We got one of the first sets of Falken WildPeak M/T tires, and so far we are more than impressed. We don’t usually gush over a tire, since most of the time a tire does its job just fine—the job of being round, black, and holding air. But these Falkens have acted a little different from the norm. Namely, they are quiet for such an aggressive tread and they work as good as or better than expected.
First a disclaimer. These tires are prototypes, such that we actually had to sign waivers and releases and a bunch of legal mumbo jumbo before Falken would let us test them. On top of that there is already talk that Falken may redesign them slightly before they go on sale (we hope not).
We tested a set of the 37x12.50R17 WildPeak M/T tires in Load Range D on our Alabama Army Truck project and wrapped them around some American Outlaw 17x8.5 aluminum Patrol wheels with an 8-on-61⁄2 bolt pattern and roughly 41⁄2 inches of backspacing that we ordered through Discount Tire Direct. We received the tires and, after mounting them, headed straight down the road to get as many miles as possible on them before this issue went to print. What we found both on- and off-road surprised us.
If a tire can get your truck into a spot where you smash in the bed on a big rock, does that make it a good tire? OK, we know we can’t blame a tire for driver stupidity, but we are going to send our friends at Falken the bill anyways.
|Model: WildPeak M/T|
|Size Tested: 37x12.50R17 (prototype)|
|Type: Mud tire|
|Load Range: D|
|Maximum Load (lb): 3,525 @ 50 psi|
|Sidewall Construction: 3-ply|
|Tread Depth (in): 5⁄8|
|Tread Width (In): 10|
|Section Width (in): 12|
|Overall Diameter (in): 36|
|Weight (lb): 85|
|Sizes Available: N/A|
Racing With Falkens
Falken Tire has teamed up with quite a few of the Ultra Four/King of the Hammers racing teams and for 2014 is one of the sponsors of the new Spec class. This class is for 4x4 buggies where every car is built identically and all are running 37-inch Falken WildPeak M/T tires. We had the chance to run some trails in Johnson Valley with the first buggy built for this class, and it was exciting to see the Falkens working on the rocks. These buggies are built around a Mopar Hemi engine and Spidertrax axles with an Atlas transfer case hiding in the middle and Fox racing shocks. And the best part is these cars will eventually be offered as rentals in case you want to come race in an Ultra4desert rock race. For more info check out www.ultra4racing.com.