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Dick Cepek Trail Country Tire Review

Posted in Product Reviews on August 22, 2014
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The cat’s out of the bag and it’s no secret: You’ve seen these new tires in Jp magazine before as part of our Private JK build-up. However, at the time, we didn’t have much seat time with the tires and certainly not enough to give you a realistic review of the tires. Now that a little time has passed and we have racked up a few more miles on these skins, we are able to talk about our experience with the tires and their performance. We have about 4,000 miles on the tires both on- and off-road, and while we would like more miles on them, we do feel like we have had enough experience with the tires for a review.

So far, our time with a set of five 315/70R17 load-range D Dick Cepek Trail Country tires has been nothing but pleasurable. These all-terrain tires both promise and deliver a nice ride without too much tire noise at speed on-road in our soft-top-clad JK. We’ve also had these tires on the road during a few rainy days where the siping and compound the company designed into the tire provided plenty of wet road traction. The tread pattern is distinctly Cepek and even hints at the Fun Country’s distinctive staggered and interlocking center lugs. We’ve also played around on the sharp, jagged rocks of Arizona, as well as even a little tiny touch of mud. So far, there have been no failures or unexpected damage has occurred, and we are all smiles. These all-terrain tires carry the name of a famous off-road racer and do that name an honor. Check them out.

In loose sand, dirt, and on the rocks, traction is exceptional, for an all-terrain. We aired the tires down to about 15 psi and hit some local trails. The tires grabbed and held onto the jagged rocks at our local wheeling spot better than expected. The outer lugs are spaced pretty far apart from one another and the center tread blocks, providing bite approaching that of a mud terrain. When on loose dirt, the tires clawed and grabbed as they should without digging in. On packed dirt, the sharp edges and siping helped maintain control of the vehicle.

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Here at Jp, we have been putting tires to the test for years now. If you have a question about a certain tire, we may have already answered it in our huge online tire review known as “The Burning Ring Of Tire.” If the tire you want to see is not on The Ring, keep your eyes peeled -- we are going review a new tire in every upcoming issue of Jp magazine.

Tire Specifications
Make/Model: Dick Cepek Trail Country
Country of Origin: USA
Size Tested: LT315/70R17 M+S
Type: Radial
Load-range: D
Max Load (lbs): 3,195
Sidewall Construction: 2-ply polyester
Approved Rim Width (in): 8.5-10.0
Tread Depth (in): 33/64ths
Tread Width (in): 10 (on a 9-inch rim)
Section Width (in): 12.6 (on a 9-inch rim)
Overall Diameter (in): 33.5 at 37 psi, as tested
Weight (lbs): 60

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