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Falken Wildpeak A/T Tire

Posted in How To on September 1, 2010 Comment (0)
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Photographers: Jordan May

Though Falken is a common name in the tire industry, it's a tire brand that hasn't been too competitive in the off-road marketplace during any time that the current staff of this magazine can remember. But from out of nowhere, Falken has come up with an off-road tire that's a winner, first time trying. Call it beginner's luck or whatever you want; Falken has really hit a homerun with the new WildPeak A/T.

We first saw the new WildPeak A/T working in Moab, Utah, on the Falken guys' Jeeps on the Moab slickrock. You see, the guys who helped bring this tire to market aren't nerdy tire engineers who have never been out of a lab; they're off-road enthusiasts who knew what it would take to create a tire that works.

There's no need to beat around the bush with this tire: It got excellent traction at higher speeds in the dirt, and had exceptional lateral traction. In fact, we were having a heck of a time getting a shot off of the rear end sliding out because the tires kept grabbing and keeping it from slipping. Good for driving, bad for pictures.

After witnessing the WildPeak's display of off-road prowess in the dirt and rocks, we were eager to try a set out ourselves. We ordered the biggest tire they had available at the time of testing-a 33x12.50R17-and mounted them on a daily-driven Durango we have at the magazine. Not only was off-road traction excellent, but on-road driving was as smooth as it's ever been in this particular vehicle.

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SPECS (As Tested)
MAKE/MODEL: Falken Wildpeak A/T
MOUNTED ON: 17 x8 American Racing Teflon-coated wheels
SIZE ON SIDEWALL: 33x12.50R17
LOAD RANGE: D
MAX LOAD: 2,600 pounds at 50 psi
TIRE HARDNESS: 50 on type-A tire durometer
TREAD DEPTH: 17/32
# OF PLIES IN TREAD: Eight-ply
WEIGHT OF TIRE: 63 pounds
MEASURED DIAMETER UNLOADED: 32.50 inches
MEASURED WIDTH UNLOADED: 11.00 inches
MEASURED TREAD WIDTH: 10.25 inches
AVAILABLE SIZES: 29 to 33 inches tall
AVAILABLE FOR: 15- to 20-inch wheels

Sources

Falken Tire
Fontana, CA 92335
800-723-2553
http://www.falkentire.com

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