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Old 07-11-2017, 12:35 PM   #31
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Have a good friend that owns a Tire shop. They push Mastercraft as they are a major dealer for them but when asking about what to look at next he told me for the money the Falken WP's were the best.
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The one thing that's keeping me away from the Wildpeaks, the ONE thing....is they seem to be way heavier than any other brand in a comparable size. For instance look at the weight of their 305/55/20, it's 71 lbs! Even the Ridge Grapplers aren't that heavy.

I think I'm going to go with the G2s for their weight alone, 50lbs is hard to beat on 305/55/20

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You must be looking at some different tires, the Falken Wildpeak AT3W and the Hankook Dynapro ATm are nowhere near the same. The Dynapros were among the worst tires I have ever owned, will not run another set and if I buy another truck with them on it, they will be swapped out before I take delivery.

So far, the Falkens have been much better although the real test will be in 6 months when it snows. They are already light years better in the rain.
what problems did you have with dynapros? after working at several jobs that had fleets and owning more vehicles than your average guy over my life time, the dynapros are the best tires I have ever owned. They wear even, balance even, have excellent wear, went double the miles that the factory goodyear SRa's that my 2014 came with new.
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what problems did you have with dynapros? after working at several jobs that had fleets and owning more vehicles than your average guy over my life time, the dynapros are the best tires I have ever owned. They wear even, balance even, have excellent wear, went double the miles that the factory goodyear SRa's that my 2014 came with new.

I've never had a tire that did not wear even unless the pressure was wrong and that would be on me, not the tire. They did balance well and they did last longer than the Goodyear SRA's that came on my 2011.

I just was not impressed with how they performed in rain and snow. Of course, if the Falkens are worse as someone a few posts up mentioned, they will be off my truck before they see a second winter (I expect about a year from the tires that come on the truck and two out of anything I put on after...so in that regard, the Hankook's did exceed my expectations since I did get 18 months out of them).

To me, rain and snow performance are huge. I suppose I could run a set of dedicated snow tires and that would solve my problem.
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Old 07-12-2017, 11:48 PM   #35
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A year, how many miles do you drive? I have seven F150's and twenty ford vans and I don't go thru tires in a year, in fact I transferred the wiheels over from my 13 to my 16 and I still have 1/4" of tread on them with 40k on them Toyo ATII.
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I was at a gas station in south Mississippi last week (700 miles from home) and had 2 different people come up and comment on my 285/75/17 Falken A/TW3's.

Both wanted to know where I got them and if they were quiet on the road.
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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)




Swedish, how has this tire size worked out for you without a level? I have looked all over for opinions on running 275/65 on stock level and there is zilch. Thank you for posting your experience. Just wondering if you have an update. Would you run this size again?


I also had great experience with the hankook dynapro ATM. I think what everyone needs to understand is that all tires you get on a new vehicle are not up to specs of that same exact tire you would buy aftermarket. They build those tires cheaply and sell them to the manufacturers at huge discounts. Buy that same tire again not off a new vehicle and I guarantee it will perform completely different. Ran in this issue with motorcycle tires. Dynapro's were a great quiet tire. Did not have as good snow traction as the general grabbers though.
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A while ago i bought a set of Hankook Dynapro for my F250 Diesel and loved them with no issues - got about 33K with "spirited" driving including about 15% on gravel roads.

Recently purchased a new '17 F150 that came with 275/55/20 Hankook Dynapros and have had nothing but issues. With in the first 5000 miles I had to replace one tire due to sidewall rupture and had 4 flats on another tire. I am so fed up with the Hankooks that now I am purchasing a set of Falken's AT3W load range E (have to go to 285/55/20).

I hope this solves my problem and will update after I get them installed.
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Interesting Falken has a new AT tire out called the Rubitrek.
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Interesting Falken has a new AT tire out called the Rubitrek.
do you have any more info? when i search and go to the Falken site i get a not found error. can't seem to find any other info from retailers. i am limiting my next purchase to load range E and need a tire that is somewhat decent in mud (as well as snow and rain). when i searched other forums / reviews online, the AT3Ws seem to have some mud capability.
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