 275/65/20 goodyear duratracs and to the best of my memory only had around $1100 in them by the time it was done.
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I was quoted these in a 275/65R20 at $265/tire today. Was hoping they would come in a little bit less, but it is what it is...
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I sure there was some price difference between the 60 and 65 but I did not want to jump to a 34 inch tire. I did get a great deal from Discount tire online. They price matched/beat another site and sold the set of 275/60/20 to me for $800 shipped. Local tire place mounted and balanced for $100.

I'm not knocking your deal or tires at all.

I always buy from them and use the price match feature and so far they have always beat the cheapest I have found on any tire. My last truck I had 275/65/20 goodyear duratracs and to the best of my memory only had around $1100 in them by the time it was done.

Gotcha! Also mind the price included mount, balance and disposal. Where I live even discount/Americas charges around $25/tire for mount/balance/stems/disposal.


I am with you, I have probably purchased 20 sets of tires across 12 vehicles over the last 10 years from Americas. They price match, they rotate for free, they always honor the pro-rates and they rarely cross thread my lugs (and when they have they have re-studded the hubs quickly and without charge)


This was the first set I purchased from someone else. Partly because they were in stock (Americas was a week out and I had a thumb size hole in a sidewall) and partly because when I called America's the GM I usually work with was out and his underling was being an asshat. It was one of those days (what with the sidewall hole) so I hung up and stubbornly shopped elsewhere.
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