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A Review of the Falken Tire WildPeak A/T

Posted in How To on July 1, 2011 Comment (0)
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Contributors: Phil Howell

There are a lot of great all-terrain tires on the market, but only a handful of them actually excel at conquering all terrains. Some cater more toward one or two types of terrain, such as wet pavement or snow and ice, but don’t really deliver in rocks, mud, and sand. Since these are terrains that we often find ourselves on, we prefer that an all-terrain tire in fact be capable of all types of terrains. We recently found this quality in Falken Tire’s WildPeak A/T.

The Falken WildPeak A/T is a true all-terrain tire. It shines in all varieties of off-road terrain and still provides a smooth handling highway ride.

The Falken WildPeak A/T offers an unassuming appearance, but packs plenty of punch. It is constructed using a symmetric five-rib pattern and rigid block designs, paired with two stiff, extra-wide steel belts and a joint-less nylon band. Multi-angled grooves in the tread are in place to clear out water, mud, and snow so traction is continually maintained in these driving conditions. Biting block edges also aid traction and a hard bead apex provides sidewall stability.

Put to the test on Phil’s Sleeper JK and also on a fullsize pickup, we have been pleased with the results. The WildPeak A/T excels in all terrains and has proven to be a great asset to our 4x4s.

Phil’s Take
Falken sent a set of 37x12.50R17LT WildPeak all-terrain tires for use on my Sleeper JK project. When they arrived, I thought they were mild looking, but would help the JK look even more sleeperish and would work OK on-pavement, even if they didn’t work anywhere else. I had American Car Care in Hurricane, Utah, mount them on a set of OE Rubicon wheels. One tire required only about an ounce of weight to balance, Another took 1.5 ounces, the third 2.5 ounces, and the fourth took 7 ounces total. They exhibited no radial or lateral run-out. None. They are beefy D-load-range tires, too. They weigh 80 pounds each and can carry a 3,525-pound load at 50 psi.

This cut-away art highlights the layers of extra-wide steel belts (orange) and joint-less nylon bands (purple). Also shown are beneficial elements of the tread design, including the four multi-angled grooves (pink) designed to evacuate water, mud, and snow, and the variable block shoulder design (blue) to reduce noise.

On the road, the WildPeaks are silent. They make no noise at all, grip the pavement, and didn’t hydroplane when hitting flooded areas. They look like road tires, so their great performance there might be expected.

I took the JK off-road with some friends. Airing the WildPeaks down to 8 psi, they flexed well. Enduring comments such as, Where did you get the Barbie tires? and, Did you steal that Jeep from Grandpa? I headed through sand dunes toward the rocks. The tires worked well in the sand, affording good traction in the loose stuff. In the rocks, they showed their stuff. It had started raining, so the slickrock was getting a bit, well, slick. Vehicles were sliding around and spinning tires, trying to get up ledges. The YJ in front of me was equipped with sticky competition tires. It spun, bounced, and slid off the ledge. The driver lined up again, gave it the gas, and spun and bounced up the rocks. I didn’t expect to do well after watching everyone else’s problems. I nosed up to the ledge, rolled the front tires up, then coasted into it. Imagine my surprise when the Falkens gripped like glue and I crawled the obstacle. The rest of the day was like that. Up obstacles, down obstacles, sidehills (the WildPeaks afford excellent lateral grip) you name it. The WildPeaks were at home everywhere. By the end of the run, no one was making fun of my Barbie tires. Many were taking a closer look to see what tires they were.

The WildPeak A/T is available in a wide range of sizes for the sport utility and light truck market. OE sizes and plus sizes are available in metric and LT Metric sizing with choices of 15- to 20-inch wheel diameters. The 37x12.50R17LT WildPeak A/Ts are shown. Floatation sizes are available in 30- to 37-inch diameters.

I really like these tires; the Falken WildPeak A/T is easily one of the best all-around tires ever manufactured.

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Sources

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

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