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Falken Wildpeak M/T Tire Review

Posted in Product Reviews on October 13, 2014
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We really like the Falken Wildpeak all-terrain tires. They do well in stuff that they have no right being in. So, ever since they came out, we’ve been hounding the heck out of the boys over at Falken for a mud-terrain version. Falken is the type of company who likes overthinking stuff (which, don’t get us wrong, leads to good tires), but we ended up waiting several years for these things. Once we finally got the new Falken Wildpeak M/Ts, we took ’em out, and we used ’em. Heck, we beat the snot out of these tires. We’ve got a bent control arm, a bent wheel, lost a headlight, broke a headlight retaining ring, de-pinned and lost a turn signal socket, and cracked an aluminum oil pump housing to show for it. That stands to show what we did to these tires. We are pretty sure there are other parts of the Jeep that died too, but that list is just off the top of our heads.

Snow? Rain? Mud? Desert? Oh yeah. We’ve had these things everywhere. They do pretty well just about anywhere we stick them. They sidehill well, they are quiet on the street, clear mud out with just a small extra blip of the throttle, and generally make a great tire for the ’07 JK we put them on.

Let’s just talk really quick about the tire we killed. We chunked the sidewall. Don’t do as we do. We aren’t that bright. We were testing EVO Manufacturing’s Enforcer JK suspension. OK, it wasn’t really the full suspension, just the plush ride springs and 2.5 EVO-spec remote reservoir King shocks from the Enforcer kit. We didn’t have the control arms, track bar, track-bar relocation bracket, or sway-bar end links. We just had a mish-mosh of factory and aftermarket stuff with the 2.5-inch springs and the shocks from EVO.

The tread pattern lends itself well to both on- and off-road hijinks. You’ll notice we’ve, ahem, gotten some wear here. This is probably 10,000 miles in. When we say hard miles, let’s put it this way: In addition to all the trails these things have seen, every time we modify the Jeep, the ESP gets pissed off at us for testing the mods.

Anyway, back on to us not being too bright. We mounted the 37x12.50R17 Falken Wildpeak M/Ts to the new ATX Chamber Pro 2 beadlocks. We’d finally racked up 3,000-4,000 miles on the tires and took them wheeling. Well, not really wheeling; we were just playing on some fire roads. While four-wheel drive was definitely required for most of it, it really wasn’t that technical. However, us being not too bright, we were spinning up a razorback hill way too fast (suspension testing, remember?), and when we crested the peak, there was a 24-inch-diameter rock in the middle of the trail. It’s a razorback, so we couldn’t really go anywhere, but we couldn’t run straight over the thing or it would have torn our drivetrain out. Using all the space we had to maneuver, we hit it with the tire. That resulted in the bent and broken parts mentioned above, as well as a sidewall gash and a bent wheel. Let’s just say we hit it pretty hard.

This is a “Baby Got Back”-size butt right here. We bent a lower control arm (if you follow us on Facebook or Instagram, you already know that) broke the oil pump housing on the engine, tore a chunk out of the sidewall of the tire, and bent the wheel. The dang thing still held air! A certain testament to both the tires and wheels we were blatantly beating up. It took us 19 hours to get home that night. We only burped around 3 psi out of the tire. If it weren’t for our friend Bob McCall, we’d still be walking home. We spent 60 miles at the end of a strap behind his Jeep.

So, in addition to being stupid and playing with an awesome new suspension, we’ve taken these tires out to Moab (Utah), Gorman, Asuza Canyon, Truckhaven, Ocotillo Wells, Oceano Dunes, Forrest Falls, Big Bear, and more in California. We’ve been through New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, and even northern California with them, too. They work really well as a daily driven tire. And,if you aren’t as dumb as us to be driving way too fast up a razor back with a 3,000-foot drop off on either side, they’d probably work really well for you. Bear in mind that the tires we tested are pre-production tires, and we got to be guinea pigs.

To fit the 37-inch tires on our ’07 JK with 31⁄2 inches of lift, we had to get rid of the craptastic factory flares. By going to these carbon-fiber-look MCE flexible flares, we cleared them with no problems. They aren’t real carbon fiber, so when we got them into the rocks a little bit on the Rubicon, there was no shattering; just some minor scuffs, and then they bent back to their original shape.

Tire Specifications
Make/Model: Falken Wildpeak M/T
Country of Origin: Thailand
Size Tested: 37x12.50R17
Type: Radial
Load-range: D
Max Load (lbs): 3,525
Sidewall Construction: 3-ply polyester
Tread Construction: 3-ply polyester and 2-ply steel
Approved Rim Width (in): 8-10
Tread Depth (in): 0.475
Tread Width (in): 10
Section Width (in): 127⁄8
Overall Diameter (in): 36
Weight (lbs): 84

More and More Tires
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 to review a new tire in every upcoming issue of Jp magazine.

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Sources

Falken Tire
Fontana, CA 92335
800-723-2553
http://www.falkentire.com
ATX Series Wheels
www.atxwheels.com
MCE Modern Classic Enterprises, LLC
Bothell, WA 98011
425-260-8781
modernclassicenterprises.com
EVO Manufacturing
714-879-8913
http://www.evomfg.com

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